Tuesday, January 27, 2009

In Town Early? Check Out The Freeway Ave. Shows...

The string of shows along the Freeway are a good place to start - most open Jan. 30th - easy to do on foot - the Congress St. Parking Hub is just around the corner on Congress just a block west of Freeway Ave.

One nice thing about these shows is that everything is in one place - the food is good (ranges from Carl's Jr. to Bennigans) - there are areas to sit to give your feet a break - you can find gems, jewelry, rough, mineral specimens, african trade beads, clothing, rugs, etc.

This group of shows start at the DaysInn:

GlobeX - DaysInn Convention Center
date: 01/30/2009 - 02/15/2009
time: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
location: Days Inn Convention Center
address: 222 S. Freeway Ave.
This show features a really great variety of items and is open to the public...great spheres, a good Fire Opal dealer and American Pearl.

Rapa River Gem & Mineral Show
date: 01/30/2009 - 02/15/2009
time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
address: 292 S. Freeway Ave.
The vendor to check out here is one you won't miss Rock Your World - will do just that!

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show at RiverPark Inn
date: 01/31/2009 - 02/12/2009
time: Jan. 31-Feb. 11: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Feb. 12: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
address: 350 S. Freeway Ave.
I have to report a little bias here - this is my favorite of the "Freeway" shows - in the tent they have several Award Winning Gem Carvers - great OOAK Beads - some of the best Opal available - and along the outside they have funky foreign jewelry around the pool - along the hotel rooms there are rough gem dealers and I love to sit under a heat lamp by the pool early in the morning or later in the evening enjoying a coffee!
Somewhere around here I would get on a shuttle - there is a whole group of hotels along this stretch - tell the shuttle driver you want to go to the last show on Freeway that he goes to - along the way look at the shows going by and make a notation of the ones you want to check out.
Start walking back down - utilize the shuttle if some don't appeal to you. Along this strip is a Metaphysical Show - not sure where since it moved last year and I missed it.

Howard Johnson Gem & Mineral Show
What: Jewelry, silver, minerals, gemstones, lapidary, metaphysical objects/art, beads
When: Jan. 31-Feb. 14, 2009
Where: 1010 S. Freeway Ave.
...along your journey - don't miss The HoJo Show (Howard Johnson) has one of the most interactive online vendor maps available - easy to look for folks you want to visit...may I suggest one? Taj Imports - http://www.tajcompany.com/ this company has booths in all of the big Wholesale Shows (AGTA, GJX, Holidome) - this is your opportunity to get more time to talk with them in a more casual setting.

Explore - have fun and tune in to see where I am...
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