While flipping through the pages of vogue and other fashion staples recently, I found myself studying photos of celebrities carrying stunning designer handbags. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and the like were being carried around town by everyone who was anyone. As I was admiring, somewhat jealously, the shameless array of outrageously expensive bags, an idea suddenly came to me! Instead of paying a fortune for a Chanel classic I could buy it for a fraction of the price in a pre-owned store. As long as I’m in the mood why not look for a lightly loved pre-owned Louis Vuitton bag. Of course you may not be buying the newest style but many designer handbags are classics and are made for many years with no change. High end Pawn shops and resale stores are good places to start looking. Fabulous designer discoveries have been made in these stores, and, after all, the fun is in the hunt girls! I’ve read that celebrities also shop these pre-owned stores from time to time for designer handbags and vintage clothing.
How about those absolutely gorgeous sky high patent leather Christian Louboutin shoes? Who can resist wearing those distinct red bottoms, even holding on to a railing while you walk, they still look sexy! Did you know that you can find them pre-owned also? Sometimes they are hardly worn, worn once or not at all! At over $800 new it’s definitely worth finding them for 25-50% off the retail.
If you’re thinking, I wouldn’t spend that kind of money on designer handbags, just count up how much you’ve spend on shoes and handbags over the years. I’ll bet it’s a lot! I have always preferred to purchase a few good designer pieces that will last for years and go with everything, and here’s the best part…………… if you buy designer you can always trade or sell your shoes and handbags to a high end Pawn Shop or resale store when you finally decide that you’re in the mood for something new!
By Dana, of Boca Raton Pawn, a high end loan and Boca Raton pawn shop.
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As promised, we are going to go down the road with some interesting tidbits on some characters from pawn shop reality TV shows. Before getting their big break on Pawn Stars, Chumlee, aka Austin Russell, was quite the avid pawn shop regular. Considered to be like a son to Rick Harrison, Chumlee had spent a lot of his boyhood time with friend Corey Harrison. This time has obviously paid off, and he goes right along with the punches that come his way from the Harrison clan.
Reality TV has also given some spotlight to Les Gold, a 40 year veteran to the pawn shop industry. This generational family business has been well established and very successful long before TruTV came along for the ride. This reality TV show has a strong following that tend to visit in person at the astonishing 50,000 square foot pawn shop; easily one of the largest in the country.
It would be impossible to not have some success in a place this big. At any rate, Les Gold knows how to run a business. With 45 employees, he has managed to grow an empire, literally, that is managed by son, daughter, wife, and some very close friends. Family is not the real qualifier here either; his two children are college graduates and know their stuff. This is one family in a pawn shop business you do not want to mess with.
Moving on, there is a newcomer to the reality TV stage; his name is Jimmie DeRamus of the new hit pawn shop series Cajun Pawn Stars. His pawn shop has got to have some of the most unusual characters walk through his doors. While the other pawn shows experience their own wildlife, this place tops the list. In fact, when was the last time you saw a cow show up as a pawn item?
This is a simple example of what you can expect from this series; it’s no wonder they are climbing the chart. To really appreciate what I am talking about, you have to check out this show on the History Channel. Of course, there is a lot more you can find out by looking up information on Chumlee, Les Gold, and Jimmie DeRamus using the Internet. The fun part of this is that you never know exactly what or who will show up at any of the reality TV pawn shop shows.
As promised in the previous blog titled “Sell iPhones To Upgrade To iPhone 5“, I wanted to provide some insight to what is expected as a huge improvement over the iPhone 4S. Keep in mind that this is only an opinion based upon new features and improved technology inside the new phone. Regardless, there is nothing that can diminish the advances noticeable to those of you who currently own an iPhone 4 or 4S. Truth be told, there is likely to be a tremendous surge in iPhone owners now to sell iPhone 4 and 4S, or earlier versions, to pawn shops around the country; just as has been done before. Without further adieu, let’s dig in for some juicy details about iPhone 5.
One of the first changes that will likely excite buyers is the size of the screen. It will move up from the 3.5 inch size to a full 4 inches, yielding easier to read windows, icons and other visual effects. For the older generation of users, like myself, it is a welcome bit of news. The older the eyes, the larger screen that is needed; at least that is my philosophy. I am sure some of you in my demographic will agree. At any rate, this phone is due to have a much faster processor chip, the A5. “Two cores in the A5 chip deliver up to two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics.” as described in Apple’s web-page, will help to provide faster apps responsiveness and improve the user’s experience overall.
