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February 24, 2015

Best of DC does it again



Now is your chance to vote for us again for Best Pawnshop in DC.  If you have been here you just know how great this store is.  We have so much to offer from shiny gold to cameras to all kinds of loud music.  The first time you come here your mind willl be blown at the possiblities.  We are always interested to hear from new and old timers in the area.  click below to show your support. THANK YOU!!


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June 11, 2014

Readers Voted and we won!!! thanks DC
officially voted best Pawnshop of DC 2014 by the City Paper.  Thanks to all our great customers and neigbors for voting fo us.  We hope you can stop in to see what we are all about. 
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January 29, 2014


We have been nominated for
BEST PAWNSHOP in DC in the Washington DC City Paper.  Show us some love and cast you vote if you have a minute.  Show the city you know the ropes around town and be sure to vote for all you other favorites in DC.  Thanks For the VOTE!!

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January 9, 2014

Winter Pearls
Love Love Love  pearls.  Pearls are the perfect necklace for the winter.  Pearls prefer to be kept dry and cool with little oils touching them.  It preserves their color and luster.  A long operal length strand to go over that chunky sweater or a choker and princess length layered under your blazer.  Dont forget pearl stud earrings to match.  We have lots of pearls for sale vintage and modern. 
Thu, January 9, 2014 | link          Comments

August 1, 2013

Its here again, the MidCity Dog Days annual sidewalk
sale.  watch 14th street come alive as we mussel the heat and have a good time enjoying the community come together. 
Don't miss our sales and specials
  • 15% off all musical instruments and

  • $1 DVD selection
  • Apple 32gb iPod Touch Raffle


Thu, August 1, 2013 | link          Comments

May 16, 2013

Oh the possibilities


Little charms are a great way to buy some gold on a budget.  It should really get your creative juices going.  The trick is to come in with an open mind because you never know what you will find. 

Charms can be strung on your favorite necklace long or short.  Another popular trend is slipping a little charm on a piece of leather and making a DIY bracelet.  Some people collect charms throughout the years and create a charm bracelet  that tells a story. 

Come in and pick out one for yourself or a gift.  They are all guaranteed gold and come with a cute little gift pouch or box. 

Thu, May 16, 2013 | link          Comments

March 2, 2013

Tales from the Pawnshop
Yesterday a nice older gentleman came in looking for an 8mm Sony camcorder. He bought one and while showing him the specifics he mentioned that he came into Crown Pawnbrokers in 1954. Come to find out he had just moved into the area that year and needed a loan on his nice suite. He was loaned $10 and picked it up the day before his wedding and how thankful he was for the quick loan.
I thanked him so much for his amazing story, that will stay with us for a long time!
Sat, March 2, 2013 | link          Comments

December 12, 2012

$50 SALE on Wii's!! lightly used White Wii comes with 1 control and all the cords.  Perfect stocking stuffer if you have a big stocking while they last.
Wed, December 12, 2012 | link          Comments

November 20, 2012

Vintage style for your wrist
rolex 14k date
This is a stunning example of how Rolex stands the test of time.  This vintage 14k Rolex date is originally from the 1970's and will look great on his or her off all ages.  We have so many great unique finds for everyone.  Come check out all our different Rolex, Cartier, Omega and many more great brands. 
Tue, November 20, 2012 | link          Comments

October 9, 2012

A little of everything
Sometimes it is a bit overwelming for people when they stepinto the store for the first time.  There is just so much to look at that you cant possibly see it all in just one trip.  Most people's first responce upon entry is, "whoa look at all the musical instruments!"  Some people simply silently create their wish list for their next trip in. 
We tend to have a bit of everhting or everyone.  Shown above is a few Tiffany silver necklaces, white gold and diamond cocktail ring, silver bracelet, irridecent pocket knife and jazzy egg shaker.
Tue, October 9, 2012 | link          Comments

August 1, 2012

SALE!! Dog Days August 4th Sidewalk SALE!

Amazing SALE this weekend throughout 14th street!! WE are ofering 20% off all Musical instruments and $1 DVD's outside on clearance.  Everything else in the sore is on sale including jewelry.  The whole neighborhood will be celebrating the hot weekend with sales and music.  Live Music outside our doors from 1pm-3pm.  Stop by and take advantage of the summer Dog Days sale this weekend.
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June 22, 2012

Silver AG 925
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Silver is an amazing precious metal that has been used for thousands of years throughout our history.  This metal is a commodity that has an ever changing price worldwide.  It is stronger than gold in its pure form and about 1/50th its cost.  Its no wonder the growing popularity of its use in the current economy.   Silver is also gifted to the lucky couples that make it to their 25th anniversary. Silver is also used in Musical Instruments, coinage or bullion, jewelry, silverware, elecronics and more. 
The cool part is we carry a little of everything on this list.  Our most popular silver product if our silver jewelry from rings, pins, chains, bracelets and charms.   We also carry silver coins and some other silver collectibles and on occasion we have silver instruments for sale such as a flute or trumpet. 
Our every changing inventor makes it for a fun visit for anyone in and around MIDCITY DC.  Stop in to see if we have what you are looking for.
Fri, June 22, 2012 | link          Comments

