The Ozark Mountain Gem & Mineral Society hosted their 52nd Annual Rock, Gem & Mineral Show in Springfield Missouri located at the Springfield Expo Center. Admission was $6 for adults, $3 for students and free for kids who also received a complimentary Rock Hound Starter Kit.
Although there were only roughly 20 vendors, each of the vendors booths were massive and took up much of the grand room. There was a Silent Auction along with Door Prizes and a corner for kids set up with games, educational booths and mineral identification.
I can honestly say this is the first time I have ever attended a crystal show where the line was backed out the door and down the street. It created that vibe of excitement knowing you were among others eagerly waiting their turn to make it in the door! It also has this feel of waiting in the line outside the DMV an hour before it opens too…. take your pick lol.
One thing I have now officially learned, especially after this show, was to BRING CASH. It’s not very fun to wait in a DMV long line to get to the door only to realize cash is necessary. Luckily within the Springfield Expo Center there was an ATM where people like me that only being in plastic can remedy this issue. More on that later…
I was pleasantly surprised at the size of this venue and the quality of the crystals available! Different booths offered different varieties to fulfill anyone’s needs. I personally am more of a CRYSTAL, bling bling kinda Squirrel! Don’t get me wrong, your jewelry is well crafted and pretty, but I don’t wear jewelry. Those old fossils are SUPER cool to look at, and especially if you come across a vendor kind enough with the time to tell you a little about it’s history, very fascinating in my opinion. Am I wanting to spend $2 grand on a slice of fossil tree? No thank you… And you… over there…. with that, mineral? that looks like a rock you found in the parking lot… I appreciate your candid and extensive knowledge on that particular mineral that’s speckled atop a dirty rock, but no, I do not want to touch it…
I want the flash! I want the polished! The richness of color. The beauty of the textures. The variety of the formations and shapes that the Earth forms this into! ….. wait…. you only accept cash!?!? Ok…. back down to the ATM….
Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve never ever ever had an ATM break on me. I’m not saying that I haven’t gone to an already broken ATM. I think we’ve all had that experience of driving up to the bank ATM just to realize its broken and then having to drive to the other side of town just to go to the other bank… No, no, no… I. ME. I broke the ATM. The ONLY machine in the building. I also feel like I should clarify at this point that it wasn’t due to me being physically abusive. Was I a little agitated that I kept having to go to this ATM ? Sure. But that doesn’t mean I wish the poor machine any harm. I was just acting as normal, trying to get more cash out, when the system had a glitch; Canceled my transaction, spit the card out, rebooted itself and then came up with an error message…… -_- Just my luck….
I would like to take a commercial break to tell you all about AMAZING technology we have in 2019…..
( and no I’m not sponsored by them)
Is a neat little app on your phone that allows you to send and receive money to/from others. It only charges you $0.25 to INSTANTLY deposit the money into your account. Bonus points, that as long as you make less than $20,000 and use less than 2,000 transactions a year then they don’t report that to the IRS… and tax free is a luxury for all of us!
There are also many other great tools to utilize, CashApp, Paypal, Square, Apple Pay and many many more that I WISH people within the crystal community would PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE utilize. You. ARE. A. BUSINESS. selling crystals that can be priced at $1000 and up! WHO in 2019 is carrying that cash around !?!? And….IF YOU ARE…. put it back in your bank account or card and USE the card not only to help better, what I’m sure is already awesome, credit… BUT to take advantage of the rewards and perks that using the card offers! I don’t get free hotel stays or free flights to these crystal shows by using cash or ATM’s !!! Ok… rant over…
Now this baby right here…. this precious precious crystal was the show stopper that I came for! If I told you everything about it, I’d be killed. But what I can tell you is that this crystal, Black Calcite, comes from only one mine in the whole wide world. There are no words for how amazing this crystal is to see and hold in person. What you can find words for is when you see the price tag.
I was able to get my squirrely little paws on one piece at least. After-all, on the DL, this is what I came for. I will soon be stocking this on the CrystalzRUS Etsy Page here this week. Honestly, if it never sells I will happily keep this crystal for the rest of my life lol.
Lastly… you know I shot some video while I was there! I like to share and show off with everyone the sites that I get to experience and immerse you into the experience with me! Thanks for reading along 🙂
CLICK HERE to watch the video walkthru