Chanel Handbags: Back to School Inspiration

French designer Coco Chanel, fashion designer, businesswoman and student of life created a signature style empire that embodied practicality, freedom and elegance. Chanel applied her unique design philosophy to her clothing, jewelry, fragrance and renowned handbag collections, making them a coveted favorite among women of all ages. Durable yet versatile, luxe yet relevant, Chanel handbags adapt easily to both university and professional life. Without question, Chanel gets an A+ in our book!

Not only are Chanel bags a hot item; they are investment quality pieces that hold their value for years to come. For young women there is no better time to invest in functional foundation pieces, and Braswell and Son makes it affordable for those on an academic budget.

As a premium reseller of vintage luxury, pre-loved designer handbags, Braswell and Son offers new and like-new Chanel pieces at a fraction of retail. With 10 percent down and affordable monthly payments, you can have that lambskin Overnighter Weekender Shoulder bag in time for holiday break. With a spacious interior and woven leather chain straps, it has enough room for small electronics and makes an ideal carry-on travel bag.

Another intelligent choice for the savvy coed is the classic Medallion Tote bag. With supple, pebbled calfskin leather, signature gold-tone hardware and medallion charm, generous interior and secure zip closure, the Medallion Tote delivers sophisticated durability. A study in hardworking opulence, the classic tote adapts easily to everyday style and shows the world you’re much more than the average up-and-comer.

For special events and first dates, the Chanel Mini Double Flap is a true statement of feminine independence. The Mini Double Flap tops its class in function and flair, with room enough for essentials and style for days. Made of butter-soft lambskin in a variety of colors with silver hardware detail, the Mini Double Flap is the perfect punctuation to any look.
A woman’s handbag is both a modern day survival kit and a mark of intellectual influence. A Chanel bag is a fundamental accessory for collegiate life and beyond. Shop smart—shop Braswell and Son for back to school vintage luxury deals.

Chanel Handbags: Seamless Style, Summer to Fall

A true renaissance woman of fashion, Coco Chanel redefined the feminine standard of style by influencing design in clothing, jewelry, fragrance, and more notably, handbags. Inspired by 1920’s soldier bags, Chanel liberated women from the traditional hand-carried bag to a practical yet refined hands-free, shoulder design.

As a brand, Chanel continues to gain admirers. Their luxury handbags are some of the finest and best selling among Braswell and Son’s select inventory. Here are three versatile styles that go seamlessly from an elegant summertime dinner date to an easygoing fall weekend away.

Chanel Mini Double Flap
Small yet expressive, it’s hard to keep your eyes off of Chanel’s Mini Double Flap handbag. Available in buttery lambskin, rich caviar or slick patent leather, featuring silver hardware and the classic woven leather chain strap, the Mini Double Flap is big enough to hold essentials and is sure to invite conversation. Offered in an array of colorful and neutral hues, the Mini is a perfect complement to any ensemble, no matter the season.

Chanel Medallion Tote Bag
Perhaps the most versatile bag of its kind, the Chanel Medallion Tote is smart, sophisticated and graciously suited to everyday style. Constructed of supple quilted caviar leather with comfortable rolled handles and secure zipper closure, the Medallion Tote is distinguished by the celebrated CC front panel, gold-tone hardware and medallion charm. The roomy interior and practical lines make this bag a favorite among businesswomen and fashionistas alike.

Chanel Overnighter Weekender Shoulder Bag
The handsome and versatile Chanel Overnighter Weekender Shoulder Bag is where fashion meets function. A multi-use tote featuring woven leather hands-free chain straps and large CC turn lock closure, the Weekender Bag is superbly suited for shopping as well as spending a relaxing day downtown with friends or tucking into a café with a good book. The sleek silhouette, elegant flat quilting and generous interior easily accommodate small electronics and basic overnight necessities.

As sure as summer turns to fall, classic Chanel will see you through the seasons in style. Find your Chanel at Braswell and Son—premium reseller of authentic, vintage luxury Chanel.

 

Pawn Advances for Life’s Challenges and Celebrations

pawn advacnce from Braswell and Son

Who, exactly, is your typical pawn advance customer? Friends, family, neighbors—many hard working, good people fall on tough financial times because of a poor business decision, the loss of a job, a health crisis, or a significant life change like divorce. Unexpected financial hardship should not be viewed as a reflection of a person’s character or earning potential. Heck, even Abraham Lincoln, whose face adorns U.S. currency was once penniless after the untimely death of a business partner with whom he owned a general store. If it happened to “honest Abe,” it can happen to anyone.

An estimated 50 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and over 70 million people either choose to forego a traditional bank account or have limited access to retail banks. For those living off the financial grid, pawnbrokers are a safe and regulated economic resource. And let’s be honest, almost everyone finds themselves facing unexpected financial situations at one time or another. By offering small amount, short-term loans, neighborhood pawn shops provide invaluable options that conventional lending institutions simply do not.

