No need to wait for Black Friday when there's Pawn Friday

HOUSTON – There are just 28 days left until Black Friday; but if you're just dying for some deals, you don't have to wait. 

Today is Pawn Friday. It's the first ever Pawn Friday, but local pawn shops hope it becomes an annual thing and you'll check them out. 

There are Ray Bans, Rolexes and Louis Vuitton handbags at Heritage Jewelry and Loan in Sugar Land all at 40 percent to 70 percent off retail.  On Pawn Friday, you can take off an extra 20 percent. 

"It's our way of reaching out and showing the community 'Hey, there is an alternative to overpriced mall shops. There is an alternative to having to meet someone in parking lots from Craigslist,'" explained owner James Crawford. 

To find pawn shops participating in Pawn Friday, go to Pawn Guru and type in your ZIP code. You can't shop online, but you may be able to find an item you want at a price you like. You can type in what you want to buy, like a 60-inch TV. Pawn shops who have them will email you with their price. 

If you're looking to make some money, you can list an item you want to sell with a picture, and all the pawn shops on Pawn Guru will tell you how much they will give you for it. 

Heritage Jewelry and Loan has a Vera Wang wedding band and engagement ring that would cost you more than $4,000 new. They're selling it for $1,000. They also have a Louis Vuitton Artsy handbag that would cost you more than $2,500 brand new. They are selling it for a little more than $1,500 on Pawn Friday.

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