How to Make Money Easily — Capital Pawn

One of the easiest ways to make money is to simply sell your item to us. Capital Pawn’s experts will take a look at what you bring in, assess the value, and offer you cash for your item on the spot — it takes less than five minutes!!

We purchase and loan on:

  • Gold: broken, ugly, gaudy, old, or in fabulous condition!
  • Jewelry: Gold, silver, tungsten, costume
  • Silver
  • Bullion
  • Coins
  • Loose Diamonds
  • Firearms
  • Handbags
  • Shoes (new, name brand)
  • Musical Instruments
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Tools
  • Firearm Collections
  • Coin Collections
  • More!

Pawn Shopping Virtually at Capital Pawn

Here at Capital Pawn, we are always looking for ways to interact with our customers. One way we are having fun and interacting is by adding what we like to call Virtual Pawn Shopping.

We choose an item we would like to highlight and then talk about it on video.

Enjoy the most recent videos created by Maria, Rick, and others on Capital Pawn’s YouTube page.

The videos are meant to be short and filled with details about items, but sometimes they are just simply silly, but we are ok with having a lot of fun while we work!

Our most recent little commercial features a cat. You can’t go wrong with that!


Pawn Shops, Concealed Carry, and Capital Pawn

We buy used firearms!

Welcome Sportsman’s Warehouse Firearms Aficionados!

We do Gun Transfers here at Capital Pawn in Salem, Oregon!

Come in to our shop and we will run a background check on the person to whom you’re selling your firearm

 only $35 cash 

$25 per firearm you sell and $10 for the background checkfront of CP


Buying a gun you found online? Have it shipped to us! When purchasing firearms online you have to have it sent to an FFL dealer. It only costs you $35 cash, which you pay once the background is submitted and the approval comes through.

Want to make your transfer super easy? Get a Concealed Carry License and you’ll be bumped to the top of the queue during the background check.



For our Concealed Carry class, park at Columbia Bank, and come in the West door. Our classes are on a month by month basis so we can try to reach as many people as possible. The class takes place at Capital Pawn from 6pm until approximently 8pm.

Dates updated on our facebook page:

Capital Pawn              503.385.1394 

3335 Commercial St SE, Salem

Pawn Shop’s Own, Bryan Fitzgerald, Reads for Popular Book – Rabbit in Red by Joe Chianakas

We have been watching the story of this book unfold in our shop here at Capital Pawn. Several months ago, Bryan Fitzgerald, who is our manager and an incredibly talented pawn dude and who created the wildly popular Facebook page: Fitz of Horror, encouraged every team member in the shop to read Rabbit in Red by Joe Chianakas. We did, and we loved it.

More specifically, Bryan has this undeniably cool voice, and he decided to try out for the audio read of Chianakas’ book, and he was selected as THE voice for Rabbit in Red! Bryan is working hard to complete the book in a timely manner, and it has been a lot of fun to see him so excited about something he views as a hobby.

We will keep you posted on the sequels, as Rabbit in Red is the first in a trilogy, and the audio versions–we anticipate listening to the audio version sometime in mid-August!

To read more about Joe Chianakas: Author of Rabbit in Red Joe Chianakas

To like Bryan’s page, please connect here:  Fitz of Horror

Congratulations Bryan from the whole team at Capital Pawn and Capital Pawn North!

NPA w Bryan

Bryan spent a week with us at Pawn Expo in Vegas learning everything about the pawn industry!

Pawn Industry Nationally Recognizes Oregon Pawnbrokers

As we descended on Las Vegas for Pawn Expo 2016, we didn’t expect such a wonderful reception for Oregon Pawnbrokers.

Josh Oller who owns Silver Lining Jewelry and Loan in Portland was honored to accept on behalf of his dad, Earl Oller, the Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award. Earl started the Oregon Pawnbroker’s Association, has been on the NPA Board, and has been a friend and mentor to many young pawnbrokers. He has left a legacy of honesty and integrity and will be greatly missed. Congratulations to Earl Oller, NPA’s 2016 Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the highest national honor awarded to pawnbrokers.

The photo above shows Josh Oller, President of OPA and owner of Silver Lining Jewelry and Loan and son of Earl Oller, accepting the Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award in his father’s honor. The award was presented by NPA President, Larry Nuckols of Brittex Financial in Texas.

Read more here: Pawn Shop Owner Earl Oller

Additionally, Capital Pawn’s own Maria Lucero was recognized for Outstanding Service to the Pawn Industry for doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons. She caught the thief who had been working his way across the nation scamming pawn shop owners and employees.

Congratulations, Maria!

We are incredibly proud of Maria and were honored to accept the award on her behalf. Presented by Seth Gold of TV’s Hard Core Pawn and owner of American Jewelry and Loan in Detroit, the award means that NPA’s forum and Oregon Pawnbroker’s Association email blasts are working to impart critical information to the members of both NPA and OPA.

Thank you to both NPA and OPA members for being excellent, outstanding, and honest pawnbrokers who help other members across the state and country. Without you, the outcome may have been drastically different with negative repercussions.

Seth Gold presents owners of Capital Pawn, Adam and Beth Anundi, with the recognition plaque for Maria.

KPTV did a short news piece on our experience.

You may watch the video here: KPTV Pawn Shop Bait and Switch Subject Caught

An article in the Statesman Journal:Pawn Shop Catches Thief in Salem Oregon


The Ins and Outs of Capital Pawn


Whether you have been in a pawnshop before or not, you may not fully know how things work, but Capital Pawn is here to help you and give you a little insight. The ins and outs if you must.

