Tucson Gem Show Shopping Tips for Crystal Hotties

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Tucson Gem Show Folder

So what’s reeeeally going down in Tucson? I’m here to share super-sparkly shopping tips just for Crystal Hotties specific to shopping in Tucson.

I’ve been visiting the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show for many years now & documenting what I’ve been up to while out there on my blog. Here are a couple of my posts from more recent trips:

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014

First, read my general crystal shopping tips here.

One thing you’ll notice right away in Tucson, being the largest Gem & Mineral Show on Mama Earth you’ll find the place crawling with geo-geeks, miners & fossil freaks. ‘Tis exciting stuffs! And, now in more recent years I’ve noticed it getting more & more popular with the metaphysical community too. It’s becoming Crystal Hottie Central. If you’re willing to really keep your ears & eyes open this is a great opportunity to learn so much about the crystals & stones. It’s like an accelerated course on the subject. That’s 1 reason why I love going so much. There’s always more to learn.
WATCH THIS FIRST for a General Overview of what the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show is Like:

The “Tucson Gem & Mineral Show” isn’t one show or convention but really more of an “event” or “happening” that kicks off in December, but really gets going in late January to early February & fizzles out towards the end of February. 

The official show is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™, held at Tucson Convention Center Exhibition Hall and Arena. It’s always held on the 2nd full weekend of February. This show sets the gold & silver standard for the year & showcases the most supreme specimens from around the planet. They also host academic talks…if you’re into that sort of geekery (like moi). I try to make it to this show each year, but it’s not a must. You won’t get your best prices here as its a retail show but its great for learning more about the minerals! Also a great spot if you’re looking for very high quality hard to find specimens.

Here’s some footage from the official show in 2013:

To find out more about the other shows in the area check out the Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau website or grab the latest issue of Rock & Gem magazine on your newstand. They always have lots of ads for the largest shows & where they’ll be located that year (as I mentioned in the above general overview video…they tend to move about).

When you get to town go grab a show magazine; I like the Tucson Show Guide (you can pick 1 of these suckers up for free in almost any hotel in town) & that will give a good list of the main shows & where they’re located.
TRAVEL STUFFS
It’s not easy to find a hotel/motel room during Gem Show time unless you plan ahead. I book my travel about 6 months in advance. Or you can book your room outside of Tucson-proper & then drive in to visit the shows. 

Pack your stuffs in a rolling luggage that can pull double-duty for you while you shop the shows & stuff it with your crystal & stone purchases! Those crystals get heavy & you do not want to use a back pack for this….your back, neck & shoulders will thank me later.

all packed up in Florida & ready to fly out to Tucson with my fav. rolling luggage!

Oh! Make sure you call & confirm all travel arrangements beforehand. I’ve had problems before showing up to a hotel that had no record of my reservation & then the hotel was completely booked and there was no room at the inn! Good thing though I had my email confirmation printed out on PAPER & insisted on seeing the hotel manager. They magically found me a room. Booo-yah! So, my big-tip here is always get an email confirmation then print it out & bring it with you. TRUST!

Are you flying in? Depending on where you’re coming from its usually easier & cheaper to fly in to Phoenix, rent a car & drive the 2 hours into Tucson. The drive is lovely & usually sans traffic.

If you don’t rent a car, you can take advantage of the GemRide!! It’s a free shuttle that drops peeps off at the major gem shows. Very convenient. There are different routes so it is important to find out which route you’d prefer.

And…when traveling anywhere I make sure to follow my regular crystalline travel tips.
TIPS FOR SHIPPING CRYSTALS HOME:

If you don’t want to use USPS, you can bring your UPS or FedEx account numbers with you and ask where the shipping locations are as soon as you get into town. Some shows have a shipping booth right there for convenience.

Here’s a Google Map of the local post offices.

