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The Savvy Spender

The savvy spender knows that pawn shops are the key to budget friendly solutions for launching side gigs on a budget, for home remodel projects, and for simply saving a dollar or two. In the world of smart spending and savvy saving, pawn shops can be the unexpected heroes for budget-conscious individuals. The pawn shop is a treasure trove of pre-owned items that offer a plethora of cost-effective solutions for an array of projects.

The Savvy Spender and The Pawn Shop

Pawn shops are not just about selling your belongings or getting a short term loan. Pawn shops such as the Pawn World stores in Kingman, Arizona are also about finding great deals on a variety of items. From tools and electronics to musical instruments, you can find gently used items for a fraction of the retail price.

If you are starting a side gig on a tight budget, the pawn shop will be your best friend. Instead of splurging on brand-new equipment you might find just the right tools to get your venture off the ground without breaking the bank.

Starting a side hustle can be an exciting way to generate extra income or to launch a new career path. But this comes with startup costs. Pawn shops can be a goldmine for entrepreneurs looking for affordable startup materials. By purchasing second-hand, you can significantly reduce your initial investment and keep your budget in check.

Remodeling on a Budget

When it comes to home remodeling, the costs can quickly spiral out of control. However, pawn shops can be a resource for homeowners seeking to cut costs.

Need a power drill or a set of wrenches for a DIY project? Check out a pawn shop before heading to a big-box store. You can often find the tools you need at a fraction of the cost. And so you will have more money for lumber, tile, cabinets and otehr materials.

And, perhaps, there is the potential for a bit of old fashioned negotiation. Unlike fixed retail prices, pawn shops occasionally have flexible pricing. Or they might be willing to discuss trades. And this means even bigger money savings.

So next time you’re contemplating a new venture or home improvement project, consider taking a trip to your local pawn shop – it might just be the key to keeping your expenses low and your spirits high. Remember, a little bit of savvy shopping can go a long way in achieving your financial goals.

But the advantages of the pawn shop don’t stop with money savings. There is also opportunity to invest in your future, and to protect those investments.

Pawn Shop Surprises

In recent years gold and silver have proven to be a solid hedge against inflation. Pawns shops are often the largest coin stores in a community. And the knowledgeable staff is ready to answer most all questions.

The pawn shop can also provide a bit of peace of mind, and protection, even if you are on a budget. The Pawn World locations in Kingman are some of the largest gun stores in Mohave County.

So, regardless of your needs, stop by the local pawnshop before making a purchase. Prepare to be surprised and to be a savvy spender.


Pawn Shops on The Frontier

Pawn Shops on The Frontier

Pawn shops on the frontier during Arizona’s territorial era have left behind a legacy of tall tales and legends that continue to captivate the imagination. Weaving fact and fiction are stories about pawn shops as hubs of commerce where desperate colorful characters traded their possessions for survival or indulgence.

For more than 150 years pawn shops in Arizona have been silent witnesses to the ebb and flow of history. fortunes. Much like early trading posts, they were the cultural crossroads in many rough and tumble towns and mining camps. Down on their luck miners and cowboys, outlaws and ranchers in need of cash all made use of pawn shops. The items bought, sold and pawned were illustrations for stories of hardship, adventure, and discovery.

Tall Tales

Woven into the colorful history of the American western frontier are tales of rugged individuals who have become the stuff of legend. Larger than life personalities such as Jefferson Davis Milton, subject of an interview with historian Rod Stewart on Coffee With JIm, the podcast from Jim Hinckley’s Amrerica, stand out for the adventurous lives they lived.

Explicit details about the use of pawn shops by character’s such as Milton, Wyatt Earp, or Buffalo Bill Cody are obscured. The passing of time, and building of myth and legend, have blurred lines of fact and fiction.

But the story of a pawned watch and gambling debts figure prominently in the Will Bill Hickock story. This story came to a bloody end when Hickock and Davis Tutt faced off on the dustry streets of Springfield, Missouri.

Pawn Shops On The Frontier

On the western frontier in Arizona, banks could be hard to find. So, for people living on the edge of society, or that straddled the line between legal and illegal, pawnbrokers were often one of the few sources of quick cash. And quick cash could often be the difference between life or death. Or it could be the difference between profiting from an opportunity, or having it pass a person by.

