Tucson 2012 Gem Shows

It's that time of year again! Tucson becomes a beader and jewelry maker's paradise, with tons of stone and bead expos taking over the desert city. I went last year and had a series of posts about it:

Registering for Shows at Tucson

Getting Ready for Tucson Gem Shows

Tucson Day 1 with Peggy Li Creations

It was a difficult decision, but I decided not to go to Tucson in 2012. To have a really effective trip, I think you need to have a real game plan (and budget) in place. While I had a blast there, I found myself visiting my usual vendors. They tend to bring more inventory to Tucson due to the size of the show, but since I didn't have a complete gameplan, I was reluctant to spend extra on items I may not have planned for.

I also did not get to mingle and meet other folks at the show. It may be worth it next time I go to allow for some social events or make more of an effort to meet and greet other designers as we converge on the shows.

I definitely want to return to Tucson, as there is tons of inspiration to be found in every corner of the event. Not just in the amazing materials to be found there, but in the sheer volume of stone mavens and jewelry designers roaming the town.

Alas, Tucson, I will miss you in 2012. Hopefully I'll be back in 2013!



Bella Vita Jewelry said...

we should meet up next year! I wish you were going this year, I am going solo for the first time ever :)

plcpeggy said...

Please read my posts about last year or feel free to ask me any questions about my time there! you will have a blast, I'm sure!