This event is one of the most significant money-making events in our city. However, it seems that our small businesses still have issues. At least when I travel to events outside my state, I don't necessarily frequent the small shops. Not because I choose not to but because unless you know the area, it can be a daunting task to find those little shop.
First, going to a different state is expensive, the cost of plane tickets, hotel, and travel expenses leave little to spend. There are some excellent "show only" deals on supplies not to mention the cost of classes that you might take. (These are usually scheduled ahead and can run around $150) Of course, if you take classes you may want to purchase the items, so when you get home, you can dig right in and begin production.
That is one of the catches; it is a considerable large-area, and most people who have never been to the gem show might be caught up by all of the excitement and get drawn into a pop-up tent or one of the hotels where yes you can get good deals and don't forget you can bargain. Only to find they spent their pennies on what some consider cheap supplies.
First, know what you need and want before you head out into the vastness of the gem show. Shuttles are available to take you to the main places, and we even have Uber and Lyft available. Don't buy everything in one place, take notes, get a business card and ask questions. Look at the shopping guides and map out a plan. The one I like to go to are;
I am attending the Jogs show and going to a class. Which was awesome.
So what is there to do in a town you know nothing about? Well, let's consider the possibilities. Fourth Ave is always a fun place to visit, and there are lots of shops that are kitschy and fun. Not to mention the food is yum. Speaking of food another place where you can get your munch and see all sorts of jewelry and art is at
Old Town Artisans right diagonal from the Tucson Art Gallery you will not be disappointed.
Here is our events page for Tucson, Az. There is a list of other things we have so don't forget to come back.
I hope when you come on out next year you will find all the fabulous shops and small restaurants that are out here to enjoy all year round.