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Pawn Stars’ Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison Birthday Celebration

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Chumlee announced on his Twitter page the other day that he and Big Hoss are having a birthday celebration at JET Friday April 22nd at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

I never thought I’d see the day when a birthday celebration for two pawn brokers at a local pawn shop was a big deal.  It seems almost anyone can become famous these days.

With that being said I think it would be cool to party with Big Hoss and Chumlee.  I mean imagine the stories they have.  They see hundreds of people every day in one of the most famous local pawn shop in the world.  The stories must just poor in.  I work in a small local pawn shop in Boca Raton, Fl and I could entertain someone for hours with the stories I have.  Their company must be very enjoyable.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn

Corey Harrison of Pawn Stars Arrested in Bar Altercation

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This past Saturday night, March 19th, Corey Harrison from the hit reality show Pawn Stars was arrested.  He got into an altercation late that night and ended up spending the night in jail.

The local pawn shop reality star was charged with battery and obstruction.  He was released at 8am Sunday morning with no bail set.

During the altercation, Corey apparently pushed both the security officer and deputy trying to stop the fight.  Being at a bar, he was found to be under the influence of alcohol.

This situation should have no bearing on the Pawn Stars TV show.  No one is reported to be injured and the show should continue to grow in popularity.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn

Pawn Stars’ Chumlee an Unlikely Celebrity

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I never thought I’d see the day when the 4th in command at a local pawn shop would become a national celebrity.  Chumlee, from Pawn Stars, is one of the most unlikely people to ever become famous.

The reality show Pawn Stars started a few years back and is about Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas.  The show is on the History Channel and centers around deal making between the local pawn shop and people with historic items.

While the business is family owned and three generations work there, Chumlee seems to be a fan favorite.  Chumlee is not part of the family and is portrayed as the “class clown” on Pawn Stars.  The fans love him because of his carefree personality and know nothing attitude.

Chumlee is famous for doing next to nothing; sort of like Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton; but unlike them he didn’t need to make a racy video.  All he did was be himself and now he can consider himself one of the most unlikely celebrities to ever live.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn

Pentagon Wants to Know How “Pawn Stars” Got Their Missile

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This week two members from the US Air Force took a trip to Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, home of the show Pawn Stars.  They were wondering how this local pawn shop came across the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile guidance system and missile parts.  They wanted to make sure the missile was no longer active and didn’t have any important information.

The owners or Pawn Stars bought the missile from a woman who reportedly inherited it from her father.  She claims that he bought it at a military auction back in the 80’s and has all the proper documentation.

This just goes to show the crazy things that come into a local pawn shop.  Many people think that pawn shops only buy jewelry or watches or electronics but most local pawn shops will consider anything, even military missiles.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn

Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison to Speak at GIA Symposium 2011

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Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars: Local Pawn Shop

It was just announced that Pawn Stars’ star Rick Harrison will be speaking at the GIA Symposium 2011.  Rick Harrison is the owner of Gold and Silver Pawn shop which is the store featured on the hit show Pawn Stars.

Mr. Harrison is going to be on the panel called “Everything Old is New Again – The Appeal of Auction, Estate, and Vintage Markets”.  Rick Harrison knows what he’s talking about when it comes to auction, estate, and vintage markets because he has run his local pawn shop for over 30 years.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) wanted Mr. Harrison, not only because of his fame, but because of his knowledge.  Who better to speak about vintage items than the star of Pawn Stars?  He is also very comfortable in social situations including in front of a camera.  Mr. Harrison should draw a large crowd.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn

Pawn Stars’ Biggest Busts: Palm Beach Pawn Shop

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Every day at a palm beach pawn shop someone comes in trying to sell something that is not authentic.  Whether they know it or not it happens all the time.  This is how a Palm Beach pawn shop could lose a lot of money.

Most commonly we are talking about high end luxury watches or diamonds.  There are hundreds of thousands of fake watches and diamonds floating around in the market place.  It is up to the workers at the Palm Beach pawn shop to figure out whether what they are buying is real or fake.

