No, firstly, the shop isn’t closing any time soon, and it hasn’t closed ever since the “The Old Man” passed away, but there were rumors flowing around about some of this since last year. Now, if you aren’t sure about this place or don’t know what it represents, you rather not go to the place as it won’t otherwise have anything special unless you are a fan of antiques.
The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is run by Rick Harrison, his son Corey, and Corey’s friend Chumlee (who only works there). To be clear, they don’t sit there and run the store. They are celebs now since the show Pawn Stars where antique buying and selling is the agenda has been running since 2009 and in fact, you might not want to meet them anyway if you are here strictly for some antique goods. Especially guns, or musical instruments from some of the greatest musicians.
It is a fairly small store, with an area that can have only about a couple of dozen people inside, so you won’t be allowed in if there is a crowd inside already until they finish their shopping. There’s a sectional arrangement of stuff, from action figure toys to t-shirt souvenirs, to some unique stones and jewelry, but it is more for the fans of the TV show (which is still running on History Channel) as you would find a big section of t-shirts, key chains, bands, and things that have photos and messages about Rick, Corey, and Chumlee (yeah, there are fans of Chumlee too).
I am not much into collectibles or anything that goes way back into history, but learning about history doesn’t hurt, and this is where one can get to know about some of the unique war equipment, especially guns. Just to the right of the exit door, there’s the gun section that has some amazing rifles if you are interested in learning about them, or maybe, buying one of them for a hefty price.
For the fans, there are cutouts of the main men (Rick and The Old Man) for people to take photos with, but as said, the real men who are in the show are not to be present here, except when there is a shooting happening for an episode of the TV show, and you wouldn’t be able to get into the shop where the shoot is going on. If you have something to pawn (sell to the shop), there is a window that is open 24/7, but if you want to check out the entire shop, it is open only from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Want to meet the Pawn Stars in real? Pay $99 for that and book an appointment. It’s just a meet and greet and probably photos with the men, rather than with their cutouts, so if you never had missed their show when it aired on TV, you might want to meet those guys in person.
Even better, you can go to Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern on Friday and Saturday nights, where Rick himself would be bartending. On the other days, you might get lucky and find him at Pawn Plaza, which is next to the Pawn shop itself. And a fan of Chumlee can see him at his candy shop, which is also in the Pawn Plaza.
Otherwise, for the shop experience, I’d say it is no different from any other pawn shop. You shouldn’t be visiting it for the stuff there, rather be there only if you know the show and might want to get a chance to know the place where all those deals happen. But the pricing of the stuff there is high, which is kind of expected, isn’t it?