Gold and Silver Pawn Shop…Las Vegas, Nevada…”El precio de la historia”

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Heather S.
Cypress, Estados Unidos
A fun little pit stop! Don’t expect to meet significant individuals from the show. Lots of fun, crazy, interesting stuff, as it is a pawn shop afterall. For a pawn shop, the prices are fair.
Parking isn’t much of a problem.
Sometimes a line accumulates, but it always goes fast.

Jennifer D.
Columbus, Estados Unidos
I was pretty impressed with the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop! What I expected was your typical pawn shop and minimal parking – what I got was 5 star service!
We went to the Pawn Shop because it’s part of a famous TV show called Pawn Stars. When we arrived, several courteous parking attendants were available letting us know free parking was available and to “enjoy ourselves”. We were told not to miss Chumlee’s newest painting of the guys on Mount Rushmore located on the back of the building….a fun sight to see and easily missed.

There were only a few people in line, so we moved in pretty quickly. Most of theitems on display were at least $2,000 including original Picasso’s, antique guns, Ancient Empire coins and plenty of other interesting sights to see. It’s like a museum! The only affordable items were the souvenirs; t-shirts, mugs, keychains – the typical things.
We didn’t see any of the guys from the show. I guess they only come in on occasion. However, the staff was very friendly and answered all of our touristy questions about the show. It was a fun experience!

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Located in downtown on Las Vegas Boulevard and East Bonneville Avenue.
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Main Hours
Monday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
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Each day about 4,000 people visit the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on the Las Vegas Strip. No, it’s not a sign of the recession. Since “Pawn Stars” debuted on the History Channel in 2009 it has become one of the network’s highest-rated shows, making the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop a popular Vegas attraction.
People flock to the store, sometimes forming a line at the door, for a chance to get an item appraised or to see one of the stars of “Pawn Stars” (Rick Harrison, his son Corey “Big Hoss,” his dad Richard “Old Man” and Austin “Chumlee” Russell).
“We never thought we were going to get this huge, never. I was hoping to get a season or two and help business out a little bit. I didn’t think I was ever going to be on television in 130 countries,” said Rick Harrison during a break from filming. He opened the shop with his father in 1988.
While the guys still show up to work at the shop almost every day, they now spend most of their time filming or working behind the scenes. Even without the men of “Pawn Stars” working the floor on a daily basis, the shop has plenty of its own appeal. It’s packed with thousands of unique items including rare jewelry,artwork from famous artists including Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso and even a Congressman’s chair, an item that normally isn’t accessible to the public. In addition to being filled with items from the past, the shop itself is of historical significance. The edifice was built in 1934 and is one of the oldest buildings on the Strip. Since the show started, Harrison has gone from purchasing about 100 items a month to more than 1,000.
“There are tons of different things that walk in here, and I really do buy this stuff. You can walk around the showroom floor and see,” said Harrison.
Some items featured on the show are now hanging in the shop like the framed Roy Rogers shirt that Harrison purchased in the “Cannons and Klingons” episode of “Pawn Stars.” There’s no telling how long an item will be in the shop. Things are purchased and sold every day, but that’s part of the fun of visiting. You never know what you’re going to find. One of Harrisons’ most interesting recent acquisitions is a set of Jimmy Hendrix photos. He purchased them from Ron Raffaelli, Hendrix’s personal photographer.
“This guy never really marketed his photos. He basically just realized, ‘hell I have a lot of stuff here, I should do something with it.’ So I just bought some of the coolest pictures of Jimmy Hendrix that you’ve ever seen in your life,” said Harrison.
Other noteworthy items in the shop include a “Six Million Dollar Man” figurine still in its original packaging and several Super Bowl rings.
“I love the Super Bowl rings just because why would you train so hard to be that good at something and then sell it,” said Gold and Silver Pawn Shop compliance officer Andy Spyer.
Spyer is in charge of security and providing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with a report of all the items that come into the shop to ensure that none of them were stolen. Along with overseeing security, he works as both a salesperson and point of contact for anyone who comes in the store. He’s been working at the shop for a little more than a year.
“I’m always surprised at how involved in the shop the guys are. People come thinking, oh they’re never here, they’re famous now, and the guys show up to work every day, Monday through Friday. The Old Man’s here when we open the shop just to make sure we open on time,” said Spyer.
Spyer walks around the store interacting with the crowds of customers that visit on a daily basis and helping guests when needed. Like many of the people who watch the show, some of Spyer’s favorite items in the shop are historical pieces like a Samurai sword that dates back to 1490.
“That’s a favorite just because I’m a huge history fan,” said Spyer.
Spyer’s draw to the historical items is the same quality that Harrison believes make the show popular. Viewers like hearing the stories behind the items that come in and finding out what those items are worth. Harrison is the perfect guy for the job.
“Some people like Rick the Supernerd. I really am that nerdy guy. I read chemistry books and history books and science books, and I even read text books for fun. So that’s me, but don’t ask me anything about modern culture. I know nothing,” said Harrison.
Harrison suffered from seizures as a child. Reading was a way to pass the time. When he was 8 years old and sick, Harrison used to read a book a day. Today that knowledge is a useful tool for his work. He’s even started getting called the “blue collar historian.”
Harrison pitched the show for four years to numerous production companies, and every time he got the same response, “no one wants to see a show about four fat guys in a pawn shop.” Finally he got in touch with a product ion company that shared his vision for the show and the rest, as they say, is history, well in Harrison’s case, the History Channel.
“I think people like to learn something. They like to learn it from their uncle who’ll sit down and talk to them face to face instead of a college professor who sits there and looks down on you,” said Harrison. “It’s a lot easier to learn something when you’re laughing while you’re learning.”
Tips for visiting Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
The best time to visit if you want to avoid a crowd is between 9 – 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., as most people visit the shop during the middle of the day.
The guys film 90 percent of the show at the store, and they are in production between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sometimes they have time to come out for quick meet and greets, photos or to sign autographs during the day, but they have no set schedule. Catching them is the luck of the draw.
In addition to filming at the store, the guys often do promotional appearances around Vegas. If you miss them at their store, you may be able to see them when they host special events at various nightclubs, restaurants and other venues in Vegas.
If there is a line when you arrive, people who want to pawn or sell an item can walk to the front and get in immediately.
If you get hungry after waiting in line to get in the shop, head right next door to the Pawn Plaza. You’ll find restaurants like Smoke’s Poutinerie, Inna Gadda di Pizza, Pawn Donut & Coffee, Rita’s Italian Ice and Rick’s Rolling Smoke BBQ and Tavern. If you’re lucky, you might find Rick actually bartending at the tavern. You can also do a little shopping at the Pawn Plaza at Vegas Flip Flops, So-Cal Speed Shop and more.
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Pawn Stars, conocida como La casa de empeños en su emisión para España en Mega y como El precio de la historia en Hispanoamérica y en su emisión para España en Canal Historia, es una serie de televisión estadounidense, transmitida por el canal History. Producido en Manhattan por Leftfield Pictures, la serie se filma en Las Vegas y narra las actividades diarias de la tienda “Gold & Silver Pawn Shop”, una empresa familiar que abre las 24 horas del día, operada por el patriarca Richard Harrison, su hijo Rick Harrison, quien abrió la tienda con su padre en 1988, y Corey Harrison, el hijo, que ha trabajado allí desde la infancia y está siendo preparado para un día hacerse cargo de la tienda.

