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“Decent flea market, great location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Fe Traditional Flea Market
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Colorado
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148 attraction reviews
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“Decent flea market, great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

The Santa Fe Flea Market at the Downs is only open on a seasonal basis (in the summer), and there is plenty of free parking and no fee to get in (for shoppers). The weekend we visited many vendor spots were empty, but these fill up once the summer season is under way.

It can be pretty hot on the grounds, so keep that in mind, but there are food and drink vendors towards the back of the lot, just not much shade while walking around the market.

In reading some of the other reviews here: Yes, security is casual and unfortunately the one or two workers do not wear name badges, but if you need to find one, just ask a vendor and they can tell you who is on duty that day.

This is Santa Fe, after all, so it's a very laid back market, and you can find some goodies, unusual stuff, and bargains. If the price is too high, just negotiate with the vendor, like you would at any other true flea market. Again, for free shopper entry and free parking, it's a decent little market.

Visited May 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Like the best museum gift shop you were ever in--but the whole wide world is the show”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

I can honestly say that I came upon (many) artifacts that I had never encountered before, anywhere! Of course I've not traveled to Mali, Pakistan, Morocco. Objects that make one giddy not only because they're beautifully formed and pleasing to the eye but because they're evidence of an infinite and endless creativity and almost human lust for beauty--to create it, to live it, to celebrate it. Some of the more gorgeous items--elaborate costumes, magnificent jewelry, finely wrought decorative wares--are to be found at Coyote's Paw Gallery where the curators will gladly share their erudition with the curious. For me that was the highlight, the intellectual piece-- learning a bit about the traditions, rituals and values of the societies that foster these extravagant adornments.

My only quibble with the market as a whole, where you can get a pretty good cup of coffee while listening to a marvelous guitarist, is that there's no ATM machine on the premises. With the cash I had on hand I did buy two pairs of vintage silver Mexican earrings that I love wearing (and get many compliments on when I do) but when I go back next, I'll be even more prepared!

Visited May 2013
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New York
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“up and running!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

was just at The Flea at The Downs for their first weekend this season. More vendors than I've seen there before, great stuff, and a huge turnout of buyers too. Check out Bruce Gray for antique and vintage tools, and make a point to see Coyote's Paw Gallery, near the center front- I got some outstanding pawn Navajo jewelry there, very reasonable.

Visited May 2013
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“Not a flea at all thirty dollars for a two dollar hammer”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

I would like to see a market in sf with kinder vendors and kinder prices. The security is not very tight. The guy who collected my booth rent was rude and not respectful of my disability. Over all id say there are nicer people in albuquerqe

Visited May 2013
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Ucluelet
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Southwestern Traditions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Traditional outdoor flea market of Santa Fe is full of vengors selling bothn collectable items and tourist treasures. Do beware to check to see that your purchases were locally made, not Mexican imports. A great start to a great idea.

Visited October 2012
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