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August Birthstone: Peridot

August’s birthstone, Peridot, is one of our favorites! Consumers are mostly attracted to its beautiful bright lime green or olive shades, but it can also be found in shades ranging from yellow green to dark olive.
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Much like many other gems, Peridot is formed deep within the Earth’s layers and brought to the surface by volcanoes. Today, however, the majority of Peridot gems are mined out of Pakistan, China, Myanmar, and Arizona. Similar to diamonds, it is graded by the 4 C’s: Cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Peridot also consists of 3 components: Hue, Tone, and Saturation.

This vibrant stone has been said to host magical and healing powers that protect against nightmares and also provide the wearer power and influence. The Peridot’s healing powers are said to be effective for lymph, breast, lung, and sunis issues.

Fun Facts:
•Peridot is derived from the Greek words “faridat” meaning “gem”
•August is also represented with the Zodiac sign Leo
•The 16th wedding anniversary is celebrated with the Peridot.
•Because of their brilliant sparkle that can even be seen at night, it is believed that minors scouted for these gems in moonlight. Thus, the “evening emerald” nickname was created.

Our gemstone jewelry, including Peridot's, is ever changing at America's Super Pawn. We are constantly receiving new pieces to add to our selection, so if you are in search of a birthday or anniversary gift, stop in to find the perfect Peridot piece!

5 to Buy Used Instead of New

Buying used can save you an awful lot of money. At America’s Super Pawn, it’s our specialty. Whether you are looking for a beautiful vintage piece of jewelry or some new video games, chances are, we have it. There are a lot of things that are especially great to buy used… here are a few:
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Jewelry- We constantly have a revolving selection of jewelry. By buying used, you are not only saving money, but also investing in a piece that most likely can’t be bought anywhere else. Our on-sight jeweler can have your new piece cleaned and polished and you’ll be the only one who knows you didn’t spend a fortune on it!
Entertainment- Whether you are in search of some new DVD’s, video games, or Blue-rays, our selection is extensive. Buying used means our prices just can’t be beat if you would buy these items in a big chain store. Our selection is also probably larger- everything from classic movies, games and consoles to recent releases… for a fraction of the price!
Toys- Before over spending on toys that your child will grow out of, buy used and save that money. Children often become bored with games and toys so why buy new?
Tools- Have a project you need a specific tool for? Buying gently used tools will save you a ton! Especially for those tools you only need once in a while- get your money out of them by only spending half the price.
Appliances- Both small and large appliances can be very costly. We often have a variety of gently used appliances in stock and there’s a good chance you can find what you’re looking for.

Interested in any of these items? Stop by one of our locations to see what’s in!

Fascinating Facts About Pawn Shops

•Wondering where the term “pawnshop” comes from? “Pawn” originated from the Latin word “pignus”, which means “pledge”. In early times, clothing was primarily the only asset people had to trade. They would pawn their clothing in exchange for a loan on cash or to borrow something.SuperPawnGold

•One of the biggest risks a pawnshop takes on is having one of their items be stolen property. Luckily, less than .02% of transactions in pawnshops deal with property that has been stolen. To help eliminate the chances of this, careful records are made of the purchase, along with recording the sellers ID. A list is then submitted to the police who check the serial numbers from items against their reports of stolen goods. Pawnbrokers are also required to keep merchandise for a certain amount of time before selling it, giving police to investigate any leads.

•A large majority of items pawned are jewelry. Metals and gems hold fluctuating value and especially sentimental value, which means their owner is more inclined to return for them and make their interest payment.

•It has been reported that the recession has increased pawn loans, but hurt the retail side of shops by up to 15%. Cash-for-gold transactions shot up as much as 35%!

If you’ve never visited America’s Super Pawn, stop in today and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you could find!

