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!

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.


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Rock, Gem and Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show – March 2019

Catawba Gem and Mineral

Rock, Gem and Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show – March 22-24, 2019 – Save the Date!

Catawba Gem and Mineral
Catawba Gem and Mineral

March 22-24, 2019—HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA: 49th Annual Rock, Gem and Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show; Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Club, Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave Dr SE, Hickory NC 28602; Fri. 9-6; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; Admission is $5.00, which good for all three days; Children under 12 free; Also free – Boy & Girl Scouts in uniform, law enforcement officers & military with ID, and approved school & youth groups; Hourly door prizes and a grand prize drawn at the end of the show, 29 vendors with gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry; Theme “Gems, Minerals and Fossils from the Mountains to the Coast.” ; Focal display and presentations including; hands-on displays; mini-mine; faceting, cabochon cutting, specimen identification by geologists; Contact: Dean Russell, show chm, (828) 303-1448 or cvgmcsecretary@aol.com. Complete show info on web page: www.cvgmc.com
The Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Club’s Purpose
Increase knowledge of the earth sciences
Hold exhibitions, field trips, contests and lectures
Promote fellowship and exchange of ideas
Aid development of lapidary & related arts/skills
For less than a couple bucks a month, you and your entire family can take advantage of the many benefits the club has to offer, including exclusive access to certain rockhounding locations, fellowship at monthly meetings and participation at other club events, such as the annual rock and gem show. To qualify to join, all you have to do is attend two monthly meetings, complete an application form and pay the modest dues! Check out the meeting site information on the home page for when and where meetings are held.
We believe participation by quality members and not just numbers is what makes a club successful. This is the reason why the CVGMC requires attendance at two monthly meetings in order for newcomers to join. So, if you are good person who opts for quality over quantity, the CVGMC is for you.

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USA


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.

Finger Lakes Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show

Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show

Finger Lakes
Finger Lakes


2018-11-17 – 2018-11-18

Hours: 10am-6pm
Hours: 10am-4pm
Parking: Yes
Admission: $3

USW Local 1000
100 Nasser Civic Center Plaza
Corning, NY
14830

Crystal Fest, Sponsored by The Finger Lakes Gem, Mineral & Fossil Club.
November 17 & 18, 2018
Sat., Nov 17 10am – 6pm
Sun., Nov 18 10am – 4pm
CRYSTALS-MINERALS-FOSSILS-JEWELRY-GEMS-BEADS-WIRE WRAPPING-METAPHYSICAL STONES
Adults $3 Children 12 & under & scouts in uniform FREE with adult
USW Local 1000, 100 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Corning, NY.
Across the street from the Radisson.
Come find that Perfect & Unique Christmas Gift!

The Finger Lakes Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Club was established in 1999 and is the only club in Canandaigua and Ontario County, NY. The club promotes interest in field collecting, preservation and study of minerals and fossils and to promote interest in the lapidary arts.


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.

Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show, Nov 3-4, 2018

Gem and Mineral Show

Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
Hosted by New Jersey Mineralogical Society & New Jersey Lapidary Society
Nov 3rd & 4th, 2018 12- 5 both days

Gem and Mineral Show
Gem and Mineral Show

Rock, Gem & Jewelry Show

Free event.

Nov 3 and 4
Noon – 5:00pm

Trailside Nature and Science Center

At this Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show, more than 20 vendors will be selling minerals, rocks, gems and jewelry from around the world! Demonstrations of gemstone cutting & polishing. Educational rock & mineral displays. Children’s Activities include : fossil rubbings, puzzles, touch table

The North Jersey Mineralogical Society is a Charter member (One of the original founding clubs) of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies and is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

The NOJMS is a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit educational organization. We provide educational programs to our members and the general public through our club meetings, and occasional visits to schools and other organizations and groups.

Our society started in 1945 and has been going strong ever since. In 2015, we celebrated our 70th Anniversary. A brief history of our club is shown on the lower half of this page.

Our goal is to bring together people who have a common interest in the study of earth sciences and mineral collecting in the Northern New Jersey area. Our mission is to educate our membership and others on how to preserve and document the geology and mineralogy of Northern New Jersey as well as to collect and preserve representative specimens from the area. Our club maintains an extensive LIBRARY (click for the entire list) as well as a small mineral display at the museum.

The NoJMS meets once monthly at The Paterson Museum, located at #2 Market Street, Paterson, NJ, in the Great Falls Historic District. Our meetings are open to the public and include a social hour/mineral sale, business meeting, mineral drawings and an informative and educational lecture. (see meetings page for details)

We strongly encourage our younger members to attend as the meetings are a great place to begin or add to your mineral collection and knowledge!

MEMBERSHIP has its perks!!!

NOJMS has many activities for our members throughout the year such as field trips, outings to museums and shows, club t-shirts, an annual picnic and collecting day at Sterling Hill Mine and a holiday party for members. We also publish “The Treasure Chest”, our monthly newsletter, which may be found on the “Newsletter” page. Lastly, we hold 3 shows per year to benefit the club. In the spring and fall, we host our annual all-outdoor Rock Swap-n-Sell at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, and in early spring, we sponsor our annual Indoor Rock, Gem and Mineral Show that features a wide variety of dealers, door prizes, and fee giveaways for the kids. Club members are very involved in running these shows. Revenue from these shows continues to allow our club to provide activities, picnics, and parties for our members to enjoy at no cost to them.

If you like what you see so far and would like to become a member of NOJMS, you can join us today! Membership dues are only $15 per year for a single adult, $20 for a Couple, and $30 for a family membership (2 adults and up to 3 children). Membership dues help pay for club activities, operating expenses, membership in the AFMLS and Eastern Federation, and insurance coverage for club outings. Paid members receive a membership card and club patch.


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.