James Hibberd
February 08, 2011 AT 07:56 PM EST


The ladies of pawning are getting their own series on TLC.

The network has given a series order to Pawn Queens after trying out the concept in a special that aired back in November.

The special drew 1.2 million viewers, enough to land Queens an eight-episode series order. Now, like Extreme Couponing a few weeks back, the show is getting its own series.

Located right outside Chicago, businesswomen Minda and Nikki run the city’s pawn shop that caters to women. This boutique specializes in jewelry, vintage Barbie dolls, and one-of-a-kind antiques. Each episode of the Varuna TV-produced show has the women selling anything in order to help their fledgling company stay afloat.

Pawn Queens will premiere Thursday, May 5 at 10 p.m.

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