2009 Tucson Gem Shows Coming Up

Here is a good link to the Gem shows in Tucson for 2009, starting Jan 31

http://www.visittucson.org/visitor/events/gemshow/

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Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase – January 31 – February 15, 2009

For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem,

We may have someone coming in from out of state for the shows; meaning I might have more photo’s and video this year.

Update; January 24 2009.

The tents along the frontage rows along I-10 are getting loaded up with earthly wonders. Folks were working in them at 7:30pm on a Saturday. The room rates are not higher yet. The official shows start on Jan 3 I believe, but secret-private shows are probably starting right about now.  it is said some really big deals occur before any of we public know the shows are even started. One example I heard of was 40 million in ruby(?) crystals from the military going (I guess) to high tech (scanners?) at the time.

And in case you might wonder; When the shows end, some might stay open days later with big discounts on the remaining items. I bought several salt and quarts lamps for 2, 4 and 6 dollars a couple years ago. Differing organizations have their own schedule’s during the upcoming 3 weeks, so you have to check the info more closely for specifics. And there are many opportunities otherwise for bargaining with many of the vendors.

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Today’s end of the year temps. in Tucson? Mid 70’s!

Of course the Gem show time is known to be cool and stormy, or almost steamy near the 80’s. Most often some 60’s and 70’s mostly clear days. Many people from around the world getting tans at their tents or outside their hotel rooms. Not so much inside the big tents and auditoriums for sun bathing. We get to walk in the sun outside of many hotels and parking lots with minerals and gems and beads and assorted arts and crafts parked out in the open.

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