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Reality TV in Sin City 2017

I guess it’s no secret that I like to watch reality TV shows.  From the History Channel shows like Pawn Stars, Counting Cars,  A&E Channel Flipping Vegas as well as HGTV’s Fixer-Upper and Flip or Flop.

By now, there’s all sorts of chatter/rumors/talk about the future of “Flip or Flop” and it’s stars Tarek and Christina.  I’m not here to judge or to give my opinion as to what happened and what should happen.  While watching re-run of “Flip or Flop“, I see a commercial for a new show on HGTV called “Flip or Flop Vegas“.  I don’t know much at this time, but I would imagine that the costs for these homes would be lower than the Los Angeles/Orange County area, but I’m pretty sure that there won’t be too much put into landscaping as the Las Vegas Water District is always encouraging residents and businesses to go with low maintenance and drought resistant landscaping.

I know is going to happen is that I will start watching this new show and I’m going to want to jump on the next Hawaiian Airlines flight to Las Vegas!

Reality TV in Sin City Part 2; History Channel Counting Cars

One show that spun off from “Pawn Stars” was “Counting Cars”.  Starring Danny, Kevin, Horny Mike, Rollie.  It started off on “Pawn Stars” with Rick or Corey calling Danny aka “the Count” of “Count’s Kustoms” to give his opinion on a car the shop might be buying.  The car might be a fixer, a kit car, or a restored classic and Danny would be called to see if the car would be worth buying and how much it can be re-sold for.

The History channel eventually gave Danny his own show “Counting Cars” which usually runs in half hour segments, shows Danny acquiring a car and a customer brining a car to the shop to be fixed up.   What amazes me is how much these customers spend to have their cars fixed!  Some pay as much as $40,000.00!1

If you go to the shop on 2714 S Highland Dr, it is just off Sahara Avenue between the Strip and the I-15 freeway.  You travel down less than a mile on Highland Drive and you will see signs directing you to the shop on the east side of the street.  When you arrive, you might find an employee sitting at the parking lot entrance who might let you park if there is space.  The shop shares parking with other businesses.  There is also street parking.

As you walk up to the entrance, you will see the familiar garage door where Danny and the customers usually stand and Danny will eventually  yell “Rollie!! Bring that bad boy out”.

You sign in the same lobby they use in the show and the admission is free.  Your allowed to walk around the shop’s collection, take all the pics you want, but you can’t touch any.  Fine by me.  You will see most from the shows and they are strategically placed so that you can walk around several vehicles.

When you get to the end, there is a gift shop that sells the usual gift items, but the hottest seller there seems to be the t-shirts the cast wears.  I wanted a XL black t-shirt that the cast all wears, but they were out of my size as well as the gray and white.  There was alot of red t-shirts, but not for me.  I feel that since I’m at Count’s Kustoms, the shirt should be black!!

While I didn’t see any of the cast, I was told by another Hawaii resident (remember how I mentioned I will be mentioning tips)  that if you go at lunch time, a lunch wagon will pull up, honk it’s horn and the shop crew will come out to eat and some of the cast from show might be included in the bunch.

Horny Mike's Bus
Horny Mike’s Bus

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Reality TV in Sin City Part 1; History Channel Pawn stars

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I admit that I watch a lot of TV and that is mostly reality shows (besides the major sports).   A few years ago I stumbled on “Pawn Stars” and have a fan since!   I know people that will say that Rick, Corey, the Old Man and Chumlee rip off people, but my reply to that has been “who says you have to sell?”  I love watching the items that come in and some that even get sold.

I have probably visited the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop four times since becoming a fan of the show.  It is located north of the Strip on Las Vegas Blvd.  Sometimes there is a line outside but I’ve been lucky so far; each time I went, I could just walk in but just a little disappointed that I couldn’t see any of the stars.  The only one that comes close to being a star that I saw working there was “Travis“.  He is pretty cool to talk to if he’s not too busy.  If I’m not mistaken, a few years ago, I was in the shop to buy a t-shirt and when I gave him (pretty sure it was him) my Hawaiian Airlines credit card, he told me he was born in Hawaii, at Tripler Medical Center, but left with his mom within a few months, so he can claim the 50th State as  his birthplace, but he grew up in Las Vegas.