A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VENDORS AND VISITORS THAT MADE THE FEBRUARY SHOW SO MUCH FUN!
The next show is May 2nd and 3rd
at the Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave. (Rodeo Grounds in the Exhibition Hall)
It will be a very fun show! We have vendors coming from all over the Western U.S. We even have a vendor coming from Tennessee!
The show registration is now open on the website.
Please go register right away to get the space you want. The layout map is on the website.
Another Show Opportunity!
I've been asked to do a show in June at the Great Western Marketplace
If you aren't familiar with it the Marketplace is on the West side of town near the Home Depot store. They are a mall style store made of of many small businesses. You can get more info on their website GreatWesternMarketplace.com.
They have an open central area that can be laid out as booth spaces. Aubrey gave me a sample layout that they use for Craft Shows.
Click Here to see it. The booths along the wall are 10x10 feet and the central area has 12x12 foot booths.
Aubrey tells me that they will advertise it heavily and do what they can to make it a success.
We don't have a firm date yet and are asking for feedback.
If you - our vendors would be interested in doing a show there in June (or some other month for that matter) Please contact me by email or phone. Thank you Dan 775-741-9524
For questions about the Marketplace call Aubrey Campbell at 775-842-2263
Twin Bridges Folsom Calif. Antique Show: Sunday April 19th.
Click Here for more info.
Promoted by the Folsom Historic District Association
With Assistance From Twin Bridges Antique Productions
2015 SHOW SCHEDULE
All shows are at the Livestock Events Center
Feb 7th and 8th, May 2nd and 3rd
July 25th and 26th, Oct. 10th and 11th
November 21st and 22nd
Magic of Santa Dec. 5th and 6th
Turquoise gives some Native American artisans the blues.
Little silver lining for those who work with culturally important stone as they see demand go up and supply go down
|Only a handful of mines in the United States still produce turquoise, a culturally significant stone for the Navajo. Carrie Jung|
On most weekends you can find Guerro in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Today he's one of about 40 Native artisans selling their work along the central plaza sidewalk.
Guerro's inventory is arranged neatly on a purple felt blanket. Smaller pieces such as earrings line the bottom half of his vending display, with larger items like pendants and bolo ties dotting the top. While Guerro uses a variety of materials in his work, it's the turquoise that commands the most attention from customers.
"This is inlaid with different types of turquoise from Arizona and Nevada," he explained to a couple eyeing one of his bracelets. "And here's a little abstract dragonfly that I put in there."
Guerro is asking $3,500 for the bracelet, a much higher price than he would have asked just a few years ago. He said several things impact the price of his work, especially raw materials. Right now, though, it's the cost of natural turquoise.
The cost of turquoise has been steadily increasing for the last 60 years, but recently prices for the gem have skyrocketed. Growing demand for turquoise jewelry from Europe and Asia is partly to blame for the shift. The stone is also becoming harder to find and mine.
Jeffrey Lewis displays two types of turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty mine in New Mexico. In his right hand, enhanced turquoise, and in his left hand, natural turquoise.Carrie Jung
Geologically speaking, turquoise is a nonrenewable resource, one that took millions of years to form. For those who use the stone to make a living, adaptation seems to be the name of the game for now. But with only a handful of mines still producing, the natural stone's place in the cultures in the Southwest faces an uncertain future.
While the increased scarcity means consumers and artists alike have had to adapt, reaction has been varied throughout the complex market.
Industry experts say the craze that led to this dramatic environment change was first noticed around 2010. "Something that five or six years ago was $200 a pound" is now a couple thousand a pound, said Jeffrey Lewis, owner of Trade Roots, an international procurer of wholesale raw materials for Native American artisans.
Lewis added that while demand for turquoise jewelry has increased steadily across Europe, it's the demand from China's expanding middle class that's really driving the spike.
"When you've got such a huge population moving into middle class wanting things, especially cultural things, it just creates a huge demand," he said.
Most turquoise on the market is stabilized, meaning that it is too soft to use in its natural state and must be stabilized with epoxy before use.Carrie Jung
In today's market, much of a stone's value can be derived from the mine it came from. Lewis said his Chinese buyers tend to prefer turquoise with solid sky-blue coloring, qualities that are typical of stones from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Globe, Arizona. Like many of the once prolific mines in the Southwest, Sleeping Beauty is now closed to turquoise miners.
Only a handful of mines in the U.S. still produce turquoise, but the supply of this gem is limited by yet another factor. Of all the turquoise that comes out of the ground, industry experts estimate that only about 3 to 4 percent is hard enough in its natural form to be used in jewelry.
"It's difficult for the artists to buy," said Cheryl Ingram, owner of Silver Sun Gallery in Santa Fe and a member of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. "We have to find it in private collections, estates and that sort of thing."
Ingram said that scarcity means higher prices for the consumer, which can make it harder to sell.
"Turquoise, which used to be a very inexpensive stone here half a century ago, is now very collectible, and it's only going in one direction," said Ingram.
