Visited the “Gold & Silver Pawn Shop” in Vegas (166/366)

“I’m Rick Harrison, and this is my pawn shop. I work here with my old man and my son, ‘Big Hoss.’ Everything in here has a story and a price. One thing I’ve learned after 21 years – you never know what is gonna come through that door.”
~ Rick Harrison, “Pawn Stars

On this Vegas trip, we’ve already done some pretty epic things, like had the Bally’s Sterling Brunch and sampled Coke products from around the world.  I even gambled in a casino for the very first time!  But today Mom got to bring us to a place she had wanted to go to – the setting of one of her recent favorite reality shows, “Pawn Stars.”

“Pawn Stars” is a show on the History channel about a small pawn shop in Las Vegas called the Gold & Silver Pawn shop.  Three generations of a family run the shop and the collection there ranges from professional sport championship rings to antique cash registers to diamond Rolex watches.

The show started in 2009 and has grown hugely in popularity since then.  The show has become so popular, in fact, that nowadays people come from all over just to get a glimpse of the store, even though Rick, Corey (Big Hoss), Chumley, and the Old Man aren’t even there every day anymore (they’re too busy touring and doing publicity events!).  The store has a roped-off line to keep the sometimes throngs of people visiting in order, and water misters outside to keep the patient fans at least a bit cooler in the blistering Vegas heat.  Only a certain amount of people are let in at a time, since the store isn’t that big.

We were lucky enough that by the time we parked and walked around the corner to the line, it had died down and we didn’t have to wait outside (thank good ness!).  The place looks (of course) just how it does on TV, and they really do have some crazy stuff in there – the items that have been featured on the show are pointed out, which is cool, and if you watch the show, you know that the items in this store have been carefully verified to be sure they’re genuine.  A signed copy of Bram Stoker‘s “Dracula?!”  Awesome.

There is also show merchandise available for sale in the store, and a filming schedule in case you want to be sure to come back when the boys are going to be there.  Yes, the pawn shop is still in operation, so you can bring in things for them to look at, and maybe even be on the show if you’re there on a filming day and your item is interesting enough!

Related Links:
Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
Pawn Stars on the History Channel
Pawn Stars: The Complete Season One
Pawn Stars: Season Two
Pawn Stars: Volume Three
Pawn Stars: Volume 4
Pawn Stars: Volume 5 

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