The Eight Best Things You Can Find in a Houston Pawn Shop
Despite what the Pawn Stars of the History Channel may have you believe, pawn shops aren't all wacky items that require expert appraisal. Houston has its fair share of pawn shops, and they're filled with items both quirky and practical.
"You can find almost anything -- literally almost anything," said Jim Wright of Wright Pawn and Jewelry Company.
We spoke to different pawn shops to find out what they're selling. Here are some of our favorites.
8. Used Dentures (Gross?)
David Pilgrim of Action Pawn, our Best Pawn Shop of 2013, said the store has "a little bit of everything." Teeth included, apparently.
Riders are welcome at Wright Pawn and Jewelry Company.
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Bikes like this and others are in stock at Action Pawn.
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Pilgrim told us that Action Pawn, located in the Montrose area, caters to the neighborhood's need for high-end bikes. The store has bicycles that retail at anywhere from $500 to $5,000.
A 1960s Bridges Electric Drill
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This television probably wouldn't sell for much.
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The Good Old Days of Nintendo 64 and Blowing On the Bottom of Games.
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Almost every pawn shop we talked to said they sold jewelry. According to Wright, how nice that jewelry is depends on the neighborhood.
"I melt ten-carat gold," he said.
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