Touring N.M.

Craft Shopping in Las Cruces

Born from her grandfather’s idea, Sabrina Lopez sells these wooden chile ristras at the Farmers & Crafts Market.
Jon Knudsen, December 2017
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Looking for something a bit more exciting than standing in long checkout lines at the mall and suffering through post-spending regret?

My wife MaryAnn and I did something new for our shopping adventure this year. We packed up the car and headed down to Las Cruces. Our destination? The seven block long Farmers & Crafts Market held in downtown Las Cruces at 125 N. Main St.

We drove down on Friday, got a room at the Lundeen Inn of the Arts then went off to Mesilla for supper at La Posta. With great food and the historical ambiance of an 1880’s stagecoach stop, it is a must-do for anyone touring through the area.

The following morning, we made our way to the Farmers & Crafts Market on the lookout for an out-of-the-ordinary shopping experience. Here’s what we found.

The first booth we stopped at was Nelly Lynch and her clocks made out of old vinyl records. They were perfect for adding a bit of humor to someone’s bedroom, kitchen or den. The cost: $20–$30.

Next, we strolled up to Jodi Lopez and her surprising Hip-Hop Hippy Products table. Jodi specializes in homemade organic natural body and home items. We snagged a quart of all-natural laundry soap which not only appealed to us but could also be just the thing for that young undergrad bunking in a college dorm or a family friend who’s always on the prowl for more natural alternatives. The cost: $7.

Among the many worth mentioning were Rob Hinton’s booth selling bottle caps and woodworking items to raise money for his five-year-old grandson’s college fund, Zach Nimble’s booth of steampunk décor and Jack Burroughs selling his large wooden alphabet puzzles for $25 each, a labor of love that pays him only about $5 an hour.

At his booth, Art Serna was making wooden trucks and banks with locking brass doors from antique post office boxes. Various soap artisans were also selling beautiful handcrafted bars scented with everything from rosemary to dirt. Yes, (chuckle) dirt!

Painters, potters, and buskers lined Main Street for seven busy blocks. After two hours of unique and quirky shopping, we left Las Cruces and were back in Albuquerque by 4 p.m.

Jon Knudsen is a contributor to Dukecityfix.com and teaches about New Mexico at UNM’s Department of Continuing Education. Email him at johnny_mango@yahoo.com.

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