Wilmington, NC (WWAY) -- Experts say spending on Christmas shopping is up this year and that's not just at big-name retail stores. Pawn shops are becoming a popular option for holiday deals, they have everything you can want and for good price. Shop owners say that's why more and more Christmas shoppers are considering their stores
"It's a busy time of the year for us also,” said Pete Jones, president of Pawn USA in Wilmington. “We're finding with the economy the way that it is a lot of people are coming in looking for deals, because, of course, they want to try and save as much money as they can, and that's what we do. Save them as much as we can and still give them a great product."
Pawn USA says the recipe for holiday shopping success is simple; have a variety of items. Customers can find everything from TV's and tools to cameras and even guns.
"You got everything in a small place,” said shopper Donna Bland. “You might see something that just might be perfect for somebody you're looking for."
Pawn shop owners say the big pull their stores have over big box chains lies in the inventory and price of gold and silver. Shoppers like Donna Bland agree that pawn shop jewelry can save someone big bucks.
"You can get the same quality here for a fourth of the price, maybe even less," said Bland.
As for people pawning goods, brokers say some people even take the cash they get and immediately use the money to buy gifts inside the pawn store.