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#1 MrsV-to-be

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    Posted 02 August 2007 - 04:58 PM

    I want to do centrepieces that incorporate big shells (I think they are called conch shells?) Is there somewhere in the Playa del Carmen or Cancun area where we could get them? Rather then attempting to find them up here and bring them down?

    I understand that in some countries there are restrictions from removing them from the beach/ocean, unless you have special permission to do so. Does anyone know if that is the case in Mexico? If so, does that mean they are not available at all?

    #2 TATrisha

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    Posted 02 August 2007 - 05:14 PM

    Would you even be allowed to bring those into Mexico? I know many people have brought in starfish, but those are much less obvious. I wonder.

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    #3 MrsV-to-be

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      Posted 02 August 2007 - 05:26 PM

      hmm - that is a good question too.
      Though to be quite honest - I don't really care if they are fake or real...I wonder if you can get fake ones somewhere?

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      Posted 02 August 2007 - 05:27 PM

      Hmm, I like the idea. I've heard real shells smell, so maybe fake ones wouldn't! Plus, plastic ones are probably lighter and will be easier to transport!

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      #5 TracyK

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        Posted 02 August 2007 - 05:52 PM

        We took the ferry to Isla Mujeres when we went to Cancun and actually found a few on the beach. My son was so excited! They do sell them in the flea markets, I would wait and get them there.

        #6 MrsV-to-be

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          Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:49 PM

          Thanks ladies! Great ideas!

          So, If I don't find any cheap fake (light!) ones here, I will just wait until I get there!

          #7 Yazmin De La Mora

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            Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:48 AM

            Hello!
            I have been living in the area for almost 8 years and yes we have several sea stars and conch shells in Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, they are quite stinky and big but if you put them on the sun the smell will go away!

            I do not know if they let you bring shells into Mexico but i know they always suggest (at the airport and some hotels) not to be taken away from Mexico because it goes against the nature!

            I think that the best and cleanest idea would be to buy the plastic ones but that will have to be in your country because here in Mexico there is no plastic ones!

            If you decide to buy them you can deal or negociate a good price with the vendor so you can return it with the supplier and in this way you will contribute that they will not kill more!! and if you know a mexican person that can deal with them you will get a better price for sure!!!

            Whatever your decision will be, your centerpieces will look beautiful with shells!!

            Good Luck!

            Yazmin.

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              Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:00 PM

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              Originally Posted by Yazmin De La Mora
              Hello!
              I have been living in the area for almost 8 years and yes we have several sea stars and conch shells in Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, they are quite stinky and big but if you put them on the sun the smell will go away!

              I do not know if they let you bring shells into Mexico but i know they always suggest (at the airport and some hotels) not to be taken away from Mexico because it goes against the nature!

              I think that the best and cleanest idea would be to buy the plastic ones but that will have to be in your country because here in Mexico there is no plastic ones!

              If you decide to buy them you can deal or negociate a good price with the vendor so you can return it with the supplier and in this way you will contribute that they will not kill more!! and if you know a mexican person that can deal with them you will get a better price for sure!!!

              Whatever your decision will be, your centerpieces will look beautiful with shells!!

              Good Luck!

              Yazmin.
              Thanks so much Yazmin!
              Now that I know for sure there is lots of places to get them - I'll just buy them down there, put them out in the sun, and then maybe give them back! (good idea by the way!)

              Thanks! and yes, 1 of my good girlfriends is Mexican - so I'll be sure to bring her along!

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              Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:38 PM

              Try Michaels they have lots of fake shells!




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