Fun Facts About Diamonds

Diamonds are one of, if not the most, sought after gem in the world. Many think that their formation is due to coal, but coal has rarely effected the formation of diamonds. In fact, most dated diamonds are older than coal! They are actually formed under crushing pressure and intense heat over a very long period of time. Here are a few more fun facts about diamonds:

•Diamonds are technically carbond1
•They are the hardest natural material and are often used for industrial cutting and polishing tools
•Most of the Earth’s natural diamonds can be found in Africa
•Naturally formed diamonds are brought closer to the Earth’s surface due to volcanic activity
•Less than 20% of naturally formed diamonds found in the Earth are true gem quality
•Diamonds can be dated as far back as 500 B.C.
•Blue and red diamonds are the most rare and valuable
•America is the worlds largest diamond market, buying more than 40% of the world’s gem quality diamonds- even though we produce almost none.
•One carat equals 0.2 grams or .007 ounces- the largest diamond weighs in at 3,106 carats and 2.8 pounds!

America’s Super Pawn offers an extensive collection of diamond jewelry that is constantly being added to with new pieces. Just a few perks of buying your diamond jewelry from us are low prices, the option of lay-away, an ever-changing selection to shop from, PLUS we have an experienced jeweler on staff that can repair, clean and steam your jewelry! We also offer a beautiful selection of diamond engagement rings- everything from vintage and classic to modern designs. Stop in one of our locations today to check out what we have or give us a call!

Silver vs Copper: What should you invest in?

The dollar isn't what it used to be. As its value plummets with inflation and a lagging economy, many investors are turning to metals. Silver is the small investor's usual standby, but recent rises in copper prices have many considering its possible advantages. These tips will help investors choose between the two.
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Advantages of Silver:
• It's more portable by price. A bag of $100 worth of copper pennies weighs about 70 pounds by face value or 30 pounds by melt value. $100 worth of silver weighs around four or five ounces, depending on price.

• Silver has a long history of being used as currency.

• The current gold/silver ratio shows that silver is still very undervalued.

• Silver mining companies are showing losses at current prices. Should they choose to halt production for a price increase, investors stand to make significant profits.

• Shipping weight and pricing by the pound makes retail premiums for silver lower than those for copper.

• Silver coins and bullion are easier to find at outlets such as Americas Super Pawn and online auction sites than copper.

Advantages of Copper:
• Scrap copper can easily be found for free, from pre-1982 pennies to building materials.

• Copper is widely used in electronics and other industrial applications. As electronic devices become more popular, demand for copper will continue to increase.

• Copper bullion requires a smaller initial investment, with a one ounce round selling for around $1.50. But these rounds are difficult to find at brick and mortar stores like Americas Super Pawn.

Junk silver coins are a special consideration. They have a face value that doesn't change with the market, so theoretically their value will never be zero. Most junk silver coins sell for the price of their silver content and don't have any added value unless uncirculated, so they aren't a good value unless found for at least 5% under spot price. This is because they are harder to sell and can't legally be melted for bullion. Morgans or bullion are better for a truly liquid investment. Investors are also beginning to buy pre-1982 copper pennies, but the same rules of thumb apply.

Though we don't accept copper for loans/buys the same way we consider gold or silver, the best answer to the question at hand is that both are ultimately good investments, although silver is a more easily moved asset. Options are available to start small or big, so initial available funding is the least of all investment obstacles.

Come in to one of our shops today to see what copper or silver we have!

Is the Gold Rush Over?

While gold hasn't been quite as sought-after in the past couple of years as it was, say the 1840s, but that doesn't mean that the precious metal isn't valuable. Although it's true that the value of gold has fluctuated recently, it is also true that at America's Super Pawn, we're still seeing beautiful gold pieces finding their way to our showroom floor almost daily.  As such, we wanted to take the time to tell you why the Gold Rush has certainly not come to an end.
As history teaches us, the value of gold does tend to reset after economic downturns.  As the economy starts to climb its way out of the huge hole that it fell into recently, people may not be searching the globe in search of the possession of gold, but keep in mind that history also tells us that, after the value of the metal resets, it's still known to continue to hold its value.
Here's why:
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It's Tangible.  Investments are certainly important.  Having an established 401(k) that's ready for your retirement is vital these days.  Owning a home is not only part of the American Dream, but it's part of a huge investment.  Purchasing stocks and bonds can set you up to have your money help you make money.  But in the end, you can't just pick these items up and touch and smell them.  Gold, on the other hand, is a tangible investment that can readily be picked up, seen, and felt.

