Best trinket shopping in Santa Fe

Apr 17th, 2005, 05:38 PM
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Best trinket shopping in Santa Fe

Where might we find the best array of Indian arts and crafts to buy at a reasonable price this summer during our visit to Santa Fe?
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Apr 17th, 2005, 10:25 PM
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Under the portal in front of Palace of the Governors on the Plaza.

Indian Market is in August sometime, so if you will be in Santa Fe then, it is worth visiting.

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Apr 18th, 2005, 04:47 AM
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The suggestion about Palace of the Governors is a good one. But almost everywhere else in Santa Fe, crafts prices are very high. If you will also be in Albuquerque (the Old Town section), I suggest buying your crafts there. Prices are lower.
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Apr 18th, 2005, 05:46 AM
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If you truly mean "trinkets," consider a stop at Jackalope along Old Las Vegas Hwy.

And I also agree about shopping at the Palace of the Governors. Note, though, that the merchandise will be different from day to day. Made the mistake of not buying an unusual pair of earrings, then never saw the seller again over the next few days.
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Apr 18th, 2005, 06:38 AM
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Indian Market, this year is on the weekend of August 20.

It is an incredible experience...we have gone a number of times.

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Apr 18th, 2005, 07:53 PM
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If you make it to Albuquerque, head to the Pawn shops. You can get great deals. Don't accept their first offer. You can always get the prices down. I have bought beautiful silver jewelry at great prices there.
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Apr 18th, 2005, 08:18 PM
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there's usually some great stuff on ebay.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 06:51 AM
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I'd be cautious about what you buy on Ebay.

Some of what is sold as American Indian crafts was really made in Mexico or south America.

You can get some info here..
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Apr 19th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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The vendors at the Palace of the Governors are required to use only American-sourced materials and make everything by hand; furthermore, the silver has to be of a certain purity. So the prices aren't low--IMO, they're resonable given the excellent quality. I wouldn't call their wares "trinkets." Across the street from the Palace are some unregulated vendors that sell plastic beaded stuff, etc.--trinkets--at much lower prices.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 11:49 AM
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When you walk around the plaza area away from where the Palace of the Governors, you will often find Native Americans selling jewelry at less expensive prices. I don't know whether this reflects on the authenticity or quality of the items, but if you like it that's all that really matters anyway. You can also find all kinds of interesting stuff, not necessarily Native American, at the flea market on the road to Taos. It's open Fridays through Sundays during the summer.
Apr 21st, 2005, 04:17 PM
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I think Packard's on the Plaza has a wonderful selection of Indian arts.
Apr 22nd, 2005, 06:02 AM
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A number of the pueblos that allow visitors also sell crafts and jewellery that they make. We were particularly impressed with the pottery at Acoma Pueblo; Taos Pueblo had some lovely things too.
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Apr 22nd, 2005, 06:06 AM
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For selection and quality....nothing beats Indian Market in August
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Apr 22nd, 2005, 10:49 AM
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A quick note: bring cash, or have your ATM card ready to go, as the vendors at the pueblos and the Palace of the Governors accept only cash. (There are ATM's on the Plaza, but not at the pueblos, as far as I know.)
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Apr 26th, 2005, 12:37 PM
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We love the flea market! Great buys on turquoise and belts. Also, all other types of things as well and much much cheaper than the plaza price!!!

And during market, you won't get "reasonable" prices -- they (stores) tend to mark-up prices. Not the time for a bargain but you can get unique pieces from the artists if you get there early. Fun time in Santa Fe.
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