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Old 02-04-2020, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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What's your favorite venue from this year or in the past?

What do you like to view/buy?

Which shows have the best deals?

Last year was my first gem show. We went to 3-4 venues, and went back to the Kino show because it had so much variety. I collected a bunch of gemstone spheres that still bring me pleasure.
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Old 02-04-2020, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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My uncle goes down every year and sometimes sells. I went down with him back in '11 or '12 to see what it was about. As someone that cannot identify anything other than azurite it was still a great time. Just to see the madness and interest in a hobby that means nothing to me. My uncle knows a major supplier in Tucson that has a warehouse. He was telling me about getting an invite to the warehouse. Dude brings out pallets of specimens and people tore into them and went at it like Black Friday and there's only one Cabbage Patch doll left.
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Old 02-05-2020, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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I really like the Kino show as well. There is a lot to see plus there is plenty of parking!
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Old 02-05-2020, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Chemnitz, Germany previous in AZ, CA, AL, NJ,
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I went to the Kino show yesterday (Tuesday) just after Noon. Parking was easy (free), and it was a cool temperature afternoon so maybe that kept some people at home. It was not crowded, and there is a good variety of fossils, raw minerals, cut gems and more. I really like the tent with carved stone art from Zimbabwe, very impressive.
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Old 02-08-2020, 12:06 PM
 
Location: AZ
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The show is something you have to see to believe. The variety of material and vendors is astounding. For me, I would not recognize a good deal with a gun to my head. Lots of $$$$$ exchanges hands. I doubt the tax folks really have a grip on transactions.
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Old 02-08-2020, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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I was surprised to see that the shows all seem to be over by the 16th or 17th. I thought they ran all month. I've had a bad cold, and haven't made it to any of the shows. Today's the last day for the bead shows at the Casino del Sol, just minutes from my house. Do I feel well enough to go?

https://xpopress.com/showcase/shows/...ossil-showcase
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:25 PM
 
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I was surprised to see that the shows all seem to be over by the 16th or 17th. I thought they ran all month. I've had a bad cold, and haven't made it to any of the shows. Today's the last day for the bead shows at the Casino del Sol, just minutes from my house. Do I feel well enough to go?

https://xpopress.com/showcase/shows/...ossil-showcase

The way it works is that some of the smaller shows start in the last week of January. The "BIG show" is one of the last to start and is four days long. When that is over, most of the shows are closing. A lot of the shows start to diminish in the second week as many of the vendors in those shows have booths down in the convention center.

After the show is done, there is a week for clean-up as vendors close down and move their materials home OR into storage in Tucson. The following week is Rodeo Week and they set up the parade review stands along Irvington last week.

Such is Tucson in February.
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