Largest open air flea market: Rocks, Fossils, Minerals

Quartzsite Travel Blog

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My friend Mike (Canadian) invited me over to visit him at one of Arizona's largest RV parks located in Quartzsite: Quartzsite is located 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10 in southwestern Arizona. Quartzsite is a giant rock hound's paradise that attracts many tourists and snow birds every year since the 1960s. These days, it is also the dwelling of over a million visitors each year, most of whom converge on this small town in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February.

I arrived just in time to witness the set-up of the largest stalls of over 2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils and everything else you can think of. Quartzsite right now is hosting one of the world's largest open air flea markets, it is a site to see.

For the bargain shopper this is like heaven, I myself fell prey to the charms of the smiling Indian vendor who sold me a cashmere scarf and jacket. There are 8 major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors and enthusiasts, it is the place to be this time of year.

As I walked around from the parking lot to the stalls, I noticed that there were visitors from out of state and out of country, so I took pictures of the licence plates in the parking lot. It was actually fun doing this because people kept stopping by and asking why I was interested in car plates instead of the gem stones. A couple from British Columbia in Canada stopped by to tell us about their travels and Mike found out they were actually from the same city and may have played together as children. The look on their faces when I explained why I was taking pictures changed at the speed of light from suspicion to a gentle smile.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain. 

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Amethyst
Amethyst
A view from the HWY overpass
A view from the HWY overpass
Flea Market Tents
Flea Market Tents
One of the vendors arriving from i…
One of the vendors arriving from …
another seller
another seller
The food and refreshments booth
The food and refreshments booth
Amethyst
Amethyst
Amethyst
Amethyst
White & Yello Quartz and Amethyst
White & Yello Quartz and Amethyst
Me inside the quartz museum
Me inside the quartz museum
Me & Mike at the quartz museum
Me & Mike at the quartz museum
quartz
quartz
A huge piece of amethyst worth $20…
A huge piece of amethyst worth $2…
quartz
quartz
quartz
quartz
Parkistan onxy: cold water deposit…
Parkistan onxy: cold water deposi…
The middle vase had a price tag of…
The middle vase had a price tag o…
This one was $850
This one was $850
Large ware house of Quartz, Amythe…
Large ware house of Quartz, Amyth…
Yellow quartz
Yellow quartz
Tektite
Tektite
Meteorite from Campo del Cielo in …
Meteorite from Campo del Cielo in…
Obseidien $4.00/ lb
Obseidien $4.00/ lb
A large display of Amethyst
A large display of Amethyst
Pyrite (Fools gold)
Pyrite (Fools gold)
Cactus Quartz $118.00/ lb
Cactus Quartz $118.00/ lb
Polished Malacite $20/lb
Polished Malacite $20/lb
Celestite
Celestite
Shuttukite
Shuttukite
Ammonite pairs
Ammonite pairs
NEVADA
NEVADA
TEXAS
TEXAS
OREGAN
OREGAN
CALIFORNIA
CALIFORNIA
KANSAS
KANSAS
PENNSYLVANIA
PENNSYLVANIA
MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA
COLORADO
COLORADO
UTAH
UTAH
Ontarioa, Canada
Ontarioa, Canada
British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Canada
IDAHO
IDAHO
MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN
MONTANA
MONTANA
ARKANSAS
ARKANSAS
KENTURKY
KENTURKY
WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON
NORTH DAKOTA
NORTH DAKOTA
NEW MEXICO
NEW MEXICO
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