BROTHERS PUT UP A SCENARIO TO BUY INTO
Monkey testicles, a gold filling from someone’s tooth, a motorised ride-on Esky, stuffed dead animals — Aaron and Ben Senes have just about seen it all.
The brothers own Sydney pawn business Happy Hockers, the focus of a new reality series.
“We meet some interesting people,” Ben laughs. “No two days are the same and we get to see some pretty amazing stuff, from collectables to historical items to the downright strange.”
Their bread and butter is what you’d expect — electronics, mobile phones and jewellery — but the diehard collectors relish making a deal on something special.
Which is why Ben seriously considered buying a jar containing monkey testicles.
“A guy came into the store … one of three people in Australia licensed to keep monkeys and he had one of them desexed. The vet let him keep the balls and he wanted to sell them.
“I entertained the idea. I didn’t know what they were worth and so he asked for $1000 for each ball. That seemed a bit steep to me.”
Aaron recalls the day a famed Australian musician came in to get their cherished Grammy Award valued.
Then there was another bloke who tried to pawn a gold filling from his tooth. And the brothers still chuckle about the custom-made motorised Esky they bought.
“It was petrol powered — think of a cross between a rideon scooter and an Esky,” Ben says. “We bought it and then a few months later a company started manufacturing something very similar. This was kind of a prototype or demo model of it.”
“We’re collectors at heart and we love interesting things, as well as hearing people’s stories about what they have,” Aaron says.
“Best of all, we love going out and finding unique items and then wheeling and dealing, and that’s essentially what the show is about.”
PAWN STARS AUSTRALIA, A& E, TUESDAY, 7.30PM
Ben and Aaron Senes are always ready to make a deal.