April 13, 2012

Pawn shops help define a D.C. neighborhood
The Examiner wrote a nice article about Sams Pawnshop closing on 14th and Wrote a bit about us in his article.  Hard to believe that Crown Pawnbrokers has been here on 14th Street for 75 years. 
Fri, April 13, 2012 | link          Comments

April 12, 2012

Be a Rock Star

Want to make a statement at your next gig? you will blow them away if you show up with this Legacy 100 Tube amplifier head with 2 Carvin c412 lead guitar cabinents. They pump 240 watts each for that great rocker sound. or.................
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Mix it up a bit with these 2 Technics SL-1210MK2 turntables with a Allen & Heath Pro X Fade Xone 02 Mixer.  They are set up, and come in this easy to store Marathon coffin. 
Each has been cleaned and tested.  Ready to come home with you to be all you can be in the Music Hall of Fame.  Come in and check these and others we have for sale. 

Thu, April 12, 2012 | link          Comments

April 4, 2012

Named Best Pawnshop in DC 2012
Thanks to the staff at Washington City Paper! We are officially the Best Pawnshop in Washington DC in 2012. This is so exciting for us and we hope you stop in and check us out anytime you are in the area.  Click on the link for complete article. 
Wed, April 4, 2012 | link          Comments

December 6, 2011

Say Cheese!!!!


The camera you carry says a lot about your personality.  Do you prefer a lightweight portable one? a tough durable one for all weather? A cute colorful one to match your outfit? A vintage manual 35mm SLR? A shiny new model to brag to your friends?  An inexpensive one to take on a trip?  At crown Pawnbrokers we have a little something for everyone.  All cameras for sale have been previously loved, tested, cleaned and ready for a new home.  Come shop local and save some $$$. We carry Digital point-and-shoot, 35mm SLR, Vintage, Lenses, Flashes, Cases, Straps, Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Lumix, Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, Pentax, Samsung and so much more.  Stop in and check us out.... Happy holidays!

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November 2, 2011

Calling all Musicians and DJs!!!


There isn't a musician in the world that doesn't dream about upgrading there instrument or getting the newest and latest gadget for their band. 

Crown Pawnbrokers is the best place in DC to find, test drive, and buy the next cool thing for you.  We have a little something for every budget.  We offer many used pieces along with new.  Brands include Roland, Line 6, Zoom, Alesis, Boss, Electro Harmonics, Digitech, Denon, Marantz... We carry so many products to sup-up your sound such as Effect pedals, switches, recorders, Preamp, Distortion petals, Muff, Beat / Rhythm / Drum Machines, Microphones and so much more. 

Come by and check out what we have for you.  Before you spend all your money ordering it new, check out our selection of used equipment that need a new home.



Wed, November 2, 2011 | link          Comments

May 2, 2011

Meet the People- Crown Pawnbrokers


Think Local First DC is a great orginization that helps the small locally owned and family owned companies all over DC get recognition in this town.  By supporting your local small businesses you are helping out your neighborhood and local economy.  Please read their article about Crown Pawnbrokers it gives a little insight on what we do.  We hope this article convinces your to stop in to browse and say hi!

Mon, May 2, 2011 | link          Comments

November 18, 2010


OK so how many stores do you shop in that have been in business for over 70 years?  Thats what I thought. Crown Pawnbrokers has been operating in Washington DC in the same location since 1939.  Our storefront has changed a bit and the City has changed dramatically throughout the years.  In 1939 Crown started as a Taylor and alterations shop.  Slowly throughout the years My Great Grandfather Morris realized the need for so many people to borrow money.  During the 40's through the 70's everybody owned 1 really nice suit and only needed it for special occasions such as weddings and funerals.   Crown made it possible for many people to purchase previously used clothing and shoes to people who could not afford new ones because of the hard economy.   During the years loans grew from simply suits to shoes to watches jewelry and more.  Above left store front aprox late 1960's;above right Mr. Crown early 1950's; Below left Morris 1930's; below right inside store late 1960's.

Thu, November 18, 2010 | link          Comments

October 20, 2010

Is this watch unisex?

Watches have changed so much over the years.  Ladies watch faces were so small in the 1930's that you need to carry a magnifying glass around in your pocket to read the time.  Every year watch faces get bigger and bigger.  The faces for some ladies watches are in some cases the same size as mens.  Many watch makes are now not specifying their watches they are simply calling them unisex. 
Many vintage mens watches with leather bands are really easy to wear if you are a female.  Their faces are nice and chunky and can really make a statement.  Even some of the newer watches are mimiking more vintage looks.  These watches and similar ones are selling to both men and women and would make a great gift for either him or her.
All watches are guarenteed authentic and in perfect working order. 
Above from left Concord 14k gold with black leather band quartz $895, Omega 14k gold manuel movement brown leather band $595, Baume & Mercier Classima XL stainless steel quartz with black leather band $895, Movado 14k gold with brown leather band quartz $395, Omega Automatic Day/Date 23j with Black leather band $495

Wed, October 20, 2010 | link          Comments


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