Many pawnshops receive around 5,000 visitors in a month, and that’s a good month, but Gold & Silver get around that much in a single day!
On a daily basis, the store is flooded with tourists, which is why the way the guys do business has changed so much since the success of the show. In fact, there are fans who will go even as far as to sneak around the back to get a peek at the cast.
The Store Was on TV Before the Show Started
Although Pawn Stars first hit off in 2009, the store had actually appeared on TV twice before.
First, the store was filmed in 2001 when PBS filmed a full-length documentary about the family and their Pawn shopping business. Two years later, the comedian Dave Attell showed up to kvetch about antique watches, a "wedding night instruction" scroll, and the pawn process during an episode of his 'Insomniac' show in 2003.
Many people bring antiques in the store, some of them have been around for years, even centuries. There was one coin, in particular, that was something extraordinary.
The coin was an antique that was proved to be a from 325 B.C., meaning it was a didrachm, an ancient Greek currency unit that would roughly be worth two dollars today - if not for inflation.
No More Garage Sales
Fame has a funny way of intruding on people's personal lives. Like in Rick's case, he now has a reputation for being a sharp, and keen negotiator which means that he's eyed with suspicious at garage sales and swap events.
Many people have been known to hide their stock if they see him so he doesn't even get a chance to visit them.
A Special Invite from Bon Jovi
The cast was lucky enough to see a private show from Lynyrd Skynyrd as if that wasn't enough! They were also personally invited to a concert by Jon Bon Jovi.
According to Chumlee, Bon Jovi's son wanted to meet them, and so the free gig was bartered in exchange for the meeting. It was a haggling approach that the guys can certainly understand and probably appreciated.