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We are just a few blocks from the I5 Oregon / Washington border. We are located in downtown Vancouver Washington, just off of I-5, 8 miles North of downtown Portland OR
FROM PORTLAND / THE SOUTH: I-5 North to the Columbia River bridge, get in the right hand lane, take EXIT City Center 1-B, this wraps you around up'n'over the freeway, take first LEFT on to 6th Street, go 2 blocks to Washington, LEFT on Washington. We are right hand side across from the funny looking round building (Smith Tower).
SEATTLE / FROM THE NORTH: I-5 South, Mill Plain EXIT, RIGHT on Mill Plain, go West about 5 blocks to Washington, LEFT on Washington, go South about 9 blocks. We are on the right hand side just past 6th Street. Across from the funny looking round building (Smith Tower).
You can find on-street metered parking on both sides of the street in front of our building.
You can also briefly illegally park in front of our garage door when loading or unloading.
After 5PM or weekends parking is free.
Press the small silver button to get a free 20 min!
These are paid 2 hour short term meters for everyone AND 4 hr max meters for handicap.
Park 'n Go garage on 6th Street is only a half block North for $1.25 per hour.
For payments we accept cash (cash required for pawn pickups), most credit and ATM cards, ApplePay, GooglePay, AndroidPay, and Bitcoin.
You can also make payments over the phone for layaways or pawn renewals.
All showroom prices and discounts are clearly marked - No mystery, hassle, or wasted time haggling.
You get a 5% discount on purchases when paying with Bitcoin - Install the Strike App to get started.
A pawn is a collateral based cash loan where we hold your item, out of sight, in safe climate controlled and monitored storage for 90 days with 24 hour security. Loans may be rewritten on or before the 90th day by paying the interest. Interest is set by the State of Washington. Only after the 90 day loan period, if interest is not paid, is when items are placed up for sale. Over 80% of our customers either pick-up, or pay the interest to renew their loan. You must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid US government issued state ID, drivers license, passport, or military ID. There is no credit check and transactions are not reported to any credit bureau. Our average loan is $90 and cost $117 to pick-up in 30 days and an additional 4% per month after the first month.
One in four (28.3%) of all U.S. households conduct some or all of their financial transactions outside of the mainstream banking system. In today's diverse society, many people depend on pawnshops to help them meet their daily financial needs not met by other financial institutions. Our customers represent anyone who have an unexpected need for a short term loan. Pawn loans keep the electricity on, rents paid and cars working. Working with law enforcement has always been an important part of operating a pawnshop. Briz Loan & Guitar complies with all federal, state and local regulations. If you wish to contact us with a notice of stolen musical instruments please include a case number and the name of the jurisdiction. Every item is recorded and cross checked with a national database through the local police department. Give us a call for more info on how you can get a fast and simple cash loan on your music gear.
We accept most musical gear such as guitars, amps, keyboard, synth, drums, brass, effects, pa, dj, and studio gear.
Your gear and any valid US government issued state ID, drivers license, passport, or military ID.
Most customers bring in their gear and walk out with cash within 15 minutes.
Why would you pawn something vs selling it?
Because you need some cash but don't want to sell your gear.
About 80% of our customers pick-up or renew their pawned items.
One in four (28.3%) of all U.S. households conduct some or all of their financial transactions outside of the mainstream banking system. In today's diverse society, many people depend on pawnshops to help them meet their daily financial needs not met by other financial institutions (banks). Our customers represent anyone who have an unexpected need for a short term cash loan. Pawn loans keep the electricity on, rents paid, and cars working. Give us a call for more info on how you can get a fast and simple cash loan on your music gear.
Here are some of the many reasons we daily do loans (pawns) for:
• Car repair
• Fill the gas tank
• Unexpected vet bill
• Get cash to make a purchase
• Payday lands on the weekend
• Cover a check before it bounces
• Fast cash to cover a pending bill
• Safe storage for your gear while away
• Pocket money for a trip or the weekend
• When you need less than what a bank will loan you
• When you are declined a bank loan due to credit score
• Privacy - when you don't want to ask friends or family for money
• Get some cash for that drum set that you don't want to sell but you can't play in your apartment
Bringing stolen items to a pawn shop is a very bad idea. Pawn shops are the highest regulated and monitored business in the used market. Every item is recorded and cross checked with a national database through the local police department. Working with law enforcement has always been an important part of operating a pawnshop. Briz Loan & Guitar complies with all federal, state and local regulations. If you wish to contact us with a notice of stolen musical instruments please include a case number and the name of the jurisdiction.
"Hey, will you ship me that cool thing I saw online?"
No, sorry - We do not sell items on-line, by mail, or to dealers, so we can continue to provide to our local musicians.
Matt Brislawn, born and raised in Vancouver Washington. I opened Briz Loan & Guitar in the summer of 1995 with a desire to bring something that was missing in Vancouver, a used musical instrument shop. Growing up in Vancouver in the 80's there was only one new music shop in Vancouver with prices out of my budget. I could only dream of owing a guitar. Years later, about the same time I got my first legitimate job, a friend turned me on to pawn shops. I was using another friends bass and needed an amp so we headed to the then desolate downtown Vancouver to Cameo Loans. Funny part is, when we walked out, I was carrying a small $40 Crate bass amp under one arm and a $90 MicroMoog under the other. I didn't even know what the Moog was, it was just so freaky looking. My life was changed forever, I was now a Pawn Shop hound. From then on, everything needed for every band, pawn shops would be the first stop.
The name? Well, our family has been in Vancouver for 4 generations now. My grandfather, father, and myself have been called Briz by friends for quite some time now. It just seemed natural.
We are committed to provide directly and exclusively to our local musicians. Our success has provided us with the ability to create other music related projects such as Reverb Rehearsal Studios. All our 4 day a week employees are musicians, live in Vancouver WA, make above a living wage, and have paid medical benefits and paid time off. We are a monthly supporters of Clark Public Utilities' Green Lights program, verified Clark County Green Business, primary sponsor of CouvFestNW, donate monthly to Seva Foundation and regularly donate to other local fundraising events and charities. Without you, we could not do this - THANK YOU for your support and keeping your business local!
PLEASE CALL for questions about sales, pawns, inventory, gear, ect. (360) 699-5626
To email the owner (Matt/Briz) about anything else:
BRIZ LOAN & GUITAR
BUY - SELL - TRADE - PAWN
Established summer of 1995 by Matt Brislawn (Briz) in Downtown Vancouver Washington USA