Not all jewelry pieces are put onto prominent displays. Due to the size and space limits of some pawn shops, there may be a few pieces of jewelry behind the desk or in strange places, especially if the jewelry isn't made of precious metals or stones. As you browse through pawn shops across the US, keep a few jewelry hunting points in mind for discoveries that aren't on front desk display.
Clothing Bins And Open Boxes
If the pawn shop is set up similar to a thrift shop or second-hand store, there may be a few boxes of belongings that you could sift through. Not all jewelry needs to go behind a case, and it's not unlikely to find a few necklaces made of inexpensive stones such as fake diamond materials, jasper or geode cluster material.
A lot of the random jewelry pieces can be found in boxed, wholesale lots after a large donation or selloff. Pawn shops often sift through the materials carefully to get a proper inventory and display plan, but if the materials aren't valuable enough--such as when donors or friends of the shop bring in items--they may sit in boxes just in case a buyer is looking for something that can be priced on the go.
Pawn shops with open box browsing areas are easy enough to sift through, but smaller pawn shops will keep the goods in a back room storage or at a storage warehouse. Be sure to ask about goods in storage and set up a time to browse through the other items in a well-lit, monitored space.
Pawn Shop Lot Sales
Sometimes the packaged lots of multiple items are sold together. The pawn shop may not want to waste space by displaying random articles of clothing, jewelry, music and other items that aren't likely to fetch a good price for the amount of space being taken up.
That doesn't mean you can't have a quick look at the belongings. Pawn shop staff will likely open the lot and give a sample of a few items, and unless you're desperately enthused about a specific item and willing to pay a great price, you'll need to buy the entire lot.
Lot sales are especially the case when items are far more valuable as a set. If you're planning on getting cuff links, pins, broaches, fastening chains or other clothing-bound jewelry, the pawn shop might not want to lose the full set value by selling part of the set.
Contact a pawn shop—like Desert Jewelry Mart & Coins and other locations—to discuss any miscellaneous jewelry and accessories that might be hidden in boxes, pockets and lots.