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By | from Les Gold, from Seth Gold, Latest posts, Uncategorized

Finding High-Value Pawn Items

We all need some extra cash every once in a while.

And while some high-value items immediately come to mind (gold, jewelry, electronic), you may be surprised to find that you may have other items perfect for pawn. 

Join us in a scavenger hunt to find value in unlikely items!

The ‘70s are full of groovy items!

This decade gave us tie-dye, Star Wars, high-waisted pants, roller-skating.

Wait a minute… 

It’s time to check the closet and basement because your vintage items (50 years old or more) may be worth big money! These items are perfect for pawn. Start looking for:

  • Original Tupperware
  • Comics
  • Handbags
  • Lunchboxes
  • Magazines and cookbooks

Brush with Fame?  

Did you go to high school with a famous athlete or celebrity and have a yearbook with their signature? Take a stroll down memory lane too. (Bonus: pre-hashtags and texting). Did your yearbook have any of these? ASS: always stay sweet, KIT: keep in touch, or LYLAS: love ya like a sis. 

  • Kristen Bell: Shrine Catholic High School, Royal Oak
  • Jack White & Diana Ross: Cass Tech High School, Detroit
  • Eminem: Lincoln High School, Warren
  • Jalen Rose: Southwestern High School, Detroit

‘90s Toys. Shockingly Valuable

When toys are in great condition they can be worth great money. Time to raid the toybox!

  • Retired American Girl dolls (Molly and Samantha, for example)
  • Original Harry Potter books
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards
  • Board Games: Mall Madness, ‘90s Trivial Pursuit, and more

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

Disney never goes out of style, but there are a few things that continue to grow in value.

  • Vintage Disney World or Disneyland park maps
  • Trading pins 
  • Original Buzz and Woody toys

Ready, set, go!

Start your scavenger hunt by looking around your house for valuable items you never knew you had.

Then, visit American Jewelry and Loan and pawn for instant cash!

 

Pawn Loans 101

By | from Les Gold, from Seth Gold, Latest posts

Pawn Loans

A pawn is a non-recourse, collateral-backed loan.

This simply means:

  • You bring in an item of value that you own.
  • We’ll offer you a loan based on the market value of the item for up to 90 days.
  • You get cash- within minutes.
  • You pay back your loan (plus interest and storage fees) within 90 days. 
  • If you choose not to pay back the loan, we keep your item. And, because you’ve secured the loan with your item, there’s no recourse, meaning, you’re not penalized from opening future loans. And, it doesn’t affect your credit score. 

When you need cash. Look around.

Chances are you have items of value perfect for pawn.

Outdoor and Summer Items.

Perfect for pawn with the benefit of storage too!

 

  • Lawnmowers, blowers, edgers, and more
  • Patio furniture and fire pits
  • Barbeques and smokers
  • Bicycles, scooters, hoverboards, and power riding toys
  • Trampolines and playhouses 
  • ATVs and motorcycles

Calling all Boaters! Your toys are worth big money!

  • Dinghy, jet ski, and powerboats, and outboard motors
  • Marina tech and toys: golf carts, water mats, GPS, and more

Camping equipment gets you s’more money!

  • Coolers
  • RVs, tents, trailers, and more
  • Binoculars and metal detectors
  • Fishing and hiking gear

Remember, pawn anytime. No appointment needed. 

Open Monday- Saturday 9:30am- 6pm

Les Gold on Gold

By | Business, from Les Gold, In the News, Latest posts

Top Four Reasons to Buy Gold Now

If anyone knows gold, it’s Les. With more than 60 years of experience, he knows gold is more than just a fashion statement. It’s an investment. And, it’s the perfect time to purchase the piece you’ve always wanted. Here’s why:

1. Gold = Cash in Hand

Your gold chain, ring, or bracelet holds a value that can be used to secure a short-term pawn loan at any time. So, when you find yourself needing some extra cash, American Jewelry & Loan can provide you with instant cash using your piece as collateral to secure your loan. 

2. Gold is Increasing in Value

Gold increases in value whenever there’s political, economic, or financial uncertainty. And, 2020 checks all of these boxes! It’s no wonder gold is seeing near record-setting increases each month. With value growing, now is the time to purchase. 

3. Gold Doesn’t Require a Bank

Purchasing gold allows you to invest without needing to join a bank. Fees and waiting periods don’t apply with gold. It’s a smart way to invest and get cash whenever you need it. 

4. Gold is a Statement

What other investment can you hold in your hand, wear on your body, and make a fashion statement? Gold. And, at American Jewelry and Loan, you’ll be able to make a statement when you choose a piece from our showroom or design a custom charm or ring with our on-site jeweler. Feel confident you made a great investment and turn heads with your new jewelry. 

 

Visit us online at PawnDetroit.com or in-store: Monday- Saturday, 9:30 am- 6 pm.

Detroit:  20450 Greenfield, Detroit, MI 48235, (313) 345-4000

Hazel Park20804 John R Road, Hazel Park, MI 48030, (248) 398-4653

Pontiac546 N. Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI 48341, (248) 409-5626

AJ&L COVID-19 Official Statement

By | Community Engagement, from Les Gold, from Seth Gold

With the current outbreak of COVID-19 both internationally and locally, we at American Jewelry & Loan wanted to take a moment to assure our team and valued customers that we are taking proactive steps to ensure the safety and well-being of every person that enters our facilities.

