pawn shops


V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010

Feature

If it ain’t been in a pawn shop, you can’t play jigs, reels and strathspeys on it

Where to buy, sell and trade

Sometimes a person needs a couple of bucks to get through.

There are always banks, loan sharks and parents. Title loan businesses advertise being able to help a person make it to payday or borrow money to go on vacation. Of course, they don’t mention that interest is so high, the borrower may end up rolling bidi cigarettes in a shop in Karachi.

That leaves you with the old standard: the pawn shop. (Some of the title loan joints are trying to pass themselves off as pawn shops, by the way.) I recently traded a set of wedding rings for bagpipes, wedding rings not being an item that is transferable to the next fiancée. It turns out diamonds aren’t forever. But bagpipes are.

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