As promised, we are going to go down the road with some interesting tidbits on some characters from pawn shop reality TV shows. Before getting their big break on Pawn Stars, Chumlee, aka Austin Russell, was quite the avid pawn shop regular. Considered to be like a son to Rick Harrison, Chumlee had spent a lot of his boyhood time with friend Corey Harrison. This time has obviously paid off, and he goes right along with the punches that come his way from the Harrison clan.
Reality TV has also given some spotlight to Les Gold, a 40 year veteran to the pawn shop industry. This generational family business has been well established and very successful long before TruTV came along for the ride. This reality TV show has a strong following that tend to visit in person at the astonishing 50,000 square foot pawn shop; easily one of the largest in the country.
It would be impossible to not have some success in a place this big. At any rate, Les Gold knows how to run a business. With 45 employees, he has managed to grow an empire, literally, that is managed by son, daughter, wife, and some very close friends. Family is not the real qualifier here either; his two children are college graduates and know their stuff. This is one family in a pawn shop business you do not want to mess with.
Moving on, there is a newcomer to the reality TV stage; his name is Jimmie DeRamus of the new hit pawn shop series Cajun Pawn Stars. His pawn shop has got to have some of the most unusual characters walk through his doors. While the other pawn shows experience their own wildlife, this place tops the list. In fact, when was the last time you saw a cow show up as a pawn item?
This is a simple example of what you can expect from this series; it’s no wonder they are climbing the chart. To really appreciate what I am talking about, you have to check out this show on the History Channel. Of course, there is a lot more you can find out by looking up information on Chumlee, Les Gold, and Jimmie DeRamus using the Internet. The fun part of this is that you never know exactly what or who will show up at any of the reality TV pawn shop shows.
After watching Pawn Stars or Cajun Pawn Stars – or both if you are into all of that – do you get the impression that these are the kind of people you are going to meet when you check out your local pawn shop? Hopefully, your fantasy world does not follow you after changing the channel.
It is safe to say that most people would love to have a great time when shopping at a pawn shop. Do they necessarily want to be part of the drama in person? Probably not; at least for the non-drama seeking folk this would be the case. At any rate, having a positive attitude and seeking out the best deals will certainly improve the likelihood of enjoying the outing.
From having opportunities to use a pawn shop, people sometimes are so focused on their personal situation that they miss out on the pleasantries the representative is trying to share. I believe that these pawn shop employees are well aware that most customers who drop in are going through some kind of a financial hardship. Their goal appears to be one where each customer is given every positive consideration possible in an attempt to lighten the mood or distract from the challenges anyone may be facing.
I find this to be quite admirable and extremely considerate coming from a customer’s perspective. Seeing businesses taking special care to put the customer first puts the mind at ease. Furthermore, it can reduce anxieties or stress for the most troubled of the clients. In short, be realistic of your expectations when taking advantage of the business a pawn broker offers. They are in business to provide a service in your time of need.
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Selling personal property is a way of life for millions of Americans. It could be a garage sale, yard sale, estate sale, online auction or any other variation of sales method. Some have taken the approach of foregoing a sale where they have to spend hours out of their day or over a weekend and elected to drive down to their nearest pawn shop.
Handing over any of your property to a business does not always come easy; it has its challenges, depending on your personality type and such. At any rate, the opportunity to cash in quick and without a lot of the hassle of garage or yard sales has its advantages. Sell gold, sell jewelry, sell precious stones, and yes, sell your luxury watches, boats and cars. Frankly, there is not much that a pawn shop would not buy. The only catch is that the pawn broker needs to be able to resell anything they purchase.
There is the other side of the business, pawning your property. By deciding to retain possession of your property via a pawn arrangement, you have an advantage of keeping anything pawned after the agreement has been satisfied. A real plus for the cashless folk, pawn shops provide a great service and opportunity when the tougher times are present.
Consider all of your options when thinking of how you can benefit from selling unwanted items. Give the pawn industry a chance. Let them at least get the experience of seeing you and providing all of the information necessary to have a successful shopping trip.
