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Best Tucson Show Venue?

Posted by Steve Hardinger  
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Steve Hardinger September 23, 2018 05:45PM
If you could only attend **one** Tucson show venue, which venue would it be, and why?
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Bob Harman September 23, 2018 05:55PM
For me it is the "main show", because that is what Tucson is all about. Everything else, no matter what they are all about, are the "satellite shows".
BTW it is the same for Denver. CHEERS.....BOB
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Jolyon & Katya Ralph September 23, 2018 06:30PM
If I could only attend one it wouldn't be worth me flying over
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Alfredo Petrov September 23, 2018 07:02PM
It all depends what you're looking for. If you love looking and drooling, then the Main Show (TGMS) is definitely the place to be; if you're a wholesale buyer, the Main Show is definitely not the place to be. For most non-millionaire mineral collectors/dealers (ie. most of the people active on Mindat) the TCC (aka Inn Suites) is the most important of the hotel shows, with a wide variety of stuff both affordable and unaffordable, but I'm sure lapidary people, gemmologists, mystical healers, and paleontologists will have other favorite venues.
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Tomasz Praszkier September 23, 2018 07:58PM
Agree with Jolyon, there are at least 4-5 location which are MUST to visit.
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Greg Simmons September 24, 2018 07:35PM
Tomasz..
so what are they? I'm a first-timer going in 2019 so every bit of advice helps. Fortunately I've connected with someone to locally to give me some guidance but with as big as it is, I'll take all the help/advice/insight/experience I can get!
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William W. Besse September 24, 2018 07:58PM
Here is a similar thread from last year that should help you:

https://www.mindat.org/forum.php?read,64,427664,429159#msg-429159

Bill
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Mark Andrews December 14, 2018 11:17PM
If I had to pick just one show it would be Hotel Tucson City Center. I'm a lot more likely to actually purchase things there than at the main show.

Also, I picked up several nice things at the Slaughterhouse last year. And besides, "Slaughterhouse" is exactly what my bank account will look like after Tucson!
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Charles D Young December 18, 2018 05:19PM
I visited many venues last year over several weeks, but I live in Tucson so I have that luxury. If you are going to be there for a limited time and are looking for specific things, it definitely helps to do your homework. Some venues are more for gems and jewelry, others for collectible minerals, others for lapidary, etc. If you are less particular, you can't go wrong with the main show. However, there are literally dozens of other venues over several weeks so there is ample opportunity for having memorable experiences and meeting unique individuals if you are the more adventurous type.

If you see a guy wandering around with a scintillator it will may be me! I will be looking for bargains to expand my collection of radioactives.
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