You wouldn’t walk into a gun shop in Olathe, KS and try to sell them a bunch of baseball cards! So, by that logic, why would you walk into a pawn shop and try to pawn something someone else probably won’t want? It seems like common sense, but it’s actually very common for people to be turned away from a pawn shop because they’re just not bringing in anything of value.
We’ve put together a list of items that frequently come in for pawn, but aren’t accepted due to their nature. Some of them might surprise you! Take a look at some of the items a pawn shop definitely doesn’t want from you:
- Broken appliances: A pawn shop isn’t a scrap yard. While a junker may be able to swap out some parts or scrap an appliance for materials, a pawn shop will not be able to do any such thing. No one wants a broken appliance, which means a pawn shop can’t turn your damaged one around and sell it. There’s just no value in it! This goes for anything from fridges to microwaves.
- Collectibles: Collectibles may have some intrinsic value, but not to a pawn shop. Collectibles are only as valuable as the price someone is willing to pay for them… which varies by the collector. Leave the baseball cards, toys and trinkets at home! Or, better yet, test your luck online or at an appraiser to see if you might be able to make a sale somewhere else. Very rarely will a pawn broker take a collectible, and often, it’s only because they have an interest in it or know someone else who does.
- Clothes: Clothing doesn’t have a lot of resale value beyond a few dollars here and there. Even designer items are subject to price variability. This means it just isn’t worth it for a pawn shop to waste their time with clothing. Here again, you might have better luck with designer shoes and high-end fashion pieces online, where there’s a specific market for luxury goods.
- Antiques: Antiques may look cool, but they very rarely fetch the prices you might see on a TV show or online listing. Pawn brokers want something that comes with demand. And while there is demand out there for antiques, it’s usually the place of antique malls or stores to bring in that crowd.
- General stuff: Most things laying around your home have very little value outside of what you’ve ascribed to it. Your dishware, furniture or books may be part of your everyday life, but they’re not going to fetch any sort of resale value at a pawn shop. That means a broker isn’t going to waste time with them.
If you’re going to visit a pawn shop or gun shop in Olathe, KS to sell some items, stick with high-value goods. Power tools, jewelry, electronics, watches, video game systems, guns and more will all get you the funds you’re looking for and will be welcomed with open arms.