When it comes to a pawn shop, many people do not think of it as an alternative funding source to stocks, hedge funds, etc. In fact, many people think of it as a run-down looking place where you can get loans that are no more than a few thousand bucks, or you can pawn a valuable item that is stolen or legit for quick cash totaling no more than a few hundred dollars. However, pawn shops are much more than obtaining quick cash or loans for a few thousand dollars or less. And thanks to Hollywood with their negative portrayals of pawn shops, these portrayals are myths. Pawn shops are legitimate businesses that do not buy stolen items, and most of them are aesthetically pleasing.