This processor will have speeds from 1.5 to 2.0 ghz and host 1 GB of ram to help deliver some absolutely blistering responses to launching apps, partially due to the 4G speeds available. What’s more, you will have access to a new 3D capturing app for your new iPhone 5; drooling yet? Oh yeah, you can capture, render, and process pictures in 3D, and with the upgraded camera features, this will include taking pictures in Panorama. If this has not got you on board for the new amazing phone, check this out.
Handling the phone will feel different, but better, with its new sleek design. You will have an extended life battery of up to 10 hours and standby time that is an incredible 1000 hours. The screen will be full 1080p HD along with a 3D video display to help you enjoy those 3D pictures in Panorama. And finally, this will be a SIM-less phone that includes 2 to 3 internal antennas. As Apple puts it, “…the iPhone 5 will be a World Phone.”
With other features to be announced as the release date nears, one can only speculate as to the astounding and uncanny abilities this piece of technology wonder will possess. While you are getting wound up about this fine piece of work, there is bound to be even better and more impressive products from Apple on the horizon. What that may be is anyone’s guess, or educated speculation if you have the insider’s scoop.
- Sell iPhones To Upgrade To iPhone 5 (bocaratonpawn.wordpress.com)
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In the world of technology, there is the saying that parallels comments about the weather, just wait a day and it will change. While new technology does not move quite that swiftly, it does move fast. One year you will hear that computers can handle one gigabyte of information, then suddenly it is up to four gigabytes, then 80 gigabytes, and so on.
Now, there are machines that easily handle up to two terabytes, the equivalent of 2,000 gigabytes. For a better frame of reference, take a look at the chart below and look at just how much memory potential the computer industry has in store, pardon the pun.
(Information below provided by http://www.whatsabyte.com.)
Processor or Virtual Storage Disk Storage
· 1 Bit = Binary Digit · 1 Bit = Binary Digit
· 8 Bits = 1 Byte · 8 Bits = 1 Byte
· 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte · 1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte
· 1024 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte · 1000 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte
· 1024 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte · 1000 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte
· 1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte · 1000 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte
· 1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte · 1000 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte
· 1024 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte · 1000 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte
· 1024 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte · 1000 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte
· 1024 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte · 1000 Yottabytes = 1 Brontobyte
· 1024 Yottabytes = 1 Brontobyte · 1000 Brontobytes = 1 Geopbyte
· 1024 Brontobytes = 1 Geopbyte
I know, I know, this is probably way more than you wanted to see, but if you happen to be a real technology junkie, this has got to be impressive; that is, of course, if you did not know about it already. Having showed this, the real story here is about the new smart phone capabilities coming from the iPhone 5. It has not been that long since iPhone 4S was the topic of the day; as previously mentioned, technology moves very fast.
The Apple iPhone 5 is expected to be released sometime later in 2012. Speculations revolve around an early Fall debut, but it is only speculation at this time. Even so, no doubt it will find just as much fanfare as its predecessors, the iPhone 4S, 4, etc. Which leads to what is to be expected, a sell-off of used iPhones. Pawn shops around the country are likely to be bombarded with customers trying to offload their nicely used phones of the 4S, 4, and other previous iPhones. When other releases occurred, the reaction was the same as what is expected when the iPhone 5 comes to a store near you; a fever pitched scramble to upgrade.
A question that is bound to be brought up is what Apps will grace this new phone that is functional and practical? Well, both of these terms are relative to what one may mean by functional and practical. Defining these words to suit this new technology is neither practical or functional for the readership. What really matters is related directly to the needs of each user, individually, not collectively. To get a real good feel for what this unbelievable phone possess, read the subsequent blog describing some mind-blowing apps and abilities.
- Apple working on new iPad ‘Smart Case,’ Gorilla glass 2-backed iPhone 5 (9to5mac.com)
- Technology Focus: Moving to the Zettabyte Era (ibtimes.com)
- What a New iPad Means for the iPhone (iphone.appstorm.net)
- Is this the iPhone 5? (buyitorfryit.com)
- Data Deluge (ibanniebtechsupport.wordpress.com)
If you happen to follow the diamond industry at all, you will be quite aware of a very famous auction to take place beginning May 14, 2012. This particular year holds special interests for jewelry or diamond enthusiasts due to a very rare called the Beau Sancy Diamond.
