New location, same bargains at Market Square Emporium

LYNN ? It’s not like shopping at Macy’s, but if you don’t mind second-hand items, Market Square Emporium may hold just what you’re looking for ? at a discount.Owned by Matt Boccazzi, the pawnshop at 32 Market Square still smells of fresh paint and carpeting. It should. Boccazzi moved to the location just over two weeks ago.The move didn’t mark a major relocation. After all, Boccazzi has been in the pawn business for 17 years, all of them at 58 Market Square only a few doors away.”This is a much better location,” he said. “There are bigger glass windows facing the street, more traffic, and best off all parking. At the old site, each store in the strip had room for about two cars, so you could never have more than two customers in the shop at any one time. The customers used to complain a lot that there was no place to park.”When a chiropractic service moved out, Boccazzi didn’t waste any time moving into his new quarters.The walls and shelves are filled with musical instruments, power tools, flat-screen computer monitors, personal or household electronic devices, books, remote-controlled toy cars, and sports memorabilia. Bicycles, tower speakers and boxes of merchandise consume the floor space while the glass cases are laden with jewelry n mostly diamonds and gold ? and electronic games like X-Box, as well as a variety of games, music CDs and film DVDs.”Twenty-five percent of our retail business is from musical instruments,” said Boccazzi, who lives in Revere. “We ordered several guitar kits for kids because they were a hot item last Christmas. It comes with the small guitar, a mini-amp and a play-along DVD so that the kid can play a few songs right away.”Although the term pawnshop can contain a certain negative social stigma, Boccazzi said he has done his best to dispel it. “I try to treat people fairly. I try to give them the best deal possible,” he said. “You can come in here and get a good piece of second-hand equipment for a reasonable price. Everything we sell has been tested to make sure it works properly.”Boccazzi notes the shop is a member of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau of Massachusetts.”We’re also in direct contact with the Police Department,” he said. “We do over 400 transactions a month here with zero police matters. That’s a good batting average.”Last week, Boccazzi donated $1,000 to the Item Santa. It wasn’t the first year he has done so.”I’ve been in business in Lynn for 17 years and I plan to stay here,” he said. “We’re growing our retail business, especially the full line of second-hand electronic games.”

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