I'll be in Arizona from Jan 12 to 30 for eye surgery.... >.to check
out some of the Gem Show. I've been surfing around and it's quite
confusing to a newbie.
If I were you, I would stay in Tucson longer than January 30th.
Catalog-in-Motion is no more :( Is there anything else that offers
instruction, demos, workshops, etc.
Catalog-in-Motion is Jan 26-31, 2011 according to this site:
there are also demonstrations, lectures etc. at AGTA, JOGS, Electric
Park, amongst others
Is there a better website than http://emol.org/tucson/gemshow for
There are 41 shows on the Tucson Show Guide websites:
How long you stay in Tucson, I guess would depend upon how much you
are planning on spending and how well you want to do (price wise) in
your purchases. I am usually there for 10 - 14 days.
Bring csah, checks, credit cards, debit cards. If you are not very
careful " you will spend it all (cash) and max out all of your cards
and use all of your checks.
It would take about a whole day just to do a cursory pass through at
one of the many shows. I doubt that you could see my whole show (GJX)
in one day.
You should have or print out Business cards. Bring a bunch of them
On the links above - when a show is “wholesale” only - they will
tell you what credentials are necessary for registering for the
show. You can usually click on the show and pre-register - so your
badge will be waiting (at least theoretically) for you when you get
to the registration desk at the show. They will all demand a
business card and a picture ID for you to receive your Buyer’s
The three really hard to get in “wholesale” only shows are the:
GJX (my show) (Wholesale buyer credentials required: resale license,
business card, and photo ID.
The AGTA show (hardest of all) - try registering online for this one
GLDA show - at the Star Pass Resort.
The Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers at Gem Mall 2011 and Gem & Lapidary
Wholesalers at the Holiday Inn/Holidome 2011 say it is a "wholesale"
show - but I have never had any problems just walking in " of course
I always have an Exhibitors Badge on when I go.
You should probably also go to:
J.O.G.S. International Exhibits at the Tucson Expo Center
Tucson Electric Park Gem & Mineral Show
Tucson Electric Park RV Gem Show
And you will probably spend at least a whole day visiting the shows
on the service road on the other side of the Freeway from the GJX -
all in walking (long walks) distance from my show (GJX) and the AGTA
show. Some of them aRe:
Rapa River Gem & Mineral Show
Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show at Riverpark Inn
Howard Johnson Gem and Mineral Show
La Quinta Gem and Mineral Show
Plus several more:
Also see the Jewelry, Gem and Mineral Exposition 2011/Simpson Street
(on the same side of the freeway as the GJX show) - probably free
parking here and maybe a shuttle to some of the other shows)
If you are in Tucson from the 1st through the 6th come by the GJX
show and say hello to us in Booth # 205. If all works out right this
year we will have a whole booth filled with collector gems and
Robert P. Lowe Jr.
Tucson - Feb 1 - 6, 2011 - GJX booth # 205