Flea Market Memories from the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

Flea Market

With December 30, 2018 closing of the Hell Kitchen Flea Market, American Geode wanted to share some stories about our time at the famous flea market.

The buyers, early birds really, start arriving at the flea market around 6am, just as the flea market dealers are unloading. This way the buyers can get good deals, and ask for a discount in return for buying a piece before the dealer ever has to set up their table. One time American Geode was setting up, and a dude dressed all in black, who looked like he was returning from being at one of the clubs all night, walked by our table. I think the guy was tripping, or wigging, or rolling by the looks of his eyes, and his acute fascination with geodes.

He asked dozens of questions, and followed our answers by replying “Cool!” Finally, he said “How much?” We said $20, and he grabs a wadded up, rolled up $20 out of his pocket, hands it to us, picks up a golf ball sized Indiana geode, and continued down 39th street, to 10th avenue. I am fairly certain that when he woke up early that evening, and he found a round rock in his pocket, and a missing $20, he is going to wonder what the hell happened.

At another flea market day, we had something special in addition to our classic Indiana geodes for the crowds. We had a large taxidermy bear, intact from the waist up, with both paws extended in “attack form,” and a growl on the face of the Cinnamon Bear from Canada. A gentleman came by, interested in it, and started telling us that he recently broke up with his boyfriend, and he wanted to complete remodel his apartment to look like a Victorian England parlor. The Victorian England parlor style is filled with many different objects of curiosity and rarity. Think the parlors where Sherlock Holmes lived and worked on cases!

The gentleman had no way to carry it back to his apartment however, so we figured we had shared a fun, and funny conversation with a nice New Yorker, and left it at that. About an hour later however, the gentleman returns with one of those giant blue plastic and fabric bags from Ikea. He was able to fit the bear halfway through the bag, enough to sling it over his shoulder, and we watched him proceed to walk down 39th, toward 9th, with a growling bear sticking out of his bag over his shoulder!

American Geode will always remember our time at the famous Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, a memorable, historic institution that we are sad to see close down, but thankful for the memories, and the help getting American Geode’s gem, mineral, geode, fossil, and curiosity business off the ground!

On-line mineral dealer American Geode

American Geode

Welcome on-line mineral dealer American Geode!

American Geode are explorers, prospectors and fair traders who bring to market masterpiece geodes, museum quality minerals, rare fossils and one-of-a-kind collectibles. Pennsylvania fossils, Indiana geodes, and Herkimer Diamonds are specialties.

With an office in Midtown, Manhattan, by appointment only, American Geode is an on-line mineral dealer that brings rare natural geodes, museum quality minerals, and superb fossils to the New York market and clients who include serious collectors, academics, and interior design professionals.

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Giant Geode
Giant Geode

By appointment only! You have many choices when you seek a mineral dealer, and American Geode hopes you choose American Geode!

We are a source of geodes, minerals, gems, and fossils for collectors, academics in geology and paleontology, museums, and even interior design professionals. Rockhounding for unusual geodes, beautiful minerals, rare gems, and beautiful exotic crystals with positive energy keep us motivated. Some of our favorite finds are Indiana Geodes, NY Herkimer Diamonds, Connecticut Garnets, Kyanite, and Apache Peridot. We use a variety of tools for rockhounding including crack hammers, sledge hammers, demolition hammers, and 65lb jackhammers (lots of rockhound hammers) as well as diamond saws and soil pipe cutters. We enjoy researching and mining rocks and roadtrips while rockhounding across the USA.

New England Gem and Mineral Show! Save the Date!

Gem and Mineral Show

New England Gem and Mineral Show! Save the Date, Spring 2019!

Gem and Mineral Show
Gem and Mineral Show


North Shore Rock & Mineral Club Show May 4th & 5th 2019
DEALERS:
ABROMS ANTIQUES & JEWELRY
AMBER AMERICA
AYS – INTERNATIONAL
CRYSTAL CACHE MINERALS
EMASS
EWING’S LAPIDARY
FANTASY IN GEMSTONES
FOWLER’S WIREWRAPPING
GOLD-N-GEMS
HIGHLAND ROCK
JESSIE’S GEMS
JNL MINERALS
LA PORTE DU SAHARA
LET’S TALK JEWELRY
MALACHITE AND GEMS OF AFRICA
NATURE’S COLLECTIBLES
ROCK & BONE MINERAL SHOP
ROCKO MINERALS & JEWELRY
RUSSELL GEOLOGICS
SANTERRES STONES ‘n STUFF
SHAMAN’S DREAM
STONETRUST
Stu’s GREEN MOUNTAIN MINERALS
THE MUSEUM PIECE
VILLAGE SILVERSMITH
WARREN GONZALES
WELL-ARRANGED MOLECULES
WHITNEY’S ROCKS TO GEMS
YANKEE MINERAL AND GEM CO.
WHOLESALE
Portal Crystal Gallery
FORMOSA BAY
HOWARD SCHLANSKER
JOHN W. CORBIN & SONS
VILLAGE SILVERSMITH

The North Shore Rock and Mineral Club will be hosting the 56th annual NEW ENGLAND GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Saturday May 4, 2019, and Sunday May 5 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Coolidge Hall, on Route 1 in Topsfield, MA. Retail and wholesale dealers, minerals, fossils, beads, gem stones, jewelry, lapidary, exhibits and mineral and fossil identification. www.northshorerock.org
Club Purpose: The North Shore Rock & Mineral Club was formed in 1958 to stimulate interest in the collection of minerals and to disseminate knowledge of minerology, collecting and classification of materials and their application to the arts so that greater pleasure may be derived from these hobbies.

