Gem, Mineral, and Fossil show vendors packing up to leave - Tucson News Now

Gem, Mineral, and Fossil show vendors packing up to leave

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Many Gem, Mineral, and Fossil show vendors were advertising deep discounts and big bargains to clear out their inventory on the last day of the annual showcase.

All of the locations were bustling with buyers, as they made last minute purchases.  Many vendors said they were willing to make a deal to get some cash, and clear out their stock and make room for the new items they hoped to bring in next year.

While some vendors said business had been slow this year, buyers seemed to be more selective, others said they had done better than ever before.

Managers at Florida Fossils said they had sold a $10,000 juvenile giraffe skeleton for $10,000 before the show even started.

At the Pueblo Gem and Mineral show at the River Park Inn, managers said things were looking pretty good.

"The best judge we have of how things went this year is how many people sign up to return next year, and right now we're 10% ahead of this year. That's an excellent deal, it's a great thing for Tucson. Everybody's coming back," said Chris Hartley, production manager of the Pueblo Gem and Mineral show.

As many of the sellers return home to their countries, they will leave their treasures behind in local storage units and leased warehouses.  Shipping the items is very expensive.  International sellers said they usually focused on bringing in a few new pieces each year to add to their inventory.

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