With more than 275 sunny days each year in the Inland Empire, sunglasses are a must-have item in Ontario, Pomona, and Upland. But in Southern California, sunglasses are as much a fashion statement as your clothing, with designer brands in-demand all year. Since designer sunglasses are essential to wardrobes in SoCal, it’s no surprise that they are always in demand. This is great news for those looking to own luxury sunglasses without breaking the bank. It’s also great news if you own designer shades you no longer wear. Here is the definitive guide to buying and selling designer sunglasses at a pawn shop.

Should You Buy Designer Sunglasses from a Pawn Shop?

There’s a better question than “should I buy designer sunglasses from a pawn shop?” when looking to add a luxury accessory to your wardrobe. The better question is, “why wouldn’t you buy designer sunglasses from a pawn shop?” After all, why pay full price for luxury items when you don’t have to?

Pawn shops typically sell items for 30-40% less than the full retail value at traditional retail stores. Consider you want a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses that retail for $500. A 30% discount is a full $150 off! That’s significant savings.

Consider also that pawn shops often have limited edition items. This is because pawn shops buy their inventory from the people in their communities, not during a twice-yearly market. So you may very well find designer sunglasses at a pawn shop that are quite literally, impossible to find in traditional retail stores.

A third reason to buy designer items such as sunglasses is because pawn shops are surprisingly eco-friendly. Why? Well, to start pawn shops are typically much smaller than a traditional retailer, meaning they are using far less energy to heat or cool their space. That leaves a smaller carbon footprint.

Pawn shops don’t import items on airplanes, so there’s no excess fuel usage, or wasted packaging materials. Instead of having sunglasses flown across the country, wrapped in boxes, and filled with packing paper, at a pawn shop, you’ll likely walk out with the sunglasses and their case, and no significant harm to the environment.

Should You Sell You Designer Sunglasses to a Pawn Shop?

The main reason to sell your sunglasses to a pawn shop is to make money from items you no longer need or want. If you’re a person who upgrades their sunglasses every year, you might as well turn your old sunglasses into instant cash.

Likewise, you may want to consider that there aren’t necessarily a lot of other outlets for selling designer sunglasses that aren’t a hassle. If you sell them online, you’ll be responsible for responding to texts or emails. You may have to deal with people trying to get the glasses for a lower price. You may find potential customers want you to authenticate that your sunglasses are real, and your only real proof is a photo.

If you choose to list your designer sunglasses on a resale website, you’ll need to be responsive to customers, you’ll be tasked with packing and shipping them. If your items get lost in delivery, you’ll have a headache to sort out with the online site. And don’t forget, they will take a cut from your profits.

Pawnshops on the other hand, buy and sell items every day. That doesn’t mean that every pawn shop will specialize in luxury items including jewelry, handbags, and sunglasses. But pawn shops in places like the Inland Empire where brand name sunglasses are in demand year-round, are often interested in them.

Working with a pawnshop makes selling your designer sunglasses easy. Simply clean the glasses, bring them with the case, and any paperwork or box you have to the shop. If the shop is interested, they will make you an offer. If you don’t like the offer, you can try to negotiate for more money. If you get the price you want, you’ll leave with cash in your pockets, and no annoying trips to the post office.

Sunglasses: Who are the Top Designers in 2022?

Designer sunglasses are a hot commodity. But some designers are more coveted than others. Some of 2022’s most stylish, sophisticated, and sought-after sunglass designers in 2022 include:

  • Gucci
  • Prada
  • Versace
  • Burberry
  • Fendi
  • Chanel
  • Tom Ford
  • Christian Dior
  • Ray-Ban
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • DKNY
  • Valentino
  • Oliver Peoples
  • Tori Burch
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Coach
  • Persol
  • Moscot
  • Jacques Marie Mage
  • Lexxola
  • Barton Perreira
  • Matsuda

Financial Bind: You May Be Able to Pawn Designer Sunglasses for Instant Cash

If you have high-end sunglasses that you don’t want to part with, but you need cash in a hurry, pawning your shades may be an option. Pawn loans are collateral loans, that have no impact on your credit score.

To secure a pawn loan using your sunglasses as collateral, simply take your sunglasses to a local, reputable pawn shop. The pawnbroker will look at your sunglasses, and determine whether they could sell them, if you default on your loan payments. If your sunglasses are in good condition, and the shop believes they could sell them if they had to, the pawnbroker would make you an offer. It’s important to note that the loan amount will be for a fraction of the value of the sunglasses, not the full value of them in a store.

If you accept, your paperwork will be drawn up, and you will relinquish temporary possession of your sunglasses. The pawn shop will give you the money (in cash) and will securely store your sunglasses until you pay off your loan. Once your loan is paid in full your glasses will be returned to you. If you do not honor the terms of your pawn loan, you will relinquish ownership, and the pawn shop will sell your sunglasses, to make up for their losses.

We Buy and Sell Designer Sunglasses in Ontario

Central Mega Pawn serving Upland, Pomona, and other communities in the Inland Empire is a pawn shop that specializes in luxury items such as designer sunglasses. At our shop on Central Avenue in Ontario, we carry luxury watches, designer handbags, brand-name power tools, high-end recording equipment, and premium electronics.

Central Mega Pawn is open 7 days a week. We comply with all state regulations, as a proud member of the California Pawnbrokers Association. Have a question about designer sunglasses you want to sell? Contact us at 909-627-9622 or feel free to message us with any questions.