Everything has a price, one pawn shop, three generations of harrison men, endless items, endless stories…
PAWN STARS brings viewers inside the doors of the only family-run pawnshop in Las Vegas, where three generations of men from the Harrison family buy and sell collectible, unusual and historically signifi cant items. Their customers, often as colorful as the merchandise, are carrying on a centuries-old practice: pawning or selling their possessions to make a quick buck.
Grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey jointly run the business, with clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. This family lives and breathes the pawning business, using their sharp-eyed skills to carefully assess the value of items their colorful customers bring in, objects ranging from the obscure to the truly historic.
The Harrisons’ successful pawn shop runs on knowledge, instinct, nerves of steel and family chemistry. The guys are straight-talking, shrewd, and sometimes, even a tad crude. Richard (“Old Man”) has a knack for sizing up the precise value of anything. Rick, a born hustler, seems to have a radar for stolen or fake items and is wealth of information when it comes to historical items. Corey, a trained appraiser, is the back-office brains and brawn. And, when the Harrisons’ are perplexed by the value or origin of an item, they
call on a professional network of specialists for advice.
For thousands of years, people all over the world have found themselves with one problem in common: the need for fast cash. Long before banks, ATMs, and check-cashing services, pawnbrokers have provided monetary loans in exchange for personal items of value, and are still helping everyday people make ends meet today.
The shelves of the shop are fi lled with an eclectic array of items – everything from a 15th century samurai sword to buttons made to mark George Washington’s funeral to Picassos and a pirate’s peg leg – each with its own story and past.
Everything and everyone has a story and it’s the Harrison family’s job to decipher fact from fiction, because in this business the customer isn’t always right.
What's your favourite part of Pawn Stars? The unusual people who come in to pawn their stuff, the cheeky banter between the Harrisons or getting a history lesson on the items bought in? Let us know in the comments below!