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Flea Mart is—as the reader may already have deduced from its no-nonsense name—a sizeable indoor flea market, where more than eighty vendors sell their wares on consignment. It might be easier to attempt to describe the contents of this place by what they do not have, rather than attempting the impossible feat of listing everything they do. A little poking around can yield awesome bargains on clothes, books, music, furnishings and much, much more. Past amazing finds include a pair of two-tone, sharkskin men's cowboy boots and a beautiful antique treasure chest. - Pip Lustgarten
The influence on New Mexico arts, crafts and architecture by Mexican artisans is evident at Potteryland. You will find an amazing assortment of home decorating items that have been imported from Mexico. Check out the Chimineas. These patio fireplaces, made from pottery in different shapes and sizes, are a wonderful addition to a backyard gathering. You can spend hours here strolling through the handmade garden tables and benches that sit alongside bird baths, flower pots, sun faces, fountains and statues. You will not find better prices unless you go to Mexico.
The Old Town Emporium stocks New Mexican tourist souvenirs in every form. Some items, such as painted pony figurines, Southwestern patterned socks, and slogan tees, hats and sweatshirts, definitely constitute stereotypical tourist fare. But there are also décor accents that can lend a Southwestern touch to your home, plus attractive gifts to be found amidst the tat. Gifts include candles, incense, leatherwork, candies, and fiery foods. Options for your home include punched tin light switchplates, unique Southwestern Christmas ornaments, glassware and coasters. Housed in a beautiful building, the store is worth a stop when you're in the vicinity of the historic Old Town plaza. -Pip Lustgarten
At D'Anz Ltd. few items are as readily recognizable as New Mexican as turquoise and silver jewelry. This is a good place to look if you are shopping for Native American jewelry. A great selection of sterling silver bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces are showcased. The prices are reasonable and the personal customer service offers assistance in locating that perfect keepsake. Jewelry can be custom made to suit your taste and style and a selection of arts and crafts is available.
Do not let the misspelling of the name fool you (chile, the plant and its products, is spelled with an "e"), there is authentic Chile merchandise inside Chili Patch USA. Salsas run the gamut from mild to hot, hot, hot. You can purchase ristras, and Chile ristra lights, as well as, aprons, T-shirts caps, neckties and bibs. Special New Mexican gifts like Pinon coffee, Chile pistachios and popcorn can be purchased then shipped anywhere in the world.
Housed in the first public school building in Albuquerque (1881) this co-op gallery in Old Town is an outlet for some exceptional local talent. Joy Easton creates watercolors of almost touchable terrain. Mary Madsen uses oil and watercolor to take Southwestern scenery a step beyond the usual. It is well worth a visit to Yucca Art Gallery, just to view the colorful stoneware of Pat Stolgren or the oil miniatures of New Mexico's ancient churches by George Hight.