Tailgaters and Rockhounds, what you need to know at a Gem Show

News from The Mitchelton and Districts Gem Club

If you are in a situation where you are unable to travel for field trips there is an alternative for you. This is in the form of Gem Shows which are held during the year by various Gem/Lapidary Clubs. 

Gem shows are a mix of commercial dealers who sell machinery, tools etc and individual rock hounds wishing to sell their surplus gemstone material and items which they have cut and polished.

The individual rock hounds are what is known as ‘tailgaters.’ These people sell their excess rocks and made items to the public. They may only attend one or two shows a year in their area, just to dispose of excess items they have accumulated over the years.

The commercial dealers generally operate inside a hall. Attending Club Gem Shows is one way of obtaining materials from tailgaters which may no longer be available on the market or the fields are no longer accessible. Sometimes there may be up to eighty or ninety tailgaters at a Gem Show selling their wares. Some of the clubs which hold Gem Shows are, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Bribie Island and Caloundra at various times of the year. Our club does not hold an annual Gem Show because of lack of suitable sites in our area.

If you feel as though this type of hobby interests you, come along and inspect the workshop where members of the club cut and polish the rocks they find on field trips.

The Mitchelton and Districts Gem Club has its rooms located at 46 Ferneydell Street, Ashgrove and is open every Thursday from 9am to noon for cutting and polishing rocks and from 12 noon to 3pm for silverwork.  It is also open on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. The club caters for rock enthusiasts in the North Western area of Brisbane.

Visitors and new members are most welcome. For more information about the club please phone John on 3351 1038 or Lloyd on 3351 2093.

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