We gather up old newspapers while in Tucson to use as shipping filler for the boxes we’ll be sending home.

packing crystals up for shipping home in the local USPS post office parking lot using the rental car as Packing Central!
Watch All My Tucson Gem Show Video Footage from over the Years in this Playlist:

 Insider Secret Gems I’ve Learned the Hard Way:

  • I pack my shipping tape dispenser to use for packing boxes with later after I’m ready to ship the crystals home
  • Bring a notebook & pen for taking notes while shopping
  • I have a Tucson Folder that I add important notes, ads & buyer info to throughout the year & then each year I’ve added favorite buyer info (in hopes that they’ll be in the same spot again next year or that I can contact them outside of the show) or good spots to eat, etc.
  • Call your credit card company BEFORE  you get to the show and let them know where you’ll be & how much you plan on spending so they don’t “freeze“ your account due to “unusual activity”.
  • Bring cash! $$$ Some venders take credit cards, but you’ll get the best deals with cash. Try to avoid having to go to an ATM, b/c the fees can be $6/withdrawal. Ouch. I don’t travel with cash but once I get into town I stop at a bank & withdraw what I think I’ll need to get me through the show or at least that day.
  • Create a shopping list ahead of time  so you don’t forget anything…as we can get quite distracted & forget why we’re even there!!
  • Unpack all your clothes from the rolling luggage you used to travel with & get it ready & empty for shopping. It’s best if you can use one that zips open on the top so that you can quickly unzip & pop your glittery purchases in it w/o having to lay it down in the middle of the gem show & opening it up sideways.
  • Bring a ton of biz cards (for both crystal biz networking & some venders actually ask for them). I had some cards printed up with my resale number right on them just for the show; just to make things quick & easy. If you don’t have biz cards, that’s OK. It’s not mandatory.

    My mini biz cards. I got these printed up @ moo.com

  • Bring extra copies of your reseller license. Most shows won’t ask to see this to get in but some vendors will ask to see it & may even want to keep a copy so have extra copies on hand.
  • Wear comfy worn in shoes or sneakers. You’re going to be walking a lot! And a lot of times you’re walking in desert sand/dust or gravel. This is not the time to show off you’re new adorable unbroken-in cowboy boot purchase (note to self!!!)

  • Wear & bring sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen, & layers (scarf or sweater) b/c you’ll go from hot to cold in a jiffy.
  • Be friendly & talk to  other buyers or don’t be shy to ask “Where did you get that?” You never know who you’ll meet & you’ll get some great buying tips. :)
  • Walk around the entire show & look at everything before you start buying. Even make some notes (in your trusty notebook) of the item, price & where it was located so you can go back & find it again. Why do you want to do this? You’re gonna notice really fast that several vendors may be selling the same stuff for wildly varying prices, quality or both! Your goal of course is to locate the best quality for the best price & not get duped with any fakes. BUT BEWARE…while you take the time to do this, that same sparkly super-large pink Lemurian wand with your name written all over it may not be there when you get back (yeah…something I’d rather forget ever happened!) so use your intuition here, Crystal Hottie. 
  • Hey, it’s OK to negotiate prices here…usually. It’s expected. So don’t be shy to talk to the vendors. You’ll get much further when dealing with cash & purchasing in bulk or buying several items from the same seller.
  • Consider bringing a jeweler’s loupe with you to check the clarity of stones, look for chips, inclusions or enhydro bubbles!
  • Bring extra baggies so you can keep your purchases organized (some venders don’t use bags at all). Also bring a sharpie so you can mark the bag with whats contained inside. Then as you make your purchases, tuck each receipt into the corresponding bag. Hear me now, thank me laters on this one.  If you really want to get organized; I love having a little ritual of spreading out my purchases for the day on the bed & making a list of  what I bought from each vendor & its price. Then I keep that in my trusty Tucson Folder.
  • Stock a fanny pack or light back pack (nothing heavy here) with things you’ll need while out & about like tissues, hand wipes (or hand sanitizer b/c rocks can be dirty), aspirin, snacks, a water bottle (don’t forget…you’re in the desert, Baby).

