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Santa Fe's flea market.

SANTA FE IS KNOWN as a shopper's paradise, but not necessarily because of the prices. Original art and finely crafted wares fetch prices that in part reflect the high rents in and around the Plaza, leaving little for those whose pocketbooks don't stretch very far.

Trader Jack's Santa Fe Flea Market can help. Long a well-kept secret among local designers and collectors, the market offers a broad range of bargains in everything from jewelry to furniture, and from housewares to auto parts. A stroll among the stalls can turn up handcarved wooden tables from Mexico, brightly colored textiles from Guatemala, authentic Native American jewelry, and carpets from Turkey and Central Asia.

The vendors frequently are as entertaining as the merchandise, with stories to tell of life on the swap-meet circuit in the West. (But don't believe everything you hear!)

The market is open year-round, from around 7 to 3 on Fridays, and from 7 to 6 or later on weekends. Saturdays are usually the best days; arrive early to get the best selection.

On Fridays, you'll compete with fewer shoppers, but you'll find fewer vendors as well. By late Sunday, wares are somewhat depleted, but good buys can still be had, especially on jewelry.

The market is about 4 miles north of downtown, on N. St. Francis Drive (State Highway 84/285) 3/4 mile past the entrance to the Santa Fe Opera.
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Title Annotation:Travel; New Mexico
Date:Mar 1, 1992
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