Hey, man – how much for the toaster?

Recently I was driving my lovely wife to work along the same route we always take, through Arlington along Lee Highway when I saw a line at the National Pawnbrokers store at Lee and Kirkwood. I don’t mean some guy was waiting for the place to open. About five people were waiting at the door.

I first assumed these were people who had somehow spilled out of the bus queue but they were definitely at the pawnshop door. Was there a sale on jewelry? Hand tools? Musical instruments?

The most curious thing of all is that one of the people in line was holding a toaster. Maybe he needed a buck before the plasma center opened or maybe he simply ran out of bread and no longer needed it. I hoped, for his sake, that he was just taking it for a walk and not reduced to trying to sell off a cheap appliance to a pawnbroker. That’s a desperate measure, to be sure.

So, DC area friends – what’s the weirdest thing you have sold at a pawnshop when you needed that early morning buck in your pocket?

2 Comments so far

  1. psolus (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    I didn’t sell it, but I once had to pawn my Norton 750 Commando in order to pay rent.

  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    Wow. Nice bike. I bet it was hard to let it go.

    Years ago I took my guitar effects pedals to a pawn shop simply because I never used them and knew I could get some quick cash for them. I got almost nothing for them but that beat putting an ad in the paper, in which case I would have netted even less. Those were the days before Craigslist.

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