    I’m never w/o my fanny pack while shopping. *Hanging out with the Busse’s of Prospectors Reality Show.*

  • Be very aware the whole time! There are a lot of people around you. Its’ like being in a crazy airport while all the glittery objects around you distract you constantly!! Keep checking your stuffs & make sure you haven’t lost anything (your last purchase), left anything behind (your credit card) or had anything stolen. It can happen.

BEWARE THE FAKES
Lastly, all shows have both great venders & those that may sell fakes (not a ton but they’re there). The best tool you have is just knowin’ your stuff. My Hibiscus Moon Advanced Crystal Masters go through special geologic training that teaches  them how to test & identify so they’re well-informed about this sort of thing.

I’ve heard from them again & again how gaining that knowledge has proven to be quite empowering!

Then once you’ve been properly educated, the rest of your gem-buying-confidence just comes with experience; getting out there & doing it. You may get burned a few times, but oh…the lessons you learn from that! Invaluable. If you stick to the big/main shows & avoid the little off shoot ones (although there are great deals to be had there), you’ll usually be better safe-guarded against any possible fakes.  

And hey…be sure to read my FREE Crystal Fakes 40 page Reference eBook before going so you’re extra prepared.

This is the EXACT eBook you need in order to navigate away from any possible fakes that may cross your path. I don’t want you getting scammed or duped into buying FAKES! With this reference guide, you’ll be well-informed.

>>Click here now to download your free copy!

I hope this post has been helpful & if you have more tips to share or ideas for more info to add, please pop it into the comments below!

Crystal Blessings!

More Glitter + Sparkles from Tucson!

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OK, this week I have MORE Tucson footage, some footage to bust a move to (yep, good excuse to get up & shake your thang!) & some more glittery (LITERALLY!) specimens for sale or just for oggling at, your preference Sweet Pea!

I promise…this is it. I got it out of my system (for now!!)

Here I’m hand-selecting the Amy Brothers I introduce you to in this week’s featured video…searching for , good quality, vibrant color, good size, symmetry, Trigonic Record Keepers & Rainbows. ;)

I swear, I can’t get enough of this place & what goes on there every year!! I’m already making plans for Tucson 2015~!!
More Glitter + Sparkles from Tucson!

Interested in purchasing? Head over here.

And this next video is PURE fun, crystals (none for sale here), sparkle-dance-tune & even a crystal singing bowl serenade just for you, Glitter-Face!
Tucson Gem Show Par-TAY! ~ 2014

I’m so happy the Universe is conspiring to make so many bombastic lovely things happen here at HMCA! I KNOW that it is all due to crystal gridding, intention-setting, a good attitude & perseverance.

Are you on board with doing the same in your life? If so, please share 1 of your sparkly stories in the comments below. The universe & our Crystal Hottie Community can’t wait to celebrate with you! 😀
HUGE HUGS & BIG Spirit Blessings!
HUGE HUGS & BIG Spirit Blessings!

Sparkly Highlights from the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2014

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Hola Sweet Pea!

I’m back from the 2014 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show & I believe I’ll be rollin’ out Tucson video footage of one kind or another for a couple of weeks here.

In addition to basking in the energy of so many lovely crystals & choosing some very special pieces to come home with me, this year I got to meet several inspiring “Crystal People!”

I met up for a scenic tea & coffee overlooking Beautiful Tucson with 1 of my fav. Crystal Authors, Philip Permutt & his wife Lynn & Crystal Priestess (OK, I LOVE that…don’t you?) LoriAAndrus. Such a lovely get together & what an honor. You ‘ll see our photos togehter along with so many lovely crystals as I did spend some time sorting & organizing all them into an online album here for you to see…if you’re interested:
Photo album
I’ve been attending this annual event for years now specifically to search for the most exquisite crystals in the world for all my GORGEOUS SPARKLY Crystal Hotties & I tell ya…it somehow gets better every year! Due to several mining reality shows now on TV, there was quite an interest from an entirely new crowd to our mineral world. So I even got to meet up with some cast members of the show Prospectors on the Weather Channel! And what a metaphysical SURPRISE that was!! Check out the video to see why. I think you’ll like it a lot. :)

You can purchase the jewelry & specimens featured in this video from the Busse’s here.
Meeting up with the Prospectors at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show ~ 2014!