It's Liquid.  Tangibility translates to liquidity.  In other words, if you're in need of quick money, you can't very easily just sell your house one day or cash in your 401(k) without facing enormous penalties.  On the other hand, gold is something that you can easily access, and if you are in a tight spot, it can readily be turned into cash.

It's Functional.  While there are certainly different types of gold such as coins and notes, much of this metal can be found in jewelry.  This means that your investment doesn't need to sit in a bank account somewhere.  Rather, you can wear it, use it, and enjoy it as it builds in value and uniqueness.

Our inventory is constantly changing, so if you want to see what we have available for you today, stop in to America's Super Pawn or contact us, and let us know what you're looking for!

Why You Should Buy Video Games at a Pawn Shop

Pawn shops used to be burdened with a certain stigma. However, we here at Americas Super Pawn strive to turn that image around and show our customers that we are a fantastic resource. Our shops are clean, organized, professional, and, most importantly, we save you money. In our current economy, people are working hard to earn money and they need to make sure that those dollars go far. This is why you should buy video games for your kids at a pawn shop.


Value. Entertainment items like video games can be so expensive to indulge in if you buy them brand new at a big box store. As a shopper, you would either be left strapped for cash or left with a disappointed child. So why not shop for video games at a pawn store? You get the same item - whether it is brand new or used, the game on your tv screen is the same - for a massively reduced cost. And no one will be able to tell where you did (or didn't!) buy the game from.


Inventory. Technology moves at such a quick rate nowadays, that the popularity of video games changes equally fast. As gamers make room in their homes for the newest and trendiest games, they'll often sell their old items to a pawn store. You can take advantage of these and give these gently used - but still perfectly usable games - a new home!


Rare finds. Not only is the price a major advantage - you can also walk away with a really lucky find! Since pawn shops don't typically specialize in video games, they will take in inventory at a blanket price, regardless of the actual market value. This means that you can potentially buy a hugely sought-after and hard-to-find game at the same price as just a regular one. Used video game shops are already popular because they sell used video games at a slightly cheaper price. You'll see even better prices at a pawn shop, with less competition from other game shoppers. According to user gameguy6700 on the GameSpot forum: "Pawn shops are a great place to buy old games...because they practically give them away no matter how rare the game is."


Pawn shops are a great resource for buying expensive items at a discounted price. Come check our video game inventory at America's Super Pawn. You'll be surprised at what you can buy!

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The 8 Craziest Things We Have in the Shop Right Now

Looking for something unique? Or perhaps a gift for your impossible-to-buy-for mother? Look no further! We constantly have an ever-growing selection of fun, unique items. You may just find a great piece that you didn’t know you needed! Here are just a few examples of what’s in our shop now:

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• Buddha statue

• Palm Tree with lights

• Life-size ceramic dolls

• Stroller for a baby doll

• Half-wheeler attachment for bike

• Barska Unacular

• 8-ton engine hoist

• High pressure/commercial cooker

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Your Jewelry from a Pawn Shop

jewelryThere are lots of places where you can buy and sell jewelry: big brand jewelry stores, small local places, that shady guy standing out behind the supermarket; but the best place might just be a pawn shop.  Here are five reasons why you should think about heading to your local pawn shop next time you have the jewelry itch.

1. Value.  People often think of pawn shops as having high prices, but the truth is, you'll never find high quality jewelry at such affordable prices at retail stores.  Big stores often mark up their prices, but pawn shops always sell far under retail price.  If you seriously want to buy and sell jewelry without emptying your pocket, why not try a pawn shop?

