During a Pawn Stars episode recently, Rick Harrison was considering a purchase of a dragster. For a change, he was not behind the desk trying to pawn gold or jewelry from a customer. No, he was out in the field on this one; refreshing change of pace in the show. At any rate, the seller of the dragster was all enamored with the whole television environment and seemed to be convinced that good old Rick was his new bud and would by the speedster.
It was a real surprise when Rick decided to jump in and take it for a test drive; makes sense, right? The decision was a smart move since there could be anything wrong with it not detectable unless it was driven.
Well, Rick seems to have some real racing blood running, or should I say, speeding through his veins. When sitting at the starting line waiting for the lights to go from red to green, he really got into character. Sweat beading down his forehead, an intense look on his face, and a tight, no, a very tight grip on the steering wheel were all obvious just watching the screen.
The light hits green and suddenly the tires start spinning and smoking, just like you see when professionals are slicking up their tires. The wheels grabbed the surface and he shot out of their like the Navy’s F-15 fighter jets at take-off on an aircraft carrier; literally a slingshot effect.
It is a shame that there was no camera shot of his eyes when that bad boy took off. Rick admitted he was a little scared, but that the car steered good and got him to the finish. It appeared that the car would be worth the $30,000 being asked.
Whoa! Stop the presses! Rick could have knocked the owner over with a feather when the price offered was a mere $11,000; a small $6,000 for the dragster and $5,000 for the trailer. You could see the huge disappointment on the owner’s face; he went completely pale.
“That would be giving it away.” remarked the owner when later he was interviewed, but accepted the fact and was ready to move on. Rick was really on target with this when he later described just how poor of a shape the vehicle was in; bad engine, out-dated front-end, and vital systems needing an overhaul. Got to hand it to Mr. Harrison, he really does know what he is talking about.
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In 1922, King Tut’s tomb was a modern day discovery that shocked the world and brought into clear sight the beautiful and priceless artifacts created over 3,200 years ago. Fascinating would be an understatement in describing the entire process and excavation. Howard Carter was financed heavily to undergo what would be one of the most priceless discoveries in contemporary times of the early 1900’s.
When making the actual discovery of the tomb, and subsequently the sarcophagus, there was also a discovery that the tomb had been robbed. In fact, it is a strong possibility that two robberies occurred during the 18th dynasty; this being the time period of King Tutankhamun. In one sense it was not a terrible result since the more intricate and prestigious relics were yet to be discovered. One reason for this is the immense weight of the objects enclosing the actual mummy of King Tut and the sarcophagus.
With amazement and anticipation, the outcome of the entire dig proved to be one for the record books. Once all of the preparations were done and careful planning completed, the work moved forward to carefully and painstakingly. With such enormous amounts of time being used to ensure a successful and non-damaging approach, the patience of Carter and his team must have been truly tested. Apparently, it was the professionalism of Howard Carter that truly preserved the precious items being pulled out of the tomb.
For the most part, river transportation was used to move the artifacts with the train being used on one occasion due to the weight and significance of the pieces. An armed guard was part of the protective measure utilized for such a magnificent discovery. Sheer and utter elation was felt throughout the 10 year process of removing and having each piece catalogued. A tremendous amount of photographic evidence was created to help preserve the initial experience.
Imagine the feelings and emotions being felt by Howard Carter and his team on that first day of discovery. Little did they know at the time how much gold was used and jewelry items that were created to honor this young man for centuries to come. Today, this collection can be seen in Cairo as a complete piece of history ready for a contemporary time to receive in awe.
- King Tut’s Tomb Discovered!!! [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- Newly discovered Egyptian tomb contains mummy of 3,000 year old singer [Archaeology] (io9.com)
- Valley of the Kings – Egypt, Africa (place2visit.wordpress.com)
- Today in History: King Tut’s tomb unsealed (boston.com)
For the luxury jewelry shopper, it may not be a first consideration to drop by a pawn shop for a look at some high-end jewelry, watches, and other fine pieces. The mere thought of going to such an establishment may not settle well. This could be a very costly mistake to give heed to such notions. Remember the saying, “…no stone left unturned…”, and consider what surprise awaits for those with patience and give due diligence to the idea.
The pawn shop industry has gone to great lengths to improve the public perception to help attract those who can afford the more precious jewelry and other high-end items not typically found at a pawn broker. Some of the brand names that you can expect to find include, but are not limited to, Cartier, Rolex, Tiffany, and Polanti. Luxury watches are some of the most popular items of high-end products in these unbelievable inventories. Not only will they sell gold, jewelry and other precious items, they will also buy gold and other jewelry from customers.
Gold rings, bracelets, and watches will absolutely amaze the most difficult to please clients. Those who can afford the finer things in life, and this includes jewelry and watches, can certainly find exactly what they have been searching for at one of these pawn shops. Surprised? If this surprises you, then wait until your eyes feast on other large ticket items. Are you in the market for some truly remarkable instruments or vehicles? That is right, you can find some of these at a high-end pawn shop.
Located in Boca Raton, Dallas, Hollywood, and other large metropolitan or resort areas, these amazing stores can supply any clientele with some astounding choices and provide tremendous savings as well. So, give a second, third or even a fourth look at your local pawn shop. The opportunity and experience will likely cause you to gain a whole and completely different outlook on what they will do to get your business.
There is more to the whole reality Pawn Star and Cajun Pawn Stars series than meets the eye. The camera can show just so much of what the actual shop has available. Viewers may even wonder if they really sell or pawn gold, jewelry, or any of the other typical items found in pawn shops across the country. A true and incredible fact about the newest location for a hit series in Alexandria, LA is a shop that is actually called Silver Dollar Pawn and Jewelry Center and houses some 20,000 square feet of museum quality items. The impressive size and uniqueness of the items pawned or bought help it to reach a level few pawn shops across the country can come close to matching. Whether it is a tour bus or a group of school children taking a tour for some “educational” field trip, the place is a real site to see.
