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 email@example.com.
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