Membership: Annual dues are $10 for an individual and $15 for a family or couple. New members must attend a monthly meeting to join.

Monthly Meeting: Club meetings take place the third Friday, September through June at the First Church – Holland Hall, 1 Arbor Street, Wenham at 7:45PM.

Pebble Pups, Our “Children’s Group”: Dedicated to the introduction of rocks, minerals, and fossils. During our monthly meeting all children are invited to join Pebble Pups Leader, Tom Rich, for special projects, learning and fun.

Field Trip: Club members enjoy many field trips during the spring, summer, and fall months. Day and longer trips (usually occurring on traditional three-day weekends) provide members the ability to collect specimens and directly learn about geology.

Mineral Matter: The official newsletter of the North Shore Rock & Mineral Club is published and sent to the membership each month, September through June. To receive a single copy of the newsletter send an email to nsrmc@verizon.net.

Annual Show: The Club hosts it’s Annual New England Gem & Mineral Show the first weekend in May at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1 North, Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Website: www.northshorerock.org

Affiliations: The club is affiliated with the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS), The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS), and The Association of Mass Mineral Clubs. The club abides by the AFMS Code of Ethics.


If you would like more info on local Mineral shows and rockhound clubs click on our News page for up to date listings and links to Gem Show, Mineral Show, and Fossil Show announcements. We update our rockhound news twice an hour and showcase the top mineral shows and rockhound news in the USA and the World. Also, follow us on Twitter for even more rockhound events, commentary, and laughable quips from American Geode.

Houston Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Fossil Show is Nov 9-11!

Houston Gem Show

Houston Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Fossil Show is Nov 9-11!

Houston Gem Show
Houston Gem Show


Please join us for the 65th Annual Houston Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show, November 9 -11 at the Humble Civic Center! Our show features 45 dealers showing minerals, fossils, jewelry and gemstones, demos of lapidary skills, and many special exhibit cases. We have our School Daze program on Friday for elementary school kids, and a program Saturday for Boy Scouts. Bargain hunters should visit the Swap Area. There is something to thrill and amaze everyone. Convenient for Christmas shopping and as always parking is free.

Tickets are $8.00. For more information visit www.hgms.org or www.facebook.com/hgms.org.

Friday 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
The Show will include:
Jewelry making, beading, and lapidary demonstrations
Expert identification of gemstones, minerals, and fossils
Children’s activities such as the “School Daze” Earth Science Program, the Scout Merit Badge, and the “Dino Dig”
Displays of gem, mineral, and fossil specimens, and astounding fluorescent rocks
Get your picture taken with a 7 foot tall “live” dinosaur, which will be roaming our halls!
Free Expert fossil and mineral identification!
Shop at dozens of vendors from across the US for unique and ancient items including fossils, minerals, gemstones, handmade jewelry and more from around the world.
Watch our live demonstrations including geode cracking, silver smithing, fine detail painting of stone slabs, and much more!
Get a gem at a Bargain at our popular Silent Auctions occurring throughout the show!
Enter to win our Free Grand Door Prize!
Tickets for the show are $8 for adults.
Parking is FREE!


If you would like more info on local Mineral shows and rockhound clubs click on our News page for up to date listings and links to Gem Show, Mineral Show, and Fossil Show announcements. We update our rockhound news twice an hour and showcase the top mineral shows and rockhound news in the USA and the World. Also, follow us on Twitter for even more rockhound events, commentary, and laughable quips from American Geode.

Lake Havasu Gem and Mineral Show

Lake Havasu Gem and Mineral Show

Lake Havasu Gem and Mineral Show is Nov. 10-11, 2018 and the gem and mineral show offers the following for the entire family:
Raffle and Hourly Door Prizes.
Games and Prizes (Education Room) For Children.
Food And Beverage Service.
Displays Of Handcrafted Jewelry Designs And Collections Of Unusual Minerals, Fossils, Geodes And Rocks.
Working Demonstrations By Professionals.
Sales Booths Featuring Faceted and Cabochon Jewels, Fossils, Geodes, Tools, Findings, Slabs, Finished Jewelry And Gifts.
Scavenger Hunt
Silent Auction
Gem and Mineral Show

Nov. 10th-11th 2018

Sat. 9-5 & Sun. 9-4
Price: $2.00 per person

(Children under 12) Free
Lake Havasu Community Center
Rods and Relics Hall
100 Park Avenue
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

http://lakehavasugms.org/index.html
About the sponsors of the gem and mineral show:
The Lake Havasu Gem & Mineral Society of Lake Havasu City, Arizona is a non-profit organization, dedicated to educating our members and the community about gems, minerals, and fossils. Our objective and purpose are to:
Increase our appreciation of the beauty and value of the land in which we live.
Foster good fellowship among its members.
Host an annual Gem and Mineral Show for the community.
Foster awareness of the earth sciences by:
a. Increasing knowledge pertaining to minerals, gems, and rocks.
b. Disseminating knowledge of collecting and classification of minerals, fossils and rock through collection and classification.
c. Improving the practical knowledge of cutting, grinding and polishing materials touse in the design and creation of jewelry and other useful objects.
Provide educational scholarships in the scientific fields.
Procure and improve the Society’s property.


If you would like more info on local Mineral shows and rockhound clubs click on our News page for up to date listings and links to Gem Show, Mineral Show, and Fossil Show announcements. We update our rockhound news twice an hour and showcase the top mineral shows and rockhound news in the USA and the World. Also, follow us on Twitter for even more rockhound events, commentary, and laughable quips from American Geode.