Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box
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Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

I know the frustration of trying to find a gift for somebody who seems to have everything. What finally helped me take the angst out of gift buying was starting to think outside the box. Since then, it seems to be easier to find something that my loved one will like, whatever the occasion. These days, I look in unusual places for gift ideas. Instead of retail shops, I see what is happening at local auction houses. I may look into getting my loved one something they've expressed an interest in recently, like taking guitar lessons. I may even surprise my friend with a visit from a chef who prepares a special meal just for him or her. If you have the gift buying blues, let me help. I'll provide some tips on how to get clues for wonderful presents that will delight and amaze your loved ones.


Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

3 Great Items To Purchase From A Pawn Shop

Peggy Lee

If you love getting a good deal when you go shopping or have to buy something you need, be sure to stop by your local pawn shop. In many ways, your local pawn shop is like a general store, full of lots of great items that you can score at a great price. The next time you need some new tools, jewelry, DVDs, or musical instruments, head on down to your local pawn shop.


Purchasing tools brand new from the store can be really expensive. Luckily, you can get a wide variety of tools from the pawn shop. You can find an assortment of tools, ranging from drills to hedge trimmers to electrical sanders at your local pawn shop.

A pawn shop is a great place to pick up a tool that you know you are only going to use a few times. You can save money on the purchase of the tool that is more in-line with how often you will use the tool. Be sure to test out the tool and make sure that it turns on and powers up before you finalize the purchase.


Jewelry can be really expensive to purchase from the jewelry counter. However, jewelry is a lot like a car -- as soon as it leaves the lot, it loses a large amount of its value. That is why you can find jewelry at what feels like rock-bottom prices at pawn shops. Used jewelry is generally a lot less expensive than new jewelry, and you will find that you often have to pay half what you would have to pay at a jewelry store for the same item.

Also, at a pawn shop, you are more likely to find some unique jewelry items that you will not see at your local jewelry store.

Before purchasing jewelry, know the type of stone and metal that you are looking for, and know the signs of a high-quality item. This will help you ensure that you walk away with some jewelry that you'll really like and is worth the price you pay for it.


Although streaming services are increasingly popular, one of the great things about watching a movie or show via a DVD is that it doesn't take up any of your data and the quality of the image is generally higher.

Additionally, the price for DVDs in pawn shops is a fraction of what it costs to purchase new DVDs from the store. Pawn shops check their DVDs to make sure that they will play, and most pawn shops will happily switch out a DVD if you bring it back within a few days if it doesn't play.

Also, you are more likely to find old classic movies at the pawn shop. Additionally, if you have a gaming system that you can watch the DVDs on, most gaming systems will upscale the quality of the DVD to match that of your TV.

The next time you need a new power tool, some nice jewelry, or some interesting DVDs, head down to your local pawn shop like Pawn World for a great deal.