It is not only because it has been around since the 15th century, or the fact that has a history that reads like the travels of a gypsy. This diamond is massive coming in at almost 35 carats and worth as much as an estimated 4 million dollars in anticipation of the impending auction.
Sotheby’s Geneva that has plans to auction this magnificent specimen of pure elegance and stunning beauty. The Beau Sancy has a rich history full of rags to riches references. After its discovery, Henry IV gave this decadent piece to Marie de Médicis, his wife at the time, in 1604. (Her expression would have been a priceless work of photographic history.)
After the King was assassinated, Marie fled to the Netherlands where she elected to pawn Diamond Beau Sancy. From then to present times, this diamond has traveled through hands of pawnbrokers and back to royalty. For the diamond industry, this year has already been a remarkable experience.
Aside from the auctioning of the Beau Sancy Diamond, a pink diamond has been located in Australia. So rare is this find that it is being haled as one that may never be witnessed in our lifetime. With over 12 carats of rough diamond, only the person responsible for cutting this precious stone will know of its brilliance and clarity during the creation of what is most likely to be the find of the century.
- His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia Selling the Historical Diamond, Beau Sancy. (royalcorrespondent.com)
- Australia unearths country’s largest pink diamond (cnn.com)
- Sotheby’s Geneva to Auction One of the World’s Most Desirable Stones (pinkdiamondsgirl.wordpress.com)
- Sun-Drop Diamond Sets Record at Sotheby’s (raymondleejewelersblog.com)
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Watching a pawn shop show has just so long to be a series. This holds true for any cable or network series; the lifespan is finite. Making the material interesting enough to draw a large viewing audience is something that producers probably lose sleep over at some point.
Even so, the current task at hand will involve understanding what the viewing public want to see. Are they interested in drama, action, mysteries, comedy, and so on? The answer is what will drive the motivation to create something bold enough and cutting-edge to hit those elusive top numbers.
An example here is the Pawn Stars series on the History Channel, their content cannot be about clients constantly coming in to pawn gold, pawn jewelry, sell a watch, etc. No, they have to really beef up the antics or drama; make it interesting for the viewership. Industry trends have been for many, many years to include some form of conflict with humor and at least one person being clueless about most everything.
It appears that the executives over Pawn Stars is seeing the need to get the show out of the famous pawn shop and into the field more. This means that, to some extent, the items being sold to the shop will be bigger, stranger, and more challenging to make a profit from after committing to a purchase. All of this can really create a whole new appeal for those used to seeing words flying, pranks being played on Chumlee, or hearing the boss (Dad) make off-handed remarks ensuring that everyone remembers who is boss.
I say if they find that appeal factor to draw in larger numbers and a different demographic, absolutely fantastic! Why, you may ask? This is what creativity in reality shows is all about, connecting with those who pay the bills and look for entertaining television. Okay, Pawn Stars, go for it and all the best!
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- How About The Chumlee Phenomenom (bocaratonpawn.wordpress.com)
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Like music can bring out certain emotions when you hear a melody or lyrics, jewelry can have a similar effect. An enormous amount of energy, money, and heart goes into the making or selling gold jewelry, necklaces, or other elegant items. Most notably, weddings, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day are the most popular times when jewelry is sought. It is not always the act of obtaining the piece, rather the reason(s) and setting that really have the impact.
Consider the difference in these two scenarios; first, a man buys an engagement ring without much thought or consideration for what would be most suitable for his true love. He then shows up at his girlfriend’s work and calls her out to surprise her with a black velvet box. Now, is the girl going to get really excited and have one of those memorable experiences that can give her a feeling she will never forget? Well, this is not the most romantic and awe-inspiring setting or moment for creating that once-in-a-lifetime memory. However, this may be just fine for some women…to each her own.
Secondly, what about this little scenario? A young man takes time to figure out who is planning on marrying, what she likes or dislikes, the kind of jewelry that she dreams of owning, or her favorite precious stone and uses this information as a means for finding the perfect engagement ring and wedding band. He arranges a private and very romantic date to set the mood and create a mindset that will lock the moment in time. Whether it is a beautiful country-side filled with her favorite wildflowers and scenery or an evening of dinner and romantic walks along the beach, the setting will be a huge part of accomplishing a memorable moment. Of the two, it is easy to see which has a likelihood of providing a breathtaking experience that will be cherished for the rest of her life.
