Where you take your items to pawn is your choice. You may wonder, “Who are the people behind the pawnshops near me?” “How long have they been in business?” “What do they value?”
You’re not alone in these questions. In a small town, you’re more likely to know the business owner, how long he/she’s been in business, their family, their interests, and their values. In a large city, this may not be possible. You’re left knowing very little about the history of the business or the owner’s values.
To learn the story behind Garden City Pawn, read on!
Thomas Blaine: My Story
Tom is the owner of Garden City Pawn and jack of all trades around the store. He’s married with one child, a boy 7 years old. His hobbies include triathlons, boating, fishing and spending time with his wife and son.
How did you get started in the pawn business?
“I started in the business in the working summers during high school. My 2 Uncles had a store in the City of Detroit. My first year working in the business was 1996.”
What’s the story behind the business?
“I purchased our current store in 2008 from its former owner. He was here in Garden City for about 20 years as a buy and sell store before we purchased it from him.”
Were there any notable challenges you had to overcome?
“Some of the biggest challenges for us have been learning about all the laws that govern pawnbrokers and staying up to date with all federal compliance issues.”
You’ve been in business for over a decade! What changes have you seen in the industry over the last 10 years?
“There have been a couple ups and downs over the last 10 years, including the gold rush that happened after the 2008 financial crash. The gold rush ended a few years ago and caused us to shift our focus a bit from buying gold to loaning more money.”
What do you like most about the pawn business?
“I really appreciate the opportunity to help people and business owners get through tough financial times. It’s also a ton of fun buying and selling different items every day.”
Why should people do business with Garden City Pawn? What makes you different from other pawn shops?
“We treat customers with respect and integrity. We value honesty and follow all state and federal laws pertaining to pawnbrokers. We are one of the only licensed pawnbrokers in our immediate area that does 3% pawn loans.”
Now when you ask the question “Is there a pawnshop that stands out among the other pawnshops near me?” You can respond, “Garden City Pawn is the answer!” Tom owns the place, is a triathlete, likes to help people, values honesty, and loves what he does.”
“Customer service was very professional, prompt, and polite. I have been dealing with Garden City Exchange for years now and they have ALWAYS helped me out and worked with me in tough times. I also have referred a few others to them and will continue to do business for a long time to come. Thanks guys for a job well done!” Renee Krieger