Novice Grower, Pro Sampler Here; Mostly a lurker but for what it's worth, I thought I'd share my experience:
I went to 3 Gene Traders (THClub) events since like March 2017... first event I heard about thru reading Chunkypigs' thread while educating myself on strain genetics.
I showed up hoping to trade various beans for some diversified genes. Keep in mind my beans weren't prettily packaged, just dime baggies w some birdseed in em. So i got into the THClub and walked into a huge open room, with vendor tables starting on my left in an "L"pattern down that half of the room. On my right was a long bar counter which reached to the wall, with a few pub tables and picnic benches spaced out with a stage in the far-right corner and a few more vendor tables in the middle.
So I'm making my way counter-clockwise, soaking it all in... I was just astounded bc I'd never seen anything like it: Gallon-sized mason jars full of not just flowers, but some of the nicest, stinkiest, dankest, frostiest, HT-Cover-looking flowers I'd ever seen! Concentrates like a mu'faka; everywhere I looked there was wax, rosin, liquid oils...medicated chocolates, lozenges, whoopie pies... Dab rigs set up, RAW cones getting stuffed: I remember thinking: Amsterdam ain't got nothing on this!
So like I said, I was planning to diversify my genetics, not buy flowers _I'd brought my own. But how cool was it to buy a gram of some flowers I'd never before chanced to come across... and pack a bowl to sample right there?!?! Now after I'd worked the room, taken my 1st dab (YEAH!), and sat down @ pizzashop-looking picnic table, I started to roll up something I can't remember (lol), but wanted to sample for pain relief. I was kinda bummed that no seed vendors were present, or so I thought...
Well I'm enjoying my smoke with my back towards the right-side wall and stage, but I can kinda hear some guys chatting up genetics behind me near the pub tables. Well, I turned around and saw the "Chunkypigs" poster and "HIGH-fived" myself internally... Just who I was hoping to talk to. So once I got a chance I came over and shared some dank goodness and convo, which was reciprocated. He'd set up @ a pub table, guerilla-style, with what looked like around a dozen jars of stinky, frosty flower samples...Not just for seeing and smelling. Chunky's a very cool, knowledgeable, down-to-earth kinda guy to cyphe with...We smoked up, i took advantage and peppered him w questions about all things cannabis... I met more peeps and I traded CP some CrackerJack seeds for PantyBreath beans and other quality genetics.
All-in-all a very worthwhile experience for me!
Recommendation: GO! I don't care if you're wanting flowers, seeds, clones, concentrates, or edibles. They will be there, fo' sho'! Maybe you just wanna go for the "experience"? DO IT! Very different than a dispensary experience...
I am a CANNABIS CONNOISSEUR, AKA THE CANNASSEURRR (with 3 R's), and I have a passion for all things cannabis... Hope to meet up w some of you there!