License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver

By Rick Harrison, Tim Keown

In Las Vegas, there is a family-owned company known as the Gold & Silver Pawn store, run through 3 generations of the Harrison relatives: Rick; his son, immense Hoss; and Rick's dad, the previous guy. Now License to Pawn takes readers backstage of the hit historical past exhibit Pawn Stars and stocks the interesting existence tale of its celebrity, Rick Harrison, and the both exciting tale in the back of the store, the shoppers, and the goods for sale.

Rick hasn't had it effortless. He was once a math whiz at an early age, yet constructed a equally uncanny skill to discover ever-deepening difficulty that almost ruined his existence. With the start of his son, he sobered up, reconnected together with his dad, and so they all started their booming enterprise together.

License to Pawn additionally bargains an enjoyable stroll during the pawn shop's historical past. it is a beautiful look at how the Gold & Silver works, with fantastic tales in regards to the loopy buyers and the exclusive goods that the store sells. Rick is not just a businessman; he is additionally a historian and willing observer of human nature. for example, do you know that pimps put on plenty of jewellery for a cause? it is because if they're arrested, jewellery does not get confiscated like money does, and prepared cash might be to be had for bail. Or that WWII bomber jackets and Zippo lighters can promote for a freakishly excessive fee in Japan? have you heard that the makers of Ormolu clocks, which Rick sells for up to $15,000 apiece, often died sooner than 40 because of the mercury within the paint?

Rick additionally unearths the goods he loves quite a bit he will by no means promote. the store has 3 Olympic bronze medals, a Patriots large Bowl ring, a Samurai sword from 1490, and an unique Iwo Jima conflict plan. every one item has a big tale in the back of it, after all. Rick stocks all of them, and rather a lot more--there's an impossible to resist treasure trove of heritage in the back of either the Gold & Silver Pawn store and the lifetime of Rick Harrison.

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At in regards to the time while I didn’t imagine i'll mount one other tire, the evening shift man on the pawn store give up. I talked to my dad approximately taking up that activity, and he ultimately gave me his most sensible “Oh, what the hell” and moved me into the store. And so begun my development in the course of the ranks of Gold & Silver Pawn, beginning with the shittiest task and relocating up. The night-shift man works the walk-up window. The window is sort of a financial institution teller’s window, with bulletproof glass and a slot to go through funds or goods.

They arrive by means of for all time. ” She scooted to the minimize, and inside of 5 mins an ambulance stopped. once they received to her, she stated, “I’m ODing on heroin. ” All she needed to do was once inform me that and that i may have known as for her. It’s in contrast to i'd have held it opposed to her. in spite of everything, i used to be operating the evening window in a pawn store. I’d visible every little thing. It’s type of a fluke that i finished up on Pawn Stars. i do know each person who watches me on tv most likely says, “Yeah, you appear to be a fluke,” yet I’m conversing a few actual quirk of destiny.

Zippo lighters. Bomber jackets. Furbys. Baseball playing cards. Beanie infants. Levi’s. Tickle Me Elmos. I obtained in on them all. Furbys have been the must-have toy throughout the vacation season of 1998. They have been an digital animal of indeterminate species. have been they a hamster? An owl? no matter what they have been, they spoke Furbish and offered like loopy. It didn’t really count what they have been or what they did—I desired to get my arms on as many as attainable. ahead of Christmas, i stopped up with 100 of them. I paid much for them—more than retail—but I offered them for lots extra.

Why now not? ” “I can’t promote it simply because it’s now not OSHA authorized. It’s valueless to us. ” the man argued. He didn’t are looking to listen that. “I’m going to select it up while i am getting again on my toes. You’re not likely to need to promote it. ” We can’t function that method, and the evening man informed him so. by way of this time, the folk at the back of him in line have been getting annoyed. They sought after him to go away so that they may look after their enterprise. One man was once rather loud. He informed observed man to get the hell out, to forestall losing everybody’s time.

That trade is usual of his curmudgeonly angle. The cranky outdated guy you notice on tv is similar man i must care for every day. besides, they shot the sizzle reel and confirmed it to heritage on a Friday in February, and by way of the following Tuesday they’d ordered a pilot. It’s unheard-of within the tv for a community to maneuver that swiftly. background had just one little bit of recommendation: They sought after “Antiques Roadshow with angle. ” That’s a superior precis of what we do. We stuck it on the correct time.

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