Whether you are looking to sell, trade, buy, or if you are looking to use your items as collateral for a quick loan, there are plenty of pawn shops available to select from in Houston where all of this is possible. Houston has a number of pawn shops that offer an Aladdin’s cave of wonders, with some specializing in higher-end items such as jewelry and luxury handbags.
If you are looking to purchase high-value products such as electricals and musical instruments, you are guaranteed to get a great deal on good-quality items from a reputable pawn shop. All items are tested prior to agreements being made with the original owners to cover everyone’s backs, so who knows what kind of deal you might pick up.
5 Amazing Pawn Shops in Houston
We have highlighted some of our favorite pawn shops within Houston to help you decide which is the most suitable place for you to buy or sell goods.
We have made a note of what makes these places different from the rest, including what they specialize in and the general ambiance of the store.
Finally, a note on pricing: though each item is priced individually at every pawn shop, we have tried to include where you might find negotiating deals a little easier. We have also listed the type of stock each store carries as an indicator of its pricing structure.
Now, let’s take a look at our top pawn shop in Houston!
1. Wright Pawn and Jewelry
|Address||6218 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057|
|Opening Hours||Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm,
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm,
closed Sunday & Monday
Wright Pawn and Jewelry is a longstanding, award-winning luxury pawn shop in west Houston. West Houston isn’t short of high-end specialists, with stores in the area supplying up-market goods like ski gear and cigars; you will also find some exquisite restaurants around here too.
Unlike many Houston (or Texas) pawn shops, Wright Pawn and Jewelry will not handle or supply guns or ammunition. They also have a strict no-electrics policy and will only handle items such as jewelry, watches, luxury handbags, and belt buckles.
Wright Pawn and Jewelry have been in operation for over thirty years. Recently, they have expanded their handbag range to cover over twenty shelves. All of the handbags are pre-loved; however, the shelves are only stocked with handbags still in exceptional condition. And they are much more affordable than purchasing brand new. The store only stocks handbags from certain luxury brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci, to name just a few.
This delightful store won the award for Houston’s best pawn shop in 2021. That award, like all the previous awards won, is mainly down to the hard work and dedication of owner Pamela Wright. Not only was she included in the 2017 list of Houston’s top twenty-five most beautiful women, but she was also honored as one of Houston’s Treasures by ‘The Social Book.’ Plus, she was voted a woman of distinction by abc13.
Wright Pawn and Jewelry is very much a high-class boutique pawnbroker. They have higher prices than you may expect for second-hand goods; however, this is due to the quality of every product they have on offer. If you are looking to sell, you will receive a very fair price here. This store will only take items with minor wear and tear that will match the ambiance of its surroundings.
Bonus Read: The Best Boutiques in Houston
2. Crystal Pawn Shop
|Address||3990 Barker Cypress Rd Ste. A, Houston, TX 77084|
|Opening Hours||Monday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm,
Crystal Pawn Shop is a relatively new establishment that upholds traditional values and offerings. They stock everything you would expect from a true Texan broker, including antiques, electronics, jewelry, musical instruments, furniture, and guns.
As well as being a hot place to buy and sell goods, Crystal Pawn Shop specializes in Firearms transfer. They can assist with local-to-local transfers and long-distance transfers, ensuring all the correct paperwork is signed and adequately stored; this includes background checks.
One of the features we really like at Crystal Pawn is their ‘Free Bin.’ This is exactly what it says on the tin, a zone where free items are put daily for customers to help themselves. This is a total lucky dip where items are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and limited to one per family. The ‘bin’ has its own webcam, so you can see if the stock will make your journey worthwhile.
Crystal Pawn Shop isn’t too selective on the items they can use as collateral for quick loans. As long as the item, whatever it is, is in working condition and can be resold should the loan not be repaid, they will make an offer. The prices are very fair here, and the staff are fantastic and always happy to cut you some kind of deal. The guys here will go above and beyond to ensure you have a great experience, including fixing watches and replacing batteries free of charge.
The shop is just a little over half an hour’s drive from the center of Houston. This neighborhood is packed with cultural diversity, from intriguing African supermarkets to incredible Venezuelan restaurants and delightful Mexican fast-food joints to Hispanic-owned stores like Crystal Pawn Shop.
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3. Sunbelt Pawn Jewelry and Loan
|Address||3411 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77018|
|Opening Hours||Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm,
Saturday 9 am - 6 pm,
Sunbelt Pawn Jewelry and Loan is a traditional, trustworthy, family-owned pawn shop chain in Houston. After setting up shop in 2005, the family now owns and runs twelve pawn shops of the same name, with the Ella branch being the original (and best) store. Sunbelt really cares about their community and Houston’s future; they offer scholarships for local youths with the potential to be future business leaders.
Sunbelt is one of the fastest places to receive a cash loan. Loans can be processed in a matter of minutes. The store also allows for loan renewals and extensions so long as interest and other fee payments are up to date. No credit agencies will be made aware of any loan you take out from Sunbelt.
All of the Sunbelt stores offer jewelry repairs, including stone replacements or resettings, clasp repairs, and ring sizing. Their senior jeweler is located within the Louetta store (approximately half an hour’s drive North of Ella). And if the team at Ella or any of the other shops can’t help, they are happy to liaise with Louetta before you make the journey.
Unlike many of the amazing pawn shops in Houston featured on our list, Sunbelt actually has an online store where you can browse their products from the comfort of your own home. They also sell via eBay. The online store is used for accessories such as handbags, sunglasses, and shoes.
Sunbelt Pawn Jewelry and Loan can also handle firearms transfers.
4. Harrisburg Pawn
|Address||5800 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011|
|Opening Hours||Monday - Saturday 9 am - 6 pm,
Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Harrisburg Pawn has been a highly trusted and responsible pawn shop since the mid-nineties, with good products and fair prices being their promise. The store deals with jewelry, gold, handbags, electricals, firearms, and everyday items.
What we really like about Harrisburg is their online store; you can choose to buy an item outright on their site and even make a lower offer if you want to negotiate the price. You can get some great deals online, but nothing beats haggling face to face!
Harrisburg offers very competitive interest rates on loans, with reduced rates should the amount be paid off early. The process is straightforward, and the staff works hard to make you feel at ease and not pressured into making any decisions you are not entirely comfortable with. Every step of the loan is explained in detail, which makes it an excellent choice for first-timers.
This pawn shop is very close to the center of Houston, with good transport links from most areas of town. There are a handful of establishments in this area for those on a budget or a little down on their luck, including a great second-hand car dealership and the Open Door Mission. The Open Door Mission is an independent community that offers a safe space to deal with issues such as addiction and homelessness.
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5. Believers Pawn
|Address||30504 TX-249, Tomball, TX 77375|
|Opening Hours||Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 6.30 pm,
Saturday 8.30 am - 5 pm,
Believers Pawn is a fantastic choice if you are looking for a pawn shop just outside of Houston. The store is located around forty-minutes north in the neighboring area of Tomball, sitting directly across the road from Lone Star Community College.
At Believers Pawn, you will find a huge selection of firearms, along with electricals, sports memorabilia, and tools. The prices are really competitive here, and they often have sales and raffles too to ensure a high turnover of stock to keep the shelves interesting for returning customers.
Thanks to the local student community, this is probably one of the best pawn shops to head to if you are looking to invest in second-hand video games. Many of the games are in excellent condition and can be purchased at half their original retail value.
To Sum Up …
We hope that we have helped you to create a shortlist of the best pawn shops to consider in Houston.
If you would like to see where else in Houston you can purchase good quality, second-hand goods, you might want to check out the Best Vintage Thrift Stores in Houston for inspiration.