Most people don’t realize that a 30-day, $150 pawn loan is less expensive than fees resulting from an overdrawn bank account, a late credit card payment or the cost to reconnect a utility service. Pawn advances don’t require proof of employment, and never affect credit scores. And because you’re borrowing against your own items as collateral, you’re not spending future income.

Pawn advances aren’t only for desperate situations, but can also bring joy and value to life by facilitating a well-deserved gift or fortuitous investment opportunity. Imagine having the chance to surprise your father, an avid comic book collector, with a 1974 vintage The Incredible Hulk comic book (#180) for his 50th birthday! It’s a sweet deal, but you’re short on cash. With a pawn loan, you’ll have the cash you need in a matter of minutes!

The good people of Little Rock have been turning to Braswell & Son Pawnbrokers to help navigate the challenges and celebrations of life for over 100 years. Read about how life got better Because Of Braswell!

Vintage Engagement and Wedding Rings: Tradition at its Finest

The first time you laid eyes on the Georgian beauty, you knew. The rich Bordeaux and ivy bouquet of gemstones—garnets, emeralds and seed pearls surrounding a rose cut diamond, all wrapped in an ornate, warm gold setting—you had just met your dream engagement ring.

Rings from the Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Art Deco periods are tradition at its finest, however, choosing an antique design may be a bit of a non-traditional move. While the most popular engagement ring remains the round white diamond solitaire, antique rings are a true celebration of style and craftsmanship for those women who want to express their individuality or admire a certain period in design.

Intricately patterned settings are perfect for showcasing traditional and alternative looks.

Consider yourself lucky to find a piece from Georgian period (1714-1830’s). Showcasing ornate and playful femininity, the intricate Grecian-inspired metalwork designs are valued for their beauty and rarity.

Victorian era (1837-1901) jewelry follows the influential and emotional path of Queen Victoria’s life. Bold by design, Victorian period pieces feature brightly colored stones, Celtic detailing and the introduction of larger diamonds following the opening of South African diamond mines.

Most popular for those in the market for an antique engagement ring style are pieces from the enchanting Art Nouveau era (1890-1915). An expression of creativity and nature, Art Nouveau era rings are recognized for flowing, abstract lines, and the use of brilliantly colored enamel and gemstones.

Edwardian Engagment Ring
Large, luminous colored gemstones, and delicate, lace-inspired metalwork make Edwardian era pieces an intoxicating choice.

Famous for intricate filigree, antique rings from the Edwardian period (1901-1910) are straight out of a fairytale. Large, luminous colored gemstones, and delicate, lace-inspired metalwork make Edwardian era pieces an intoxicating choice.

Eclectic and daring, rings of the Art Deco period (1915-1930) are some of the most sought after pieces among vintage engagement jewelry. Influenced by world travel and emerging social freedom, Art Deco era pieces are celebrated for their geometric design and bold, exotic patterns.

Art Deco Ring
A daring choice, Art Deco era pieces are celebrated for their geometric design and bold, exotic patterns.

Why just shop for an engagement ring when you can invest in a piece of art, rich with history? Your dream engagement ring is waiting to be discovered at Braswell and Son, your premier reseller of authentic, vintage luxury and estate jewelry.

Braswell and Son Receives NPA’s Community Outreach Award

Each year the National Pawnbroker Association (NPA) selects one broker to receive its esteemed Community Outreach Award. It may come as no surprise to Braswell and Son’s loyal clientele to learn the company has won the Community Outreach Award!

Braswell & Son president, Douglas Braswell, accepted the distinction at this year’s Pawn Expo in Las Vegas. The Outstanding Community Relations Award is presented to an NPA Pawnbroker or Affiliate who advances the standard and quality of life in their community through public service or volunteerism. So, what does it take for a company to be recognized for outstanding community relations three years running?

Family owned Braswell and Son is far from your average pawnshop. With three locations in central Arkansas and a vibrant online store, the company is redefining the concept of the conventional pawnbroker establishment. Along with offering the very best in affordable vintage luxury, Braswell and Son works to create lasting relationships with every transaction by offering a personal, knowledge-driven shopping experience and meeting the short-term financial needs of their customers.

Community building is the heart of the company, and it all starts with the close-knit and mutually supportive family of employees and extends into the city and its neighborhoods. A percentage of each store’s sales and auction merchandise is donated to support several local charities. Braswell and Son backs local outreach groups including: The CALL of Pulaski County, Faulkner County Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Exodus Project, Law Enforcement Officer Awards – 20th Judicial District, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Awards Banquet, and others. But it doesn’t stop there—in support of music education, the company donated 20 musical instruments to Little Rock Middle School and gifted a $1000 grant for instrument refurbishment.

