Mays Pawnbrokers toasts 190th year with US guest

Manchester-based Mays Pawnbrokers welcomed a special guest from across the pond this week (May 11) to celebrate its 190th birthday in style.

Seth Gold of American Jewelry & Loan is one of the stars of US TV programme Hardcore Pawn – a reality show that follows Seth his sister Ashley and their father in their day-to-day lives as Detroit pawnshop owners.

A fourth-generation pawnbroker, Gold was named ‘Pawnbroker of the Year’ in 2013 by the National Pawnbrokers Association in the US. He stopped off at Mays as part of a European tour, which has seen the family promoting their show in Italy.

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Mays was first established in Manchester in 1825 and the family-run business has successfully adapted to widespread changes within the pawnbroking industry over the years.

Gold commented: “Wherever I am in the world, I enjoy stopping by local pawnshops. Pawnbroking is such a complex and unique business, it’s always interesting to learn the similarities and differences of how we run our businesses and the challenges that we mutually encounter. There’s no better way to stay on top of the best practices in pawnbroking than to network with other pawnbrokers.”

Mays’ General Manager, Jason Darrington, welcomed Gold to the company’s oldest serving store in Collyhurst. He said: “Even though Seth’s store in Detroit is over 3,500 miles away from our store in Manchester, it was surprising how many similarities we shared as pawnbroking businesses. Both our companies have a rich heritage which spans back generations.”

Mays was the first pawnbrokers to open in the North West, with its original shop being based on Rochdale Road in Collyhurst, Manchester.

The company, which has premises in Bury, Oldham, Salford, Collyhurst, Ashton and Manchester City Centre, is now planning a major celebration to mark its 190th birthday later this year.