Learn about Pawnbrokers Day
Having to visit a pawnbroker may not exactly be a sign that your life is as successful as it could be, but that by no
Pawnbrokers are also the reason why you don’t have to endure long, awkward monologues about how to manage your finances from the uncle who lent you $100 once every time your families meet for dinner. Still, it would seem that pawnbrokers get something of a bad rap—definitely undeserved, for the most part. And Pawnbrokers Day is here to change all that.
History of Pawnbrokers Day
The profession of pawnbroker stretches back thousands of years and took place in the Greek and Roman Empires and in ancient China. The word pawn itself is derived from the Latin word pignus, meaning pledge. It even has its own patron saint, St Nicholas of Myra, and Pawnbrokers Day is held on that saint’s day every year.
St. Nicholas was famous for his kindness and generosity towards the poor, and he became associated with pawn shops in the early 14th century, when what was then called montes
Because St. Nicholas managed to help so many impoverished families during his lifetime, Pope Julius II recognized him by making him the patron saint of the montes
Some of the most common items that have been pawned over the centuries have been musical instruments, and many pawnbrokers later donate the musical instruments nobody came back for to schools and other
How to celebrate Pawnbrokers Day
Just as pawnbrokers do, the best way to celebrate this day would be to donate to charity. Donations do not have to mean money, however—as they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and this rings especially true for those in need.
There are definitely many things you have just lying around your home collecting dust that other people less fortunate than you would be happy to have. These items can range from baby clothes to children’s toys, from that jacket you bought and never wore to pots and pans that just don’t work on your induction stove.
Whatever it is that you have, you can be sure that it would be greatly appreciated by others. So what are you waiting for? Go through your home ad round up all of the things you no longer want or need and make someone’s day by giving them away!