A pawn shop may once have been a business to avoid.
The stigma of shady characters and seedy deals loomed heavy over the business of buying, selling, and loaning.
But not anymore.
Pawn shops are now glamorized on TV. Cable shows like "Pawn Stars" and "Hard Core Pawn" showcase the glamorous—and gritty—aspects of the pawn business in big cities such as Las Vegas and Detroit.
But the wild world of pawn is alive and well in central Wisconsin as well. Thanks to the extra publicity and a tough economy, some area pawn shops are busier than ever.
Newsline 9's Daniel Woodruff visited one pawn shop in the Wausau area to get a taste of what's out there. What can you find? And how much money can you get?
Don't miss "The Wild World of Pawn" Wednesday, February 15 on Newsline 9 at 10.
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