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Carbon-conscious consumers find selection, value, and sustainability at National Pawn


Pawnshops have existed for thousands of years but are at the forefront of today’s hottest retail trend—sustainability. According to ThredUp’s 2022 Resale Report, “consumers are prioritizing sustainability, retailers are starting to embrace resale, and policymakers are getting on board with the circular economy.” Carbon-conscious consumers in Burlington, Charlotte, Durham, Gastonia, Greensboro, Hope Mills, Concord, Raleigh, Wilmington, or Winston-Salem, North Carolina have a reliable and trusted business where they can shop sustainably thanks to National Pawn, which has served North Carolina for 35 years. 

Resale is big business

Led by Generation Z, today’s consumers are increasingly focused on sustainability while shopping. Younger shoppers pay far more attention to their carbon footprint than any perceived stigmas associated with secondhand goods. In fact, 80% of Gen Z’ers responded that there was no stigma attached to buying secondhand goods whatsoever, according to the Global Data Consumer Survey.

Get paid to recycle at National Pawn 

Most consumers understand that throwaway retail culture depletes natural resources and overfills landfills. Pawnshops, by contrast, offer a solution that not only reduces the consumer’s carbon footprint by avoiding throwing their items away but also helps put cash in their pocket. Pawnshops will pay top dollar for pre-owned merchandise like electronics, tools and equipment, jewelry, designer watches, luxury handbags, and other items of value. Selling items to the trusted team at National Pawn is quicker and more straightforward than the hassle and risk of selling the item online.

Why National Pawn is the most sustainable place to shop in North Carolina

National Pawn is the best place to get cash for items of value. It’s also the first place to shop for pre-owned items in Burlington, Charlotte, Durham, Gastonia, Greensboro, Hope Mills, Concord, Raleigh, Wilmington, or Winston-Salem, North Carolina. To better understand how pawnshops represent the best of resale, it’s important to understand how they work. Pawnshops obtain most of the inventory on their shelves from people like you who bring in items they don’t want or are no longer using. As a result of all of these transactions, pawnbrokers end up with items on their shelves in good condition and have value to someone else. 

Pawnshops have a wide selection of merchandise

The items found for sale in a reputable pawnshop have been tested and verified in working condition and authentic. Shoppers can find items ranging from rare antiques and collectibles to useful tools and equipment to fine jewelry and luxury items inside their neighborhood pawnshop. 

Despite old stereotypes, consumers can shop pawn stores with confidence. Less than 1/10th of 1% of items in pawnshops are reported as stolen.

Should you buy fine jewelry at a pawnshop? 

Pawnshops buy, sell, and pawn items of value, including fine jewelry with diamonds and other gemstones. Carbon-conscious buyers understand that the only truly zero-impact diamond is a recycled one. They also recognize that pawnshops are a significant source of recycled gold for jewelry manufacturers. They also help consumers keep their jewelry and wear it longer by offering repair and refurbishment. 

Pawnbroking is a highly-regulated industry, and a reputable pawnshop will always guarantee the authenticity of everything they sell. 

Purchasing luxury items at a pawnshop

Consumers can still enjoy the quality craftsmanship of luxury goods such as designer handbags, luxury watches, gold and diamond jewelry, the latest electronics, or even a pair of high-end sneakers. Buying them from a pawnshop instead of new extends the life cycle of the luxury item and extends its life. 

Here are five of the top benefits of buying pre-owned items from pawnshops: 

1-Pawnbrokers are experts in secondhand: Pawnshops aren’t new to the secondary market, they’ve been around since the beginning of recorded history. They are also the most regulated and trusted source for pre-owned goods

2-Pawnshops contribute to the local economy: Buying secondhand from online marketplaces or direct from the owner can be risky leaving the consumer to wonder what happens if something goes wrong or the item they’re buying turns out to be stolen? Trained professionals handle transactions at the pawnshop. 

3-Pawn shops offer unbeatable value: The single biggest moment of depreciation for a piece of fine jewelry, designer watch, or any other item is when it goes from being ‘new’ to ‘secondhand”. By contrast, pre-owned items depreciate far slower and are a better value. Instead of paying retail, buying from a pawnshop allows consumers to have the items they want at more easily affordable prices. 

4-Pawnshop purchases are collateral: Items bought from the pawnshop and other things of value can be used as collateral for a pawn if the need arises in the future or sold back to the pawnshop. 

5-Shop small sustainable: Resale is more than just a passing phase; it’s big business, projected to double in the next five years to $77B. Shoppers already understand the importance of supporting small businesses in their communities. Now, it’s important that they also realize that doing business with a pawn shop makes them part of a circular economy that keeps unwanted items out of landfills and cuts down on unnecessary production. It’s the most sustainable way to shop! 

Whether you decide that selling or pawning your item is the best fit for your situation, our team is prepared to help you get the cash you need. Call or stop by one of our twenty-three store locations to meet our team and experience for yourself the service that has helped us build a reputation for trustworthiness and more than 50,000 positive Google Reviews in Burlington, Charlotte, Durham, Gastonia, Greensboro, Hope Mills, Concord, Raleigh, Wilmington, or Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

BBB recognizes National Pawn for 25 years of commitment to trust


North Carolina’s National Pawn & Jewelry, Inc. was recently recognized for 25 years of adhering to the Better Business Bureau’s Code of Business Practices, built on the BBB Standards for Trust. These eight principles summarize important elements of creating and maintaining trust in business:

1. Build Trust: Establish and maintain a positive track record in the marketplace.

2. Advertise Honestly: Adhere to established standards of advertising and selling.

3. Tell the Truth: Honestly represent products and services, including clear and adequate disclosures of all material terms.

