We live outside of Asheville, North Carolina. I don't mean in a suburb - I mean in a different town but only about a half an hour away. If that weren't fun enough, we are 18 miles away from Spruce Pine. Spruce Pine is known as Mineral City. It's not far from Penland. They also have lots of Gem mines, a cute as a button town, and so on. It is "up" the mountain. You know, one of those switch-back road drives that motorbike riders love and truckers cringe over. It used to make me cringe too but it's getting to be no big deal. You just have to pay attention and go slower. For an expressway driver from the Detroit area it's been a challenge to get used to the slower drives. Even their expressway is 10mph slower at the top speed but I do think that the slower pace is better - and I'm growing to love it.
So today we decided to check out the NC Mineral and Gem Show in Spruce Pine. I figured it would be a little local show - nothing big. The GLW had been in Franklin, NC a couple of weeks ago so how big could this be after that? Uh, well count me bowled over. There wasn't one little show - there were three pretty big shows. Where was I, Tucson?
We made it through two shows and I skipped the GLW since I'd been to Franklin. Town was packed! The shows were fairly busy and it was only the first day and mid-afternoon. Wow, what a shocker. I feel like I've been dropped right into a jeweler's heaven. Here is my loot - I was very careful. I got everything, including my T-shirt for under 100 - what a deal. It must be how everyone feels shopping in Tucson. Now I'm a lucky ducky too. I'm not sure what I'll set the gems into but they'd look great in some castings. Hugs to all of you - and have a great day.