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New Season Posh Pawn Heats Up with Episode 3

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Having just thrown open the doors of its brand spanking new Manchester branch, 2016 certainly isn’t shaping up to be a slow one for the Prestige Pawnbrokers team. We’re already two episodes in to the latest Posh Pawn series, with episode 3 set to hit screens across the nation this evening.

 

James gets behind the wheel

 

As usual, James finds himself dabbling in yet another seriously luxe sports car. Only this isn’t your average set of sleek. Streamlined wheels. No, this sports car has undergone some pretty impressive modifications, which has left it with an eye watering price tag of £85,000. At least that’s the price James puts on it. Will the owner accept, or will he be unable to part with his beloved ride? You’ll have to watch to find out!

 

Claudia finds herself up to her neck in designer handbags

 

Next up, in-house designer handbag expert and self-confessed luxury brand addict Claudia heads to Germany. Her mission? To put a price tag on a large collection of bags owned by a former New York socialite. From Fifth Avenue to Rodeo Drive, she’s got high end handbags from across the globe. Needless to say, this episode is overflowing with sumptuously soft leather, lustrous buckles and silk linings.

 

From jewellery fiend to gym bunny

 

For those who love a bit of eye candy, the Posh Pawn team also cuts a deal with a female bodybuilder. With an impressive collection of luxury jewellery up her sleeve, she’s interested in selling up in order to fund her new hobby. As expected, Prestige’s in-house team of gold, diamond and gemstone experts jumped at the chance to get their hands on this glittering collection.

 

Vintage vino with a price tag to match

 

The action doesn’t stop here, with Posh Pawn HQ welcoming a golf fanatic with a passion for fine wines. In a bid to secure himself some extra cash, he’s flirting with the idea of pawning a case of fine wine. Vintage vino can fetch lucrative price tags, and the Prestige team are more than up for the challenge of valuing his collection.

 

As usual, the latest episode of Posh Pawn is packed full of quirky characters, high end items and of course, plenty of laughs. Don’t miss it, and remember to stay tuned over the next few weeks as James and the team have plenty more pawn star action in store!

Posh Pawn Christmas Special

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Lights are twinkling, holiday pop classics are blaring and mistletoe is strategically dangling under every doorway of Prestige Pawnbrokers HQ. Yet despite the festive atmosphere in the air, owner James Constantinou has been struggling to get into the Christmas spirit. With the Posh Pawn Christmas special on the horizon, his fellow pawn stars knew that his grinchy attitude simply wouldn’t do.

 

Goodbye Santa sleighs. Hello superbikes!

 

So what did they do? Forget reruns of Love Actually and marathon gingerbread man baking sessions. When it comes to getting James into the festive spirit, motors and macho time are the order of the day. What better way to perk up the Prestige Pawnbrokers founder than with a day out on the track with legendary superbike champion Carl Fogarty. How will James shape up against the undisputed king of World Superbike racing? Foggy’s got some serious speed up his sleeves, including the star power to secure James a seriously generous charity deal. While Posh Pawn usually shines the spotlight on securing the best deals for well-heeled asset owners, Christmas is a time for giving, and the seasonal special reflects this sentiment.

 

Diamonds are a girl’s best payday

 

Of course, a Christmas special wouldn’t be complete without a good dose of dazzle. This year Posh Pawn delivers with the resplendent rocks of a former Miss England. Sick of life in London, the beauty queen decides to trade in her diamonds for a cash payment that she’ll use to fund a new life in the USA. Watch all the action unfold as our expert team of in-house jewel aficionados scrutinize the rocks in order to come up with a price tag. Will it be enough to get Miss England to the US of A?

 

A slice of history

 

We can’t get enough of the royal family here at Prestige Pawnbrokers HQ. Love them or hate them, they sure do have some gorgeous jewels (Kate Middleton’s antique engagement ring anyone?). However when a Falklands veteran turns up with a slice of Buckingham Palace, we didn’t think we should be taking him literally. Over 30 years, he’s managed to resist the temptation of guzzling a piece of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake. Now that’s self-restraint. How much is a literal slice of history worth? You’ll have to check out the upcoming Posh Pawn Christmas Special set to air on December 23rd to find out.

The Best Posh Pawn Quotes by James

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It’s no secret that the Prestige Pawnbrokers team deal with some of the UK’s most valuable pre-loved assets. Keeping business in check is no easy undertaking, which is why savvy sales tactics, brazen self-confidence and a wicked sense of humour are all absolute musts. Thankfully, James ticks all the boxes. Want proof? Check out some of his audacious one liners, below.