4. Be Transparent: Openly identify the nature, location, and ownership of the business, and clearly disclose all policies, guarantees, and procedures that bear on a customer’s decision to buy.

5. Honor Promises: Abide by all written agreements and verbal representations.

6. Be Responsive: Address marketplace disputes quickly, professionally, and in good faith.

7. Safeguard Privacy: Protect any data collected against mishandling and fraud, collect personal information only as needed, and respect the preferences of customers regarding the use of their information.

8. Embody Integrity: Approach all business dealings, marketplace transactions and commitments with integrity. 

In 2011, National Pawn was named a recipient of the prestigious Torch Award, a celebration of excellence in business ethics that recognizes small businesses from across every industry in the marketplace. National Pawn is committed to changing the perception of the pawn industry one customer at a time. 

National Pawn Makes Instrument Donation to New Hanover County Schools


Playing a musical instrument as a child has been shown to improve academics and help young musicians gain essential skills including patience, responsibility, and self-expression. For one North Carolina native, the experience was so impactful that he has spent the past dozen years building a legacy by donating thousands of instruments and tens of thousands of dollars to music education programs in communities where his company’s stores are located. 

“We know that each of the instruments we give has the power to change lives, and we have heard so many inspiring stories from students since we started back in 2010,” says Bob Moulton. Enamored by music as a child, Moulton wanted to join his middle school band in Durham, but financial strains made it difficult for his parents to purchase a new instrument. It wasn’t until his mom found an affordable instrument at a yard sale that Moulton was able to live out his musical dreams. 

Now a successful businessman, Moulton wants to ensure that every child who is interested in joining a school music program can pursue those opportunities. Over the years, they’ve hosted unveiling assemblies in Alamance, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, and Wake counties. Even during the pandemic disruptions of the past two years, Moulton saw to it that the local children had instruments.

During these donation events, Moulton is always accompanied by employees from the company’s nearby stores. Dianna Martinez, who has been with the organization almost a year, attended the most recent instrument donation at New Hanover County Schools. “I was so happy to be invited,” she shares, “it made me feel personally appreciated and demonstrated how much this company appreciates people who live here.” 

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been involved in something like that,” shared Amos Santiago, an Account Manager at one of their three Wilmington stores who was there as well, “I was so proud to be able to give back!” 

Ariceli Maldonada, an Account Manager who also attended, added, “National Pawn is a very inclusive company, and I couldn’t be more proud of the way we support our community!” 

Black History Month: Spotlight on our Team’s Changemakers


For Black History Month, we are celebrating through stories from our National Pawn family.  We are highlighting  African American associates that have been “changemakers” in their career, community or in their families. They will also share “changemakers” who have personally inspired them.

“My name is Jeffrey Willis Jr. I am 26 years of age and I’m from a small town called Fayette, Mississippi. I am honored to be highlighted as an African American change maker. As an African American, I have so many reasons to be proud. 

A few big reasons are: The fact that my bloodline is filled with perseverance. The dedication that my ancestors had for change, and that we, as a people, have a courageous motivation beyond this world. Understanding and knowing where I come from has given me the utmost confidence to be who I truly am, and to take charge and lead in high positions. I’ve led high-ranking teams with FEMA and the Peace-corps, giving back to those in need, of all races. That was one of my proudest accomplishments.  That accomplishment gave me the power to let all my fellow African Americans know that the possibility of success is endless, and we as a race are free as a bird is this world.

Though obstacles arise, as a people, we can overcome them. We are obligated to change. That’s the true definition of success. I take that theory and I apply it to everything in my life.

To all races I say, “You should be proud of who we are and where we come from.”

Barack Obama inspires me by saying “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”  There is no waiting for change. The time is now. -One Love, United we Better

child playing instrument

National Pawn’s Instrument Donation Gets Shuttered Children’s Art Program Back on its Feet


When the team at National Pawn in Fayetteville saw local news reporter Gilbert Baez’s story about a local arts program falling victim to theft, they knew it was a cause close to their CEO’s heart. Since 2010, Bob Moulton and his team at National Pawn have donated thousands of instruments and tens of thousands of cash to public performing arts programs in North Carolina counties where their stores are located. 

Moulton, who founded the company in 1987, has always sought to give back to the communities his stores serve and is specifically inspired to support music education through his own experiences growing up. Once he learned of what had happened to Art Exp’osion, a program that connects underserved children to music and the arts, he knew he had to help. “This is a guy that’s really doing some good things for the community, and we need to reach out and help him,” he shared, referring to the program’s Executive Director Velton Brown. 

Brown says that about 8,000 area children have taken part in his program over the years. “Since I started the program in 2003, I have 19 kids that are now music teachers or band directors somewhere,” he beamed. But it all came to a halt when thieves broke into the building and stole instruments and other property. 

Now, thanks to this donation of keyboards, guitars, saxophones, and a truckload of other instruments, computers, and supplies, Brown will be able to get his program back up and running soon. A GoFundMe has been set up for the public to contribute. 

“Our hope with instrument donations is that they inspire others to get involved and really broaden the community impact,” said Moulton.  See the full story via WRAL.

About National Pawn: National Pawn is a Triangle-based pawn retailer with 23 locations across North Carolina. For over 30 years, National Pawn has been recognized as an industry leader, recently surpassing over 50,000 Google reviews thanks to world-class customer service, bright modern stores, quality products, and a professional sales team. National Pawn offers services including buying, selling, and pawn loans. For more information, call (888) 315-4347, email info@nationalpawnshops.com or visit www.nationalpawnshops.com

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