2. Uniqueness.  Dedicated jewelry stores usually have hundreds of the same exact piece sitting around -- everyone buys the same thing.  At a pawn shop, you'll be able to find jewelry that is one of a kind.  The selection of jewelry you'll find here comes from all across the U.S. and changes every day and with every customer who walks through the doors.

3. History.  You can go to a jewelry store and get some nice looking jewelry, but what you can't get is history.  Here at America's Super Pawn, we sell all sorts of unique, vintage estate items, each with its own story.  We think the story is half the fun, and if you do too, come in and let us tell you.

4. Layaway.  Perhaps not all pawn shops do this, but America's Super Pawn offers a layaway option, which means that you can reserve any piece of jewelry you want.  We offer an easy payment plan to fit your budget so you never have to miss out on that awesome piece!

5. Broken/Unwanted Pieces.  Have a box full of broken, old, scratched, and generally undesirable jewelry?  We'll take it.  Really.  We want to buy your jewelry, even if its old and broken.  Sell all that old jewelry and use the cash to buy something new!

If you want to find out more about us, or want some more information on what we buy and sell, please feel free to check out our blog or contact us.

The History of Pawn

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Pawn brooking is the oldest method of lending money, dating back around 3,000 years in early China.

Pawn shops were the primary lenders to their communities, providing financial bases for some of the most important historical events of the time. According to the National Pawnbrokers Association, even Queen Isabella of Spain pawned her royal jewels to finance Christopher Columbus’ expedition to the New World.

In the early 18th century, pawn broking was considered the largest source of consumer credit in America. Now, that place is held by the many credit institutions, such as finance corps and credit unions. Pawn shops are still considered a significant source of consumer credit in today's economy.

America’s Super Pawn is a pawn store that provides many services previously not offered by the industry. Pawn loans, check cashing, bill pay, purchases of unneeded items, and ability to exchange items through the recycling program are some of the services offered.

We Buy your Jewelry

we buy your jewelryNeed some cash? Are you living in the Sarasota or Bradenton area? That fast cash could be hiding in your own jewelry box!

Go through your jewelry box tonight, and pick out the pieces that you don't wear anymore. You might be surprised at how much it's worth! We buy your heirloom pieces, old engagement rings, gold, pearls, etc.

Come in to America's Super Pawn today! We have three conveniently-located stores in the SRQ area, and a friendly and highly-trained staff that will walk you through the pawn process.

Cash Loans on Cars

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Now you can get a cash loan on your car! Let us hold your car while we give you cash to work with.

Got stuck with unexpected expenses? Use your car as collateral for a quick cash loan today!

We understand the need to borrow small sums of money that other financial sources are not willing to provide- the cost of the paper work alone prohibits them from making such loans on a regular basis.

Pawn stores offer short term collateral loans ranging from ten to thousands of dollars!

4 Electronics You Should Pawn With Us

We want your electronics! We pawn everything from tools to tires, but America's Super Pawn is particularly interested in used electronics. Here's the list of the five most popular electronics we're looking for: 

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Just like phones, televisions are in high demand right now. If you're planning on getting a new tv soon, bring us your old one for some extra cash to put toward that new flatscreen.

Laptops & Tablets

If you can't decide what to do with your old laptop, bring it in to us. We'll take a look at it and give you a fair price in a completely transparent transaction.

Video Games

Got an extra xbox from a distant relative last Christmas? Is your old school Nintendo starting to collect dust? Bring them in to us for a great price.

We can't wait to do business with you!

Buy and Sell Electronics

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America's Super Pawn wants your used electronics! Some big-name electronics stores are buying back old phones and other electronics just to take them off the market, forcing people to buy brand new. We know money can be tight, don't let them force you to overpay.

If you are looking to get rid of some electronics, come see us! We'll buy back your televisions, mp3 players, phones, video games, laptops, cameras, etc. While ether electronic stores give you $200 for an old phone on trade, we pay you UP TO 250 cash on comparison! 

Pawn for Cash Now

check-cashingAre you in need of some cash? Have some extra stuff to get rid of? Bring it in to America's Super Pawn today! We pay top dollar for your gently used electronics, tools, instruments, DVDs, tires, jewelry, the list goes on and on!

