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Tucson 2009
This album chronicles our Arizona adventure in Jan and Feb of 2009.  The first stop is Quartzsite, then on to Tucson.
Date(s): January 28, 2009. Album by Judy Miller. 1 - 91 of 91 Total. 1583 Visits.
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Here we go.....driving to Quartzsite AZ.  January 2009.  I am a great fan of the clouds, and you can see mountains poking up all the way.

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Just more clouds and mountains as we drive in the desert.

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The photos show up a little better if you click on  them I think.

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This is the largest garage sale in the world I think.  It is Quartzsite AZ.  We are here to attend what is known as the PowWow.  It is a rock and gem show held in January.  This particular dealer offers dinosaur bone rocks.  Glen bought some....and.....I got a red Bakelite bracelet from the same dealer.

The sign says Jurasic Agates.


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Jim Rocks and Sue Wraps.  The perfect couple I think.

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The whole city is set up sort of like this.  You can find everything here.

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This particuar section is called Rice Ranch and this is where Loretta Rawlins and her daughter set up.

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Here are the two ladies in their large tent.  The walls are covered with wonderful metal Western Wall art.  And those cases are full of costume jewelry.

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Another look at the booth.

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This is Loretta with her butterflies.  The blue one on her shoulder is by Dominique and is a shoulder butterfly.  Not many of these around.

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Two ladies make pies all day in this set up.  Apple pies only.  Glen tried it...said it was good.

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This is Quartzsite, and these are tiny peuter figures.  The dealer set all these.  Now I'm not really mean....but I did think it would be funny to see if they would collapse domino style.  No, I didn't do it.

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Need a wrench....or fifty wrenches?

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This is our Bonanza Opal booth.  The digging was sparse this year, so we didn't have much to sell.  Glen and I didn't have to work it because there were lots of shareholders there to do that.

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These bracelets are really nice Native American bracelets.  About 400.00 per.  Less, if they are more narrow.

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Here you go, ladies.....lots of necklaces.  TUBS of necklaces.

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Click on this one and read the sign.


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This one is to illustrate that there is EVERYTHING at they Quartzsite show.  Not a good photo, but these are boxes of Mary Kay products.

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Here are bottles of opals for sale.  Not from the Bonanza.  The opals are from Australia I think, and they are in water.

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Trying to show you the hugeness of this place.  These are cabs  and polished pieces for jewelry.

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Have you seens fire agate?  It is really nice.  I have a ring on my image event that is fire agate.

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Here are some bottles of fire agate.

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More fire agate.

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I'm not one for the wire wrap at all.  Not a procedure that I admire.  I always think that the wire hides the stone.  Some wrappers get carried away with the wire.

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When my daughter was an exchange student in Brazil, she came home with some sculptures like this.

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This is one dealer with his buddie.  He loves this little dog, and most of the RVs have a similar pet.

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If you click on this one, you will see the little bugs.

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A pile of amber.

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This tent is at what is called Rice Ranch in Quartzsite.  The tent is next to Loretta Rawlins's tent.  Check out the coyotes.

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This guy is hilarious!!!  Look carefully...he is crosseyed!

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One dealer with crystals.


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This is another part of Quartzsite.....the flea market part.

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See????  Doesn't this look like a garage sale?

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Whatever you want....it's here.

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Some of these stores stay here all winter I think.  I've never been here in the summer, but I hear that it is practically deserted.

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Cement turtles with rocks on their backs.

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At the Elephant Ears Pork Bar B Que there is entertainment.

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The guitarists are there in the middle.  An audience of one.

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This is one of the permanent stores at the flea.

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Can you spot Glen at the end of the aisle?

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More jewelry.

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This town is in the middle of the desert.  And you can see some of it in the bottom of this bead bin.  It is on top of all the cases, and inside all the exhibits.

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I have no clue what these are for, but they are scary.

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OK, here is the bargain jewelry.


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This is the back of the parking lot....it's desert.