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At a time in your life when things may be a little tight or some extra cash would be handy for the interim, considering how to quickly obtain that money may not yield a positive result instantly. However, it is important to remember that making sudden decisions at any time is not always the best approach. In fact, personal experience has proven this time and again. It is always better to take the time necessary to weigh the available options for determining the best outcome.
A very popular and successful possibility exists when considering utilizing the business of pawn shops. There is a choice to be made that will either provide the amount of money you truly needed, or you can be left with less than you needed and expected. Approaching such an important decision with some forethought can save some real heartache and frustration. Before jumping off of that train while it is still moving, decide if the best option is to sell to a pawn shop or to simply open a pawn account to retain possession when the note is paid off.
There will be those who honestly think that they will not receive as much by pawning their item or items rather than selling to the pawn shop. This is a bit confusing and can leave you with more questions than you started with initially. Putting the options into perspective, it is important to understand the primary purpose of either selling or pawning an item.
Selling has a simple meaning that tells the pawn shop representative you are not interested in retaining ownership at any time. No matter the reason for not wanting to keep the piece of property, once it is sold, you are relinquishing any and all rights to the property at that time.
If you pawn your property, this is making a clear statement that you want to keep it after paying off the note. Some have taken the notion that they will pawn an item for a better cash amount versus selling. Pawn brokers have a great sense of value on used items and they will not put their business at risk; indeed, they are a business, not a charity. Decide if you want your property back at some time or if it is fine to let it go. This can help with using a pawn shop the way it was designed and to your advantage, too.
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How far would you go to pawn something you think is valuable, or at least of some value? What would you pawn if you owned animals instead of gold or valuable jewelry? Now there is a new series called “Cajun Pawn Stars” that just might fill your hankering for some real crazy pawn shop action. The series just began on January 8th and is claimed to be a huge hit. Donkeys, cows, and who knows what else will appear on this show. But, how far is too far when it comes to reality shows?
There is probably someone out there who just might think that it is perfectly alright to throw a rope on old Betsy and haul her prime cuts down to the local pawn shop. Please, please reconsider for your own psychological sake. Doing this may permanently scar the minds of those who actually witness this bovine blunder. Anyway, I hope that this show is all it is designed to be; an entertainment piece for those who need a break from the seriousness of the world.
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Placing emphasis on material things of the world has its place. Sharing a special moment when a groom proposes to his bride, a child grows into a young adult and buys their first car, and so on, all have their time as part of our lives. Being materialistic and owning material things are polar opposites. To maintain a life where one is able to sustain them self and their family requires shelter, transportation of some kind, appliances, etc.
On the other hand, one who owns many things for the sake of having “stuff” could be considered materialistic. It can be boats, cars, very expensive jewelry, also known as high-end jewelry, or a 10,000 square foot house; this may be a little on the materialistic side. While some may see this as being unnecessary – owning extravagant items, those of substance and wealth see there possessions as an opportunity they have earned through hard work or wise business decisions. One who holds animosity towards the individual with means because they are without is a very insecure person.
The whole free enterprise system and capitalistic society concept revolves partly on the premise that one who works wisely and learns the ways of business can succeed to any degree. There is ostensibly no limit to the amount of achievement or to the material objects that can be accrued. Do some people take the whole ability to own things too far? I would agree that they do at times. However, to argue the position that those who have large amounts of assets are people of excess would be very one-sided and without merit.
For those who have discovered that owning the finer things of life do not necessarily require mounds of wealth, the use of Boca Raton pawn shops can actually provide some luxury items at huge discounts in comparison to what a new product would cost. With this opportunity available, it precludes the notion of only the well-to-do have singularly the opportunity for such extravagant things of the world.
How would you like to own anything you could possibly want? This is certainly a dream of many, but rarely is it ever realized; unless, of course, you are Chumlee of the hit television cable show Pawn Stars. He has become something of an icon, and has done so in very quick fashion. What has contributed to his success, at least in part, is his ability to maintain a straight face while doing and saying some really quirky stuff.
