Story of life at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas made famous by the History Channel show Pawn Stars. Rick gives you info on the pawn shop business and some of his personal and family history. He also shares some of the more interesting items that have come in to the shop, items that aren’t for sale and stories about some of their more colorful regular customers (with names changed of course). His Dad, Corey and Chumlee each get their own chapter to tell the story from their viewpoint as well. Chumlee does come across smarter in the book than he does in the show, but he also comments that he doesn’t mind that he still sells more fan t-shirts, bobble heads etc., so he’s happy with how he is portrayed on TV. If you’re a fan of the show because of the unique items that come in and the relationships between the family members you will enjoy this book.
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of the American Pickers TV program on History Channel share their experiences traveling across America looking for hidden treasures. These aren’t fine antiques but anything unusual or car or bike related. Sometimes they find just a tail light off an old car but it’s something someone restoring a car would be excited to find. They view part of the job as restoring old things back to useful objects or as items that will be displayed and enjoyed rather than rusting away in an old barn.
The book offers helpful hints and lots of things to consider before you start out “picking” yourself and what it would take to do it professionally. What I enjoyed most where the personal experiences Mike and Frank share in the book.