By Rick Harrison, Tim Keown
In Las Vegas, there is a family-owned enterprise referred to as the Gold & Silver Pawn store, run via 3 generations of the Harrison relatives: Rick; his son, sizeable Hoss; and Rick's dad, the outdated guy. Now License to Pawn takes readers backstage of the hit heritage express Pawn Stars and stocks the attention-grabbing existence tale of its big name, Rick Harrison, and the both interesting tale at 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 hassle that almost ruined his lifestyles. With the beginning of his son, he sobered up, reconnected along with his dad, and so they began their booming company together.
License to Pawn additionally bargains an pleasing stroll during the pawn shop's historical past. it is a fascinating check out how the Gold & Silver works, with wonderful tales in regards to the loopy consumers and the unique goods that the store sells. Rick isn't really just a businessman; he is additionally a historian and prepared observer of human nature. for example, were you aware that pimps put on plenty of jewellery for a cause? this is why if they are arrested, jewellery does not get confiscated like funds does, and prepared funds may 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, usually died sooner than 40 because of the mercury within the paint?
Rick additionally finds the goods he loves quite a bit he will by no means promote. the store has 3 Olympic bronze medals, a Patriots tremendous Bowl ring, a Samurai sword from 1490, and an unique Iwo Jima conflict plan. every one item has an important tale at 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 background in the back of either the Gold & Silver Pawn store and the lifetime of Rick Harrison.
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