Not only are we following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Governor Whitmer, but we have taken added precautions and safety measures.  Our team is routinely disinfecting all areas of the stores before, after and during work hours. Additionally, latex gloves have been made available to our team to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

There are thousands of Detroiters that rely on us each day, so we do not plan on changing our hours unless mandated by the state of Michigan.  Remember that you can always pay your loan or layaway payments online at www.PawnDetroit.com or at our in-store kiosk.

Should you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call or email us at [email protected].

Thank you for your continued trust and patronage.

-American Jewelry & Loan

Holiday Shopping at American Jewelry & Loan

By | Detroit Love, from Les Gold, In the News

Recently, Les has been making the rounds on local news stations to talk about holiday shopping and what’s popular this year.  FOX 2, WDIV and TV20 have all had Les on to discuss luxury items and trends that he’s seeing.  If you missed any of the segments, click the link below to see what Les has to say.

Many times, Les will offer up deals JUST for those tuning in.  If you want to be kept in the loop as to where and when Les will be on air and offering up deals, join our American Jewelry & Loan Facebook Insiders page – it was created specifically for people who live, work and shop in Metro Detroit.

Happy Holidays, everybody!

Les visited Fox 2 Detroit with unique June gift ideas from the pawn shop.

Les Gold on Fox 2 Detroit with Gifts for Grads, Dads, And More!

By | Entertainment, from Les Gold, In the News

June is an exciting time! There’s a lot going on: Father’s Day, school graduations…and did you know June is one of the most popular months to “pop the question”?

If you’re running out of gift ideas, don’t fret- Les Gold can help!

Les stopped by Fox 2 News Detroit to appear on their morning news segment, “The Nine,” and share unique gift ideas for Dads, Grads, and more from Detroit’s biggest and baddest pawn shop, American Jewelry and Loan. Watch the video below:

 

Les Gold is the honored recipient of a "Partner of the Year" award from Winning Futures.

Les Gold Honored Recipient of 2019 “Partner of the Year” Award from Winning Futures

By | Community Engagement, Detroit Love, from Les Gold, Uncategorized

Les Gold, founder & president of American Jewelry and Loan, is honored to receive a “Partner of the Year” award from Winning Futures, an organization who has been empowering high school students to succeed as adults in the workforce since 1994.

On May 15, 2019, over 300 students, staff, mentors, partners, and supporters gathered at the Winning Futures 25th Anniversary Awards Celebration. During the event, Les was recognized as Partner of the Year, along with Hamilton Chevrolet and Warren Consolidated Schools.

Les was named Partner of the Year for serving as emcee and helping to raise over 425,000.00 for the benefit of Winning Futures during their annual gala live auction fundraiser event, “Corks & Forks“.

 

Les Gold to receive "Partner of the Year" award from Winning Futures of Metro Detroit, MI.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary and presented by Lear Corporation, Winning Futures (WinningFutures.org) is a nationally recognized and award-winning expert in empowering high school students to succeed. Through their evidence-based and structured Workforce Prep program, students throughout metro Detroit are immersed in a four-year experiential curriculum that begins in tenth grade and continues through one year post high school. The program includes in-class mentoring, life skill development, goal setting, job readiness training, and career exploration. With help from volunteer mentors and partnerships with the business community, students are transformed into self-reliant, employable, and productive adults with defined academic and career goals, and highly desirable workforce skills. Since 1994, Winning Futures has positively impacted more than 49,000 students and awarded $1.9 million in scholarships.

 

 

Les & Seth Discuss Mobile Payment System & More On Fox 2 Detroit’s “The Nine”

By | Detroit Love, Entertainment, from Les Gold, from Seth Gold | No Comments

On Friday, May 10, Les and Seth Gold visited Fox 2 Detroit‘s “The Nine” morning news segment to share some of their favorite treasures and unique gift ideas from American Jewelry & Loan.

The Golds also discussed new digital payment systems that customers can utilize for a more convenient pawn experience.

Read more at Fox 2 Detroit.

Les Gold to Act As Celebrity Auctioneer in 2019 JA Business Hall of Fame Live Auction

By | Community Engagement, from Les Gold

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan will hold its annual Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Live Auction Fundraiser.

Les Gold, president and founder of American Jewelry & Loan, is proud to participate as celebrity auctioneer for the live auction portion of the event.

The live auction event is a fundraiser for JA, who the Golds have partnered with to promote entrepreneurship and business skills in young people via The Gold Bank. The Gold Bank is a source for low-interest small business loans for students involved in the JA Company program, which teaches entrepreneurship to high school students. In order to receive a loan from The Gold Bank, students must present their business idea to a panel of business leaders, including the Golds.

This year’s induction ceremony and live auction will be held at beautiful Lovett Hall at The Henry Ford museum. The JA Business Hall of Fame honors business leaders in Southeastern Michigan who exemplify what JA hopes to teach and inspire in young people.

Les Gold will act as celebrity auctioneer at the JA 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony.

American Jewelry & Loan 40th Anniversary Good Luck Coin

By | from Les Gold

American Jewelry & Loan has been writing loans in Detroit for 40 years. It takes a lot to stay in business for that long- you need (among many other things) good sense, smarts, and a little luck.

Now, American Jewelry & Loan can you get the cash- AND the luck- that you need with our custom-made 40th Anniversary Good Luck Coin!

Made of 925 sterling silver, this coin was produced entirely in-house using the latest CAD design and 3D printing technology. Each coin will come with a business card signed by owner & president, Les Gold. What’s luckier than that?

Get your AJL 40th Anniversary Coin here!