Thank you to all who posted info both on and off list.
yes, I am familiar with the Tucson show, I have been going to Tucson
for about 15 years now, and even own various internet domain names
connected with the show.
that said, when i look for unique rough, I almost always have more
fun digging through the back of someones ocean container/ore cart/
pickup truck / agate pile / yard than in an area that is well lit,
full of sales people. Of course this approach works better for larger
carving rough than it does for faceting material, but not always. I
have even purchased rough when it was a block of ore, still in the
ground, before it was mined.
So, this year, Quartzite, where I will be purchasing larger, unique