Pawn shops can be great places to shop for vintage or antique items, but knowing how to search for these treasures can help you get the best deal possible. Here are some shopping tips you can use when you visit local pawn shop businesses in search of untold treasures.
Look For Makers' Marks
Makers marks typically appear on jewelry to indicate the design house or brand, but they can appear on other items as well. Marks can be used to identify the age of china and glassware, and they are also used on certain types of furniture. With delicate china, you might find a mark that says the item was made in Occupied Japan, for example. This indicates that the piece was made in Japan between the years of 1945 and 1952. This gives you a good idea of the age of the china, and it can also add value for some collectors. It's a good idea to invest in a jeweler's loupe, as this magnifying tool can help you see makers' marks clearly as you shop.
Check Junk And Bargain Bins
While pawn shop owners typically do a good job of identifying items that are of value, sometimes items can end up in junk or bargain bins. This might be because the owner missed a makers' mark, or it might simply be that the items in the bins haven't sold despite their value. Look at bargain bins for costume jewelry, records, and dinnerware to see if you can find a hidden gem tucked inside. If you see more than one item you might be interested in, consider making an offer for the whole bin. The owner may be more willing to make a deal if you are willing to take a load of unwanted inventory off of his or her hands. Any items you don't want can be sold at a yard or garage sale.
Pawn shop inventory is always changing. Sellers bring in new items every day, and items that were previously used as collateral for loans end up for sale when the loans are not paid. Just because you don't see an item you love on Tuesday doesn't mean there won't be a shiny new treasure on Wednesday. If there are particular items you are interested in that aren't available, talk to the pawn shop owner. He or she may be more willing to buy items if there is a buyer ready for them.
Building a great relationship with your local pawn shop might even mean getting a phone call as soon as new items are available. Be respectful, negotiate fairly, and consider buying items regularly even if they aren't valuable to help build this relationship.
Keep these tips in mind as you visit local shops like Wimpey's Pawn Shop.Share
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