pawn on the cobb

What I learned over Breakfast today
January 10, 2012, 10:48 pm
Filed under: A day in the life, Only in Spaha, Pawnbroker

For those of you who don’t know, during the day I usually am either running around from store to store or locked away for the day in my office. Therefore, whenever I can I like to enjoy breakfast with the employees of whatever store I am in that day. This gives me a chance to catch up, see what’s going on, and occasionally witness a drunk woman demanding a ring (that doesnt exist).

Today I learned that when a police officer puts on his/her gloves, it’s a sign that a certain someone is going to be grabbed and removed from the premises. Pretty interesting/good to know?

Now, I know this goes against my “pawnshops are not what you think” stereotype, BUT this could happen anywhere, right?



November 11, 2011, 2:08 am
Filed under: A day in the life, Jewelry

Just found, think I can pull this off?


A new concept: Pawntimism
November 3, 2011, 11:09 pm
Filed under: A day in the life, Pawnbroker

Last night at a meeting with a few other industry leaders, ideas were bounced around on our thoughts on pawn shops and the negative stigmas that they still have.  Today, with a handful of banks on the brink of default and trust in the current main-stream financial service industry at an all-time low, loans are nearly impossible for an average consumer to qualify for and pawn shops in sense offer a logical alternative for those in need of money now.

In light of this discussion one specific concept really intrigued me- pawn shops reflect a sense of optimism for the person who is using its service.  Think about it- when making a collateral loan, a customer is saying “today I need this to do what I have to do, however, in a few weeks, maybe months I will have that amount of money plus more to get my valuables back.”

It clearly doesn’t help to dwell on what you do not have at the moment, and those taking advantage of pawn shops are clearly thinking about where they want to be in the future, even if that means taking a monetary loan out on your valuables to reach a goal or just to simply to get by.

First of the month
November 2, 2011, 1:30 am
Filed under: A day in the life, Pawnbroker

Once in a while I like to cover for a manager and freshen up on my pawning and jewelry appraisal knowledge. Today I was acting as pawn manager in one of our stores, which on the first of the month means non-stop loaning, redemptions, and interest payments. It’s not even 3:00 and these are all the customers we’ve taken care of!

It’s interesting how most customers will come just to pay on an item so they don’t spend the money and will come back to pick it up the next day or later in the week.


Can you pawn whaat?
November 1, 2011, 11:25 pm
Filed under: A day in the life, Pawnbroker

Pawn stars must really be hitting the spot for a lot of people. We were asked if we would take this car + statue display, what would you lend on it?

Ps: I couldn’t help but take advantage of the photo opp!


Not quite as cool as “pawnstars””
October 5, 2011, 12:06 am
Filed under: A day in the life, Pawnbroker

Ever since pawn-stars became a hit tv show, people have been trying to unload such random items at our stores.

Our stores are only taking gold, silver, platinum, watches, electronics, instruments, and even sports memorabilia (at the managers discretion). sadly, had to turn this old-fashioned organ from the 1800’s down.


This mornings scenario-
May 5, 2011, 3:53 am
Filed under: A day in the life

Started my morning with the typical 14th street appearance, however as I am running out the door I see a large group of women taking a group picture and lining up outside to come in.  Definitely an unusual sight.

Albert, the manager, looks up and suddenly remembers that he did receive a strange call yesterday about a group coming to the store that was interested in learning about the operations behind a pawn shop that they are shareholders in- EZ Corp.  They had organized a field trip from Upstate and were eager to learn..

Sadly, I had to break the news to them that we were not EZ Corp the publicly traded company, but either way they seemed happy with my how-to pawning demonstration, and showcase of jewelry.