There is a hidden shopping gem for authentic arts and crafts shopping in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is located at the El Mercado del Museo, in the Railyard District vicinity, across from the indoor Santa Fe Farmer's Market. It is open from the end of September to the end of May, every year.
Nothing warms my heart more than to talk to the artists directly. It gives a story to what I am purchasing, a meaning, and a forever memory. Most importantly, you know you are shopping local and supporting artists in the community you are visiting.
The market is quite large and has numerous booth, flea market style. Some items are vintage, and some are new. It has everything from hand-painted crafts and hand made leather clothes, hats, Indian art, pottery, fine art, handwoven garments, jewelry, textiles, rugs, antiques, furniture, books, note cards, live music, food, and more.
I absolutely love Elizabeth McNitt's hand-painted bowls. When you enter the market, you will see her in-progress painting. If you look at the top picture and compare it to the bottom, it is the finished end product. I returned a week later to buy the bowl. I also bought several bird bowls for gifts and a Santa Fe, patterned bowl for my daughter. My dad also bought several hand-painted bowls to bring back to Norway as gifts as well.
To purchase your own bowls or painting, please contact Elizabeth McNitt, Painted Bowls and Contemporary Paintings. Phone: 505-983-3620, Cell: 505-795-6822, email: email@example.com, website: elizabethmcnitt.weebly.com
Pam Dietrich's leatherwork is stunning! The craftsmanship and attention to detail is perfection. To own one of her works of art would be a true Santa Fe style fashion statement! To purchase one of Pam's leatherwork, contact: Pam Dietrich Deerskin Bags & Clothing. Contact 505-577-1076, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have already bought all my Christmas cards early from Douglas Johnson of Obsidian Mountain. I just love his artistic style. If you look closely at his cards near his hands, there are rectangular shaped cards of trains at the train station. I bought these stunning cards too. For more information, please email, DouglasJohnson556@icloud.com.
Douglas also sells a variety of beautiful prints.
Can you imagine wearing one of these beautiful hats? They are an authentic southwest fashion piece. To see more and learn how to purchase, please contact Thunderbird Hats, phone: 620-820-9028 @thunderbirdhats.
Barbara Knupper has beautiful handwoven scarfs, ponchos, jackets, rugs, and yarn for sale. At the market, you can see her in progress weaving, and it is fascinating to watch, I have to say. To purchase, or learn more about her original creations in fiber and metal, please visit her website at www.artfulartisan.com or email her at: email@example.com.
Aura Dez artistic expression is astonishing to see! My photos on the internet do not do her work justice. It would be best if you saw her work in person to appreciate the fine details. She does mixed media painting, wire art jewelry, and original photography. You can find her at booth #19 at the El Museo winter market and during the summer at the Santa Fe Flea Market at booth #158. She also offers Mixed Media Classes. For more information, please check out her website at www.auradezfa.com.
I have bought so many cards and a T-Shirt from Hillary of Hillary Vermont Studio Santa Fe. If you know Dexter and me, you probably know what print I bought first! Besides what you see in the photos, she also has magnets and clocks. For more information, her email is HillaryVermont@HotMail.com. To view more of her products, she is on Etsy at HillaryVermont.Etsy.com
Here are a few wonderful other vendors I do not have contacts for...
Yes, used boots for $90 and $85.00!
El Mercado del Museo is open typically at the end of September each year through the end of May on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. It is directly across from the Santa Fe Farmer's Market. The address is 555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
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I first learned about arts and crafts from my good friend Marcia who is like a second Mom to me. I was probably just five years old when she set me up with my table with supplies in what is now called a ‘She Shed.’ She has greatly influenced my life creatively and in so many other ways too. She is inventive, artistic, and is ahead of her time. Please follow my blog posts to help support small businesses and entrepreneurs and remember to shop local. Thank you, Linda