There were actually two places to spend my money. The merchants area and the participant's "Show and Sell"
Earl Roberts making a sale at the PMC Connection booth. They were offering a good deal on Sterling Silver so I caved and bought a pack (plus a few other things as I stood there.) I've known Earl for several years now and enjoyed meeting up with him again.
I have quite a few stones that I need to bezel set (as mentioned in my post on soldering.) So, I was determined to stay away from the vendors selling stones. I stuck to my resolution for about an hour and then I caved. I didn't buy any big stones, but I did purchase some 3mm, 4mm and 5mm spinels and CZ's for my students to use from Gemstone Resources.
All Craft was only there for part of the show but I did manage to get some of their brass brushes. (They have the softest brass brushes!)
From Metal Clay supply I purchased Gilder's Paste. I've never used the paste, but one of the charms I exchanged for had it on. Pretty cool looking stuff.
Rio Grande wasn't selling at the show but had lots on display and was offering free shipping with the code from the show. From them I ordered some new texture sheets and a sterling silver stamp (now that I'm finally going to try it.)
There were other vendors too and I don't want to slight them but I mentioned only the ones I purchased from.
The artist "Show and Sell" also made a dent in my pocket book. I bought several pair of earrings, a book and a new tool . Will share those purchases in another post.
Suffice it to say that I won't be buying anything in the near future (except for metal clay and groceries.)