For those of you that haven’t heard of it, Pawn Stars is a popular cable TV show on the History Channel about the goings on at the “World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop” in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show’s popularity is based, in part, on the unusual things that people will part with at a pawn shop when looking for some quick cash in Vegas. As a result, some pretty interesting items pass through the store.
With a couple of hours to kill, Shannon and I drove downtown to check the place out.
As clichéd as it sounds, the place looks bigger inside on TV. The lack of space didn’t stop us from having a great time, though. When we were there, we had a lot fun checking out some fairly nifty items. They had vintage soda machines:
And a ton of “Pawn Stars” merchandise.
That’s right! T-shirts, mugs, shot glasses and more. SOMEONE PAWNED ALL OF IT THERE FOR YOU TO BUY! </sarcasm>
With that said, yes – I bought a t-shirt.
I also spotted a cool late 70’s/early 80’s employee handbook for working at the now defunct Playboy Resort. Troy, a friend of mine, collects vintage items from the Hugh Hefner empire and after a couple of texts and emailed photos I picked it up for him. (Maybe he’ll blog about it at some point; the thing’s pretty cool.)
We did come close to dropping some cash on some really nice Batman animation art, but we decided to pass on doing so.
For now. 🙂