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Best Pawn Shops In Tampa

October 23, 2012 4:00 AM

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( Lobby of She Money. Credit: Pat George)

( Lobby of She Money. Credit: Pat George)

If you need a loan, want to get rid of that family heirloom you’ve always hated or just want to browse some fascinating stuff, a pawn shop is the place to go. These Tampa pawn shops each have their unique attributes and are highly rated by locals. Read on to find out more about some of Tampa’s best-kept secrets.

She Money
3829 Northdale Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33624
(813) 770-5227
www.shemoneypawn.com

She Money has only been in the Bay Area for a year and is already turning heads. Lauren Myhre, the shop’s owner, is one of only three or four female pawnbrokers in the entire state of Florida. Her goal was to create a female-friendly pawn shop to help women with their financial needs. “Everyone has a story,” she said. Some of her customers are single mothers, some are trying to put their kids through college, some are trying to pay off their credit card debt and some just have valuable items that they don’t want any more. With a customer base that is 60 percent female, this pawn shop is in a safer neighborhood than others and buys, sell and pawns not only jewelry, but crystal, collectibles, musical instruments, fine art, electronics, designer handbags and sunglasses. “We’re geared toward women,” Myhre said. “At She Money, cash is queen!”

EZ Pawn Inc.
4320 W. Gandy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 902-9333
www.ezpawn.com

If you need fast cash, EZ Pawn is a great place to go. You can either sell your merchandise or choose from one of two loan options. You can pawn any item of value, such as electronics, tools or firearms, and work with an EZ Pawn associate to get the cash you want. Your pawn item will be stored in a secure location until you pay the balance of the loan and you can extend your loan as many times as you need. If you opt for a signature loan, you will need to provide your bank account information, a loan application, a voided check, your last pay stub, your last bank statement, last telephone bill and photo ID. This short-term loan matures on your next pay date or within seven to 30 days of receiving the loan.

Related: Best Shops for Antiques and Collectibles in Tampa

University Gun & Pawn Shop
2012 E. Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 977-6010

University Gun & Pawn will buy or pawn any item of value, including electronics, jewelry and coins, but specializes in firearms. If you need some quick cash, you can pawn or sell just about any kind of gun or weapon for a fair price. Additionally, since this pawnbroker specializes in weaponry, there is no better place in Tampa to buy a used gun. This shop has an excellent selection and lower prices than other used gun shops in the area. The staff is also very knowledgeable and eager to help you find what you’re looking for.

Related: Best Used Sporting Goods Stores In Tampa Bay

Jazz Jewelers & Loan
1417 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 884-4800
www.pawntampa.com

Jazz Jewelers & Loan will either pawn or buy anything of value including jewelry, watches, coins, antiques, musical instruments, electronics and more. You can even pawn your car or SUV. Receive a cash loan on the spot by giving the shop an item which it will hold for a two-month period. At the end of the loan period, you can either pay the interest and extend the loan or you can pay the interest plus principal to redeem your pawned item. Or if you don’t want the item any more, you can sell it for cash.

Capital Pawn
2525 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 933-5555
www.capitalpawnvip.com

Capital Pawn describes itself as the “Saks Fifth Avenue” of pawn shops and has been featured on “ABC Action News” and in the Tampa Tribune. Capital Pawn buys, sells and pawns just about anything made from precious metals including jewelry, watches and coins. In addition, you can also sell sterling silver flatware as long as it is marked “sterling” or “.925.” Broken jewelry can also be sold as long as it is made from gold, silver or platinum. Capital Pawn is very selective about the items it sells, which means you can expect high-quality merchandise at reasonable prices.

Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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