I'm getting a little hooked to the History Channel right now for it's entertaining drama shows. First it was Lock N' Load and now Pawn Stars.
Pawn Stars is a reality show that shows the goings on at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas Nevada with the central star and co-owner Rick, his crusty pop affectionately called The Old Man who owns the store and Big Hoss, Rick's son who stands to take over the business one day and his best friend, the blundering and bumbling dim bulb Chumlee whos lack of common sense at times is made up for by his guinea pig qualities in testing things like old guns to see if they shoot or riding in hot air balloons to see how safe they are.
The show follows a pattern of customers coming into the pawn store with a piece of merchandize they are interested in pawning or selling. The problem sometimes is-is this in fact what they are selling cause as this show tells us, the customer is NOT always right in this business. Those 5 identically signed Pete Rose baseball cards may not be real, same goes for 60's Les Paul Gibson Guitar thats scratched and beat to hell. What about the lottery ticket signed by George Washington? It's fun finding out about such pieces especially the odd pieces like a pair of Russian ICBM launch keys and a hand made glass sword (First glass sword ever made. LAST glass sword ever made) a screen pop up will tell us. Being told that their item that they were so sure is real is a fake doesn't always sit well with some, especailly one gentleman whos French statue with a "Made in USA" stamp on it INSISTS it's real and that Rick and Old Man are full of sh**.
Calling in the experts from museums, gun shops and other places to come and help solve some of these mysteries is fun too and finding out how much the mystery item could be valued at and then the fun part-the haggleing.
Rick -"You wanna pawn it or sell it?"
customer - "I wanna sell it!"
Rick -"Okay, how much do you want for it?"
customer -"Well the man said it was worth $10,000 so I guess $10,000!"
Rick -"Guess again!"
Sadly, most of the time the customer doesn't get what they want out of something. Rick has to look at resale and demand of the item and tying up money into something that could sit on a shelf. No matter how much he might want something in his store for it's value or his personal interest in the piece, if he starts buying everything, Rick will find himself out of business and he knows this. Thankfully the people he explains this to understand.
A lot of fun to watch but sadly some of the lame trappings I've seen in reality shows rear their ugly heads. One episode has Old Man setting up a swear jar for all the foul language that goes on in the back and even in front of customers he notes. After this episode you STILL see the language but no more jar. Another cavet is that the show is too short. It's only a half hour. Granted that you get to see the star piece of the show talked about and other issues like restoring crashed helicopters and auctions to buy things for the store and it still leaves you enough to to cover minor items like old casino chips and prohibition era medical whiskey. I still wish there was more somedays.
I've heard the show best described as "a cool Antiques Roadshow" and that it is. More character and much more fun. It almost makes me want to make a trip to the store and see what else the store has inside and I hope I don't buy one of Chumlee's mistake purchases.
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This series opens the doors to the only family-run pawnshop in Las Vegas, where three generations of the Harrison family use their sharp-eyed skills to assess what's real and what's fake. Objects the colorful customers bring in range from the obscure to the truly historic, and it's up to the guys at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop -- with help at times from their network of experts -- to reveal the sometimes surprising answer to "What's this worth?"