With a reputation that speaks for itself, Braswell and Son is a hard working, generous company whose purpose is to build trusted relationships with their clientele and community, as well as provide exceptional merchandise and short-term loans, along with outstanding customer service.

If you’re in the neighborhood, come in and say hello! At Braswell and Son, you’re part of the family.

Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings—Classic for a Reason

A round, brilliant cut white diamond nestled into the center of a Tiffany setting is the one and only choice for couples in love with tradition. It’s no surprise that the classic stone has remained popular for generations. A diamond solitaire is the ultimate showpiece in an engagement ring, just as the bride is the crown jewel of her own wedding.

Just one of the magnificent diamond solitaire rings available at Braswell & Son.

sThe 58 facets of a round diamond are engineered to optimize light refraction like no other cut, and the open prong framework of a Tiffany setting allows for ultimate light penetration, magnifying fire and brilliance. Stones that rank lower in clarity and color will still manage to impress with a round brilliant cut.

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Diamond solitaires are simple and classic, demand attention, and will never go out of style. They shine equally as bright on an understated band as they do on a band featuring smaller stones or antique embellishments. A diamond solitaire is attractive set in white gold or platinum to accentuate its brilliance, or in yellow or rose gold for an extra pop of contrasting color. Though round is by far most popular cut, oval, square, emerald and princess cuts are equally fine choices. For those pushing the boundaries of tradition, consider a rustic band inspired by nature, or a modern channel setting. To maximize a budget, look to an old mine cut diamond solitaire embedded within a fluted platinum illusion setting.

For generations, Braswell and Son have provided our customers with the very best in affordable luxury. We take pride in knowing that the relationships we build with our clientele are as valuable as the premium pieces we offer. Our graduate gemologist and GIA trained staff guarantees accurate examination, grading and valuation. We deal in new, pre-owned and luxury vintage diamond solitaires and are continually amazed by the variety of stunning and unique pieces that come into our store each and every day. If you are looking for something specific, by all means let us know! We place our expertise at each client’s disposal and would love to help you discover your perfect solitaire style and setting.

Diamond Cluster Engagement Rings: Stunning and Smart!

Few events are as memorable as an engagement—a truly special moment where one soul feels the desire to commit to another. An engagement is customarily celebrated with a proposal and a diamond ring. But, why stop at the conventional diamond solitaire? Instead, take the opportunity to make your engagement ring an expression of creativity and individuality with a diamond cluster design.

Why should the value of a relationship be measured by the size of a diamond? Influenced by societal obligation and Hollywood trends, many couples feel drawn to the classic diamond solitaire—and the bigger the better! However, depending on the wearer, classic can become cliché. Larger stones, though impressive, are just not practical for most women living real, dynamic lives. A stunning and smart alternative to the diamond solitaire is the diamond cluster.

Here Are Just A Few Of Our Stunning Diamond Cluster Rings On Sale Now

In an industry where value is determined almost entirely on demand, big rocks get attention, but they cost a pretty penny. Investing in an array of quality smaller stones versus one huge showstopper can result in significant savings—resources that could be directed toward another asset or experience, such as a down payment on a home or travel. The larger the carat weight, the larger the price tag; for example, it’s estimated a 2-carat oval solitaire would cost 60-75 percent more than a design of the same size featuring a cluster of smaller diamonds and/or gemstones.

Popular in antique settings of the Edwardian and Victorian eras, the quintessential diamond cluster combines the simplicity of a solitaire with richness of design. With a celebrated following all its own, the diamond cluster lends itself particularly well to organic, floral inspired designs, as well as structured, Art Deco and Architectural Revival styles.

Create your own masterpiece of luxurious opals surrounding a golden topaz, or discover a pre-owned treasure, rich with history. Braswell and Son carefully selects all of our exclusive estate jewelry and loose stones for quality and unique character.

Don’t get mired in tradition—now is your time to shine! Discover the very best in vintage luxury diamond cluster engagement rings at Braswell and Son.

Christmas in July: Shop Early Layaway Pawn!

Christmas In July Layaway Shopping
Make the most of your dollars by shopping our Christmas in July event. Put your items on layaway so they’re ready for the holidays.

What makes a thoughtful gift isn’t usually the price tag. Most people prefer and appreciate gifts that strike an emotional chord. Gifts become reminders of why special relationships are priceless.

As a society we are connected as never before. Yet, we oftentimes struggle to connect on an interpersonal level. The month of December is all about connecting through the act of giving, and is the perfect time to express our thoughtfulness to others. With the suffocating crush of retail, and the mindless ease of online “vanilla” shopping, how do you make the most of your holiday budget and deliver unique gifts that will make a thoughtful impression?

Here’s a tip that will transform the way you give: shop early, and shop layaway pawn! Put just 10% down now, and you’re gifts are ready to go by December.

