There’s gold in them there hills!
That clearly seems to be the case in the hills of the High Desert, judging by the amount of mining that still goes on in the area. Avid prospectors can find all the supplies they need at Mining Supplies and Rock Shop, 9565 C Ave., Suite K, in Hesperia.
According to the store’s co-owner, Cyndy Mandell, the shop carries metal detectors, dredges and gold pans, as well as a variety of other prospecting tools.
“This shop has been in the High Desert for a number of years and has had several owners,” said Mandell. “My friend and business partner, Lois Papner, took over its ownership in January and our inventory goes way beyond just mining supplies.
“We are retired and are both avid rock hounders. So we have an extensive selection of rocks in all shapes, sizes and varieties.”
In addition to rocks, the shop carries a giant selection of healing crystals, which Mandell said run the gamut from rose quartz and red jasper to sodalite and amethyst.
“Our customers love the amount of stuff we have, as well as the fact that they don’t have to go down the hill for what they want,” Mandell said.
Along with its huge selection of rocks and crystals, Mining Supplies and Rock Shop also offers a consignment program for those who wish to sell their stones. Mandell said her store takes a 30 percent commission for each item sold.
“Our store often experiences high traffic, meaning a lot of different people are visiting us on a regular basis,” said Mandell. “With such unique items, we are sure we will find potential buyers for our consignment items.”
Mining Supplies and Rock Shop also holds a variety of classes, including wire wrapping, gold panning and dry washer basics.
The wire wrapping class is held the first Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and the fee is $45. Mandell said students are instructed on how wrap wire around a stone to create a stunning necklace.
Gold panning and dryer washer basic classics are held periodically and fees range from $25 to $80.
According to Mandell, a popular activity at Mining Supplies and Rock Shop is its monthly field trip to places in and around the High Desert. The excursions are led by Justin Zzyzx, who Mandell said is an expert in all things related to rocks and minerals.
Those interested in participating in the field trips are required to purchase a six-month pass for $40, which includes several trips. The next one will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25 at the Ord Mountains between Victorville and Barstow. Stones such as azurite, malachite and hematite, as well as a variety of other bright crystallized minerals, can be found in the area, Mandell said.
“The field trips are highly educational and great for home schoolers,” said Mandell. “And the areas we go to are easily accessible by car, so you don’t need a fancy vehicle to get there by any means.”
Mining Supplies and Rock Shop is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.miningsuppliesandrockshop.com or call 760-244-9642.