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Kay Kiehl works at the 59 Trade Routes pawn shop. (Photo by Brian Basham)

Need cash? Try a pawn shop

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"One man's junk is another man's treasure."

It's an adage which can be attached to the practice of pawning, which is widely considered the oldest form of the financial institution system.


Dating back some 3,000 years, pawn broking has been recorded in ancient China and in written histories of Greek and Roman civilizations.

It's endured that long because it's a system which is simple and effective for both parties involved.

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.