Well, as promised I am posting again this week, this time for some tips on how to save money on making your tack look fancy! I’ve been seeing crystal conchos on tack for the last few years, even in the show arena. It’s one of those things you either love or hate. Being a fan of anything shiny or sparkly, I kinda like them. They are, however, pretty pricey to buy as just single conchos and already a part of the tack. At Equine Affaire, I noticed a booth that had hundreds of pre-made crystal conchos ranging in price and I got to thinking, “I wonder if there are less expensive ways to get these?”
So, I did some shopping around on the internet and found a wholesale place called conchos.com. They have pre-made crystal conchos and all the supplies you could ever need to make your own, but to buy blank DIY conchos you have to buy in bulk. It doesn’t save too much to buy in bulk when you only need a few. The crystal ones from the site are less expensive on average about $5.00, but color combos are limited.
I did even more shopping around. You can cut your cost in half by making your own. Using Gem-Tac glue to adhere the crystals (I get mine from Jewelry Supply) and create whatever color and patterns crystal conchos you want. I’ve also found a concho place that you can buy in bulk or one concho at a time. Trigg Leather has a huge variety of conchos and sizes perfect for DIY crystal conchos. The best part about changing just your conchos on your chaps, bridle, or saddle is that if or when they go out of style it’s simple to change them back to the original plain conchos. Oh! There are also a ton of beautiful and unique conchos out there, if you’re looking to spruce up your tack but don’t want to go for the sparkly look. One last tip; some conchos require an adapter to be added to a saddle, simply purchase the saddle screw adapter for conchos you plan to add to your saddle!