BEST PAWNSHOP - 2005
Pawnshops reek of desperation. Nobody puts their valuables in hock in exchange for a short-term cash infusion unless they're just a sawbuck or two away from skid row. This means that to find the "best" pawnshop you've got to zero in on the places where financial pipe dreams die. It's all about location. That's what makes Pawn Xchange so special. It's located just across the street from the entrance to Canterbury Park Racetrack & Card Club. Even better, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is just down the road. In other words, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better spot to prey on hard-luck gamblers between here and Biloxi, Mississippi. Pawn Xchange's inventory suggests that a lot of grown men have been hocking their toys in exchange for a little chump change. The store features impressive collections of pool sticks, fishing poles, guitars, and hunting bows. The assortment of golf clubs rivals what you'd find at the Sports Authority. You're also guaranteed to find a half-dozen quality TVs for sale and twice as many DVD players. The CD collection ($3 each or 5 for $12) usually contains a few gems and the videotapes are priced to sell ($2 each or 6 for $10). Trust us: Pawn Xchange is a better bet than the slots at Mystic Lake.