What Are Some Pawn Shops That Are Famous?


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There are two American pawnshops, American Jewelry and Loan and Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, that have gained notoriety through being featured on reality-style television programming. American Jewelry and Loan, which is located in Detroit, is featured on a television show titled "Hardcore Pawn," which aired on TruTV, notes the channel's official website. Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is located in Las Vegas and is featured on the History Channel reality series "Pawn Stars."

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Because Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is shown on the History Channel as of 2015, "Pawn Stars" has a vaguely historic focus, highlighting the antiques and artifacts that Gold & Silver Pawn Shop's employees and owners buy and sell. The business is family owned and operated, as reported by History.com. "Pawn Stars" has shown Gold & Silver Pawn employees dealing with objects such as original paintings by Picasso and historical documents.

Like Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, American Jewelry and Loan is family owned and operated, and the show about the shop, "Hardcore Pawn," features the Gold family's exploits. "Hardcore Pawn" shows American Jewelry and Loan employees dealing with objects such as cars, entertainment industry ephemera, fine jewelry and expensive clothing. American Jewelry and Loan has used its fame to leverage better sales, setting up an online store to allow customers from all over the world to transact with the business.

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