The two-hour Seattle episode airs at 8 p.m. on November 30 and features an abundance of local items including a Kingdome liquor decanter, silk-screen rock posters, locally built Lego creations, a Seattle SuperSonics magazine, a 1987-era Starbucks logo, Harrison’s favorite find, Dale Chihuly’s vase .
“I just love Chihuly. He’s popular in Vegas. Just walk into the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel,” where Chihuly’s glass sculpture Fiore di Como hangs from the ceiling, Harrison said. “He really took it to a different level in terms of the artwork on the glass. … As far as the artists blowing the glass, he’s the man.”
Chihuly’s business does not stay in Harrison’s pawnshop for long.
“It sells very quickly and for a stupid amount of money,” said Harrison. “The art collectibles market has been on fire for the last couple of years because of all this free money in the economy, and Chihuly is one of those things that people definitely want and that’s hard to come by now.”
The road trip and extended run time give this iteration of “Pawn Stars” more of an “Antiques Roadshow” look. But the “Pawn Stars” team doesn’t just value the local items, they go a step further than the “Antiques Roadshow” by buying some of their own. Harrison said he spent about $100,000 in Seattle, but managed to fit everything into one truck for shipment back to the world-famous gold and silver pawn shop in Las Vegas.
“We’ve got real money changing hands,” Harrison said, but he didn’t pay “ridiculous prices.” “I’ve seen many times on ‘antiques roadshows’ that prices can be a little inflated.”
Harrison says the idea for a road trip series came about after filming season 19 of “Pawn Stars,” which debuted on the History Channel this year.
“We wanted to do something epic,” said Harrison. “We came up with the idea of creating a completely different series.”
“Pawn Stars Do America” has set up shop at Canvas Event Space, 3412 Four Ave. S., where Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison, and Austin “Chumlee” Russell welcomed members of the public who came in with heirlooms they hoped to sell.
The show also relied on some local experts, including Mike Ball of Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar, Lego expert Brandon Griffith, and Billy O’Neill of Glass Eye Studio.
“I spoke with Billy a few times on the phone and got to know him a little bit before we got to Seattle,” said Rick Harrison. “His studio is amazing.”
Other highlights of the Seattle loop include a trip to Pike Place Fishing Market and an attempt at glass blowing at Glass Eye in Fremont.
“You did an awful job of inflating a modern masterpiece,” said Harrison. “I actually kept it. It’s a point. It was supposed to be a vase, but it started falling apart on me. I wasn’t spinning it fast enough. There’s definitely a learning curve and anyone who thinks they can just blow some glass has another story coming. There’s a lot of Involved skill.