I’ve been in the pawn industry for over 40 years, all of them with the Provident Loan Society, the only not-for-profit pawnshop in New York State (and probably the country). Pawning is a great way to get quick, short-term cash loans by using a personal item of value as collateral to ensure that the loan […]
My wife and I enjoy the beach. As a matter of fact, one of the things that drew use together when we were youngsters was our mutual love of the ocean. New relationships look for common ground. It was on one of these early excursions, exploring a newly found beach on the North Shore of […]
(If you know how to avoid the effects of corrosives on gold) Recently, a co-worker commented on a news story about the discovery of some ancient seafaring vessel that was found to contain gold coins of the period. He remarked that the coins, after being submerged in seawater for hundreds of years, looked brand new […]
Before I joined the Provident Loan Society, I owned my own jewelry store. A regular client of ours comes into the store one morning, requesting a new leather band for his watch. As I guide him over to our selection of bands, he proceeds to tell me a story.
For ages, people have purchased jewelry with month birthstones as a way to express their individuality and to display their solidarity with others born during the same calendar month. But being born in August, and having peridot as my birthstone, has always made me a little envious of people with other birthstones. Don’t get me […]