Here’s last year’s caper.

So this year I decided to GO BIG or go home! I chose to go for the gusto…the really premium high-quality show-stopping pieces. You’ll see what I mean in my video below. I mean, I’m no longer selling crystals too much in my online shop (it simply gets too busy…gneiss problem to have, right?) So if I’m going to go out to Tucson…and that’s my reason for living…almost…then I’ve got to make it count or my accountant will slap me silly.

Make it count? I got NO PROBLEM with that. None whatsoever!

So here’s 1/3 of the Tucson Crystal Inventory that I currently have ready for viewing & for sale. I’ll be posting the others over the next few weeks or so.
Tucson 2014 Private Reserve & Premium Quality Crystals; Crystal Treasures

Click here to find out how to purchase.

And here’s my favorite photo of all! YEAH BABY!! What up?

No, I did not make it home with this one. 😉

There’s still tons more  glittery Tucson content to come! Please stay tuned to my email newsletter for all the updates that I’ll only be sharing there. :)

Have a Sparkly Day, Sweet One!

 

5 Tips for Crystal Shopping & Bargain Hunting

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OK, I’ll tell you right now. I don’t like shopping.

I never have. Nope, never got my sox off at strolling through the mall & ogling at purses, shoes & clothes. In fact, I avoid malls like the plague.

BUT…take me crystal shopping…that’s a whole ‘nother ball game. I’m all in!

Perhaps its b/c its not quite as easy as just driving over to the mall & this makes it more like a hunt. You have to wait for a gem show to come to town, shop at your local metaphysical store, which for some may be well out of the way or do your shopping hunting online with a vendor that you really trust.

So, perhaps its the fact that its more of a quest, a challenging chase, or a MISSION even that hooks me in…

But I’m HOOKED; line & sinker.

As you know, I get most of my wholesale inventory (which I don’t really keep too much of these days) & shop for special order clients once a year at the big annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. And the entire trip is a joyous shopping adventure for me! I’ve come to love it more & more each year.

I’ve noticed that crystal shoppers, myself included, tend to behave just like any other shopper…falling victim to all the usual psychological shopping baits, sales, clearance mark-downs, etc. As all shoppers do, sometimes you make some really stooopid buying decisions or buy way too much of something that you have no use or need for when items are stamped  with “50 % off”!

Oh how easy it is to overspend or buy the wrong thing. Except with crystals you really never know if you’ll ever see those specimens again. Really. Even miners don’t know if they’ll ever hit another pocket or vug of a particular crystal. Sometimes they do know that the supply is dwindling, Mama Earth only made so much & they’ll tell you the area is almost entirely mined out so “grab it while it’s hot!”

In addition, each & every crystal is an entirely unique specimen. You will NEVER find another one just like it. So there’s that added twist of psychological shopper’s arm-twisting & traps, except no one is really setting them up as traps. Its the geological reality, Lima Bean…most of the time.

How can you NOT fall prey to that?

  • How often have I scooped up a lot of 50 rough azurite/malachite that no one else really wants & I end up hoarding for 5 years?
  • How many times have I snatched up entire lots of mica thinking I’ll use them for something but never really do & they end up just gathering dust?
  • Or how many times have I grabbed up way too many Navajo unakite pendants just because they were two-for-one & been stuck with them for years?

Well, I’ve only ever done each of these things once…but once is enough.

Oh yeah, this was all well-justified at the time. *wink, wink* After all, just think of all the $$ I was SAVING!

