Cactus & Succulent Society of San Jose

2019 Fall Show And Sale

What Is It?

A two-day combination of show and sale. The show will be a little different from previous years: in order to more generously space the sale tables, the show will be limited to a display of specifically-invited plants. We hope to return to a full-fledged, judged show in the spring.

For sale, meanwhile, will be a wide variety of cacti and succulents, along with pots and assorted accessories; the vendors who raised the plants from seeds and pups will be there to answer your questions and provide suggestions.

When Is It?

Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and
Sunday, September 25th, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

To automatically add the event to your calendar, pick the day or days of interest from the set below.

Where Is It?

At the Petersen Middle School in Sunnyvale, not far from the intersection of El Camino Real and Lawrence Expressway.

What Else Do I Need To Know?

A few things to make your visit as much fun as possible:

  • No early birds, please. The doors open at 10:00 on Saturday, and not before.
  • Saturday morning tends to be extremely busy! If you’d like a quieter time to visit, we’d recommend Saturday after 2 pm, or Sunday.
  • Pets, in particular dogs, are not allowed. (Sorry. It’s not that we don’t love them. It’s just that it’s safer for everyone if they stay home, and in any case, school rules forbid it.)
  • To make shopping safer and more pleasant, the aisles will be 50% wider than in previous years.
  • Masks are encouraged. We will be monitoring the number of people in the room in order to maintain a safe atmosphere for our visitors and volunteers.
  • Even though the aisles are wider than in years past, and you’re welcome to bring your cart to help transport all of your purchases, please keep your cart out of the aisles themselves. You’re welcome to park your transport in the Cart Corral, adjacent to the Plant Hotel, until you’re ready to check out.
  • You may want to take advantage of our Plant Hotel to hold your plants while you continue shopping. Be sure to hang on to your claim check, so you can retrieve your plants. (Please note that plants must be must be picked up 90 minutes before the end of each day’s sale. Also, those who’ve attended previous Show and Sale events should note that the Plant Hotel has moved, and is now outside the building, in the courtyard.) For more details on the Plant Hotel, see the Plant Hotel FAQ.
  • You can sign up for membership at the Show and Sale. Please note, however, that we will not be taking membership signups at the door during early access.
  • Ask questions! Many of our members are highly-regarded experts, and are more than happy to talk about cactus and succulent plants.
  • You may pay for your purchase using cash, a check, or a credit card. Our systems support Apple Pay and Google Pay. If you make your purchase with a credit card, please note that the sale will show up on your statement as “Northern California-Los Altos”.
  • For additional information and member-oriented minutiae, see Show and Sale Stuff.

How Can I Help?

Thanks for asking! There are several things you can do before and during the event.

  • Volunteer! If you're a member, please consider volunteering. You get to interact with customers, as well as fellow club members, in a fun environment. Have a look at the signup page to see what slots are still open.
  • Tell your friends. Point them at our website and this page, as well as at the club’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
  • Bring your own boxes or reusable containers. While we amass a large set of boxes for your use before each sale, their numbers tend to dwindle as the day progresses. Scrap paper — old newspaper, or packing paper — is also immesely useful for padding purchases securely.