This series follows the daily events in Detroit's biggest pawn shop, American Jewelry and Loan. The store is located in Detroit's famous 8 Mile district and has a very diverse (e.g. ghetto) clientele, handling anything from family heirlooms to heavy machinery.
A customer gets angry and threatens the staff. Another customer brings in a 'Stripper pole' which results in the staff betting among themselves on whether it will sell.
The Gold family debate arming themselves and their staff, following threats from an irate customer. They argue over a drink chilling machine a customer brings in to sell, resulting in another bet.
When an alligator turns on its owner, he tries to sell it to the Golds. Ashley and Seth want no part of the reptile. But will Les’ nostalgia force him to make a bad decision? Then, a man wants to pawn his bulletproof vest so Les tells him he needs to take him outside and test it. Plus, tempers flare when Ashley mishandles a motorcycle pawn and everyone questions her abilities. Will Daddy’s little girl get her way?
Tensions boil over when a customer flips out over a mix-up with his gold chain. Then, Ashley loses it when a customer tries to pawn a cursed relic. Will its deadly history catch her in its grips...or will she throw it and the customer out the door?
An employee becomes violent and nearly tears the family apart. Then, Ashley goes through the roof when an aggressive customer tries to sell 50 pairs of some-not-so-clean panties. And its 'show and tell' when a wacky puppet-maker turns out replicas of the staff.
Les and Seth clash over the business when Les' idea to give away massive cash in the parking lot creates a dangerous situation. In the midst of the turmoil, Ashley recruits Seth in an attempt to make stripper poles in-house. Will the new venture turn a profit or leave the Golds belly up?
Les flips out when his security guard shouts at a customer. Then, the staff squirms when Seth and Ashley clash over whether or not to buy a collection of venomous reptiles and hissing roaches. And, disgusted by their security staff's performance, the Golds decide it's time to find a new head of security.
Les takes Ashley and Seth to the pawn shop his Grandfather started in downtown Detroit. Then, a dominatrix brings her gear into the shop; will the Golds show this madam the door? And, Seth surprises his father with an emotional birthday present.