It is not always possible for some men to provide the expensive ring set or most pleasurable surroundings. If this happens to be the case, as it was in my situation, it is the amount of deep and profound love that is already felt between the two of you that can make up the difference. Fortunately for me, my wife of over 25 years saw that I truly and deeply loved her and was sincere when I proposed. Love is never wasted when there are true and genuine feelings so deep they can not be diminished or swayed by that which is based upon material objects; indeed, this is unconditional love.
- Tips, Trends & What Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day (stacyknows.com)
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In 1922, King Tut’s tomb was a modern day discovery that shocked the world and brought into clear sight the beautiful and priceless artifacts created over 3,200 years ago. Fascinating would be an understatement in describing the entire process and excavation. Howard Carter was financed heavily to undergo what would be one of the most priceless discoveries in contemporary times of the early 1900’s.
When making the actual discovery of the tomb, and subsequently the sarcophagus, there was also a discovery that the tomb had been robbed. In fact, it is a strong possibility that two robberies occurred during the 18th dynasty; this being the time period of King Tutankhamun. In one sense it was not a terrible result since the more intricate and prestigious relics were yet to be discovered. One reason for this is the immense weight of the objects enclosing the actual mummy of King Tut and the sarcophagus.
With amazement and anticipation, the outcome of the entire dig proved to be one for the record books. Once all of the preparations were done and careful planning completed, the work moved forward to carefully and painstakingly. With such enormous amounts of time being used to ensure a successful and non-damaging approach, the patience of Carter and his team must have been truly tested. Apparently, it was the professionalism of Howard Carter that truly preserved the precious items being pulled out of the tomb.
For the most part, river transportation was used to move the artifacts with the train being used on one occasion due to the weight and significance of the pieces. An armed guard was part of the protective measure utilized for such a magnificent discovery. Sheer and utter elation was felt throughout the 10 year process of removing and having each piece catalogued. A tremendous amount of photographic evidence was created to help preserve the initial experience.
Imagine the feelings and emotions being felt by Howard Carter and his team on that first day of discovery. Little did they know at the time how much gold was used and jewelry items that were created to honor this young man for centuries to come. Today, this collection can be seen in Cairo as a complete piece of history ready for a contemporary time to receive in awe.
- King Tut’s Tomb Discovered!!! [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
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- Valley of the Kings – Egypt, Africa (place2visit.wordpress.com)
- Today in History: King Tut’s tomb unsealed (boston.com)
The process one goes through to decide whether or not to pawn a personal item can be a real tricky experience. Trying to put some sequential perspective on this topic leans towards the reason for having the notion to begin with. What drives someone to consider taking a piece of personal property to turn over to a business? After careful consideration, it comes down to needing money the majority of the time.
Other considerations that may play a part in this kind of mind-set could include making some change on something that has no personal value any longer, getting rid of property that belonged to an ex-spouse or friend, or even avoiding the hassle of holding a yard or garage sale. Whatever the reason may be to pawn something at the time, the ultimate result is receiving cash on the spot. Perhaps, money being a driving force or motivator is not such a bad idea after all.
Researching the cost of your item can be done easily by driving to three or four pawn shops to get quotes from each in order to get your best results. All in all, the process does not have to be so challenging that you cannot function in life. This kind of debilitating anxiety will not allow your thoughts to be clear and will most assuredly cloud any judgement when the time comes. So, relax and enjoy the whole experience, and remember, you are going to get some cash in the process.
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How far would you go to pawn something you think is valuable, or at least of some value? What would you pawn if you owned animals instead of gold or valuable jewelry? Now there is a new series called “Cajun Pawn Stars” that just might fill your hankering for some real crazy pawn shop action. The series just began on January 8th and is claimed to be a huge hit. Donkeys, cows, and who knows what else will appear on this show. But, how far is too far when it comes to reality shows?
There is probably someone out there who just might think that it is perfectly alright to throw a rope on old Betsy and haul her prime cuts down to the local pawn shop. Please, please reconsider for your own psychological sake. Doing this may permanently scar the minds of those who actually witness this bovine blunder. Anyway, I hope that this show is all it is designed to be; an entertainment piece for those who need a break from the seriousness of the world.