So over the years I’ve learned a few crystal shopping lessons & thought I’d share these golden nuggets with you, my Crystal Hottie.
Here are some ways you can make your crystal shopping/stone bargain-hunting useful yet cost-conscious:

  • Inventory your crystal stash. You really need to know what you have. If you’re like me , you’ll even forget what you own & purchase duplicates *ahem…or triplets* of things you already own but forgot about.
  • Make note of stones you use often, your “work-horses”. Do you need more of a certain kind, for instance you may need more small clear crystal quartz points or some more citrine tumblies for grid-work. Take time to think on this over a few months or even longer & really put some thought into what you’ll be needing & using.
  • Next, keep an on going list of your NEEDS . You can even break your list into categories: tumblies, jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, rings), large points, wands, chakra stones, crystal healing sets, etc.
  • Only purchase from reputable sellers…do you know someone else who has good experiences from this seller? Do they come with good recommendations? Gem shows can be tough unless your really know your rocks b/c if you end up with questions or aren’t happy with what you purchased, that seller may be gone next weekend. Ebay can be good if you stick to sellers with really high ratings. People always ask me if I still sell crystals. I don’t do so as much any longer but do some occasional Special Order pieces here.
  • Now that you’re all inventoried & organized & can clearly see your crystal need gaps, if any; you can PLAN. Now you can decide what you’ll purchase at a bargain price & what you’d like to save up for & spend for a good quality piece or 2 without overdoing it, busting your budget or really getting something you truly don’t need.
  • If your goal is simply to collect rather than use & work with your crystals then your strategies will be a little different. Just be careful to not let it fall into the crystal-hoarding category. That’ll be a different blog post for another day. 😉

    So do you have any organizing or shopping tips for us? Please post them in the comments below. I kindly ask that we please refrain from promoting various crystal shops & links here at this time as there are way too many out there & that can get a little hairy as I’m sure you can understand.

    Sparkly Blessings!

     

     

    BTW…like this sort of stuff? Then grab your FREE handy downloadable Crystal Fakes 40 page Reference eBook!

    This is the EXACT eBook you need in order to navigate the gem shows, crystal shops & eBay, get the REAL thing & get what you pay for. Don’t get scammed or duped into buying FAKES!

    Click here now to download your free copy!

    Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2013

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    If you’ve been following me for a bit you know that late January/ early February is TUCSON TIME!!

    This is when my Sweet Hub & I make an annual trek to Tucson, Arizona to shop for the most exquisite crystals in the world for all my GORGEOUS SPARKLY Crystal Hotties.

    This was our recap from last year.

    Now on to Tucson 2013!!

    Me & Frankie: Muppet-Wanna-Be’s!

    You know, this sacred crystal biz that I’ve created for myself…its the BEST GIG in the WORLD!!

    I get to go into the gorgeous + magical Tucson desert, visit amazing side trips while there & SHOP FOR CRYSTALS the whole time too. ♥ magical

    Yeah!! I KNOW!

    All I can tell you is dream it up, Chick Pea & then start working towards that dream, every single dang day. It will happen.

    OK, so back to Tucson. In case you hadn’t seen my pics on Facebook or vids on my YouTube Crystal Channel, here’s a little travel log montage thing-a-ma-jig.

    *I had planned on explaining all the pics w/ caption, etc. but my blog editor is giving me fits & starts today & I’ve got to get going on those other vids, photos, writing classes, etc. (plus my eyelids feel like they’re about to close up shop. So I’ll just let the photos tell the stories, OK?…or you can fill in whatever little storyline makes sense to you. I’m down with that. ;)*

    Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2013 – Day 1

    Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2013 – Day 2

    Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2013 – Day 3

    Crystal Treasures Tucson 2013

    (There’s only a few of these beauties from the above video left for sale. You can check out this page for the most up to date info on that).

    More Tucson Crystal Treasures video to come! Just stay tuned to my Channel as I will post them there, Sweet Pea.

    Still a lot of work to do but I am verrry happy to do it. Immensely happy.♥

    Many Crystal Blessings!! Mwaaaaah!

    Tucson Crystal Memoirs of 2012

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    Tucson Crystal Memoirs of 2012

    In February, my Sweet Hub & I make an annual trek to Tucson, Arizona to shop for the most exquisite crystals in the world for all my GORGEOUS SPARKLY Crystal Hotties. I have to tell you, this is a pretty Sweet Gig!! Mucho fun!!

