Pawn Stars is an American reality TV series on Channel 46 thatâ€™s filmed in Las Vegas where we were last week for the National Century 21 Real Estate convention. By the way, this may have been the best convention yet since Jim and I started going about 28 years ago. One day Iâ€™ll write more about that, but today, Pawn Stars is the bullâ€™s eye.
Pawn Stars chronicles the daily activities at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour Las Vegas family business operated by patriarch Richard Harrison, his son, Rick Harrison (who opened the shop with his father in 1988), and Rickâ€™s son, Corey, who has worked there since childhood.
Laurel and Lynn Haake, and Jim and I, from Century 21 Red River Realty in Grand Forks, stayed at the Golden Nugget and the convention was at the Mirage. Every day, on the way to and fro, we passed this pawn shop.
Being such fans of the show, we wanted to stop but several times the line to get in was out the front door, down the sidewalk and into the parking lot.
And then late one afternoon, there was no line. Jackpot!
The Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is an extremely intriguing place. For starters, everybody better behave because thereâ€™s a heavy-set bouncer with a 45-caliber pistol in his pocket sitting right inside the door.
The shop has absolutely everything from soup to nuts including a variety of vintage and antique items. Jewelry is the most commonly pawned item.
We strolled within the roped-off path down the right side of the long narrow shop. Our eyes could hardly take in everything. Reaching the back wall, we turned around to browse the showcases on the other side many of which were filled with jewelry.
And then Laurel spotted it â€“ a huge baguette diamond ring. She asked the employee on the other side of the case whose nametag said he was â€œAuggie,â€ about theÂ ring.
â€œHe took it out so we could look at it,â€ Laurel said. â€œHe also showed us that the ring had been appraised at $74,000 but was priced at $69,000 â€“ just a small chunk of change. It’s amazing that people can spend that kind of money on stuff like that. Blows my mind!â€
We thoroughly enjoyed looking at everything in the shop but we also wanted to see and meet the grandpa, son, grandson and Chumlee, who all are featured on the TV show.
Auggie told us they were gone for the day and that theyâ€™re daily hours were from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then he disappeared for a moment and came back to hand Laurel a large white envelope. Inside were two 8×10 photos of the four. We were thrilled.
The next morning we hit the jackpot again. No line. We pulled into the parking lot and entered the shop, hoping to have the guysÂ autograph our pictures. We were delighted to see that Auggie was there again because in just the brief encounter weâ€™d had with him we could tell he was indeed a very sweet man with a beautiful smile.
Auggie said the guys were all in a meeting. I told you he was sweet. When we apparently looked disappointed, he took our pictures, disappeared into the back and emerged with just the autograph of the grandpa, who had signed, â€œRichard Sr., the Old Man.â€
Once again we wereÂ thrilled!
It was great fun visiting the place where Pawn Stars takes place. We asked when they film the show and were told that if someone brings in something to be pawned and it appears to be a rare item, they will immediately shut down the store and film right then and there.
I think you’d like this show — if you haven’t seen it.Â It airs Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. and again from 9 to 10 p.m. Itâ€™s been one of History’s most successful series consistently placing among the network’s top-rated programs. An original episode broadcast on January 24, 2011 was watched by seven million viewers. This was the most-watched telecast ever on History, according to the network and Nielsen Media Research.
No filming went on while we were there, but, we were there!