Annual gem show rocks into second week

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Annual gem show rocks into second week

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Feb 11, 2014

TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - When you think the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase, you think big bucks.

Major collectors shell out tens-of-thousands for gems, retailers bank on sales that account for an estimated 10-20 percent of their annual sales; but for the hundreds of vendors that set up shop it costs them thousands just to get to Tucson.

Tariq Sohail brought his shop over from Long Beach, California. The travel alone, he says, costs an average of $8,000.

Despite the cost, Sohail says it's worth it. It's the reason he keeps coming back.

"Especially for us it's been busier and busier, more and more people show up and more people are getting to know about our product," Sohail told 9OYS.

Owner of Island Creations, Gary Hoyer, drives his motor home across the country from North Carolina. He has been making the same drive, every year, for over two-decades.

"Business this year has been one of my top three shows of the 23 years," Hoyer said.

The gem show ends it's two-week run on Sunday.