I am not a big television watcher, but when I do watch something it has to be engaging and interesting to hold my attention. This weekend, I stumbled across a marathon of a show called Pawn Stars on the History Channel, that was more than enthralling. Currently in their second season, Pawn Stars is a show that takes place in Las Vegas. The show airs every Monday night at 10/9 central.
The show follows “The Appraiser”, “The Spotter”, “Big Hoss” and “Chumlee”, a father/son owned business who have made a fortune learning to appraise, spot and continuously score items for an extremely low price that they can turn around and sell for a small fortune. Each one brings a different element to the game that makes them successful. The Appraiser has a master eye at being able to accurately appraise an item for the true value of what it is worth. The Spotter is known for being able to spot fake and stolen items immediately, while Big Hoss is the go-to guy when it comes to dealing with eBay auctions as well as any of the business aspects of the game such as purchasing new items, and dealing with unmanageable customers. Chumlee, nothing more than a friend of the family, is the person that deals with the customers as he has a talent for being a people person.
Having dealt with my fair share of pawn shops throughout my life time, I found this show to be very interesting, learning the inner workings of how a pawn shop assesses items for loan or pawn. It is quiet refreshing to see that not everyone tries to swindle others of their money, although the items that are seen being pawned are worth far more than what people being given for them, that is how the game is played. Often times, the items that people bring in have some kind of historical base to them and are real items that are authenticated on the show.
The few episodes that I have seen of this show have been very interesting. I have seen items that I would never have guessed people to own, items that should more or less belong in a museum– such as Russian space launch keys and the original signed contract of “The Who” playing at Woodstock. I recommend this show for anyone that is interested in seeing some truly cool stuff as well as the process of pawning. It is fascinating information that you won’t find anywhere else.