We left our lovely yurt this morning and headed home via Franklin, NC and then the John C. Campbell School. As we were driving outside of Franklin on Hwy. 441, we passed by a fairground with a huge tent and a row of smaller tents. We decided to turn around and check it out, thinking it was a flea market. After finding a parking place – the place was packed! – we found out it was a Rock, Fossil, and Gem Show.
We walked through the outside tents only, because you had to have a business/wholesale license to get into the big tent. But we saw plenty! There were tons of rocks and beads and geodes and fossils. I cannot even imagine how one would transport all of that stuff from venue to venue! There was a cut geode as tall as a man there! And at one booth, there were all sorts of skulls – including some huge buffalo skull with horns that were 3 feet long! I really wanted that one!
There were also some pretty non-PC items for sale. I am not talking about the onyx phalluses – although I have no idea what the market for that might be… I’m talking about one wholesaler that specialized in glass shadow boxes with everything from butterflies to bats to giant bugs to lizards impaled on pins within. It was very fascinating and educational, too.
We did buy a couple of things: I bought a sharks tooth fossil pendant ($1) for my nephew and a lovely golden glass lampwork bracelet ($2) and my husband bought a nautilus shell fossil from Madagascar for only $8. We were even able to bargain the dealer down to $10 for the whole lot ($1 off!). I only had a $20 bill, and I knew he would rather give us a $10 bill rather than a $5 and four $1. I was tempted to buy a strand of carved rose beads – there was one place that had so many colors, but I liked the red and turquoise ones. They were $14 a strand, but I declined. Luckily, I found some on Ebay that were comparable.
Here is what I think we attended:
22-25–FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA: 44th annual show, “Macon County Gemboree”; Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin; Macon County Community Bldg., US Hwy. 441S; Wed. 10-6, Thu. 10-6, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6; adults $2, children 12 and under free; minerals, beads, handcrafted jewelry, rough and cut stones, lapidary equipment, demonstrations, door prizes, gold and silver jewelry, findings, jewelry repairs and mounting; contact Linda Harbuck, 425 Porter St., Franklin, NC 28734, (800) 336-7829; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: franklin-chamber.com
It was great. We did not stop for long at the John C. Campbell School – just enough time to show my husband the main buildings. Then, we had to go back to Hiawassee to the barbecue place to retrieve my purse… Thank you, people of Smoke Rings in Hiawassee! Great barbecue brisket, too!
So now, I am almost down to the single digits – meaning in the countdown to starting the school year. I can honestly say that this summer was great – it seemed to go by just slowly enough! I got to go for a week to camp (John C. Campbell), to Jackson to see the Raoul Dufy exhibit, we got a new bed and bedspread, I was in an art show, and we just got back from a great short break in North Carolina. Fun!
Now, I kind of want to go back to Franklin to that show! That’s okay – we have Folk Fest coming up soon. Even though I cannot afford to be a part of it, I like visiting and looking at the art. Oh, and I may be going down to Callaway Gardens to meet my sis and her family for one day.