Unique Pawn Brokers

★★★★☆

We Buy or Loan on Anything of Value

  • 3039 University Ave

    San Diego, CA 92104

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  • 619-294-3305

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Every transaction is a negotiation. This is especially true in the pawn business. But it doesn??t mean the negotiations have to be protracted or uncivil.

So says Steve Hirschhorn, president of Unique Pawnbrokers Inc. If ever there could be a face for the nice side of pawnbrokers, it should be this successful businessman. He??s built his reputation on customer service and a keen eye for evaluation. His stores in North Park (Unique Pawn and Unique Pawn Too) are known for diverse and eye-catching items, but the man himself wins over customers with his demeanor.

In many ways, Hirschhorn can trace his roots back to his schoolboy days as a coin collector for planting the pawnshop seed. By the time he was a teenager, Hirschhorn was flush with cash from his coin business. After some college, Hirschhorn knew he could jump into the pawn game without biding time in study labs and lecture halls.

So walking into his large space at the original store on University Ave., it??s easy to see his unencumbered vision as a collector of things. Toy airplanes, surfboards, drum kits, bicycles and paintings are just some the things on the display floor.

Jewelry is a major part of Unique??s business, and Hirschhorn is a certified gemologist, which comes in handy for his large selection of precious stones and metals. You??ll find no costume jewelry here; this is the good stuff.

Unique??s staff is like the store??s namesake. Hirschhorn has surrounded himself with young people that have a variety of interests, which comes in handy for evaluating the different items that come into the shop. One employee may be well-versed in sports paraphernalia while another handles musical instrument repair and appraisal. It??s part of what gives Hirschhorn a youthful enthusiasm.

Like any pawnshop, Unique offers loans at standard rates, but one thing the shop offers is a zero-percent interest loan for the first 30 days of a loan as long as the customer agrees to a flat $5 service charge.

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Every transaction is a negotiation. This is especially true in the pawn business. But it doesn??t mean the negotiations have to be protracted or uncivil.

So says Steve Hirschhorn, president of Unique Pawnbrokers Inc. If ever there could be a face for the nice side of pawnbrokers, it should be this successful businessman. He??s built his reputation on customer service and a keen eye for evaluation. His stores in North Park (Unique Pawn and Unique Pawn Too) are known for diverse and eye-catching items, but the man himself wins over customers with his demeanor.

In many ways, Hirschhorn can trace his roots back to his schoolboy days as a coin collector for planting the pawnshop seed. By the time he was a teenager, Hirschhorn was flush with cash from his coin business. After some college, Hirschhorn knew he could jump into the pawn game without biding time in study labs and lecture halls.

So walking into his large space at the original store on University Ave., it??s easy to see his unencumbered vision as a collector of things. Toy airplanes, surfboards, drum kits, bicycles and paintings are just some the things on the display floor.

Jewelry is a major part of Unique??s business, and Hirschhorn is a certified gemologist, which comes in handy for his large selection of precious stones and metals. You??ll find no costume jewelry here; this is the good stuff.

Unique??s staff is like the store??s namesake. Hirschhorn has surrounded himself with young people that have a variety of interests, which comes in handy for evaluating the different items that come into the shop. One employee may be well-versed in sports paraphernalia while another handles musical instrument repair and appraisal. It??s part of what gives Hirschhorn a youthful enthusiasm.

Like any pawnshop, Unique offers loans at standard rates, but one thing the shop offers is a zero-percent interest loan for the first 30 days of a loan as long as the customer agrees to a flat $5 service charge.

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I've always had mixed feelings about pawn shops, but my curiosity got the better of me when I found Unique Pawn Brokers online. After reading a bit about them, I decided to drop in and see what they had. I was amazed at their inventory and even more amazed at the antiques I found! I scooped up several pieces right away and plan on going back.

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I've always had mixed feelings about pawn shops, but my curiosity got the better of me when I found Unique Pawn Brokers online. After reading a bit about them, I decided to drop in and see what they had. I was amazed at their inventory and even more amazed at the antiques I found! I scooped up several pieces right away and plan on going back.

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