Life in territorial Arizona was a time of rapid expansion and dramatic transition. Pawn shops were just one very important cog in the wheel of an evolving American society on the frontier.

Tall Tales

Tall tales are an integral part of western frontier romanticism. From 19th century dime novels to books by Zane Grey and countless cinematic epics, legends of the wild west and stories have been a wellspring for generations of adventurers.

Perhaps it was based on the story of Wild Bill Hickock’s pawned watch. But in Tombstone, Arizona there is an urban legend about a gambler who fell on hard times and pawned his prized possession. As the story goes, he was never able to recover the watch given to him Doc Holliday. What became of the watch is anyones guess.

Macabre anecdotes and legends mirror the hardships of life in territorial Arizona. And so it is no suprise to hear the tale of dentures made from teeth taken from deceased outlaws pawned as a grubsake to develop a gold mine. These stories and legends, whether they be of a pawned three-legged bobcat named Lucky or violin played at the Clanton’s funeral after the shootout at the OK Corral, remind us that behind every item is a human story.

They reflect the resilience and resourcefulness of the people who called the Arizona frontier home. And they are a link to life lived in Arizona during the 21st century. Pawned items, each with their own history, paint a vivid picture of Arizona evolution.

A New Era

Pawn World, with two stores in Kingman, Arizona is a modern-day pawn shop that carries on the rich traditions of frontier Arizona. Providing service to the community for decades has made us a repository of both the everyday and the extraordinary that reflects the diverse history of the Grand Canyon State.

As we look back on these tales from the territorial era, we can’t help but marvel at the rich tapestry of human experience that has unfolded in these pawn shops. Pawn World is more than just a business. We are the keepers of stories, the custodians of history, and the silent witness to the ever-changing human condition.

So next time you stop at Pawn World, remember that it’s not just a place of business. It’s a place where stories of the past linger, waiting to be rediscovered and retold, a place where the spirit of the Wild West lives on. Who knows what stories will walk through the door next?

A Treasure Trove

A Treasure Trove

A treasure trove of bizarre, macabre, intriguing and fascinating stories await discovery in the pawn shop. These bastions of quick cash and unexpected finds, are no strangers to the weird and the wacky. From the mundane to the downright bizarre, these shops see a parade of items that tell a thousand tales. Some are funny, some odd, and some macabre.

A Treasure Trove of Smiles

Let’s start with the lighter side of things. Imagine walking into your local pawn shop and seeing someone trying to pawn… dentures! Yes, you read that right. It seems one person’s desperation for cash led them to offer up their chompers. The pawnbroker lent a modest sum. It was just enough to ensure the owner would return.

Then there’s the case of the cat. It looked as though it had been preserved by a blind taxidermist. It was a three-legged bobcat named Lucky. No mere stuffed animal; this was a beloved treasure that the owners would repeatedly pawn and reclaim. Purportedly the pawn shop staff even had a bit of fun with the deceased animal. They would move him around the store to startle the owner’s cat-averse wife.

And Now For Something Completely Different

But not all pawn shop stories are for the faint of heart. And some just may be urban legends and tall tales.

As an example, there is a persistent story about a man who tried to pawn something he had stolen from that very pawn shop. In one version of the story he returned with a lawnmower that still had the shop’s price tag on it! Needless to say, this reolved the mystery of the pawn shop burglary.

There are ample stories about attempts to pawn truly macabre items. One of these tales is about a gold tooth plucked from someone’s deceased grandmother’s ashes. It’s a stark reminder that for some, sentimentality has a price, and it can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Pawn shops such as Pawn World in Kingman, Arizona are a microcosm of human life. They mirror our needs, our desires, and sometimes, our desperation. They are a place where the value of items is not just monetary but also historical and even emotional. Each item that passes through the doors of the pawn shop carries a story. Some are humorous, some peculiar, and some downright eerie.

So the next time you pass by a pawn shop, take a moment to ponder the stories hidden within its walls. Who knows what treasures—or oddities—you might find? Who knows what story is behind each item?

Pawn Shop

The pawn shop is a venerable institution rooted in history. For centuries these lending institutions have provided a valuable service to individuals and to communities. They are linked to major historical events. And they are a source for endless stories that reflect our predisposition to eccentricity as well as what we encounter during the ups and downs of life.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America