Jewelry maker Rodey Guerro with some of his creations on the central plaza sidewalk in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Carrie Jung
But, she added, true collectors understand that, and most will be willing to pay for the best rocks no matter what the price is. This type of market has manifested itself in several ways for the Native artisans who work with turquoise to make a living.
"If you're good, there will be buyers," said Ingram. She explained that the best artists can raise their prices with the cost of their raw materials and still have a customer base willing to pay.
But not every artist has clientele with an unlimited budget. Many are keeping their prices in check by using more silver in their work, like Cochiti/Zuni silversmith Robert Eustace Jones.
"I've adapted," he said. "Now I use my stones very sparingly."
Thanks to falling silver prices, Jones said, he can still make pieces he's proud of without raising his prices too much, but it does come at a personal cost.
"It's impacted my personal creativity," he said. "I have a lot of great ideas, and I can no longer make those designs because I don't have the material to make them."
But not every artist has taken that approach.
"Most of them can't afford that level of [natural] turquoise today. And slowly that level of market has gone to stabilized," explained Lewis
Only 3 to 4 percent of the turquoise that comes out of mines is hard enough to be processed for jewelry and other uses.
Stabilized turquoise makes up more than 95 percent of the turquoise on the market. Unlike natural turquoise, stabilized turquoise starts out too soft to be manipulated into jewelry. Those who use it must treat it, or stabilize it, with epoxy before working with it.
For the untrained eye, it can be hard to tell the difference between natural and stabilized turquoise. From a market perspective, Lewis said, there's nothing wrong with using it, but because the product is of lesser quality, it needs to be disclosed to buyers.
"I think this Southwestern region has a significant number of jewelers who work professionally or work with collaborators and really provide for their families with the use of their art," said Dallin Maybee, chief operating officer for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. He explained that while demand for turquoise is growing worldwide, it's a major part of the cultural identity in the Southwest. And for many Native artisans in the region, it's also an important source of income.
The exact size of the Native arts and crafts industry is unclear and remains very hard to track, as many of the transactions tend to be done in cash or other forms of trade.
A recent survey conducted by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association suggests that nationwide, it could be generating as much as $150 million a year, though association officials maintain that even that is a very rough estimate. As far as the market impact goes, various tribal craft organizations, such as the Zuni Pueblo, say the increasing cost of turquoise is cutting into their artists' bottom line.
Turquoise is not just worn but also used in ceremonies, says Mae Peshlakai, a Navajo silversmith.
But industry size aside, Maybee said, maintaining a robust arts and crafts industry comes with certain benefits for tribal members.
"With a jewelry studio, you can do that anywhere," he said. "They don't have to leave to make a living."Maybee explained that the ability to work from home allows artists to stay close to their community and keep their cultural ties and identity strong. "That sense of community happens there, with that connection to that land," he said.
But while turquoise can play a significant economic role in many Southwestern tribal cultures today, the connection to the stone itself goes even deeper for the Navajo people.
"We have four sacred stones, and the No. 1 is turquoise," explained Navajo silversmith Mae Peshlakai.
For the Navajo, the stone is not just worn. It's also used in ceremonies and to make offerings. Peshlakai added that, for many, it's a reminder to keep life in balance.
"It's your connection to Mother Earth and Father Sky and living in harmony with everything that exists in between," she said.
If anyone has time and knowledge to help get the word out by contacting newspapers that publish event listings, run fliers to the antique malls and retirement homes and such. I would appreciate the help. Please drop me an email or call.
A great resource to find out about local Craft Shows is the Reno Crafters website.
You can find it here:
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A nice local Nevada TV show is "Wild Nevada" on PBS - KNPB
Wild Nevada is a travel-destination series that explores the interior of Nevada. Each program is filmed over two days. Hosts Chris Orr and Dave Santina begin their trip at starting point and travel to their destination. Along the way, they take short side trips to investigate points of interest and unique landmarks.
Saturdays at 3:00 channels 5 or 755 in HD
Available in view on demand at:
Another neat local show is "Old Tales of Nevada Past and Present".
A special local presentation highlighting the unique history of Nevada and the present day stories of entrepreneurs. A show that builds pride for all who live in Northern Nevada.
* Airs on the CW network KRNS
(6 and 790 on Charter and 46 on Dish)
* Thursdays 1 pm. to 2 pm.
* Airs on Charter's TV Channel 3
* Saturdays 7 pm. to 8 pm.
* Available anytime on Charter's "Video On Demand"
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me:
The previous Newsletters are available on the Archive page.
If you are thinking about being a vendor at the show and have questions please look at the website and give me a call or send me an email.
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Places to Stay:
A few people have asked if there are places to stay close to the events center. The Events Center has RV spaces available (see the bottom of the show application page) and there are several motels close by and the casinos are close too. Kayak.com lists some close by ones. You can narrow the search in the location box:
A friend of mine stays at the SandsRegency Hotel Casino when he visits. They usually have some good deals going. I did a quick check and found their deals page:
Once he visited the first time they keep sending him free nights coupons.
Motel 6 is about a block away:
Days Inn is just a little further:
Americas Best Travel Inn is right at the freeway exit too:
There is a 24 hour Denny's and a Carrows restaurant very close. (walking dist. from motels, right at the freeway exit)
Let's make this a fun forum to keep interest and excitement up for the shows!