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More flea participants.

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I found this set in a dealers booth at the Quartzsite Pow Wow.  It is a pretty good replica of the Margot set.  It is signed by the maker, but really hard to see.  At least there is no attempt to pass it off as one of Margot's.

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The set was inside the main building, so the lights were pretty yellow.

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The seller had 399.00 on this set, but after I talked to her a while, she decided not to sell it.  She thinks it may be worth more.  I didn't attempt to buy it at all, and don't think it's worth more than 399.00.

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Here we go driving to Tucson from Quartzsite.  Love those mountains on the horizon.

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Me and my clouds again.

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This one is supposed to look like a coyote.

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This is where we will spend a couple or three weeks in Tucson.  I am standing in our spot, and that is the main building with the laundry, pool, workout room and restaurant.

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Our little housie and the truck.

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This is a nice RV park.....cement and rocks, not a dirt park.  The place that we go when we are at the opal mine is all dirt, and the dust is amazing.

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Another flea market, but this time we are in Tucson.

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This photo is for my granddaughter.....no Sarah...not for you.

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Some of the vendors are temporary, but a lot of these vendors are here all the time.

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This flea is pretty big.

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These two are pretty laid back fellas.

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This is a wooden Indian offering turquoise.  I saw the same dealer here at the Electirc Park, a gem show venue.

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Glen took me up the mountain to see the lights of Tuscon.  Sorry about this photo.

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This is what I see all the time.  Glen is at his computer, and I can only see the screen reflected in his glasses.
I am on the other side of the table with my computer.


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I thought this was funny.  Glen is doing the dishes.  The paper plates go into the garbage and we don't have to leave the table to do it.

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We are now on our way to "the claim".  We are going to be digging for crystal scepters.


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On the way, we pass this little town, and they do have a Cow Palace.

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And here is the Cow Palace.  This is a steak house, and at night, the eyes are lit up.

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Here we are on the side of a mountain getting the gear out and ready to dig.

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Some of the terrain around us.  We are only about 6 miles from Mexico.  The illegals are a real threat here.  They will steal us blind if we aren't careful.

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The view of the road to the claim.

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Digging tools and the chairs for lunch.

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I am at the top of our dig, and that is Glen's head at the bottom.

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My foot and some of the digging tools.


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Glen took this photo of me digging.

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He hollered at me to sit up and look.  We found a few crystals, but they are really tiny.  Pretty cute though.

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I NEEDED a Nordstrom and there isn't one in Tucson.  (One major drawback if you are considering moving here.  :)  )  Sooooo Glen took me to Phoenix.  We went up the mountain there and looked at the city.

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I have never seen a whole city all lit up like this.  I couldn't get it all in my two photos.  This is something you must do if you go to Phoenix.  A wonderful experience.
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We visited this restaurant.  It's a cowboy place with good steaks.  Only thing is....if you wear a tie, they will cut it off of you and hang it on the wall.

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The interior of the restaurant.  Covered with tie halves.

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Even on the rafters.


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The restaurant is one building in this cowboy little town.  Sort of a cowboy mini mall.  This wagon is a USPS mail delivery truck.  Of interest to me.

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This is the band stand in the middle of the cowboy mall.  They even have a bad guy fight going on periodically.

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Bruce and Vickie Pantti in their booth at one of the bead and jewelry venues in Tucson.  None of the bead or jewelry venues would allow cameras, but somehow I was able to get these photos.

These people are really nice folks, and we had a good visit.


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If you are a Bakelite lover, or if you love the plastics like I do, you will enjoy this booth.
There are some older pieces in the slant lid tops, and there are Pantti creations on the tables and on the racks.


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These bracelets are wonderful swirls of color and what we are refering to when we mention the cast resin bracelets.

Bruce has mentioned that his new web site should be up and running in June.  Below is the link to the web store.  Right now, the link will take you to a confusing place because it is under construction.....save the link for June.  VBG

Breezy Palm Trading Company


 
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