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The creative spirit that reigns so prevalent in Taos – combined with the town’s position at a crossroads of Spanish, Anglo, and Native American cultures – makes for some truly interesting shopping. Of course, opportunities for fine arts and crafts purchases abound (although browsing can be just as fun!) in the plentiful galleries – some of the more reputed run along Ledoux and Bent Streets. Don’t miss the R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery, Inger Jirby Gallery & Sculpture Garden, or Parks Gallery. The Taos Plaza area and the neighboring John Dunn Shops (off Bent Street) offer plenty in the way of both predictable and upmarket souvenirs, while the nearby village of Arroyo Seco offers a couple of charming boutiques. Taos Ski Valley has stores specialized in winter sports equipment and gear. Taos-made products range from sage smudge sticks (these “sticks” of bundled sage are burned for their purported purification properties) to leatherwork and from chile powder to piñon nuts, while Native American items like drums, moccasins, and sterling silver pieces are also prevalent – many of the ground floor dwellings of Tao Pueblo have been converted to arts and crafts ateliers for Pueblo residents.

Shopping in Taos

Arroyo Seco Mercantile

Located en route to Taos Ski Valley, in the charming village of Arroyo Seco, Arroyo Seco Mercantile has served off and on as the town's general store for more than a century. This one-stop shop is stocked with household supplies, books, vintage western gear, candy, and their specialty Indian trade blankets

488 State Rd. 150, NM, 505-776-8806, www.secomerc.com
Tags: shopping | vintage | books

Cottam's Ski & Outdoor Shops

Cottam's is your all-in-one snowboard and ski equipment outfitter. Featuring locations in both Taos proper and the Ski Valley, this quality-brand-carrying establishment provides free overnight ski storage, a rent-to-buy purchase program, and offers discounts for reserving online.

207A Paseo del Pueblo Sur, NM, 800-322-8267; 505-758-2822, www.cottamsskishops.com
Tags: shopping | skiing

El Rincon Trading Post

Located in the historic downtown area, El Rincon Trading Post has a rich history of its own. Stop by to hear stories of its role in the town since its 1909 opening; check out the museum in the back, showcasing Native American, Hispanic, and Western U.S. artifacts; and shop for antique and contemporary American Indian products such as jewelry, Navajo rugs, pottery, baskets, moccasins, and more.

114 Kit Carson Rd, NM, 575-758-9188
Tags: shopping | jewelry | crafts | antiques

Millicent Rogers Museum Store

This museum store is a great source for regional art, including some of the best local pottery from Taos Pueblo, and nearby Santa Clara and Jemez. They also sell reproductions of Millicent Rogers jewelry designs and vintage Native American weavings and tin work.

1504 Millicent Rogers Rd., NM, 505-758-4316, www.millicentrogers.org/store.htm
Tags: shopping | art | jewelry

Native Arts & Craft Shop

This is one of our favorite arts and crafts shops amongst the many that fill the converted ground-floor dwellings of Taos Pueblo. The Tiwa Indian-owned shop features Native American jewelry, drums, tanned bags, moccasins, and more.

NM, 575-758-1753
Tags: shopping

Overland Sheepskin Company

To turn up a unique fashion item, head to this shop on the north side of town to find coats, gloves, blazers, hats, bags, and more fashioned out of shearling, fur, wool, sheepskin, cashmere, leather, microfiber, down, and wool. The sheepskin slippers are an all-around favorite.

1405 North Highway 522, NM, 575-758-8820, www.overland.com
Tags: shopping | menswear

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