 

When it comes to the Prestige Pawnbrokers philosophy, James has his business art down to a tee. According to the man himself, “Ability and willingness to say yes when others would say no” is the key to success. For viewers in search of some serious business advice, Posh Pawn is a great resource. Even if you’re not so keen on the assets side of the show, James is full of savvy entrepreneurial tips.

 

The Posh Pawn team gets their paws on some seriously strange items, and suits of armour are just the beginning. It always pays to approach bizarre loans with a hint of humour, as James Constantinou so aptly demonstrates below. The show also offers great insight into how to effectively manage teams. As you can see, James is always up for sparking a little healthy competition.

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As James will testify, a little cockiness goes a long way in the world of pawn broking. Needless to say, it’s what’s helped him elevate Prestige to where it is today. As you watch James and the team go about their work, you’ll see that confidence, self-belief and a positive attitude never go unrewarded.

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Of course, what goes on behind Posh Pawn doors is just as exciting as what happens on the floor. There’s nothing like a little office décor to lighten the mood at Prestige Pawnbrokers HQ, with Jo adorning the office with flowers. James may not look impressed but we all know that he loves a good orchid or two!

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The Prestige Pawnbrokers team is steeped in expertise, and no one knows the value of a keen eye better than James. Of course, putting a value on rare items often requires more than just a first glance… Just another example of how Posh Pawn can get you laughing and learning at the same time.

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Want more of James and his bald-faced banter? Be sure to catch the latest series of Posh Pawn, set to hit Channel 4 in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Prestige Pawnbrokers Set to Throw Open Manchester Branch

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Home to some of the wealthiest Brits in the UK, Manchester is brimming with high value items. When their well-heeled owners are strapped for cash, taking out asset loans is a fantastic way to boost bank accounts. While in the past they’ve had to head down to London to chat with the Posh Pawn team, James and his fellow pawn stars are ecstatic to announce that they’re throwing open the doors of a brand spanking new Manchester branch.

 

Posh Pawn launches with a bang

 

The new premises kicked off in style, with an official launch party held on December 10. As expected, the guest list was studded with stars, including antiques dealer Ian Towning and the legendary Jesse McClure from StorageHunters. ‘Queen of selfies’ Karen Danczuk also graced the party with her presence, chatting about pawn, politics and how to post the perfect Instagram pic.

 

Following in the footsteps of the London branches, the nee Manchester HQ enjoys a seriously prestigious location. It’s situated in Deansgate, home to some of the city’s most luxurious hotels, designer boutiques and high street shopping strips. After all, a posh location is an absolute must for Posh Pawn!

 

“Due to the popularity of the programme we got a lot of people from this neck of the woods coming down to see us,” says James. “We’ve had cars – Porches, Ferraris – and some amazing pieces of jewellery. We were even dealing with a Lowry painting a few days ago. It was given to the owner’s mother by the artist himself. It’s a Lowry figure with a cap on but it’s not the typical industrial scene. That fact that it has never been seen before is amazing so it was great to be involved in unearthing that.”

 

What a great way to kick of what’s sure to be one of Prestige Pawnbroker’s most successful branches!

 

The Posh Pawn Manchester branch is set to open its doors to the public early next year. No doubt it will be flooded with legions of Manchester locals looking to cash in their high end assets.

Posh Pawn Catch-up

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Prestige started back in 2009: with his background in business, sales and marketing, vintage cars and property development, the transition into pawnbroking made a great deal of sense to James. The original Posh Pawn documentary came soon after – and if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you do! After the success of the documentary, we all know what happened next… the thing that completes our Wednesday nights: Posh Pawn the show.

 

We’ve come a long way since the start, and the journey only continues. If you’ve been loyal since the beginning, you’ll know what we’re about. Prestige is the ultimate king of pawnbrokers: we aren’t your average business, so we don’t deal with average items, preferring to focus on the expensive, the exclusive and – sometimes– the wacky. But whatever the object is, you can bet it’s high-end.

 

Season 1 showcased interesting finds and even more interesting characters. What’s engaging about the pawnbroking business isn’t simply the objects we value and acquire – although we do get excited about unique finds – it’s also the stories and histories behind the objects and their owners, as well as the satisfaction of helping someone get what they want. We’ve had a reformed 1980s cat burglar approach us, as well as a former catwalk model who wanted to borrow £50,000 to launch a range of lingerie – and we’ve had intriguing buys too, everything from Lamborghinis to a 40ft American motorhome. We’re all about providing the best in terms both of products and services. Whether you hope to realise a dream or simply raise funds, we aim to get the job done and to do it to your satisfaction.