Why does he act this way? Is this really who he is or is it some facade to get the ratings? Only Chumlee can answer these questions. Frankly, to many of his followers, this does not matter. He is one well-liked fella that has a lot of money because of his ability to be himself; at least that is the way it appears. It does not appear he made all that money selling gold or jewelry.
If you had one question that could be asked of our friend, what would that one interesting question be? Here is a fascinating thought; imagine all of the ideas that come to mind when contemplating this concept.
How about this question, “Chumlee, how do you really feel about the other guys on Pawn Stars?” That could be a real fire storm. Not to create a problem for anyone on the show, but you have to wonder if they really are that mean to Chumlee all of the time. Of course, to them it may not come across as being mean; it may be the best way to deal with Chumlee’s personality. Everyone has their own way of coping with others who really rub them the wrong way. It just so happens that the entire nation and people across the world get to see how Rick and the others cope…or don’t cope with Chumlee’s antics.
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Everyone is constantly looking for a break in their finances trying to afford some semblance of gift giving this Christmas season. While it is never just about giving and getting gifts this time of year, simple tokens of gratitude and appreciation are looked at as a way of expressing true thoughts and feelings for someone special. Obviously, the children look forward to finding a few things under the tree, and the parents and grandparents want those gifts to be there.
There is nothing like the feeling you get when a child’s face perks up and shows the love they feel for being thought of at Christmas time. The big question that has to be answered is how can the gifts be afforded in difficult times? This is where your local Boca Raton pawn shop comes into play. They will have some of the best inventory around for electronics, Apple products – IPhone, IPad, or IPod, jewelry, and gold products. The great thing about this is that your cost is substantially less since you are purchasing pre-owned items. Now, don’t get all worked up over the term “pre-owned”. Pawn Brokers are very selective in what they take in and prepare for resell to you.
You can expect great quality, substantial savings, and great service. When all seemed to be dismal and not looking like anything of consequence could be afforded, you now understand that pawn shops can provide the means and opportunity to make this Christmas much more than what was initially expected. For those who worry about all of the high-end products available, there is plenty of the more practical that most of us can afford readily available to any customer.
If you don’t happen to see what you are looking for; don’t just walk out. Ask for assistance from one of the representatives and let them do the foot work for you to locate exactly what it is you are looking for this holiday season. Happy shopping!
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Spending any time at all researching and deciding on whether to invest in a Rolex or not is extremely wise. With such an investment comes the need for understanding how it retains and increases its value over time. This not only establishes a baseline from which you can monitor the growth of your valuable investment, but it provides necessary information for developing a timeline of when you want to receive the dividends for your patience and wise choices.
Part of the care a Rolex watch needs actually has to do with using it. Wearing the watch is part of its design. The movement of your wrist works as a motion that winds the watch, thereby keeping it in working order. Some may choose to wear the luxury watch on rare occasions to avoid lack of motion and any kind of routine for seeing that it stays wound up. Furthermore, taking into consideration the purpose of purchasing the Rolex, extra care may be required to see that no scratches or other damage occurs to devalue the investment.
However, not using the watch at all would require a disciplined routine that keeps the watch working and not just sitting for long periods of time with no movement of the mechanisms inside. In fact, by allowing the watch to stop and not run for periods of time will damage the watch via stagnant gears. One suggestion is to identify a Rolex expert and discuss with them a recommended care and maintenance plan for protecting the watch from any kind of unintentional damage or misuse. Being knowledgeable about the Rolex can only help to ensure its care and longevity for the current owner and someone who will invest at some future time.
A Rolex watch is durable, luxurious, and designed for use in elegant and active environments. Frankly, it is entirely up to the owner as to what he or she plans to do as a strategy for protecting their watch investment. Above all else, having a long-term plan in place on how the watch will be used, if it is to be used at all, and what they expect for a fair return is indicative of a very smart and conscientious investor. Someone like this is destined for a wonderful and exciting retirement.
