People tend to think of pawn shops as selling only used items, but that’s not the case at Southern Cash & Pawn, where all the scopes and half the guns are new. And both are big sellers, especially this time of year.
“We have been selling a heck of a lot of Nikon scopes this year, setting them up, upgrading their scopes,” said owner Joey Slipher.
“A lot of people are not sure they want to spend that money — till they look into it.”
Scopes like Nikon and Leupold are “so much crisper, clearer,” he said. And that especially appeals to older shooters whose vision may not be what it once was.
A popular gun this year is the Mossberg Predator 6.5 Creedmoor deer rifle. The caliber is slightly smaller than a .270 and the powder load is comparable to a 7mm-.08. The result is low recoil, lots of knockdown power and a flat trajectory.
Slipher has a huge selection of guns of every description, from classic Henry rifles to brightly colored women’s handguns.
“We always sell the Henry Golden Boy rifles and Henry lever-action .22,” Slipher said.
“Everybody who’s into guns has always wanted a Henry rifle.”
The Henrys make a good collector’s item for a husband or grandson.
Slipher has an equally wide selection of pistols.
“Handguns make good Christmas presents for a spouse,” he said. “Guys will buy guns in colors for their wives.”
Women’s self-defense semiautomatic handguns come in pink, purple, turquoise and other pleasing pastels.
“We keep a lot of them in stock,” Slipher said.
Likewise, women often buy handguns as Christmas present for their husbands (though not usually in pastels).
Whether they’re buying long guns or pistols, customers have the option of putting them on layaway. The store also offers financing options for large purchases, teaming up with local finance companies.
While guns, scopes and accessories are big sellers, Southern Cash & Pawn has plenty more merchandise to offer.
“We have a little bit of everything — electronics, tools, musical instruments, gaming systems, computers, as well as of course firearms, hunting supplies, archery,” Slipher said.
One of the store’s display windows features a banjo, a fiddle and an electric guitar. Acoustic guitars are also popular.
Pawn shops are a good place to buy musical instruments because many people buy one new, tinker with it a while, then decide they don’t really want it and take it to the pawn shop.
The same goes for computer games.
“Game systems are always popular, and the games are good stocking stuffers,” Slipher said. “You can buy three games here for what you can buy one new.”
“They’re like brand-new but they (players) beat them pretty quick and bring them to us,” said store employee Joe Coon.
Elsewhere in the store are chainsaws, generators, weed cutters, hedge trimmers, a go cart, golf clubs, saddles, fishing rods, holsters, ammunition, compound bows, gun care products, packs, bicycles and jewelry, among other items.
Southern Cash & Pawn, 224 State St., is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.