Our Difference – Decades of Experience and Knowledge
We provide fast and easy collateral loans and cash for your most treasured valuables.
Our professional pawn shop in the heart of the city is led by highly trained and experienced staff. We have decades of experience and knowledge you can depend on to get the best service and value. Drop into our city pawnshop for an obligation-free valuation and walk away with cash.
Did you know that pawning is a 3,000-year-old practice? Read on for more of the history of pawning.
10 Things You May Not Know About Us:
- Independently Australian owned company.
- Trusted valuers and appraisers.
- Obligation-free offers on your goods.
- Highly skilled and experienced gold and gem specialists.
- Trusted by Australians to give the best market value on high-end items.
- Private consultations are available for large valuations and loans.
- Your pawned valuables are always kept safe in a private vault.
We lend to and buy from everyone – no credit check required.
If you have questions or would like more information, feel free to call us on 02 9089 8753 or 0492 428 888. We will be happy to assist you.
History of Pawn Shops and Pawning
For over 3,000 years, pawn shops have provided a way for people to generate quick cash(*1). Historians say pawning started in ancient China then Italy and Greece before spreading across the globe(*1).
Pawn shops are the oldest financial institution in human history(*2). From peasants to kings and queens, pawning has a long history. It has helped people make ends meet until payday and fund major explorations such as Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the new world(*1). During war-time and low economic periods such as the Great Depression, pawnbrokers are relied upon for cash due to banks with-holding loans and lines of credit.
Modern Pawn Shops
You may have heard of the name ‘Lombard’ in financial circles. This family, The House of Lombard was one of the forefathers of modernising pawnbroking across Europe and the Americas(*1,2). The term ‘Lombard lending’ is also well-known and used synonymously with pawning. Lombard lending and pawning refer to the act of a person giving their valuables to their pawnbroker in exchange for a loan(*3).
These days (the last century)(*1), pawning continues as a way for people to turn their items into cash and provides unique opportunities for shoppers. Pawnbrokers are trusted to uphold privacy and confidentiality – and offer great value on high-end items. Shoppers can acquire rare and everyday items at a fraction of the cost, making pawn shops a valuable source for collectors and bargain hunters.
Continuing growth is expected for Australian pawn shops(*4). Trusted pawnbroking companies such as Sydney Finance Pawnbroker are set to continue their multi-generational lineage well into the future.
“You can always rely on us to provide you with fair and honest valuations and excellent service. We are proud of the experience and in-depth knowledge we can give our customers and look forward to doing business with you.”
Not all Pawnbrokers are Licensed
In NSW, pawnbrokers must legally hold a licence(*5). Our licence number is 2PS23688. As a licenced pawnbroker, we can legally buy and lend on high-value goods. A license shows that the business adheres to all legal trade laws.
Our Specialised Services include:
• Buying high-end luxury and Swiss watches such as Patek Phillippe, Rolex, and Audemars Piguet
• Gold (coins, bars, jewellery)
• Diamonds and other precious gems
• Designer jewellery such as Cartier
Learn more on our services page.
The team at Sydney Finance Pawnbrokers look forward to meeting you and finding the right solution. Whether it is a cash sale or collateral loan, our trusted advisors are here to help.
*1. History. Pawning Through the Ages. 2020.
*2. National Pawn Shops. History of Pawn Shops. 2020.
*3. Holborn. What is Lombard Lending? 2015.
*4. IBISWorld. Pawn Shops in Australia: Market Research 2019.
*5. NSW Fair Trading. Pawnbroking and 2nd-Hand Dealers. 2020.