Best Local Pawn Shop

Vista Pawn

Named for its Vista Avenue flagship location, Vista Pawn has outlets on State Street, and in Nampa and Mountain Home. Spread far and wide, the name could also serve as a descriptor of the vastness of its offerings. You can find almost anything within the walls of Vista Pawn—electronics, guns, sporting goods, jewelry, musical instruments, even automobiles. It's a buyers' paradise. Looking for a loan? Vista Pawn offers a free guide to help with the ins and outs of the transaction.

2nd Place: Sam's Locker—Boasting more than 1,500 items, Sam's Locker is pretty well stuffed. Daunted by the variety? Sam's Locker hosts a user- friendly website that's searchable by item type, showing quantity and price. Especially interesting to peruse is the "One-of-a-Kind" category, which includes things like vintage bank notes, crossbows and historic military medals.

3rd Place: Patriot Pawn and Gun—As the name suggests, Patriot Pawn and Gun specializes in boomsticks and other assorted projectile weaponry. With locations in Meridian, Star and Homedale, PPG also buys gold, does trades and consignment, and offers new and used items galore. It's also an information clearinghouse on Second Amendment rights and government regulations related to firearms.

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