This past weekend the wife and I attended the Flagg Mineral Foundation's Gem and Mineral Show as vendors for the first time. We had a great time and met some great people. It was a good show with some amazing minerals for sale, but it was hampered by unpredictable weather. Sadly attendance fluctuated throughout the show due to the brief on and off rains, and sales were slow.
The other vendors at the show were fantastic, with very little left unrepresented. Our partners in crime Joey and Joe Philpott really outdid themselves both in the quality and the variety of their offerings. Prices at the show ranged from downright cheap to the $80,000 azurite I stared at for far to long.
It was interesting being on the opposite end of many conversations I've only ever experienced from the buyer perspective. That is not to say we didn't buy anything at the show, we did. I picked up a nice small azurite and a malachite pseudo after azurite from Milipillas mine. We acquired a nice Rosasite from Ojuela mine, a sweet Cavansite specimen, and a nice Fluorite. We also picked up a few pink halite plates from the Mesa Community College's geology booth.
Overall, we had a great time. We weren't very successful financially but we learned quite a bit, made some great contacts, and had a great time doing it. We really can't wait for the next show. In the meantime it's back to collecting, and we hope to see some of you "in the bush".