If the pawnshop is a barometer, the economy is slightly improving
In good times, the retail side of the pawnshop business goes up. In bad times, there are more customers who want to pawn stuff. It makes sense. In 2008, when the crisis hit, the line-ups for pawning items were long. Today, they are shorter, says Gold. "Things seem to be a bit better, people have more cash available right now. They are buying more, selling less."