Day 2 started out started out a little warmer, so we headed over to Tucson Electric Park Gem & Mineral Show. What a day, filled with digging through boxes, tents, bins & barrels, a lots of fossils, minerals, beads, jewelry, and much more! The mix of vendors at this show is unlike any other; vendors from all over the US and the globe. Our highlights included finds at Morocco Minerals, Enter the Earth, Sunwest Silver, Village Originals, and a few others. This show is open to the public, but we were able to get some great deals and even bigger finds. There main tent features more in the way of finished jewelry, a large vendor with a hug selection of tools and equipment, and many vendors with beads.
Pros: There is a lot of selection and if you are willing to dig around in barrels, boxes and bins one can find some really unusual and unique items. There are vendors from all over, which give a nice selection; however getting wholesale discounts was not always an option.
Cons: Pricing at Tucson Electric Park was average compared to other shows; not much in the way of discounts unless one is willing to buy in volume. One of the main vendors for raw stock has their own tent, however their prices were higher this year than in past.
Overall: This is still an excellent show that I will continue to attend; different selection, unique items and I love the energy of going from tent to tent on a treasure hunt.
We have already been busy with some of the finds from our Tucson trip - visit our online shop to see our latest custom jewelry designs.