Santa Fe flea market launches Christmas Market

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Santa
Fe Traditional Flea Market, which ended its first summer season at Oshara
Village with the snows of mid-November is launching a two-weekend indoor
Christmas Market at El Museo Cultural, 1615 Paseo de Peralta on the Rail Yard.
The first weekend will be held Dec. 12-13; the second weekend of the Christmas
Market will be held Dec. 19-20.

The Christmas Market will feature gift-quality
affordable antiques of all sorts including jewelry, furniture, textiles,
clothing, and works of art, as well as traditional flea from grandma’s attic.

The hours of the
Traditional Flea Christmas Market at El Museo will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Upwards of 70 vendors are expected to participate. Parking is free at the Rail
Yard Underground Garage during this period, and the market is also free to the
public.

“We reached an agreement
with the El Museo Board at the beginning of the weekend,” Walt Borton said,
“and notified our regular vendors by e-mail, and updated our Web site Sunday
morning.”

“We started taking
reservations for space at 6 p.m. Sunday night,” he continued, “and by 9, after
more than 40 phone calls, vendors from Denver, Albuquerque, Mountainair, Taos,
as well as many of our Santa Fe regulars had booked.”

Just a few of the vendors
already committed to the Christmas market in the first few hours are Santa Fe
area Native American specialist Bud Callahan; jewelry designer Tom Dewitt; and
antiques dealers Bill Hawn, Mary Kirst and Clarence Vigil.

Antiques dealer
Lewis Bobrick is coming from Denver; fine women’s attire will be sold by
Cynthia Williams of Albuquerque; and Ethnographic dealers already committed
include Wilbur Norman, Robert Fiedler and Cecil Sanchez.

Contemporary jewelry
stylist Chanel Segura, bone and antler artist Ron Laerd and antiquarian book
dealer Shirley Jacobson are also participating.

A regularly updated list of
vendors will be added to the Web site, www.santafetraditionalflea.com.

The Christmas Market may
evolve into a long-term Winter Market for the region’s fast growing and popular
old-fashioned flea market. After the premier season of the Santa Fe Traditional
Flea Market, during which the market grew from 24 vendors on July 12 to
approximately 150 by Indian Market, leveling at about 100 through November,
vendors asked market owners Cook and Borton to identify an indoor spot for the
winter months.

“If the
vendors, the public and the El Museo board find the Christmas Market a positive
experience,” Borton said, “it is likely that the Santa Fe Traditional Flea
Winter Market will become a weekend fixture on the Rail Yard until we can go
back outside.”


At El
Museo Cultural on the Rail Yard

WHAT: The Santa Fe
Traditional Flea Christmas Market

WHERE: El Museo
Cultural, 1615 Paseo de Peralta on the Rail Yard
WHEN: Dec. 12-13 and
Dec. 19-20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
CONTACT: Walt Borton,
505-982-2671 or walt@waltborton.com.

— Posted by Karen Knapstein

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