Although the program is in its infant stages, it has received a lot of attention from the cable crowd. A response that was hoping to be stupendous reached outrageous numbers of viewers. The hope was obviously that another pawn shop reality show would grab a demographic that may not have been reached with the original Pawn Stars group; indeed, this appears to be the case.
Was it a gamble? Everything is a gamble to some extent, but this seemed to be a safe bet for succeeding. The down-to-earth attitudes and somewhat comical crew seems to hit it off well with viewership. How long this will last is anyone’s guess. As in most reality television shows, the kind of characters and their appeal will go a long ways to determining success or miserable outcomes.
At any rate, the experience one can expect if you happen to be in the neighborhood of the Cajun Pawn Stars is one of surprise and amazement. Seeing a small portion of the actual pawn shop on the television screen pales in comparison to what will be up close and personal when visiting the huge shop. Be prepared to feel the rush and excitement of being part of another Pawn Star experience.
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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.
- Cow Tales: He saw my hat and hollered at me to come a-runnin’ (tammybruce.com)
- “Two Cow” Economy (gintai.wordpress.com)
- How About The Chumlee Phenomenom (bocaratonpawn.wordpress.com)
- Owning Finer Things May Not Require Wealth (bocaratonpawn.wordpress.com)
- PLACES: Pawn Stars Pawn Shop (meltodayi.wordpress.com)
Leave all of your previous notions about what is profitable and what is not in this new and volatile economy. The rules have changed and are being re-written often to keep up with the global markets that are in disarray. It takes a very astute and business-minded individual to see through all of the fog of bankruptcies, buy-outs, and failing companies. Given the opportunity, one can realize just how much is still possible to gain, even with the money or cash flow being severely disrupted.
One of the games, if you want to call it that, is a company choosing to hold onto what assets they have waiting for the government regulations to become more stable in order to make future, long-term plans. One aspect of business that so many do not have a fundamental understanding of is the fact that lawmakers have so much influence and power as to how an economy functions and reacts to policies of an administration in the White House.
Posturing for a position to be prepared when the confidence in businesses returns is part of a strategy some CEO’s and small business owners may take. Careful and deliberate action is waiting in the wings for the time when consumers show a genuine interest in purchasing regularly from businesses, online or otherwise. One industry that has found success in this tough financial environment are the owners of pawn brokers. Their tenacity and determination to find and promote a second-hand market has produced some of the most profitable years of business the industry has ever experienced.
This was done by having the patience to discover and diversify. Not being constrained by employment numbers that represent consumer’s ability to spend, the pawn shops delivered by offering to buy gold, silver, jewelry, and luxury watches. Such a move created a stir and frenzy, to some degree, of a public in need of cash. Pawning items was one aspect of the business that helped to secure a longer term of fairly steady revenue. While clients could not afford to lose their possessions entirely, the pawn option availed them of a solution that was affordable for their budgets and lucrative for the pawn broker industry.
- Pawn Shops Use Creativity To Build Pre-owned Market (bocaratonpawn.wordpress.com)
- Owning Finer Things May Not Require Wealth (bocaratonpawn.wordpress.com)
- Five Things You Should Know About Pawn Shops (lockergnome.com)
- What is Occupy Movement All About? (bocaratonpawn.wordpress.com)
Finding the direction we must take in order to discover success in our lives is a daunting, and frankly, sometimes downright tough. Nevertheless, taking control of your life and its current path is indicative of someone who has dreams, aspires to be someone that is reliable and trustworthy, and is willing to sacrifice for a better future. Believing that there is no hope or not a good reason for holding to a faith that life can and will improve with the right attitude and conviction would be ludicrous in the least.
Many have fallen on hard times over the past three years or so; actually in record numbers has this happened. Regardless, many have survived, putting their trust in a system that has proven successful in the past. Down-turns will happen, it is inherent with any democracy and capitalist-based economy. Corrections in markets due to decisions made by those in a position to trade and invest can have very prosperous times. Additionally, these good times can result in over indulgence or behaviors that do not take businesses in a positive direction; hence, bubbles burst and economies suffer for a season.
Discovering new and innovative ways for people to survive, find work, create jobs, and so on is part of what naturally happens; in part due to the resilience and tenacity of entrepreneurs across the United States. Sectors of the market place become more apt to succeeding and actually growing during depressive economic times by stepping outside of the box looking for not so obvious ways of serving a diverse customer base. As an example, consider the pawn brokering industry. These businesses have made some creative moves to capitalize on the strains existing in our current economy. They realized that no matter the income or status of a person or group, they all have surplus items that no longer are of vital interest or considered a priority.
In fact, many have discovered, especially in the Boca Raton area, that they can sell gold that is unwanted to bring in cash for use to take care of bills, provide rent, pay mortgages, and so on. It is interesting to observe the trends within the pawn shop industry taking on electronic devices like never before, buying up Apple products, purchasing enormous amounts of gold and jewelry, and finding that eBay is an ally that can be a profitable pursuit. Indeed, the discovery of a pre-owned market has never been so lucrative; all due to the decisions by those with means and power who never anticipated the ultimate gift to thousands and thousands of pawn brokers.
- Resilience Today: How to Survive (billingsprofessionalcoordinators.wordpress.com)
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- Jobs and the Economy in the Long Run (modeledbehavior.com)
- Resilience Favors Simplicity. But That Doesn’t Have to Mean Crunchiness. (treehugger.com)