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The pawnshop went out of fashion during the boom times, but the harsh reality of the last couple of years has enticed people back under the iconic three brass balls in search of quick cash.

20th November, 2010

The pawnshop went out of fashion during the boom times, but the harsh reality of the last couple of years has enticed people back under the iconic three brass balls in search of quick cash.

While trade has picked up in recent times, the reward for pawnbrokers is far from lucrative. ‘‘There’s quicker ways of making money than going into pawn broking,” said Pat Kearns, owner of Kearns Pawnbrokers & Jewellers in Smithfield, central Dublin....

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