Follow Yossi and his girls of the Dina Collection pawn shop in posh Beverly Hills, and the customers who bring them everything from bedsheets used in "The 40-Year Old Virgin" to raptor eggs from "Jurassic Park III."
I found Yossi funny and the women who work for him have the patience of saints. Interesting mix of customers and clients.
In the first episode, a woman named Candice comes in with sheets used in The 40-Year Old Virgin movie. She says a friend of hers bought them and she had a COA. There are white hairs on the sheets, not human ones. Yossi tells her she looks a little like Marilyn Monroe, but privately tells us "from very, very, very far away"... she is a little harsh. She wants money to further enhance her boobs. He declines on buying the sheets, especially after one of his assistants starts sneezing, as she is allergic to cat hair.
The next lady who comes in has raptor eggs in a big case from Jurassic Park III. Her ex-husband bought them and they promptly take her to the VIP room while they wait for Dan from Premiere Props to arrive to give them assistance in pricing them.
An aside: my cousin bought some clothes supposedly worn in a film from Premiere Props. There was no tag on them stating who wore what, just a piece of paper from them saying they were legit. Then another friend bought some sweat pants supposedly worn in another film, and again, no tag or anything. He paid $850 for a pair of sweat pants. So I started looking at their auctions. They had shoes supposed to have been worn by Charlize Theron in the same film, ranging in size from 8 to 10. I emailed to ask them how could that be. I got a really rude, nasty response. So, I am not so sure Yossi has paired himself up with the best "expert" on matters like this.
The next customer is an actress who I've never heard of, but she must have married well because she lives in a mansion with one heckuva view. And several garages full of collector cars. She wanted to sell the 1955 Astin Martin for a million, but Yossi would only give her 1/4 of that. I got the impression he was buying it for himself.
Finally, my favorite customer of the day. A lady comes in with a diamond ring she was given when she toured with a rock band, and she wanted to get $11,000 for it, I think. Dominique, the senior of the assistants who works there, came over to look at it. She said she was sorry, she couldn't give her that much. But she could give her $110,000 for it. Turns out it was 19th century antique art deco setting and a G quality diamond. The woman was in tears she was so happy.
Imagine what she could have gotten for that at an auction and not a pawn shop?