 

The second season didn’t disappoint: we were back, bigger and better with another 9 episodes packed full of beautiful and quirky items and a whole lot of laughs. A Chelsea footballer showed off more than his football skills when he brought us a set of Rolex watches, and our James had the opportunity to value a unique item used by James Bond in one of the Bond movies. Speaking of memorabilia, a Swarovski-crystal covered drum kit used on a Kylie Minogue tour made its way to Hatton Garden. Other celebrities also featured this season when paintings by East End gangsters the Kray twins found a new home at Prestige. Finally, we’re suckers for the unusual and adventurous, so for us the yellow submarine worth a whopping 1.5 million definitely stole the show.

 

We’re now in our third season, 5 episodes in and taking a short interval –but fear not, we will be returning to you soon, and with more posh than you can handle! In the meantime, we’re airing every episode from the start of Posh Pawn daily at 11am on our usual home of Channel 4 from 26th October. So stay with us, keep updated and look forward to the start of the next chapter of Posh Pawn. We certainly are!

Posh Pawn Team Thanks Fans!

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The third series of Posh Pawn is well and truly underway, and James Constantinou and the rest of the team would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has watched the show over the past few months. So far this season included some seriously lavish assets and great locations, from the sunny shores of Spain and the beaches of Brighton to the boroughs of London and beyond.

 

As one of the UK’s most high profile businessmen, as well as one of the richest pawnbrokers on the planet, James has turned the concept of pawn broking on its head. During the early months of the 2009 recession he identified a gap in the market for loans catering to cash-poor yet asset-rich individuals. Today, Prestige Pawnbrokers is considered one of the UK’s most coveted secured loan providers. We may have already aired some fantastic season three episodes but we can confirm that the excitement isn’t over just yet! There’s still plenty more Posh Pawn to be had, with the show resuming in November.

 

James says, “While Prestige Pawnbrokers is first and foremost a business, Posh Pawn relies entirely on fans to retain its crown as one of Channel 4’s most popular shows. We’re now three seasons in and while the content is undeniably captivating, it’s British viewers that keep the show on its feet. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who’s tuned in during season three and after a quick break, we’re looking forward to sharing more of our most lucrative pawn deals when the season kicks off again in November. Watch this space!”

 

So far this season has seen the Prestige Pawnbrokers team take on some seriously well-heeled clients. James jetted into Lanzarote to value a million Euro wine collection, an unredeemed Aston Martin hit the auction blocks, a retired couple parted ways with their beloved back garden railway, a double decker bus came to a sticky end. Not to mention a glut of designer handbags, luxury watches, rare coins, exclusive collectables, fine works of art, treasured antiques and more.

 

If you’re a Posh Pawn fan don’t worry – the show will return this November! While the exact date and content are yet to be confirmed, you can be sure there’ll be lots of sparkle, designer labels, fast cars and plenty of action. See you then!

Prestige Pawnbrokers e-Boutique Dazzles with Luxury Gems

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The Prestige Pawnbrokers e-boutique has its hands full with a kaleidoscope of dazzling jewellery for every budget this month – and a perfect santa’s grotto for those looking for a present with a difference. With sapphires, rubies, diamonds, smoky quartz, turquoise, topaz and more, our e-boutique is a treasure trove of exquisite items just waiting to be snapped up by savvy buyers.

 

As the UK’s most coveted pawn broking business, Prestige Pawnbrokers is the go to group for the well-heeled that are high on assets and short on cash. The result is a fabulous jewellery collection brimming with luxury items. We’ve got a lavish collection of earrings, bracelets, rings, brooches and necklaces from top global designers and jewellery houses.

 

All items showcased on the Prestige Pawnbrokers e-boutique have been professionally authenticated by our team of in house experts. This gives buyers the total peace of mind that they’re purchasing genuine gems with the Prestige Pawnbrokers seal of approval. Qualifications include Gemmology degrees from the Association of Great Britain, accreditation from the National Association of Goldsmiths and even experience working with the Queen’s jeweller, Mappin & Webb.

 

James Constantinou, owner of Prestige Pawnbrokers says, “We’re incredibly lucky to have an amazing team of gemmologists on hand to value the stunning items that come through our doors on a daily basis. Luxury jewellery is one of our biggest profit turners which is why we put so much time and effort into creating beautiful product listings.”

 

For ladies in search of stunning accessories that will have heads turning, Prestige Pawnbrokers is a mecca. Pieces such as the 18ct White Gold Tanzanite & Diamond Cluster Ring are the epitome of luxury, boasting a 12.77 carat faceted tanzanite surrounded by 16 3.1mm round brilliant cut diamonds.

