My Fort Myers Gem Show Adventure

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Sometimes the build up is better than the actual event.

What’s that saying?…
It’s all about the journey…not the destination.
Def. the case for my recent trip to this local gem show.

Even though this gem show was a bit of a dud for me, I still found an amazing specimen…so not a total wash!

Check out my vlog of this gem show below. In it I cover:

  • Fake ruby! & story of someone getting dupes out of $5K
  • A very knowledgeable & reputable rock hound
  • Fire Quartz
  • My new fabulously large Smokey Elestial Enhydro!

It’s always fun to check out a gem show in your area…no matter what, really!

You can click these links to see if there are any coming around soon near you:

  • Rock n’ Gem
  • The Vug List

And of course, part of any sparkly adventure is the fun of prepping for it! So, here’s a link to my post where I outline everything you need to know to gear up: Gem Show Shopping Tips.

There are also links over there to many of my yearly visits to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show and the glittery magic that transpires with that, so be sure to check those out too. ?

For more glittery shopping tips on Gem Show bargain hunting & what to watch out for click over here.

Have you traveled to a gem show?  Or have you hit the road to check 1 out locally?  What did you find? Loved it? Disappointed? I’d love to hear about your crystal treasures & shopping experiences in the comments below!

Crystal Blessings!

 

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 (it’s rare, and when it happens I’ll let our email subscribers and Facebook fans know).
  • 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!

     

    Tucson Crystal Memoirs of 2012

    Hibiscus Moon blogging, Crystal Healing, Crystals, Everyday/Personal Stuffs, Fun 4 Comments

    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!!

    [caption id="attachment_2838" align="aligncenter" width="300"] …this year we took a road trip over to Sedona[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2848" align="aligncenter" width="640"] I brought my quartz pendant & we used it to cleanse our chakras while we meditated at the vortexes!!![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2850" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Hiking up to Bell Rock to find some Sedona red rocks to take home.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2851" align="aligncenter" width="300"] With Kim Carlsberg on our way to meditate at the vortexes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2857" align="aligncenter" width="253"] 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!*[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2852" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Readying for our Pink Jeep tour.[/caption]

    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!