The 10 Best Antique Stores in New Mexico! By
Finding the ideal antique or heirloom to round out a collection is all about the hunt for just the right piece and just the right price. You won’t be disappointed with a drive through the country’s fifth largest state. It may be a lengthy journey, but the prizes at the end of the road are high-quality, well-priced classic memorabilia representative of the knowledge and expertise of store owners throughout the state.
With a nod to her British roots, owner Pat Grah named her antique store after a street in Liverpool, England that was subsequently made famous in song by The Beatles. Since 2012, it has won “Best of Clovis” in the antique store category due in large part to the vast selection of vintage items, furniture, collectibles, boutique clothing and accessories, jewelry and, a top seller, British candy and groceries. Inventory constantly changes thanks in large part to the other vendors who call Penny Lane home. A well-organized, clean store that reflects the owner’s com-mitment to preserving the past.
In a small, charming historic building built in 1910 and smack dab in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, you’ll find a treasure trove of old toys, clothing, vintage crystal and glass, antique silver, furniture and the specialty of the house, antique jewelry from the Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras, as well as American, Indian and Asian selections. There’s jewelry in every nook and cranny, which makes a walk through the store a real treat for the eyes. Also, for more than 20 years, owner Janet Pugh, an award-winning silversmith and goldsmith, has been creating contemporary jewelry designs that are also on display.
Right next to the UFO International Museum, you’ll find this otherworldly mall filled with memories of the past … all of which are for sale. The wide-ranging variety of vendors creates a mall filled with unique collections of vintage household items, period furniture, classic clothes and, of course, a smattering of alien novelties. With great prices, great selection, lots of room to navigate the different booths and seven-day-a-week access, this is a mall that’s full of possibilities for the avid collector.
Step inside this quaint, adobe covered abode and experience the owner’s aspiration to create a place where time travel meets treasure hunt. With an eclectic selection of period furniture, architectural accents, garden decor, ceramics and unusual antiquities to browse through, this is not a place to hurry out of. A better choice is to sit-a-spell with the extremely knowledgeable and hands-on owners who travel extensively throughout the Southwest and South and Central America looking for unique antiques for their store, in a picture-perfect location at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
An expertise in Navajo antiquities, built during a 50-plus year career, has helped make owner Bill Malone a legend in Native American trading. His small store in the city’s downtown section specializes in Native American arts and crafts including Navajo rugs, Kachinas, pottery, jewelry where the old is interspersed with the contemporary. And the old is breathtaking—many of the rugs are hundreds of years old and still in flawless condition thanks to Malone’s well-established know-ledge on how to care for these treasures, an expertness he is willing to share. Malone’s an honest and helpful trader with a tightly-packed store filled from a life-time of collecting.
The turquoise-trimmed building that’s anchored a corner of the historic Old Town Plaza for more than 20 years is one of the town’s oldest antique shops. This multi-dealer shop has something for every collector from fine antiques to furniture to tchotchkes, souvenir postcards, western collectibles, vintage jewelry and old memorabilia. Not to be missed is the owner’s personal sock monkey collection. None are for sale, but it’s an impressive assortment. Spend some time and create your own walk down memory lane.
You’d be hard-pressed not to find what you’re looking for here—it has a large number of vendors that offer up a little bit of everything for all ages and all styles. Located in the heart of downtown, it’s chock-full of great finds: Vaseline and de-pression glass, western bits and pieces, pottery, fine china, books, postcards, old toys, linens, magazines, restored American antique furniture and costume, sterling silver and Native American jewelry. A perfect place to hunt for that missing piece in any collection.
Here the motto, “a good buy is a good deed,” is put into practice every day. As a fundraising conduit for Mesilla Valley Hospice, all proceeds from sales fund the programs and services of this organization. The store may be small, but it is jam-packed with antiques, collectibles, jewelry, gently used furniture and household items, all generously donated by those in the community. The inventory is ever-changing, which makes this an interesting place to return to … again and again.
The City of Hobbs claims, “It All Happens Here.” With more than 100 booths, Nana’s is right in step with that statement. Given the enormous selection of anti-ques, furniture, glassware, children’s clothes, western decor, vintage memorabilia, period bird cages, jewelry, ceramics and books, magazine and periodicals, your antique adventure can begin and end right here. Whether you spend an hour or an afternoon, it’s unlikely you’ll walk out empty-handed!
With more than 18,000 square-feet of floor space, you’d be hard-pressed to see everything in a day, but it’s well worth the effort to try. A diverse collection of vendors showcase a wide-variety of interests. If you’re looking for mid-century modern items, distinctive collectibles from the 1930s to the 1960s, you will defi-nitely get your kicks at this store on the old Route 66 (now Central Avenue). As you browse through the aisles of the city’s oldest antique mall, you’ll see civil war artifacts, vintage musical instruments, period clothing that includes men’s and women’s hats, shoes, dresses and suits, as well as collectibles that span 200 years of American and Southwest history.