 

While luxury is the name of the game, Prestige Pawnbrokers also tailors to customers with expensive taste yet limited budgets. With its regal trio of gems set in a delicate band, the 9 Carat Yellow Gold Garnet Ring is a steal.

 

Gents are equally as spoiled with a handsome range of rings and necklaces. Pieces are sourced from the world’s finest brands, including Bvlgari, Cartier, Gucci, Hermes and more.

 

Every item of jewellery has been beautifully photographed and is accompanied by detailed product descriptions. For an even greater range visit the Prestige Pawnbrokers locations in Hatton Garden, Richmond and Weybridge.

 

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for Christmas, you’ll love our stunning selection. And if you need a hand deciding on the perfect pressie, one of our team will be happy to help!

Inside Posh Pawn Episode 5

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We’re already four episodes into season three, and time is positively flying by! As usual, we’ve seen a plethora of high-end pre-loved items roll through our doors, from ultra-expensive watches and butter-soft designer leather handbags, to lightning-fast sets of wheels and rare works of art. If you simply can’t get enough of Posh Pawn, hold onto your hats because episode 5 is packed full of some seriously fancy deals. Read on for a sneak peek at what to expect!

 

James heads to Lanzarote to value a million euro wine collection

 

Forget house reds and whites: when James sets his sights on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, expensive taste is the name of the game. Here he meets with a well-heeled wine collector interested in flogging a collection that could be worth a colossal one million euros. Talk about an expensive drop! As well as appealing to wine buffs, James’ journey to beautiful Lanzarote showcases some lovely Spanish scenery.

 

Bentleys and booze

 

When you’re 23 and own a £250,000 Bentley, you know you’ve made it in life. Unless, of course, you need the cash to fund your dream of opening a gourmet gastropub. In this episode, viewers find out whether or not this aspiring entrepreneur can take out a loan on the car of his dreams and fund his lifelong ambition of opening a hospitality establishment.

 

Land ahoy

 

After years of living on a houseboat, a British couple decide to say farewell to their sea legs and move to dry land. Can Prestige Pawnbrokers offer them a loan on their unique houseboat and make their dry land dreams come true? And, if they can secure the cash, will it be enough to buy them a bricks and mortar home? You’ll have to watch to find out.

 

Giant gemstones

 

The Prestige Pawnbrokers team love a good gemstone, especially when it’s supersized. Of course, valuing can be a risky business, and James isn’t quite sure whether or not to take a risky deal on this enormous rock. Luckily the Prestige team is brimming with gemstone aficionados on hand to help James uncover just how much the giant gemstone is really worth.

 

Keen to watch all the action unfold? Tune into Posh Pawn and find out exactly what deals go down in episode 5. And if you find yourself hooked don’t worry, there’s plenty more Posh Pawn to be had!

Sneak Peek: Posh Pawn – Episode 4

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With the new season of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn well underway, the team has already managed to get their hands on some stunning items. Elevating the concept of high-end pawn broking, there has been no shortage of luxury products on this year’s season, from haute couture handbags to remarkable gemstone rings – and even a luxury yacht! What will episode four bring? Check out our rundown of what not to miss.

 

Claudia and the Ibiza Club DJ

 

Many of those who come through the Posh Pawn doors want to sell their luxury items to finance interests and pursuits. This week Claudia, our new in-house handbag specialist, has a big surprise in store for one glamourous Ibiza club DJ who is trying to go global. Claudia – who is fiancée to the big boss, James – swoons over the DJ’s stunning designer goods, and her reaction is not to be missed. How much will the coveted collection bring? Tune in and find out for yourself.

 

Alicja’ Goes for Gold 

 

 

Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. Our gemologist, Alicja, gets excited this week when a vintage gold and diamond timepiece gets brought into Posh Pawn. The stunning piece exudes old school elegance and timeless sophistication. No one loves gorgeous gemstones like Alicja, and the timepiece is right up her street. Will it be worthy of a visit to diamond specialist, Ian Towing? Be sure not to miss this week’s bedazzling episode.

 

James Gets All Revved Up

 

Vehicles are a seriously lucrative business and no one knows this better than Posh Pawn boss, James Constantinou. This week sees him get hot under the collar when he is faced with a unique imported chopper motorbike. No stranger to all things wheeled, James is faced with a conundrum like no other. But what price will the chopper bring in?

An unredeemed Aston Martin is also auctioned off. The sophisticated vehicle is a hit with James – but will the bids be high enough to see him break even and raise enough money to recoup his losses?

 

Catch the latest episode on Channel 4  and join the discussion on social media as you watch with us. Share your favourite items and see if you can guess how much the posh pawn is worth.

 

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