Today is Pawnbrokers Day

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bernjb56, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Administrator

    The profession of pawnbroker stretches back thousands of years and took place in the Greek and Roman Empires and in ancient China. The word pawn itself is derived from the Latin word pignus, meaning pledge. It even has its own patron saint, St Nicholas of Myra, and Pawnbrokers Day is held on that saint’s day every year.

    St. Nicholas was famous for his kindness and generosity towards the poor, and he became associated with pawn shops in the early 14th century, when what was then called montes pietatius, precursors to today’s pawn shops, were established by Franciscan friars. At that time, the goal was to be able to give low-interest loans to poor families so they could buy food, and the Franciscans alone started 150 montes pietatius.

    Because St. Nicholas managed to help so many impoverished families during his lifetime, Pope Julius II recognised him by making him the patron saint of the montes pietarius. Pawnbrokers day aims to recognise the role played by pawnbrokers in communities around the world in helping people manage their money, which they do by providing loans that are secured on a pledged item which is returned when the loan is repaid.

    Some of the most common items that have been pawned over the centuries have been musical instruments, and many pawnbrokers later donate the musical instruments nobody came back for to schools and other charity organisations who need them on Pawnbrokers Day, so children who love to play musical instruments but can’t quite afford them or war veterans in need of a hobby can continue perfecting their skills.

    They've always been a bit of a mystery to me, I don't think I've ever been in one.

  2. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

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  4. bernjb56

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  5. I et pawns last night n I’m brokers :D
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  6. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    What will you give me for the wife and children?

  7. It must be terrible for those that have to pawn stuff just to get by - fortunately I've never had to use one
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  8. Merlin Cat

    Merlin Cat Moderator

    Are they still as popular as they were years ago? Are Cash Converters pawn shops? The one I pass in Sheffield has a window full of battery drills etc that I refuse to buy on the premise they may be stolen.
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  9. Can't remember the last time I saw a "proper" pawn shop. I think places like Cash Converters just buy stuff.

    And, yes, they are probably nicked.
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  10. The worst is title pawn . Effectively giving your vehicle to a company for a few hundred bucks, with a apr of over 250% many states put them out of business because of impossible paybacks. Nobody can pay them back...short-term, high-interest loan targeted towards the desperate...
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  11. They won't be stolen if you keep them securely locked up!
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