Paying for Christmas

By: Katrice Nolan Email
By: Katrice Nolan Email

It's no secret that during the Christmas season, everyone likes to be able to give gifts, but the money that it takes to purchase those items, in this economy might be hard to come by, so some people have gotten a little creative when it comes to paying for it all.

Josh is a father of two, and this time of year.

"Basically, I need money, got kids to shop for this year," says Josh.

So he came to Joe’s pawn shop on Montgomery Highway hoping to get cash for two motorcycle helmets.
He says despite having three jobs right now he had no other choice.

"Doing what I know is right for my kids, anybody out there can judge me, my motto is no worries," says Josh.

To keep from worrying josh got creative in order to have gifts under the tree December 25th, and according to Joe Jackson owner of Joe’s pawn shop josh is not alone.

"We're seeing a lot of people, bring in a lot of merchandise you wouldn't see, they are getting rid of things that you normally wouldn't see, they're trying to get through Christmas," says Joe Jackson owner, of Joe’s Pawn Title and Check.

"I had a lady the other day ask me if I would pawn her fireplace, really, I said no ma'am we don't take in fireplaces," says Joe Jackson owner, of Joe’s Pawn Title and Check.

And with that, Inventory is pretty well stocked from gaming systems, to guitars, digital cameras to capture those Christmas memories, and jewelry.

"I had a lady the other day come in with her grandmothers wedding set, they're trying to get the biggest bang for their buck," says Joe Jackson owner, of Joe’s Pawn Title and Check.

And to make their bucks stretch Jackson says people are using pay as you go plans.

"We're seeing a lot of uses of layaway this year, than we have had before," says Joe Jackson owner, of Joe’s Pawn Title and Check.

As for Josh?

"What do you want to give me for it? I can get you thirty dollars for the both of them. Thirty dollars is all I can do with it. It's better than nothing."

So that something can be under the tree this Christmas.

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