We attended our very first crystal and gem fair this past weekend and I wanted to share with everyone where, when, and how it went. The OC Gem Faire ran from Feb 27th-Mar 1st at the Orange County Fairgrounds. See a youtube video about the faire here.
We chose to leave Flash, my 3 yr old who is FAST, at a friend’s house to play, and took Ninja, my 11 yr old, with us. Admission is $7 for adults and children 12 & under are free. If you sign up to receive the gem faire newsletter online, you get a free admission so that saved us $14.00 before we ever stepped a foot inside. We were one of the first to enter as the doors opened on Saturday morning because anymore, I just detest fighting crowds. (Who else out there is highly empathic?) This was a great choice because it felt like we had free reign of the place up until about 11 a.m.
I’d been to several trade shows in my time of being a cosmetologist, so wearing comfortable shoes was a “must”. I also brought along a rolling luggage because I knew I would be making a pretty large amount of purchases. We were only one of the few shoppers to have a rolling luggage but it saved our backs! Note to self: Bring a bigger one next time, we had that thing packed to the max! A few weeks before the show, I did a crystal inventory list so I knew what I had and what I needed. This was by far the most valuable tool I prepared for the show. It helped me to stay focused and not get “shiny thing syndrome” which I am often a victim of. I wrote down how much I paid for everything, the vendor information, and also got their cards, if available. This way, I could contact them throughout the year if needed.
We took all the money in our crystal budget in CASH! That way, we could negotiate better prices. We found that it really helped negotiations to purchase several items from the same vendor, too. I had also done some research on the vendors to see who was really reputable because, unfortunately, there are some fakes in the midst. This was also a bead show, so tons and tons of beading, necklaces and such. It worked out for us because I purchased some supplies to create crystal pendant necklaces!
My original plan involved walking the whole place before purchasing anything, but I just couldn’t. Certain stones were calling my name and the money was burning my pockets! The thing about crystal shopping, is that you really can feel them call to you. I remember picking up one specific crystal quartz point, putting it down, picking up two others, and then going back to the original. That thing really wanted to go home with me! Conversing with the vendors about my business and its location turned out to prove that the gem faire is a good networking event too! Who knew? So next time, I will carry more business cards with me. After four hours, I was hungry and done with my list except for just a tiny few exceptions.
Overall, I would recommend to anyone with an interest in crystals to attend. It was so cool to see all the vendors notice that Ninja has a pretty good knowledge of what was on their tables. He had a great time, helping me some and then shopping for his own personal collection. Mr. Incredible a.k.a. The Hubbz, wanted a few Himalayan Salt Lamps and I picked up some lovely Tibetan Singing Bowls for my upcoming healing center. We negotiated over $100 in savings and It was such a fun way to spend the day with two of my three favorite boys!
Did I mention how much I love to shop? This was retail therapy like no other; It was Crystal Therapy!!
P.S. See some of the goodies I brought home below…
Amethyst points from Brazil!
Tibetan Singing Bowls for sound healing and meditation