Sterling & Knight
Jewelry & Pawn
Sterling & Knight Jewelry & Pawn is a pawn shop serving Brookfield as a family business offering loans, appraisals, and purchases of jewelry. We have locations in nearby Hinsdale as well as Villa Park, and are happy to provide our services to Brookfield. At our store, you can sell or get a loan on gold, silver, and diamond jewelry and much more, including rare coins, objects of art, electronics, musical instruments and scrap gold. Whether you’re looking to sell jewelry near Brookfield or a reliable local pawn shop, Sterling & Knight is here to assist you.
Before 1803, the area now called Brookfield was mostly covered by prairie grasses, forests, and farms. Large portions of the area were inhabited by the native Americans who long ago developed agriculture and corn cultivation, built villages and burial mounds, invented the bow and arrow, and made beautiful pottery.
Settlement of the village dates to 1889 when Samuel Eberly Gross, a Chicago lawyer a lawyer turned real estate investor, began selling building lots platted from farms and woodlands he had acquired along both sides of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad line, which provided passenger and freight service between Chicago and Aurora, Illinois. “Grossdale,” as his development was originally called, offered suburban living at prices affordable to working-class families.
The first two buildings Gross erected were a train station south of the tracks at what is now Prairie Avenue, and a Pavilion across the tracks. The original train station was moved across the tracks and a few hundred feet east in 1981, and is now the home of the Village’s Historical Society and museum, as well as listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pavilion housed the first post office, general store, Gross’ real estate office, meeting rooms, and eventually a dance Hall. Gross offered free train outings from Chicago to Grossdale where the prospects were met at the station by a band and treated to a picnic lunch complete with a sales pitch from Gross. In addition to parcels of land, he had a number of house designs to offer at “cheap” prices.
Gross later added the subdivisions of Hollywood (1893) and West Grossdale (1895), each with its own train station. Residents voted to incorporate as the village of Grossdale in 1893. The name was changed in 1905 after residents became displeased with Gross, whose personal life and fortune had floundered. It was chosen after a contest to choose a new name yielded “Brookfield” in respect for Salt Creek, which runs through the area. Gross also has a school named after him called S.E. Gross.
In 1920, the old Plank Toll Road, now called Ogden Avenue (US Hwy 34), was paved, providing easy automobile access to and from Chicago.
Sterling & Knight Jewelry & Pawn is proud to serve the residents of Brookfield, IL. If you have questions about getting a loan or selling your jewelry and valuables, please read our FAQ page, or call us at (630) 321-5600.
We have two locations to serve you! We are located in:
109 E. St Charles Road
Villa Park, IL 60181
Hours: Monday 10 – 7:00
Tuesday – Friday 10 – 6:00
Saturday 10- 3:00
244 E. Ogden Ave.
Suite 114 (In the Courtyard of Koshgarian Plaza)
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 – 6:00
Saturday & Sunday by appointment.
If you refer a new customer to our store, you receive a 3% referral bonus, just like referring someone to host a Gold Party.
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Thank you for your business and continued faith in our local, family owned business. We’ve had the privilege of working with wonderful customers and helping them in these troubled times.
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