TOP PHOTO: Derrek’s Place Pawn is located at 122 E. Central Avenue in downtown LaFollette. Currently Derrek’s Place has a “doorway water tank” for sale!
By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Derrek’s Place is WLAF’s business of the week. The Pawn Shop is celebrating 28 years in business this month.
According to owner Derrek Bowman, the business pawns and sells a wide variety of items, including gold, silver, jewelry, coins, guns, knives, musical equipment, tools, electronics and much more.
“We also have smart TVs, chainsaws, guitars and sometimes motorcycles,” Bowman said. Currently he has a Yamaha V-Star that will be displayed soon.
The inventory changes daily, and there’s always some great deals on tons of items!
Bowman said he began the business shortly after he graduated college with his Engineering degree.
“I had just got done with school and was praying about what to do and a jewelry salesman came by my mom and dad’s jewelry store and had some interesting information and brochures about the pawn broker business, and I remember it just felt right, so that’s when I decided to open up a pawn shop,” Bowman said.
Over the past 28 years, the pawn business has been an “interesting one” where Bowman has had the chance to meet all kinds of people and see all kinds of merchandise.
“You never know what you’ll see or what people will bring in; years ago people would try to pawn boa constrictors or pythons and that was a big no,” Bowman said with a laugh.
He also said he wanted to say thank you to all of his customers over the years for their support.
Derrek’s Place is located at 122 E. Central Avenue in LaFollette. It is open Monday through Friday from 9am till 5 pm. For more information, call 423.566.4550. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/17/2023-6AM)