A heads up for buyers and those following. I’m a snowbird with home in
Tucson where I do shows, mostly the big fossil gem show, end Jan till Feb 14. I’ll be in room 127 at Days Inn st Mary’s and I-10. I have a gun show Dec 18th at Tucson Expo Center.
I just sent 660 pounds of fossils and goods to sell. I have a full mammoth skull, custom knives, fossil, bones, lots of art and Alaska raw wood and stones. If you can make the show I have best prices, since I do not have to photo and list. I have lots of choices. Starting with 500 pounds of fossil mammoth ivory. I can sell wholesale from 5 to 100 pounds. Some customers write the trip off as business.
I will do shows, travel locally like Quartzite, down into Mexico and trade for more non Alaska inventory. I usually get ironwood. I am meeting with a miner who has some ounce to 2 ounce size natural gold nuggets I should sell at the show, but may list on my web. Or inquire if interested. I never know what I will find a deal on. I specialize in opal and semi-precious stone. Once the show begins I can get about anything. If customers ask it is mostly about remembering who wants what, things get pretty hectic. I reward loyalty and regulars. I should have some meteorite slices for knife blades.
Winter is not a good time to ask me for Alaska items. It is a time to ask for turquoise etc. Not jade. It’s a time to look ot computer generated product. New videos. I have a lot of footage to edit. Working on some new ‘how to,’ as I get customers asking for advice on how to work raw materials, how it is priced what will work for them etc. I have pictures and could do some shorts on ‘how to spot fakes,’ Amber, and artifacts are two topics I know about.
Tucson is a nice change to keep me on my toes. I’m out in the yard planting landscaping feeding the birds and wildlife. Wife and I do swap meets, more to buy then sell. We buy foods in quantity and I dehydrate to bring back to Alaska! Last season we got 30 pounds of tomatoes at a swap meet for $8. I support , encourage try to teach, how to live on less, save, not be wasteful, how to recycle, put up foods, an effort to ‘save the planet,’ but in these hard times, how to not have it so hard! I tell people I sell a lifestyle through my art and raw materials.
This past year I learned to ‘cast in place,’ cut gem stones. So have some art with nice synthetic rubies, aquamarine, that came out nice mixed with my custom ivory and local rough stone necklaces. Mostly at the show I may get some listed on the web. I have items for sale and working on an ETSY site. I much prefer the freedoms on my own site. I am trying to understand a facebook business page. I have items listed but so far cant find my selling site. (roll my eyes up) Maybe you can find it.
I have a partner friend working on editing selling my books . I mostly do not have the time and he has more skill with search words and internet promotions but sales are increasing, doubled since he started to help so a new look to my books and edited better. Unsure when books 9-10 will come out. This winter? Hands full with promoting the first 8. Trying to work on blogs and a landing page, an email list with followers with deals offered, updates information etc. In truth I enjoy shop time, being out in the wilds finding fossils. Not as much the hundreds of hours at the computer. It’s hard to do it all as a one man business. So! This is the latest!