About Us

Family Pawn, LLC
Established 2000


Family Pawn is a small family owned and operated business. We maintain a friendly, clean environment for our customers. Family Pawn LLC has been serving the Salem / Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas since 2000, We have operated several businesses in the City of Salem since 1984.  We love the people of this area.

Come see what we have on our showroom floor today. We carry guns, jewelry, tools, musical instruments, electronics, and more. You never know what you might find. We are a pawn shop for everyone!

All merchandise taken in by a pawnbroker is recorded, documented, and filed with the Salem City Police Department. This helps reduce the possibility of receiving stolen property.  We use a reputable online system that is traceable all throughout the United States. This means that any item we take in; can be found easily by any police department in the Country. This procedure continues to help deter theft in our community.



History

Pawnbroking is not a new practice nor does it appeal to just one social class. As humankind’s oldest financial institution, pawn loans can be traced back at least 3,000 years to ancient China as well as early Greek and Roman civilizations. During the 14th Century, King Edward III of England is said to have frequented pawn stores in Europe. Queen Isabella is reported to have pawned her royal jewels to finance Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World.

Traditionally, the pawnbroker’s symbol is three gold spheres hanging from a bar. This stems from St. Nicholas, often referred to as the patron saint of pawnbroking. He is reported to have left three bags of gold so the daughters of a poor man could afford to marry, thus saving them from a life of slavery or prostitution. Later the tradition transformed the bags into three gold balls, which became the symbol of pawnbrokers.

 History Information is from
 PawnShopsToday.com