Our awesome staff researches to determine the item’s value so we pay you the best price in town. Appraisal processes can vary depending on the type of item you are trying to pawn, but we guarantee you'll leave with some extra green in your pocket and a smile on your face, knowing you got the best value for your merchandise.

Ask about Pawn Loans too!

Where to Buy Cheap Engagement Rings in Sarasota

engagement-ring-in-girls-handCalling all SRQ men! Have you found 'the one?' Your perfect match, the number-one woman in your life, aside from your mom? Well, you know what Beyonce says: if you like it put a ring on it!

But engagement rings are so expensive. Plus there's the wedding itself, the dress, the open bar, and hopefully a honeymoon! If your budget is tight, don't let big jewelry stores put a price on your love. There are plenty of gently-used engagement rings at America's Super Pawn that will dazzle your darling, and won't break the bank.

Remember, cheap doesn't have to mean quality. So come in to any one of our three locations today and start planning to pop that big question!

Cash Loans at America's Super Pawn

America's Super Pawn has been loaning on cars and other valuables for the last 10 years. Whether it's cars, electronics or jewelry, our pleasant and experienced staff will help you get the right loan for that perfect purchase.

While your item is in our possession, the sale, use or display is prohibited. Your item(s) are safely secured and stored in our warehouse or vault, and will only be sold should you choose not to re-pay your loan. carloans

America’s Super Pawn trained staff has research tools to determine the item’s value in an effort to provide our customers with the best value. Appraisal processes vary depending on the type of item, for example; jewelry is evaluated different than electronics. Every appraisal is done with the intent of providing the customer with the most money possible.

Here's How it Works:
1- Bring in your merchandise to pledge.
2- Tell us how much you would like to borrow.
3- Our professional appraisers will evaluate the item(s) and discuss its loan value with you.
4- Our appraiser will explain your loan terms and options.
5- Present a valid, government issued photo ID.
6- Sign the required documents and collect your cash.

We Buy Your Jewelry, Diamonds and Gold

How can Americas Super Pawn pay so much for gold, jewelery and diamonds? For starters, the owner is a jewelry business veteran for almost 20 years! jewelry pile

We have low margins, high inventory turns and all of our transactions are transparent. We keep it quick and confidential for your convenience. Our staff recieves continuous training and education for the industry in order to provide the best service to our customers. You're welcome to shop other gold buyers, in the mall or even jewelry stores to see how much you would be "leaving on the table," but we are sure you'll be back! 

So come into any of our locations today and get rid of that old or unwanted jewelry!

  • 1120 N. Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL - 941.955.1188
  • 5612 15th St. E, Bradenton, FL- 941.753.9600
  • 5137 14th St W, Bradenton, FL-  941.758.7296

Get The Most For Your Gold

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Looking for a place to cash in that old gold jewelry?  Worried about getting the best value? Look no further. At America's Super Pawn, we want you to be confident that you are getting the best price for your gold. We promise to beat all other legitimate offers! 

America’s Super Pawn consistently pays more for gold. We have been purchasing gold locally for 17 years and know the business very well. Our prices are good because we value the strong reputation we have built in our community. We want all of our customers to feel they have been treated fairly. Come see our experts, and let us give you our best price for your gold.

Be My Valentine Sale

Treat your loved one with something they'll love this Valentine's Day. Jewelry is 35% off at America's Super Pawn, all month long! From unique estate pieces to contemporary designs, America’s Super Pawn always offers a wide selection of jewelry for prices that can't be beat. With a wide selection that changes daily, you are bound to always find something new.

Does your sweetie already have that perfect piece of jewelry? We also have an experienced jeweler and cleaning services sure to make that piece look brand new. Make this Valentine's Day a sweet surprise, for your loved one as well as your wallet. Don't forget to ask about lay-away!

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1 5612 15th St. E, Bradenton
941.753.9600
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5137 14th St West, Bradenton
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