Winfield Trading Company has become one of our "go-to" destinations when we travel America's beautiful Southwestern roads. OK, its a store that sells Native American jewelry, art, pottery, and other hand made items. But what a store! Winfield trading (http://www.winfieldtradingcompany.com/) is one of the largest wholesale outlets for Native American arts and crafts in the world.
The bulk of their business is wholesale, but their store at 1830 State Hwy 602 just 20 miles South of Gallup New Mexico is the most up-scale venue for Native arts & crafts I have ever seen.
Two examples may provide a better description: Last August I was looking at a piece of horsehair pottery being sold by one (of the very many) vendors who line the overlooks at Canyon De Chelly, AZ. Asking price was $200. I bought a less ornate piece at Winfield trading for $20, reduced because the lip of the vessel was chipped. Selection is enormous. My wife was looking at a small hummingbird pin of opal & silver. The clerk brought out a box with at least 50 similar pins, differing only in the shades and tints of the opal. We saw the identical design at Carlsbad Caverns for 20% more, but with far less of a selection.
The range of merchandise they carry is much greater than can be displayed in their small store. I asked about belts, and was led into one of their living room-sized vaults that was lined floor to ceiling with all manner of arts & crafts.
The bottom line here is that Winfield Trading Company should be on your itinerary if you are anywhere near Gallup, NM and are interested in Native American arts & crafts. Besides, the drive down Highway 602 from Gallup is very scenic, and provides a gateway to two very beautiful and under-visited National Monuments at El Moro and El Malpais via state highway 53 to the East.
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