Daily Wire Tip Jan. 20: Visit the Gem Shows in Tucson!

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
January 20, 2011

Question:

I will be at the Gem Show in Tucson in February. Would you please let me know at which venue you will be located, and which locations have the best stones and other materials for wire jewelry? Thanks!

-Marcia in Monticello, Utah

Answer:

Far out, Marcia! Visiting the February gem shows in Tucson is an experience that I think everyone in the jewelry business should treat themselves to, if only once in their lifetime–warning–it is addictive! Wire-Sculpture and I will be at the JOGS Show, located at the Tucson Expo Center on 3750 E Irvington Rd, Tucson, AZ 85714 from January 28th through February 8, 2011.

As far as telling you where to shop, that is about impossible because the opportunity to purchase everything from fossils, cabochons, beads and gemstones is literally everywhere!! However, my main advice is to stay safe and purchase from legal vendors at a show and not in an alley or at any other questionable location. Almost all of the shows will have magazine stands with free copies of The Tucson Show Guide that you can take back to your room to help you make your shopping lists.

May I also suggest that you read over the article I wrote about preparing for and attending the shows? It could save you lots of time, February Gemshows in Tucson. My article also includes a link to more than 67 show venues that will be happening this February! There is one thing I forgot to mention in the article; bring about 25 copies of your business/resale license as some vendors will ask for one to give you the best prices, and all of the "wholesale only" shows will require one to be able to enter the show to shop. If you do not have a resale license, don’t panic, as there are LOTS of shows that are both wholesale and retail where you can still shop the great prices and products offered.

You could also take a class with me or Albina too: 2011 JOGS Classes Schedule. The Wire-Sculpture team and I are looking forward to meeting you in person!

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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10 Comments

  1. avatar

    Spiritmoon

    January 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Tucson is amazing!!!! I used to go every year when I lived in Mesa, AZ. and it is VERY ADDICTIVE!!!! I am hoping to go next year now that I live in Colorado. Make sure you have plenty of money and get the things you came for first or you will spend all your money on everything else you see. It’s always a good idea to spend your first day just looking around and then you have a better idea of whats there and the best prices.

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    Barbara Wolf

    January 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Dale,
    I would give my eye Teeth to go to Tucson and take a Class with you. But Canada is just a little to far, and I am not to fit to travel.
    Have fun and enjoy the Show.
    Sincerely,Barbara

    • avatar

      dalecgr

      January 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks Barbara! Stay tuned as we will have some cool announcements, directly from the shows this year!

  3. avatar

    beverly bishop

    January 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Dale, I will be going to the show as I live here in tucson and go every year at least once. Unfortunately I don’t have a business license/wholesale license so I can’t get into any of those shows. I would like to take a class from you on wire wrapping, is that possible????

    • avatar

      dalecgr

      January 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Beverly, follow the link below to check our class schedule, sign-up and pay for one (you can use Pay Pal)
      and you can use your receipt to get into Jogs as a guest, to take classes : )
      (You can also shop then too!)
      http://www.artbeadcircle.com/default.aspx?id=14
      See you there!!

  4. avatar

    Charlotte

    January 24, 2011 at 2:12 am

    One comment about the February Gemshows in Tucson article – I10 construction is now finished. And carrying a bottle of water is a really good idea as it is easy to get dehydrated in the dry air of Tucson. Got to keep up our strength for all that shopping!

    • avatar

      dalecgr

      January 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Oh yes Charlotte – water bottles are a must!

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  6. avatar

    Nancy Schrader

    January 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I would like to attend classes at gem show will you give me the dates and times

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