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?
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