In The Middle of Nowhere: Rattlesnake Crafts & Rocks!by Jim Gressinger on Apr. 19, 2012, under Day/Weekend Adventures, Odds 'N Ends & Odds, Scenic Back Roads, Southern Arizona Attractions, Things To Do With The Kidz, Tombstone
One of the stranger places we visited on our tour of Southeastern Arizona is John & Sandy’s Rattlesnake Crafts & Rocks.
John makes wallets, belts, and other useful items and souvenirs out of rattlesnake skins and sells them out of an old trailer. He also collects a lot of stuff others have discarded as junk.
Here you will find literally tons of Old West artifacts lovingly horded for decades and on display for your amusement. Old signs, bottles, tools, boots, lanterns, you-name-it.
Here too is a fine rock and gemstone collection. But the only stuff that’s for sale here is what’s price-marked inside the old trailer.
Although we met Sandy, there’s no one here to wait on you. And payment is by the honor system. Just outside the trailer is as box with a sign over it that reads:
If you like anything that’s priced, leave money or check payable to:
“John Weber” in box. Thanks!
I purchased a knife in a snake skin sheath to use both as a letter opener and a conversation piece. Inside the box on a note pad I wrote what I had taken and the price – $19 – and dutifully placed a crisp $20 bill in the clip.
You might think that I over-paid by a dollar. Not so. Just walking around this place looking at the extensive collection was well worth the extra buck.
You too can enjoy John & Sandy Weber’s Rattlesnake Crafts and bountiful collection. Take the road to the ghost town of Gleason 15 miles east of Tombstone. And yes, it was out in the middle of nowhere. But that was half the fun.