What is a Rock Swap?
A Rock Swap is an informal way for Rockhounds, Lapidary (Jewelry) Artists, and sometimes Mineral Dealer to come together to show, sell and trade their stuff. As it suggests, sometimes people simply trade their items for those that another trader brings. Other times, things are bought and sold in a normal buyer seller exchange. Sometimes people come just to display things they are proud of. And anyone is welcome to participate.
What kinds of things can you find or bring to a Rock Swap? Well, you may have duplicate specimens in your rock collection. Maybe you are a jewelry maker who sells online and would like to have a fun afternoon selling at the Rock Swap. Have you been out collecting fossils? Bring your extras. I've seen people bring columnar basalt from Washington State that they have found at a landscape site. We had a person who had interesting local mineral specimens that he acquired while he lived in Kosovo. We have people who have slabbed rocks for use in lapidary and people who have purchased things in bulk from mines around the country. You can see, there are lots of different types of related items for sale/trade.
And, of course, there is no obligation whatsoever to bring things to trade or sell. You can just show up to see what treasures await.
Last year we conducted a small mineral and lapidary material auction along with the other activities. It was such a hit that we have decided to do that again. One more reason to not miss the CCGMS Rock Swap.
How Does It Work?
As suggested above, a Rock Swap is a pretty informal thing. You simply bring your stuff. There are two ways to participate. First, you can reserve a space to display your wares. There is a modest fee of $20.00 for a 10'x10' space. If you are a member of the Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society, the fee is only $10.00. If you would rather, you can display your stuff from the trunk of your car. In that case, we would request a 10% commission to the club for sponsoring the event.
Oh...and did I mention that you don't have to be a member of the CCGMS to participate either as a trader or an interested buyer. We'd love to have you stop by.
To register for a space, or to display from your car, it is important for you to contact Jeff Hunter asap to reserve a spot. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
When and Where Will It be?
This year the Rock Swap will be held on Saturday April 21st from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
The auction will be conducted at 2:00pm. Don't miss it!!
The event will be held at the CCGMS Clubhouse at 516 West Atlanta St. Marietta, GA 30060
A map and directions to the clubhouse can be found on the "Monthly Meetings" tab on the Activities page of this website.
As always, we will have great food available for a modest fee.
Remember, non-members are welcome!