- Cow Tales: He saw my hat and hollered at me to come a-runnin’ (tammybruce.com)
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Some of the most important parts of considering a pawn loan have to do with your desire to retain ownership of the gold or jewelry you are considering to sell. It has been found that most people who deal with a Boca Raton pawn shop are likely to need cash in hand. With the struggling economy and so many people being out of work, the industry of pawn brokering has literally exploded into a competitor among retail businesses.
Searching the Internet has also become a means by which individuals, or potential customers as the industry likes to call them, have a source for directing them to those pawn shops that tout the best deals around. Selling or pawning an item is the real choice that one needs to consider. Sell gold, sell jewelry, sell IPads, or any other item, and you can receive cash almost immediately. The only problem some may see with doing this is that the sell is final. Seller’s remorse plays no part in trying to recover an item that is sold. For those who make the decision to sell, it is usually a firm one and they do not look back and feel as though they made a poor choice.
There is a safe method for retaining your valuables in the future if a short-term cash fix is all that is needed; pawn your goods. It is not unusual for those with means during a more prosperous and robust economy find their situation being rather desperate and needing a sudden influx of cash. Boca Raton pawn shops are designed to accommodate their needs as well. High-end items are something these pawn brokers specialize in and are prepared to offer some really good prices. So, take heart and know that Boca Raton pawn shops have your back and want to help you in any way possible when the need for cash-in-hand is critical.
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By now, everyone has either enjoyed or endured the Harrison family and their popular “reality” show, Pawn Stars! So it’s really no shocker that someone took the initiative to branch out the product endorsements and have a book written for them. Will you buy it? Me… I think I’m waiting for the Pawn Store malt liquor to hit the shelves! Or maybe the Chumlee microwave HungryMan entres!
Rick, his son Big Hoss, and Rick’s dad, The Old Man have very little going for them if they ever want to have a clothing line or a fragrance for men, but they DO have the knack for the pawn business. You might say that if anyone was born to pawn, it was the Harrison’s.
So, I think this book is worth a read, if only to really understand the inside track of the pawn industry. I’m curious what tips and tricks they have to offer. Plus… I can’t wait to read the parts Chumlee helped write!
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Episode: Cannons and Klingons. (2011). The History Channel website. Retrieved 9:08, August 2, 2011, from http://www.history.com/shows/pawn-stars/episodes/season-2.
An antique signal cannon from the 1980’s TV series Magnum P.I has the Pawn Stars off to the shooting range! Will the guys make an offer to the tune of 20 or 30 GRAND like the seller is asking, or will they decide this deal just doesn’t have the fire power? You guessed it! Check out the episode on http://www.history.com/shows/pawn-stars/videos/playlists/full-episodes.
There was a lighter and photos from a “top-secret 1950’s atomic bomb testing program” that came into the shop, but I was skeptical of the seller… see how the pawn stars handled this buy.
My favorite Pawn Stars moment!
A Trecky pops in with a ton of signed Star Trek keep sakes and collectibles. What will Corey and Chumlee do? Go boldly go where no offer has gone before?
Catch up on the episodes here: http://www.history.com/shows/pawn-stars/episodes/
Boca Raton’s own Lee Josephson from Boca Raton Pawn was recently quoted in Fox Business, “A lot of times people will ask about the interest rate, but forget about the fees”. Sometimes the fees are so hidden and so massive, that the customer could get “robbed” of their money before they have even walked out the door. With that just being one of the many questions to ask.
Here are a few more to remember:
*How long have you been in business?
*Are you insured?
*What happens if the shop is robbed and my item is stolen?
*Do you require paper work?
*Where will my stuff be kept?
* Will I get notifications of when my bill is due?
Proper paper work and full knowledge of your state’s pawn shop laws are a good way to make sure you are dealing with an honest shop. For instance, In Florida, paw shops are required to make a copy of your driver’s license and take a thumb print to have on file for all of their customers.
Lastly, make sure you leave with all of your paperwork, including copies of the paperwork the shop manager made you sign for! Especially the receipt, because that could be one of the hidden fees they can (and some do)! charge for!
Remember, don’t just run out and pawn when desperate times are amongst, pawn SMART! Pawn iPhones, iPads or other Apple Products today!