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An antique signal cannon from the 1980’s TV series Magnum P.I has the Pawn Stars off to the shooting range! Will the guys make an offer to the tune of 20 or 30 GRAND like the seller is asking, or will they decide this deal just doesn’t have the fire power? You guessed it! Check out the episode on http://www.history.com/shows/pawn-stars/videos/playlists/full-episodes.
There was a lighter and photos from a “top-secret 1950’s atomic bomb testing program” that came into the shop, but I was skeptical of the seller… see how the pawn stars handled this buy.
My favorite Pawn Stars moment!
A Trecky pops in with a ton of signed Star Trek keep sakes and collectibles. What will Corey and Chumlee do? Go boldly go where no offer has gone before?
Catch up on the episodes here: http://www.history.com/shows/pawn-stars/episodes/
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Boca Raton Pawn is centrally located in the beautiful city of Boca Raton, Florida directly across the street from Mizner Park on Federal Hwy. Family owned and operated, Boca Raton Pawn specializes in short term pawn shop loans on a wide variety of items. These items include jewelry, watches, diamonds, precious metals, art, automobiles, collectibles, tools, electronics, musical instruments and much more. If you have something of value that we have not mentioned, just give us a call or email for a free evaluation.
We have an extensive clientele that is actively seeking fine estate jewelry items including heavy gold jewelry, diamond jewelry, platinum jewelry and designer jewelry. We also have customers that are interested in purchasing luxury watches. Because of this interest, we are motivated to provide you with the highest returns on your watches. Bring in any luxury brand. Luxury watches from famous Swiss companies such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier and many more are in high demand.
Boca Raton Pawn is one of the largest buyers of jewelry, watches, diamonds and precious metals in Boca Raton. We are located conveniently on Federal Hwy directly across the street from Mizner Park.
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Now that I work in a pawn shop Boca Raton I always seem to notice when shows like “Pawn Stars” are on TV. There are actually two mainstream shows about pawn shops. One is Pawn Stars and the other is Hardcore Pawn. I like to watch Pawn Stars in my spare time. However, I don’t like how it represents what pawn shops are.
For example, since Pawn Stars is on the History Channel they only show people pawning historic items like swords from the 15th century. In the real world of pawn shop Boca Raton this kind of item is rarely pawned. The fact is most pawn shop employees are not qualified to determine the value of such items; which leads me to my next problem. There is no way Rick knows all of these “experts” that he calls in to evaluate rare artifacts. He may know a few people from being in the business for years but seems highly unlikely that he has an expert for every item that comes in.
I wish there was a show about a real life pawn shop Boca Raton. One where people come in with jewelry or TV’s or even typewriters from the 50’s. I think people would like a real insight into what the pawn business is all about.
One thing I do like about “Pawn Stars” is it displays pawn shops in a good light. A common misconception is that pawn shops are dirty, scary, and seedy places. While this may be the case for some, most are actually nice upscale places where you can buy or sell a wide array of items.
While shows like Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn are not a 100% accurate representation of pawn shops they have improved the public’s view of them. The pawn business seems to be at an all time high.
by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn
Boca Raton Pawn is not your ordinary local pawn shop. While they do buy and give collateral loans for just about anything, it is hard to imagine such a nice store buying something like a radar detector. Once you get buzzed in by their full time security guard you will be struck by how nice the shop looks. It is not filled with junk from head to toe; actually it is quite the contrary. There are a few wooden desks set up and some beautiful paintings on the wall. They also have a gorgeous Harley Davidson motorcycle right in the front foyer area. Boca Raton Pawn is a local pawn shop that wants all of its clients to have a comfortable environment in which to sell and pawn their belongings.
Boca Raton Pawn will buy or give a collateral loan for almost anything. They specialize in items such as jewelry, watches, coins, gold, electronics, and automobiles. They pay the most for your unwanted valuables.
While being a local pawn shop, Boca Raton Pawn also has reach across the entire country. They sell most, if not all, or their items on eBay under the name “bocaratonpawn”. There you can find a wide variety of items at a great discount.
Boca Raton Pawn is a beautiful place to go and pawn your things. They have an incredibly friendly staff who will be glad to assist you. Visit Boca Raton Pawn today for a free evaluation.