JULY GEM AND MINERAL SHOWS
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July 5-7—FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO:
Annual show; San Juan County Gem & Mineral Society; San Juan County Fair Grounds McGee Park, 41 Rd 5568; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; free admission; Vendors offering specimens and materials, rock polishing, demonstrations, and activities for children; contact Tory Bonner; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 6-7—PINETOP, ARIZONA:
Show and sale; White Mountain Gem and Mineral Club; Hon-Dah Casino and Resort, 777 Highway 260; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $2.00, and free admission for children under 16; Show and sale of gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, fluorescent tent, and activities for children; contact Gary Alves, PO Box 1707, St. Johns, AZ 85936, (928) 679-3644; Email: email@example.com
July 13-14—RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA:
Annual show; Western Dakota Gem & Mineral Society; Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 2111 N Lacrosse St; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-4; $4, free admission for children 12 and under; features vendors, speakers, demonstrations, exhibits, silent auction, and activities for children; contact Lori Green, PO Box 3620, Rapid City, SD 57709, (719) 207-1038;
July 21-28—ARDEN, NORTH CAROLINA:
16th Annual Western North Carolina Rockhound Roundup; Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association; Camp Stephens, 263 Clayton Road; daily 8:30-5; $40 for adults, free admission for children 12 and under; Participate in digs to local mines, visit the numerous gem and mineral shows in Franklin, North Carolina daily, and demonstrations; contact Richard Jacquot, PO Box 542, Leicester, NC 28748, 828-779-4501; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website
July 24-28—FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA:
Annual show; Echo Valley Gem Show; Echo Valley Gem Show (across from GLW), 6456 Sylva Rd.; Wed. 9-6, Thu. 9-6, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6; free; Additional hours are 9am – 5pm on Sunday.; contact Damian; Email: email@example.com
July 27-4 August—SPRUCE PINE, NORTH CAROLINA:
Gem and Mineral Show and Sale; Parkway Fire and Rescue; ParkwAy Fire and Rescue Event Grounds; 136 Majestic View; Daily 9AM to 6PM; Admission FREE to all; This is the 35th year and there are over 60 dealers with gemstones, fossils, lapidary equipment, mineral specimens, and jewelry; contact is Donna Collis, 136 Majestic View, Spruce Pine, NC 28777; phone 828-765-5519; Email firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27-28—MATITUCK, NEW YORK:
Annual show; L.I. Mineral & Geology Society; Mattituck High School, 15125 Main Road (Rte. 25); Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, free admission for children under 12; More than 30 vendors displaying minerals, gemstones, bead jewelry, fossils, on-site jewelry repair, geode cracking, beads and supplies; contact Karen Lotito, PO Box 209, Aquebogue, NY 11931;
July 27-28—ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT:
Annual show; Burlington Gem and Mineral Club; Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; $4 adults (16-59), $3 seniors (60+), free admission for children under 16 with paying adult; Dealers, exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, and activities for children; contact Christine Smart; Email: email@example.com
From attending, hosting, volunteering, and selling at gem and mineral shows in New York, Texas, Arizona, and Indiana, we consider ourselves gem and mineral show aficionados. So whether you are attending a gem and mineral show for the first time that perhaps you found on our Events page, or you are a veteran of gem and minerals shows, this primer on shows will prove to be a valuable resource of tips to make your experience more efficient and more fun.
First, your best bet is to bring cash. You spare and save the dealer from having to pay 3-6% in credit card fees when you pay in cash. Sometimes that savings will earn you a free gift, or discount toward your second purchase. We sell geodes and gems ourselves, and can tell you from the experience of running a small business that cash is simply easier for the dealer or seller to manage and administer. So bringing cash is a “win win” for you, and for the dealers, whom you will likely see at another show!
Now the prices that dealers and small businesses such as ours charge are 99.9% of the time going to be lower and better than any retail store or shop. Consider here in New York City, where American Geode has one of our offices, and think about the difference, or “spread” between New York City prices, to those of a gem and mineral show in Long Island, or on the West side of Manhattan where the New York Gem and Mineral Show is held. We have attended shows in Arizona, Indiana, Long Island, and Texas, brought back gems, minerals and fossils for our private collections, and for clients and customers for whom we buy, and when you consider what you spent at the show,,,,”You ain’t gonna find that in New York City!”
What are the benefits of buying your gems, minerals, and fossils at a show? The answer is provenance. What does that mean? That means the dealer or seller knows the origin, travels, and story behind the mounted gemstone or fossil you are about to purchase. They can tell you its origin, how they acquired it, how long they have held it, and other interesting facts. Now does that make the piece more valuable than one whose only fact you know is what country it came from? For the serious collector or museum curator, who attend shows, the provenance is everything.
Prepare before the show. Always bring a cloth bag, one of the reusable and recyclable grocery bags you can pick up at a market. They fold up nicely; you can even fold up 2-3 of them and carry them in your back pockets. Remember that you may be walking out, or walking the rest of the day with 5 to 25 pounds of gems, minerals, and fossils. You need something in which to carry them, and that something needs to have handles. Other suggestions would be a back-pack, or the kind of messenger or Pony Express bag you can sling diagonally across your torso. Do not rely on the bags that a dealer or seller has. While they would, and do, and should offer you a bag, they will not be able to give each customer a cloth bag with handles and may not have big bags, and you may want to consolidate your gem, mineral, and fossil finds to a single bag.
Now while you are at the show, go around the booths one more time before you step out. You know that feeling of angst and frustration thinking what you should have bought, or could have bought someone for a birthday, Christmas, or other holiday? Since each gem, mineral, or fossil is the ultimate one-of-a-kind, get it now, and be at peace.
If you have other suggestions for organizing your time and your pocketbook at a gem, mineral, and fossil show, please click the “Contact Us” button to the left of the screen and tell us. Be sure to continue checking our Events page for the most up to date gem, mineral, and fossil show announcements along with breaking news in geology, paleontology, and natural history. #GetOutandRockhound