When it comes to watches, after years of experience, it becomes easier and easier to figure out whether a watch is real or fake.  Just holding it can tell you a lot about it’s authenticity.  If it just doesn’t “feel” right, it probably isn’t.  Diamonds are a little harder but with experience and the help of an electronic diamond tester it makes it easier.  A real diamond may be worth $10,000 while a fake CZ is only worth a few bucks.  A Palm Beach pawn shop has to be very careful to not lose a lot of money.

Sometimes a Palm Beach pawn shop may buy something that is 100% authentic but still lose money on it.  If the item is stolen and the police think that the pawn shop had knowledge that it was, then they can confiscate the item.

Rick from Pawn Stars, in this video, said that his biggest bust ever was when he bough two diamond stud earrings that were stolen.  He paid over $40,000 and the police took them away.  If you’re a Palm Beach pawn shop you have to be very careful when it comes to buying just about anything.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn

Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison is NPA Pawnbroker of the Year

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Every year the National Pawnbrokers Association recognizes one pawnbroker as pawnbroker of the year.  This year they selected Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars for his great work at his local pawn shop.

Rick Harrison, along with his dad, opened Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas in 1988 (the same year I was born).  The NPA considers 22 years of business to be “young”.  Ever since the History Channel selected them for the reality show Pawn Stars, their local pawn shop has shown the general public that pawn shops aren’t as seedy as once thought.  They have represented the pawn industry in a good light and all of us pawnbrokers have him to thank.

Not only does Pawn Stars represent pawnbroking positively, but it gives great insight into just how much knowledge a pawnbroker has.  You have to be relatively smart and know a lot about a lot of things to succeed in this business.  Rick Harrison is obviously a smart guy who knows a lot about history.  This in turn helps him evaluate all the weird things that come in to his shop.

In my opinion Rick Harrison not only deserves to win NPA Pawnbroker of the year but he deserves to win a lifetime achievement award.  No one person has done so much for the pawn industry as Rick.  Local pawn shop all over the country have seen an increase in business because people are not afraid to go to them anymore.  They understand how pawn shops help people and are a great place to shop for things at a huge discount.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn

Pawn Stars is Unrealistic: Boca Raton Pawn Shop

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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

Pawn Stars How to Spot a Fake Rolex: Boca Raton Pawn

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Left: Real, Right: Fake

Pawn Stars is one of the most popular TV shows today.  It is about a pawn shop and its staff located in Las Vegas.  The owner is a middle aged man who works with his father (the old man) and his son.  The show gives great insight into how a pawn shop runs and how people make deals.  The only problem with the show is most of the items getting pawned on TV have something to do with history because it is shown on the History Channel.  You never see anyone coming in trying to pawn a Rolex watch.

I work in the pawn industry in a local pawn shop as well and we get preowned luxury watches like Rolex, Cartier, and Breitling every day.  The hardest thing a pawn shop has to do is decide whether the watch is authentic or a fake.  Rick, the owner on Pawn Stars, shows us how to do so in this video on YouTube.

Rick definitely has some good tips but I have a few problems with his analysis.  He says that every Rolex is made perfectly and if there are any defects at all then it is automatically fake.  This is not always true.  A lot of people who buy Rolex watches change the dials or bezels.  They use aftermarket parts that may not be made as well as real Rolex parts.  When this happens it may seem like the watch is not perfect.  In order to decide whether it is a real Rolex, look at the movement.  Only a tenured expert, representative of the watch company in question, or watchmaker can confirm whether the watch is authentic or not based on the movement.

His advice on the magnification, however, is dead on.  Most fakes do not use a 2.5x magnifying glass.  It is easy to see when a fake is placed next to a real Rolex that the magnification is significantly different.  Also, the model and serial number should be between the two lugs.  If there is no model or serial number or they are engraved in a strange direction you can assume the watch is fake.

Getting fooled by a fake Rolex can be extremely costly.  For example a new Rolex Submariner costs over $7,000 while a fake Rolex Submariner costs between $10-$200.  Dishing out that kind of cash to find out the watch you bought is fake is something that no pawn broker ever wants to experience.

by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn