I watch this show. Pawn Stars. Got to visit the shop, but the familiar guys are not there on the weekends.
One of the items featured on the show and restored by Rick from Rick’s Restorations.
It’s very busy in there. Takes 5-10 minutes to wait in line just to get in.
Couldn’t take pictures beyond that opening as that’s where the main guys would have been if they were there.
Another featured item I recognized.
This is where they usually shoot the pawning activity.
This past weekend, my wife, mother-in-law, and grandson made a trip to Las Vegas. As part of our trip we stopped at the Gold & Silver Pawn Show where they film The History Channel show Pawn Stars.
Long before banks, ATMs and check-cashing services, there were pawn shops. Pawning was the leading form of consumer credit in the United States until the 1950s, and pawn shops are still helping everyday people make ends meet. Pawn Stars takes you inside the colorful world of the pawn business. At the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, three generations of the Harrison family–grandfather Richard (“The Old Man”), son Rick and grandson Corey (“Big Hoss”)–jointly run the family business, and there’s clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. The three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historic, including a 16th-century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th-century stay of execution. It’s up to them to determine what’s real and what’s fake, as they reveal the often surprising answer to the questions on everyone’s mind, “What’s the story behind it”? and “What’s it worth?” (Source: The History Channel)
We were fortunate that the day we visited they were filming a segment for a future episode. We told them we were big fans and were allowed to stay inside as long as we were quiet and looked like we were shopping.
The future segment deals with memorabilia from Apollo 16. The part we watched was having it verified as authentic by an expert. The piece in question was actually verified as authentic, but we did not stay long enough to see what the negotiations priced it at.
As Corey’s devoted childhood friend, Chumlee is just like a son to Rick and he’s been around the shop since he was a kid. Everybody loves Chum, but he is often the butt of the boys’ jokes. Part of the reason he is not taken seriously is that he constantly begs Corey to buy items that entertain him–like video games and circus paraphernalia– that usually don’t make good business sense. And, although his heart of gold makes him a pro at customer service, it’s continually proven to be bad business for the shop. Chumlee always wants to give his patrons the best deal and often takes their side–a trait that never fails to push Rick’s buttons. Where did Chumlee get his nickname? Friends in elementary school took the name from cartoon character Tennessee Tuxedo’s sidekick, a walrus named Chumley. (Source: The History Channel)
If you get the chance, watch Pawn Stars is on Monday nights on the History Channel (channel 61 in Phoenix). For anyone who is any type of collector and loves the historical aspect of collecting, this is the show for you. The guys joking with each other is hilarious and The Old Man always knows how to keep Rick, Corey and Chumlee in line.
Pawn Star Facts
- A 1750 Blunderbuss is one of the oldest guns sold by the Pawn Stars.
- One of the most valuable items at the Pawn Stars shop is a 2001 Super Bowl ring, which is valued at $60,000.
- The most expensive items ever sold at the Pawn Shop were four one-kilo gold bars valued at $128,000.
- The most valuable old coin available at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is an 1859 No. 3 gold piece in mint condition, valued at $2,650.
- One of the oldest items in the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is a Greek Didrachm that dates back to 325 B.C.