One of History Channel’s most popular long-running series with 625 episodes and 20 seasons to date, Pawn Stars will be taping in Pennsylvania for the show’s 20th season. The show revolves around three generations of the Harrison family –grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey who work at their pawn shop in Las Vegas, Nevada called World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop where they assess the value of items customers bring to them, ranging from everyday pieces to those with cultural and historical significance. The taping taking place in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania is part of an eight-city summer tour of the show that includes Washington D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, Austin, Savannah, and Winston-Salem.
Valley Forge is a significant destination of this tour given it was the 1777-1778 winter encampment of General George Washington’s army while the British occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolutionary War. It is considered the birthplace of the American army and was a defining turning point of the war where the Continental Army became a diverse, unified, and disciplined fighting force capable of defeating the British.
This tour is an opportunity for fans of the show who cannot make the trip to Las Vegas to showcase their items to the cast in closer proximity. For those who may be interested but are unfamiliar with the world of pawning, Pawn Shops Today explains how the process works and the history of the practice. Customers pledge property as insurance to pawnbrokers who then loan money in the form of short-term small loans with low interest rates. And when customers pay back the loan, their property is returned to them. If the customer decides not to collect their item, there is no credit consequence to the borrower and the item is sold at a value price to retail consumers.