Hunting for the perfect Holiday gift in Escondido, CA (featured blog post)

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I am a firm believer that in order to make a gift truly special, you have to find something you know that people will love. Mainly something that lets them know that you know their interest and you care enough to bother and search for an item that they will really use or enjoy.

With the Holidays right around the corner, finding the perfect gift could seem a little tricky and pricey at times. That is why last weekend, we decided to venture and have a fun treasure quest at North County Loans & Jewelry.

North County Loans & Jewelry, is a family owned business, which has been operating since 2012 here in Escondido, CA. If you are looking for either a loan service, or to purchase something of interest, this might be a good place to start if you are local to the City of Escondido and surrounding areas. Don't underestimate the size of this pawn shop, because once you are there, you will realize there is so much to see, and you do not want to miss the chance to own an item of great value at a great price.

Store Location:
205 W. Mission Ave. Suit S, Escondido, CA 92025
Open Hours:
Monday – Friday : 10:00am to 6:00pm, and
Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Visit North County Loans & Jewelry's Website to find out more about the products and services they offer at:

Our Experience
When we arrived to North County Loans & Jewelry, we were greeted courteously. It gets a little busy, so if you have questions about a particular thing, or need to ask for a loan, just be patient. You might want to know that if you are bringing your valued goods to ask for a loan, the staff will asses your items and the loan on site. This was something I was curious about, because in the past, I thought it took longer to do the research and you had to come back with your things on another date. Well, I was glad to hear it is not the case in this place. Once approved, you'll have about four months to pay the loan back and recover your items. I thought that was a pretty sweet deal. Just consider that things might be a little different depending on your particular situation. Therefore, if you have any questions, just give them a call or stop by.

Looking around, you get a pretty good sense of what types of products and items can be brought for the purpose of selling them, or pawning them. And although it is unfortunate when at times, customers don't come back for their valued goods, it also this gives others, a potential opportunity to hunt for treasure.

The shop usually has two to three people attending customers, however, there are always people coming in and out, so patience is a key if you want to be successful when visiting this place. If you have any questions, they will be more than happy to answer them, and to the best of my knowledge, the staff pretty much knows their trade. If you are a collector, like I am, you might find that unique and special item to show off in your display case, or as I mentioned before, the one-of-a-kind gift for a loved one. This was more of what I was aiming for during our last visit. I wanted to get my husband an early Christmas gift; something practical that he would enjoy and actually use.

Don't get intimidated by the mounds of items inside the shop. Consider that this just means you might actually find what you are looking for. You just need to get a really good look around, because someone else might have just missed that “precious thing”.

Expect to find loads and loads of tools. From screwdrivers and wrenches, all the way to heavy-duty power tools. It seemed to me, that these are some of the preferred goods for customers to bring in, and also to purchase. You know those moments when you are looking for a particular size of tool, and you just can't ever find it? Well, you might just be in luck if you visit the North County Loans & Jewelry pawn shop. I saw many interesting tools in such diverse shapes and sizes. I felt like this might just be a new favorite place for handy-men/women around the area, that is, if they haven't found it already.

I also got to see a beautiful array of guitars displayed in one side of the shop. It made me remember my good old days of compulsively buying--coff, coff, I mean--enthusiastically collecting musical instruments, because I won't deny it; I love playing music, especially if I got a really good deal with "my prrrrrecious". I think that is the only reason why I have so many musical instruments, because of good deals like the ones you can find at North County Loans & Jewelry. Truth be told, I don't even know how to play them all. Nonetheless, and in my opinion, musical instruments are a smart investment, and they are always conversational pieces. Besides, you never know when one of your house guests actually knows how to play them, and ends up serenading you; true story. Besides, if you or your kids are just about to start learning to play a musical instrument, you might want to start with something at a better price, you know, just in case you lose interest. With that being said, a pawn shop is the perfect place to visit if you are looking to start your own garage band. It's never too late to learn something new and by the way, the Holidays are coming; spoil yourself a little.

Speaking about "my prrrrecious"; you can also find movie memorabilia at North County Loans & Jewelry. There were a couple of things from 'The Lord of the Rings' at the shop that would be awesome to have as a collector. If only we weren't moving, Arg! So there, if you also love collecting movie-inspired items, act now and visit the shop.

Something that caught my eye, was the decorative collectibles. From porcelain bells, to scale model classic cars, and even some star-wars figurines, like I said; treasure! And of course, if we are literally talking about “treasure”, you can find stunning pieces of jewelry, both for men & women, and coin sets, all in one same location. I'd say that if I was looking for an anniversary gift, I'd like something unique and possibly vintage. What better place to find something like that, than here.

Other cool things you can expect to find at the North County Loans & Jewelry shop, are; movies,  video games, sports memorabilia and products, many electronics, and much more.

I must confess that I found quite a few things that I wanted to take with me, but since this trip wasn't about me, I had to restrain myself a little. However, a first edition Furby in its original box, and a Dungeons & Dragon's book set, were calling my name. In either case, if you are wondering if we found what we were looking for, I must say this; there are a ton of things we need or will eventually need, and some that we want just because they are cool, which will probably inspire future purchases. Nonetheless, for this trip, we left with a very sought for pressure cooker and a movie. Yes, I know that kitchen stuff might not sound that exciting to some, but since my husband loves cooking, and by that I mean--he LOVES creating new and delicious ways to indulge our palate; I can only see this trip as a super win-win. He gets to scratch something out of his wishlist, I obtained the item at a very good price (Ho-ho-ho, Merry early Christmas!), and he will get to create something exciting with one of the items we got.

Me? I get to enjoy the spoils of our good fortune: good food and a great movie. Again, win-win.

Oh and did I mention that on top of having great deals, the North County Loans & Jewelry is also having a Holiday sale right now? I do not know if the sale applies if you buy online, but it sure did apply at the shop. So if you are close by, take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts. Really, not only did we get a great bargain, we also got a discount on the already low prices, woohoo! (Note that this sale event may only last throughout the Holiday Season 2017, and while supplies last. Please contact North County Loans & Jewelry to make sure this offer is still going on for your next visit. Offer excludes gold & silver coins & bullion, other restrictions may also apply.)

We had an overall interesting experience on our visit to this shop. The staff was very attentive and open to answer all of our questions regarding the place and the services provided. There were a few features that I found to be super cool, like; let's say that you are interested in seeing what they have on location, but you really can't make it on time before they close. By visiting their website, you can check out some of the items that are being sold via online listings. And the coolest thing is; they deliver worldwide. So no matter where you are, if you like what they have on location, you could probably buy it from the comfort of your home, which I must say is super convenient for many of us. 

And that is it! What do you think? Do you like the idea of online pawn shop listings? Or would you rather explore display cases and shelves directly on location? In either case, it always comes in handy to know that businesses like this are so close to home, and that they evolve with the rest of the community to fit some of the customer's needs. Have you ever bought something at a pawn shop, and if so, what is the coolest or weirdest thing you've ever found (remember to keep it cool, family friendly blog)? Let me know in a comment below, I would love to read you. And please support small family owned businesses, as they help grow the local economy. Until the next time, remember to smile—because it's contagious.


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