La serie muestra la interacción del personal con los clientes, que aportan una variedad de artículos para vender o empeñar, lo que produce generalmente un regateo sobre el precio y una discusión acerca de sus antecedentes históricos. Cuenta con la narración de Rick, Corey (alias “Big Hoss”), Chumlee y Richard, quien es conocido como “El Viejo”. La serie sigue también los conflictos interpersonales entre Richard, Rick, Corey y el amigo de Corey, Austin “Chumlee” Russell, quien también trabaja como empleado en la tienda. Además, en el programa aparecen regularmente numerosos expertos en una variedad de áreas para evaluar los artículos que son vendidos o empeñados. El programa comienza con lo que va pasar en el capítulo y la presentación:

En mi tienda, la familia está primero. Y el dinero viene después…dependiendo de a quién se lo pregunten…Pero la mejor parte, es que nunca se sabe que entrará por esa puerta. Esto es «El precio de la historia».

Richard Benjamín “El Viejo” Harrison
Nacido el 4 de marzo de 1941, es el padre de Rick y el abuelo de Corey, y el fundador / co-propietario de la casa de empeño, que abrió en 1989 con su hijo Rick. Él se refiere generalmente por su apodo, “El Viejo”, que se ganó a los 38 años, de acuerdo con el episodio “Fired Up”. Originalmente desde Lexington, Carolina del Norte.
Él es el primero en llegar tienda por la mañana, porque se levanta a las 04:00 hs. como le dijo a su nieto y no ha tenido un día de enfermedad desde 1994. Él es un veterano de la Marina de Estados Unidos. Él es particularmente apasionado por los automóviles, mostrando un interés en todo tipo de coches, su hijo y su nieto habían restaurado por su 50 aniversario de boda un Chrysler Imperial negro de 1966.

Rick Harrison
Rick Kevin Harrison, es la mano derecha de su padre en la casa de empeño (poseedor del 44% de las acciones), apodado “el observador de tiro”. A veces la gente le llama “Calvo sabelotodo”. Comenzó en el negocio a los 13 años y es copropietario de la tienda. Afirma que Gold & Silver es la única casa de empeño familiar en Las Vegas.

Corey Harrison
Richard Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, es hijo de Rick. Es el gerente de operaciones diario de la tienda y hace la mayoría de las compras a los clientes. Está siendo preparado por Rick para llegar a ser el jefe de la tienda algún día. Trabaja desde los ocho años de edad y a menudo entra en conflicto con su padre y su abuelo por su escaso conocimiento del inventario, sus responsabilidades como gerente, su valoración global de las ventas y, sobre todo, por la compra de artículos caros que luego son difíciles de vender o atraen poco interés a los posibles compradores. En 2012 se asocia y se acredita del 5% de las acciones de la tienda.

Austin Russell
Austin “Chumlee” Russell es amigo desde la infancia de Corey. Comenzó a trabajar a la edad de 21 años. Chumlee trabaja generalmente detrás del mostrador y su función es la inspección de los elementos y su transporte en caso de ser necesario. Él es a menudo el chico de las bromas de los demás por su aparente falta de inteligencia e incompetencia, por la que se lo ha denominado el “tonto del pueblo”. En realidad su principal función es darle rating al programa puesto que se ha ganado la simpatía de los televidentes, y sus errores nobles e ingenuos constantemente crean gracia mientras le hacen entrar en conflicto con sus jefes. Además de ser el que siempre prueba las armas antiguas por si hay algún desperfecto.

2 thoughts on “Gold and Silver Pawn Shop…Las Vegas, Nevada…”El precio de la historia”

  1. Hi my name is William Lopez I always watch the show and I love it. Congratulations, I have a silver dollar 1882 and I want to know how I can sell that. And also I have some old cartoon magazine and sports cards Collectionable. I will love to have an advise what can I Do.


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