Thanks to reality television shows like Pawn Stars and the popularity of shopping vintage and pre-owned from sites like eBay, Etsy and Craig’s List, pawn shopping is increasingly being recognized as a favorable and smart option.

Early holiday pawn shopping means no pressure access to an outstanding selection of new and pre-owned electronics, musical instruments, estate jewelry and vintage luxury pieces. Some shops even deal in fine art and rare wine—quite literally, there is something for everyone!

The savings are big! It is estimated that pawnshops offer merchandise at around 70 percent of retail price—and are always open to negotiation! At Braswell and Son, you can purchase items on layaway with 10 percent down, and arrange to pick up your items in December without the burden of a hefty credit card bill.

Short on cash? No problem! Bring in last year’s Christmas gifts or other valuable items such as gold, silver and gemstone jewelry, camera equipment or quality tools for instant cash or to secure a cash advance.

Imagine the look on your father-in-law’s face when instead of the usual gift card he’s presented with an original British One Penny Black postage stamp to fatten his collection!

This year, skip the stress of last minute holiday shopping and actually enjoy the season. Remember, charming and thoughtful gifts are waiting for you right now at Braswell and Son!

The Engagement Ring: A Financial and Emotional Investment

The modern engagement ring isn’t always considered a true investment because of its depreciation after the original sale. However, couples continue to spend outrageous amounts of money on an ornament that is to become the one and only tangible symbol of an emotional commitment. In a fluctuating market based completely on demand, there are several factors to consider guaranteeing the best value for your investment in love.

The value of components, rarity and history determine the worth of an engagement ring. The metal aspect accounts for only 5 to 25 percent of the total value, with yellow and white gold, and platinum being most popular. Platinum is five times more rare and is significantly more durable than gold. It will cost a bit more, but is well worth the investment. Choosing platinum will maximize the value of your ring by resisting wear and ensuring a secure, brilliant setting for your stone of choice.

Opting for an Asscher cut, brilliant oval, or pear shaped like the one pictured here can result in savings at the register.

The center stone is by far the most valuable element in any design, counting for 75 to 95 percent of total worth. Popular carat sizes come with a significant mark up. Staying just shy of common carat sizes will save up to 30 percent. Modern cut, white diamonds have become a bit mundane; instead, think about an orange, pink, green, red or black fancy cut diamond, which are around 1,000 times more rare and expressive.

Other asset worthy rarities to consider are antique, old mine cut and European cut diamonds. Cushion shaped and handcrafted, old mine diamonds are known for their square shape and were popular during the Edwardian and Victorian eras. Round in design, European cut diamonds have deeper proportions and were fashionable during the Edwardian and Art Deco periods.

Materials and workmanship, as well as history and commitment to love are the true measure of a ring’s value. Still, the single best way to invest in an engagement ring is to shop for vintage luxury and estate finds. For specialty pieces that are certain to hold value over time, look to the rich selection of affordable luxury at Braswell and Son.

Designer Handbags: Hidden Cash in Your Closet

Braswell & Son buys designer handbags

She is a reminder of your first, intoxicating trip to Paris. Ah, the soldiered London Plane trees standing at attention against a pale silver and blush sky along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées… It was your “all yellow” phase, when your Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 handbag in Tassil yellow was a sublime mix of sunshine and Audrey Hepburn. But now, to you she seems less sunshine and more Minion—so she sits alone, on the top shelf of the closet, hiding safely in her dust bag…

So, what’s a wise and resourceful woman to do?

How about selling your pre-owned designer handbag to Braswell and Son, because we’re buying! Vintage luxury handbags remain some of the most sought after merchandise on the market. Sell your bag for cash, or trade up to something that better fits your current fashion sensibility and lifestyle.

Not all pawnbrokers are created equal. Braswell and Son is a boutique broker with a passion for high-end accessories. As a preferred dealer in pre-owned and vintage luxury brands, we represent Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Hermès and Prada, just to name a few. Our professional staff is carefully trained to identify pieces as authentic, as well as provide accurate appraisals so clients can be confident they are receiving fair value for their items.

Ready to sell?

To get the most out of your pre-loved designer bag, you will need to properly prepare it. Remove all of your items and gently clean both inside and outside surfaces, taking care to follow recommendations appropriate for the material. Note that some leathers will naturally develop a “patina” from contact with the skin, adding character and acting as a unique identifier of a genuine piece. Providing receipts, original packaging, dust bags or certificates of authenticity will help you secure the best offer for your bag.

Dealing in vintage luxury designer handbags has been a cornerstone of Braswell and Son’s retail and cash advance business since 1979. We offer professional, discerning service, and guarantee you’ll get the best return on your high-fashion investment. Don’t sell yourself short—maybe you have hidden cash hiding in your closet!

 

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