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 on: September 21, 2017, 10:16:24 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by jerrysg

Which show are you going to be at in 2018?


 on: September 21, 2017, 10:07:43 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by jerrysg

I may be wrong here but I think you have a misconception as to what the "Tucson Show" is really like.  First of all, it is not one show but rather about 40+ separate shows at different venues spread out around the City of Tucson. This coming year the opening date for some (but not all) of the shows will be Friday January 25, 2018 and the closing date for almost all the shows is Sunday, February 11, 2018.  "The Main Show" which is sort of the reason all the other shows are here, runs from Thursday, February 8, 2018 to Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Tucson Convention Center and is sponsored by The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society. The theme for the exhibits this year is "Crystals and Crystal Forms" (See below) My wife and I are members of this club and work at the show every year. This is a juried show where vendors and their exhibits must be approved by the show committee and we generally have a waiting list for vendors from year to year.  Most major museum around the world also have exhibits (not selling). I have heard it described as visiting 10 major mineral museums all in one day.

The other shows are held at venues that range from large tents erected on empty lots to the various hotels located throughout the city.  Some shows are wholesale and admission is dependent on having a tax exempt retail license; others are open to the public. Some are hybrid in that they are open to the general public but also offer special pricing to retail dealers.  Some shows are devoted to a single large vendor and others have as many as 200 separate vendors. One of the larger hotel shows is located at the Hotel City Center (formerly the Inn Suites). This is an old fashioned 2 story motel where every room has an outside door either at ground level or via an outside balcony.  There are 5 or 6 separate buildings and I would say that 80% of the rooms are rented to vendors.  In most cases vendors at each of the shows work through a show promoter who actually lease the show space, provide show services and then rent individual spaces to the specific vendors.

Hotel accommodations are in very short supply during the shows and most hotels and RV parks raise their rates into the stratosphere. I would doubt that there are many hotel rooms available at this late date.  Most regulars to the shows make their reservations for the next year during the current year's show. Best best is to find a friend living in Tucson and bunk with them. But some of the locals (not rock people) leave for the duration of the shows and rent out their houses.

Here is a link to a listing of some of the shows. It is not yet complete but can give you some idea of the extent of the shows.

The wife and I live about 45 minutes outside of Tucson and, not counting the 4 days we are at The Main Show, go in about 5 or 6 other days to the other shows.  We do not have a retail license so we have never been to the wholesale shows. Also we do not go to the bead shows since our interests lie elsewhere.

Still if you are interested in lapidary and minerals, Tucson in late January and early February is like Disneyland for rock junkies and not to be missed.

There are lots of other shows around the country and depending where you live, one of them might provide the opportunity to sell your rough.


 on: September 21, 2017, 08:17:46 PM 
Started by veesix - Last post by veesix
Thanks Barclay, I appreciate the warning. I accept the risk involved and I've tried to minimize the electrical issues by sealing with silicone. I'll look into Ameritool.

 on: September 21, 2017, 07:52:15 PM 
Started by MurphyStone - Last post by edgarscale
two exceptional stones in two very nice settings,  the one reminds me of the sixties and the other of out space.

 on: September 21, 2017, 07:49:58 PM 
Started by veesix - Last post by Barclay
most likely flourite.  there are a number of old flourite mines in the area.  flourite is very soft so it will grind very fast.

 on: September 21, 2017, 07:46:50 PM 
Started by veesix - Last post by edgarscale
welcome veesix from sunny and humid collingwood, ontario

 on: September 21, 2017, 06:22:52 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by John Robinson
Thanks! I keep forgetting that white opals are the most common and therefore the least valuable. I will probably just send this off somewhere and have it m sliced up for aggregates. It has three or four layers of color and I can make a lot of diploids with it.

 on: September 21, 2017, 06:21:03 PM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by HOOKEDONROCKS
That is a beauty! good job!

 on: September 21, 2017, 05:52:34 PM 
Started by Quitclayton - Last post by Barclay
They look like some of the green opal and red/purple agate from Kramer Junction.

 on: September 21, 2017, 05:45:59 PM 
Started by veesix - Last post by veesix
We went to Lavic Siding in the Mojave Desert a few weeks ago to hunt for agates and jaspers. We found a few of these translucent green pieces. Any help with identification? Let me know what other info I can provide. Thank you!

Also, any thoughts on what you might do with a piece like this?

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