A pawn shop is a lot like a garage sale and a flea market put together. But for
Rangel, 35, of
He made the move to
"I'm doing really good," Rangel said Wednesday afternoon. "Since I've moved within the last couple weeks, my business has already picked up, and that was expected."
One of the main reasons for the additional business, Rangel said, is the location.
"I'm right here on the main street," Rangel said. "If you live in this area, you drive on this street at least once a day. Right here, I get a lot of the
He rented in
Sauk Valley Pawn Loans is the only pawn shop in the area.
"I'm from the Quad Cities, and they are flooded with pawn shops up there," Rangel said. "They are flooded with pawn shops up in
Pawn shops aren't just for shoppers. Some of the customers are on a fixed income. Because of that, some people might bring in their valuables and walk out with cash. Pawn shops provide an easy, fast way to borrow small amounts of money. Several customers have already pawned big-screen TVs at the
"I'll loan someone
People can pawn their vehicles with him, but "if you want to pawn your car, you'd have to leave your car with me," he said. "It's illegal for me to do a title loan."
Rangel also sells items outright.
"If you want to sell a ring, you can come in and say, 'I'm getting a divorce, I don't want this ring anymore,' and I can just buy it," Rangel said. "I can sell it, or I can melt it down."
There are three employees working in the pawn shop, including Rangel's son, Gabriel, 17, who manned the register Wednesday, and
Rangel loves working in the pawn shop business, he said.
"I have some buddies whose parents own pawn shops back at home," he said. "I worked with them for a while and I just learned the business. This is something I have just enjoyed doing."
About Sauk Valley Pawn Loans
Sauk Valley Pawn Loans is open Monday through Friday from
For more information, call 815-626-7296 or find the shop on Facebook.
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