I would do a positive article about the problems in Tucson and how
to avoid them. Early registration, bring the proper paper work,
early room reservations, automobile parking, which shows are open to
the public and which are not. How to avoid being a victim of item
theft, identity theft, and personal injury during a theft. Parking is
a huge problem: where to park, shuttles, what to do if you miss the
last shuttle and are stranded miles from your vehicle. Explain that
the physical layout of the Tucson Shows covers about 10 miles. How
about the Tucson weather in February either 90+ degrees or rain mixed
with snow. I have seen both.
In bold letters I would put on the first page or the front cover
that most of the Gem Shows are for the gem and jewelry trade only and
not open to the public or people in other business. You will not be
allowed entry with out credentials that identify you and your
business as being in the jewelry, gift shop, or manufacturing of
stones or metal.
I would also like to see more article about individual dealers that
products their products all themselves. You know what used to be
the backbone of “Custom”. I know it is not as romantic as the stone
dealer that braves the governments regulations, local thugs,
radiation treaters, thermal magicians, all to bring the goods to the
market and make the most money they possibly can make off the most
misery they can spread in the world. How about looking at the true
kinder and caring producers of Custom work in the world?
Gerry Galarneau, Yep, still cutting and buying rough. I am a dealer
at Tucson, but not a great fan of the marketing and magazine coverage
of the event.