Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Language Arts Teacher Moved to Social Studies With Pawn Shop.(Career Marketplace)

Byline: Franchesca Stevens For the Journal

Sprinkled among big, predictable showcases of fine gold and silver jewelry, rifles, leather jackets, electronics and hand tools at Osuna Trading & Loan Co., there are subtle clues to owner Michael Steinberg's penchant for collecting the unusual.

Just look over at the glass-encased " '94 Rock Roswell Dead Alien" and the two cigar-store wooden Indians at the door or up at the overhead bow and arrows fashioned from what used to be a badger and some snakes.

No matter. Someday, someone might want to buy the "alien" or the bow and arrows assuming Steinberg is willing to let them go. But goodness knows he has zillions of other, more conventional items for sale in the 3,000-square-foot display area of his North Valley pawn shop.

Steinberg, who turns 49 today, has owned Osuna Trading and Loan since 1985. Before that, he spent 10 years teaching language arts and social studies at Albuquerque's Kennedy Middle School and manufactured silver jewelry with his wife. …

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