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Quartzsit Arizona


#1

I’ll be attending the Tuscon Gem Shows the first week of Febuary
and I’m thinking about a trip up to Quartzsite , has anyone been
to these shows ? Is it worth the trip? Thanks for any
Eileen


#2

Eileen - Quartzite is a tailgate party that extends, haphazardly
for miles in all directions. One year I came upon a group of
plains Indian Tee Pees with a group of grizzled trappers and
prospectors. Looking like they stepped out of the 19th century.
Drinking corn-liquor and selling arrow heads, hides and old
calvary antiques. Be prepared to find hundreds of retired
craftspersons selling clam shells with glued on eyes in
soon-t0-be-forgotten sculptural arrangements. Good luck.


#3

Hi - I thought the big Gemarama or whatever they call it at
Quartzite was the end of January. Maybe I’m wrong - I’ll have to
look. I was in Quartzite in November and beleive me - Quartzite
is worth a visit - anytime - especially during the big Gem Pow
Wow. Quartzite itself is another world!!

Jerry

Note: I was there in November 1993 and I remember there was no
ATM machine in the whole place - they probably have one by now.
Quartzite is pretty quiet most of the year except for that Gem
Pow Wow but it is still worth the visit.


#4

Happily, there is now a truck stop/gas station across the street
from the “main event” which has an atm. I’m sure it sees alot of
use at this time of year.

Lee


#5

I was in Quartzite yesterday, and I believe that it is indeed
worthwhile. This the second year that I have gone to the
Quartzite shows. There is definitely a “swap meet” atmosphere,
but there is also opportunity to purchase good cutting rough and
finished stones at very reasonable prices. The "Main Event,"
which is the show I attended Monday, was not as well attended by
dealers as it was during the previous year (didn’t keep me from
walking out cash poor and rock rich, though). I would recommend
either Cloud’s Jamboree or the Quartzite Pow Wow, depending on
which show is running when you get there. A schedule of the
Quartzite shows is published in the February 98 Rock and Gem
magazine.

Lee


#6

Eileen,

I like to go to Quartzite when I go to Tuscon. It is a very
different place. More of an informal flea market atmosphere,
with lots of rough dealers, and miners just in from camp. The
whole outskirts of town are filled, I repeat FILLED, with RV’s,
and there are many flea markets that occur simultaneous to the
rock shows. The others have the range of merch. from tacky
crafts to t-shirts, sunglasses, beef jerky, and general yard
salia. But the rock shows are well worth visiting, and a real
social experience as well. Many of the vendors vehicles are a
real trip…converted school buses with other vehicles welded
on the top, and added porches, and sculptures dangling from
bumpers etc. I wouldn’t miss it!

Karen
karen@carvedbyramsey.com