Dan and Paula Clements
P.O. Box 618, Fernley NV 89408
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2015 Show Schedule
At the Livestock Events Center
February 7th and 8th
May 2nd and 3rd
November 21st and 22nd
Magic Of Santa:
Please Visit the Somewhere In Time antique mall at 1313 S. Virginia St.
(We are there on Mondays)
Auctions by Sammy B
A Fun Antiques and Clothing Store
Joke of the Day
No Pets Allowed
Two buddies were out for a Saturday stroll. One had a Doberman and the other had a Chihuahua. As they sauntered down the street,
the guy with the Doberman said to his friend, "Let's go over to that bar and get something to drink."
The guy with the Chihuahua said, "We can't go in there. We've got dogs with us."
The one with the Doberman said, "Just follow my lead." They walked over to the bar and the guy with the Doberman put on a pair of dark glasses and started to walk into the bar.
The bouncer at the door said, "Sorry, Mac, no pets allowed."
The man with the Doberman said, "You don't understand. This is my Seeing-Eye dog."
The bouncer said, "A Doberman pinscher?"
The man said, "Yes, they're using them now. They're very good."
The bouncer said, "OK then, come on in."
The buddy with the Chihuahua figured he'd try it too so he put on a pair of dark glasses and started to walk into the bar. He knew his story would be a bit more unbelievable. Once again the bouncer said, "Sorry, pal, no pets allowed."
The man with the Chihuahua said, "You don't understand. This is my Seeing-Eye dog."
The bouncer said, "A Chihuahua?"
The man with the Chihuahua said, "A Chihuahua?!? A Chihuahua?!? They gave me a damn Chihuahua??
While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, "Are there any gators around here?!"
"Naw," the man hollered back, "they ain't been around for years!"
"Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.
About halfway there he asked the guy,"How'd you get rid of the gators?"
"We didn't do nothin'," the beachcomber said. "The sharks got 'em."
An Englishman in France
An Englishman in France got extremely drunk and was going home. A French policeman stops his car and asks if he has been drinking. With great difficulty, the Englishman admits that he has been drinking all day, that his daughter got married that morning, and that he drank champagne and a few bottles of wine at the reception, and many single malts scotches thereafter.
Quite upset, the policeman proceeds to alcohol-test (breath test) the Englishman and - ping, pow, boom - verifies that he is indeed hammered.
He asks the Englishman if he knows that, under French Law, he is going to be arrested.
The Englishman answers with a bit of humor, "No sir, I do not! But while we're asking questions, do you realize that this is a British car and that my wife is the one driving on the other side?"
Golfing with an Older Man
A young man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in nine holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him.
To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn't hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn't waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball - and directly between his ball and the green.
After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, "You know, when I was your age I'd hit the ball right over that tree."
With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.
The old man offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only three feet tall."
A guy stood over his tee shot for what seemed an eternity; looking up, looking down, measuring the distance, figuring the wind direction and speed. Driving his partner nuts. Finally his exasperated partner says, "What's taking so long? Hit the blasted ball!"
The guy answers, "My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse. I want to make this a perfect shot."
"Forget it, man! You don't stand a chance of hitting her from here!"
Little Johnny's Report CardLittle Johnny's father said, "let me see your report card."
Johnny replied, "I don't have it."
"Why not?" His father asked.
"My friend just borrowed it. He wants to scare his parents."
Redneck Home Security
How to install a redneck home security system:
1. Go to a second-hand store and buy a pair of men's used size 14-16 work boots.
2. Place them on your front porch, along with several empty beer cans, a copy of Guns & Ammo magazine and several NRA magazines.
3. Put a few giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazines.
4. Leave a note on your door that reads: 'Hey Bubba, Big Jim, Duke and Slim, I went to the gun shop for more ammunition. Back in an hour. Don't mess with the pit bulls -- they attacked the mailman this morning and messed him up real bad.I don't think Killer took part in it but it was hard to tell from all the blood. PS - I locked all four of 'em in the house. Better wait outside.'
5. INSTALLATION COMPLETE!
Q. What do you call ten rabbits walking backwards?A. A receding hairline.
The ReverandFrancis Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So... he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that day.
As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.
Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"
The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not."
Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. It WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!
St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?"
The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?"
Three Irishmen and Three Scots Are on a Train
Three Scots and three Irishmen are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three Irishmen each buy tickets and watch as the three Scots buy only a single ticket. "How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asks an Irishman.
"Watch and you'll see," answers a Scot.
They all board the train. The Irishmen take their respective seats but all three Scots cram into a bathroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the bathroom door and says,"Ticket, please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The Irishmen see this and agree it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the Irishmen decide to copy the Scots on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that).
When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the Scots don't buy a ticket at all. "How are you going to travel without a ticket?" says one perplexed Irishman.
Watch and you'll see," answers a Scot.
When they board the train the three Irishmen cram into a bathroom and the three Scots cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterwards, one of the Scots leaves his bathroom and walks over to the bathroom where the Irishmen are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "Ticket, please."