    …this year we took a road trip over to Sedona I brought my quartz pendant & we used it to cleanse our chakras while we meditated at the vortexes!!! Hiking up to Bell Rock to find some Sedona red rocks to take home. With Kim Carlsberg on our way to meditate at the vortexes. After our UFO Sky Tour in Sedona with Kim (complete with night vision goggles) we had to hit this diner!! *yes, we did see UFO’s!* Readying for our Pink Jeep tour.

    I am so grateful to the Universe for being able to live out these AMAZING experiences while here in Mother Earth School!

    Have you been to Arizona for the Tucson Gem Show or nay other reason? How did you like it? Any favorite spots, tips, etc.? Please share with the group. We’d love to know!

    Sparkly Blessings!

    Tucson Giveaway & Celebration!

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    Tucson Giveaway & Celebration!

    The Winners are as follows:

    Tucson package: wintergreenicebreaker  (US residency required)

    Basics of Crystal Healing 3 class winners!!:

    1. amydianneholmes

    2. rmaurice

    3. Maxinebowers2
    I’ve been back from Tucson almost a month & have been waiting to do the Tucson Giveaway but the Universe has BIG PLANS for me Party Peeps & I’m just trying to keep up over here. I’m very happy with all of it & yes, I can confirm from my perspective….things are indeed SPEEDING UP!!

    I’m also celebrating HUGE right now because of YOU & what all this crystal energy has conspired to bring my way. The Certified Crystal Healer Program is well under way.
    NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: Currently accepting enrollments for the April 1 Course Start Date!!  Enrollment will close on that date & not be available again until our July 1 enrollment.  And you certainly don’t need to wait for the course to begin on April 1.  You can jump in now with 2 feet & get all the goodies for the Course immediately! Instant Access Baby!
    So anywayz… so much has happened since I embarked on this crystal journey!!!…so many GORGEOUS, sparkly, miraculous things…..with so many GORGEOUS, sparkly, miraculous souls. I end up being damn thankful every day & wanting to celebrate all the time…you know of my LOVE for give-aways!!!! I do it b/c I LOVE what I do. I’m inspired all the time, I learn so much from all of you, I am deeply honored to teach so many lovely people in my Crystal Academy from all over Mother Earth & I LOVE communicating in crystal community with all of you! THANK  YOU!!!!
    SO TO CELEBRATE….ITS ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!
    Here’s the Tucson Prize Pack for 1 lucky winner (US Residents Only for this one):

    And 3 (yup 3!!) lucky winners will win a FREE Basics of Crystal Healing Online Class (immediate download)!! (you can be located any where on this lovely planet!) This is to win that 1 class only,not the entire Certification Course.

    I’ve been very touched by all the excitement & emails from those of you wanting to take this very class, but not able to for various reasons, wanting to learn about all the wonders of crystal healing & how you can use it in your life…so here’s a way for you to get in on it!!
    HOW DO YOU ENTER?
    1. Be a subscriber on my email list. If you’re already subbed, then you’re already entered. If you’re not, then get on board! All subscribers get a FREE eKit on Creating Sacred Space using Crystals that has become super popular!! You can subscribe right here, Crystal Hottie:
    Subscribe to my SPARKLY mailing list

    2. If you’re already a subscriber, you can increase your chances of winning by telling me why you would want to take this class or the whole course…along with your commitment to do the assignments, to do the work if you win! Then get ready for 4 TOTAL WINNERS: 1 wins the Tucson Prize Pack & 3 win this AMAZING class that receives so many testimonials from happy Crystal Hotties!

    Go ahead & leave your comment below….your chances of winning are pretty good here!! Yeeeeha!

    To enter: Be sure, first, that you’re a subscriber to my mailing list & then UP your chances by commenting below telling me why you would like to take the Basics of Crystal Healing Class.

    I’ll post all 4 winners here on this post on Tuesday @ 6PM EST!

    TONS OF LOVE, FUN, GLITTER & SPARKLES TO YOU ALL!♥

    ((HUGS))