Quartzsite Showcase & Swapmeet / Quartzsite, Arizona USA
No. of Vendors: 3,000 (but only 500 are gem, mineral, fossil, bead & jewelry vendors)
Show Dates: January 1 - February 28, 2016
View list at left for dates of each show.
Contact: Click on the show names in the left column of this page for contact information for individual shows.
The Quartzsite, Arizona, shows are famous among professional and amateur lapidaries and jewelry artists. Dealers and shoppers alike enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Quartzsite. Some of them will make the 3.5-hour trip southeast to Tucson to buy or sell — as Tucson’s shows are held while the Quartzsite shows are going. Quartzsite lies about 18 miles east of the Arizona-California border, a quiet town of little over 3,000 year-round residents. That population explodes during the showcase and swapmeet (Jan.-Feb.), making Quartzsite a vibrant outdoor desert shopping mall. About 2,000 vendors from all over come to Quartzsite to sell virtually anything and everything, including serious dealers (about 400) of rocks, minerals, gems, fossils and jewelry. There are four shows that are strictly gem, mineral and jewelry related: Desert Gardens Rock, Gem & Mineral Show; QIA Pow Wow Gem & Mineral Show; Prospector's Panorama; and Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show. Prices are notoriously cheap — compared to Tucson, where costs for many of the same items tend to be quite higher. All shows have free admission and parking — though very difficult to find — and no registration is required.
List of ShowsClick on show names for full show info.
Map of Quartzsite Showcase & Swapmeet