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Daily Wire Tip Jan. 20: Visit the Gem Shows in Tucson!
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
January 20, 2011
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
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.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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