Pawning your item
     How it works:

  • Pawnshops offer collateral based loans. You bring in an item and our expert pawnbrokers will evaluate the item and determine how much it is worth.
  • They will then offer you an amount for this said item, if you agree to it, you are then given a pawn slip with the details of your loan. This is a 60 day loan.
    • DO NOT LOSE YOUR SLIP! Not only does your slip contain the details of your pawned items, it also has your personal information, and is a $3 charge if lost.
    • By Oregon law, whomever holds the pawn ticket may retrieve your items from the pawnshop (the only exception being firearms).
  • Once the pawn has been repaid, your items will be returned to you. If you don’t repay the pawn, your items are forfeited and the pawnshop keeps them.
    • You can continue to bring back that same item for pawns as often as you would like and since it has been in the shop before, we will not have to research the item to determine a loan amount.
  • We love to loan on items of value, so here at Capital Pawn, just as there is no limit to how many times you may get money for one item, there is also no limit to the number of items you can have on pawn (loan) at any one time.

Buying your items
How it works:

  • Similar to a pawn, the item you bring in will be evaluated, researched, and given a value.
  • Buying your item versus pawning it may earn you more money due to the different time periods and the ever changing market.
    • Anything that is bought has to have a mandatory 2 week hold before being priced and put out for sale. The sooner it can be on the sales floor, the better.
      • Electronics and advancing technology makes older gadgets no longer desirable.

Below are examples of a fraction of what we purchase every day.

Pricing merchandise

How it works:

  • Once the item has finished its holding process, it is then “expired” and is ready to be added to inventory.
  • No matter what the item is, it needs to be re-tested (first time is during the evaluation process), cleaned, and researched to determine the best selling price for the same item in similar conditions.

Negotiations and Sales

  • We trade!
    • Example 1: If you have a handgun you don’t care for because it’s too big for your hand (or for whatever reason), bring it in unloaded and we will work to find a firearm that will work for you.
    • Example 2: If you have a 14k yellow gold ring with a 1/2 carat diamond and would like a bigger diamond in white gold, we will work to help you trade up to a larger diamond using your own ring as part of the trade in.
  • Cash talks! If you have a reasonable offer on something in our shop, we are willing to work a deal.
    • We are willing to negotiate prices with our customers, but understand we only have so much room to do so.
      • We cannot discount merchandise so much that we either lose money or break even.

Other options

IF for some reason we are not able to help you with your item, whether it’s too outdated or something we don’t have a market for, there are other options for you!

  • Sell your items on these sites:
    • Offer Up
    • Craigslist
    • Ebay
  • OR, we can give you a list of items that we do take that you may have laying around. The most popular are:
    • Gold jewelry
    • Firearms
    • Gaming consoles and games
    • Tools

We would love to help you out in any way that we can, call or stop in any time to let us!

Why You Should Frequent Pawn Shops More

  • If you need a little extra cash, pawn shops are there for you! 

When you need a loan, come see us at Capital Pawn! Going to a bank or a credit union can be a lengthy process. They run your credit (which may negatively impact your credit score), and in most cases that can skyrocket your interest rate making it more of a disadvantage to you. Going to a pawnshop will eliminate all of the worry that may arise.

At Capital Pawn:

  • It’s fast
  • It’s easy cash (you have stuff laying around that we will take in as collateral!)
  • NO credit checks!
  • Interest rates are completely reasonable
  • Interest rates do not fluctuate
  • NO proof of employment needed
  • Your item is stored safely and securely
  • Your merchandise is returned to you once the loan is repaid


  • If you have money to spend, pawn shops are a good option for you to visit.

Not only do we have something for everyone, we also have extremely reasonable prices . We have items that are brand new, slightly used, and some others (usually tools) that show how loved that item was. Regardless of the condition of our items, we can guarantee you won’t find retail prices on them. We aren’t a retail store and we don’t have as much of a markup as they do. We sell items for what they are worth and are willing to negotiate pricing (within reason) if it is not suitable to your wallet.



Capital Pawn always has a sale going on. Some of them are constant sales and others are spontaneous and sporadic. Our constant sales are our ‘Birthstone of the month’ jewelry sale and our ‘Bling and Bang’ sale. Our spontaneous and/or sporadic sales would be our DVD sales, guitar sales, tool sales, and many other sales that are impromptu and last for roughly one day to one week.Shoes-purses

  • The unique or hard to find items

One great thing about pawn shops is that you never know upon walking in, just what exactly you’re going to find. We have items you’ve never seen before, items you may never see again, and items that you haven’t seen for over a decade. Like what, you may ask?

  1. Stand up arcade games from the 80s
  2. Toys from the first release of Star Wars
  3. A 2 carat almost flawless emerald cut diamond
  4. Posters from Woodstock
  5. MORE that you have to see to believe 🙂
  • The relationships you build

The final and most important reason to frequent a pawn shop is the relationships you build with everyone. Creating a unique customer experience is something we strive to attain, and we love getting to know our customers on a friend level. The more we see you and learn about you, the stronger the bond we will create and we will be able to help you more and know exactly what you’re looking for. We love going out of our way to help our customers and if an item comes in a customer has been searching for for a while, we will call them or sometimes even set it aside for them so they can come in and finally have what they have been searching for.

We hope to see you in here soon saving money or walking out with cash!

~The Team at Capital Pawn

If you want to learn more about us, please read our Google reviews after searching Capital Pawn Salem Oregon, and feel free to leave us a five star review as well! Or come on in and visit with our team.