To give you a sense of what the show was like, here's a photo of one of the sale tables, which represents probably about 1/20 of what was for sale. I was sorely tempted to buy a tacitus bellus (you can see four of them in the bottom half of this picture--they look kind of like echeveria with pointy leaves), but resisted the purchase in my partly-successful effort to stay within the budget I set for myself before going.
The show featured maybe 12-15 vendors, and instead of having each vendor paid separately, you could just choose all the plants you wanted, then pay for everything at the end. Almost everything was well-labeled, and the whole setup was easy and convenient. Yay!
To the right, you can see a sulcorebutia arenacea I purchased and planted it in a bonsai pot I had laying around. My girlfriend doesn't like the arrangement, because she says the pebbles on the right look "messy" and the large rock on the upper left competes with the plant (I agree with the second point, but it's meant to do so and I think it's amusing). What are your thoughts on this one, dear succ-ers? Help settle our domestic debate!
Of course, this just meant that there was more money left in my budget for plants, so I can't really complain, can I? Among the awesome new additions to my collection were a crassula marchandii (yeah, I already have some, but still--you never know when you might want to make some cuttings), a sulcorebutia rauschii special clone with white flowers, a euphorbia symmetrica, an interesting pink-blue echeveria, a small lime-green haworthia truncata, and my favorite find of all: a six-inch agave "Joe Hoak" (pictured left) for only $6! It made me glad I didn't spend the $13 to pick up the one on eBay I've been contemplating.