Part of what makes Santa Fe so amazing is our collection of unique, independent small businesses. But in all honesty, the only way they’re going to stick around is if we all make an effort to support them.
Since most of us will be doing a little (or a lot of) gift buying this holiday season, I wanted to point out a few of my favorite consignment shops here in town. When you consider the supply chain woes, shipping delays, and limited availability of so many goods, shopping local is not only supportive—you’ll find items that are actually obtainable right here and now!
I visit these places often to see what new and fascinating items they have in stock. I even use a few of them to consign items from clients who are downsizing, moving, or decluttering.
Read on to see how you can support Santa Fe businesses and #shopsmall this year. Happy Holidays!
Just north of Cerrillos on Camino Carlos Rey, Consignment Warehouse is a reliable go-to for contemporary pieces and unique modern styles. Each time I visit, I find something cool. It’s housed in a grey, metal-sided building with a distinguished and modern red sculpture out front. They have a clear commitment to our community, having kindly donated furniture in the past for the transitional housing projects I help organize for a local non-profit.
Despite being housed in a huge building, you might miss Congeries as you drive down Cerrillos. The vast industrial-sized building is just across from the Santa Fe Indian School but once you walk in, you’re transported to a wonderland of furnishings, artwork, rugs—you name it. The styles include industrial, bohemian, Santa Fe, and traditional. Congeries has also been a great support to those in need by providing donated items for the Esperanza Shelter.
In a historic schoolhouse building from 1886, La Casa Fina is just southwest of the Plaza on Sandoval street. The shop always has a great selection of furnishings and décor with Santa Fe style and strong Spanish influences. A portion of their inventory is consignment, and a portion is sourced from antique markets near and far, but all items carry an Old World charm.
On an unassuming stretch of Cerrillos, you’ll find what I think of as the godfather of Santa Fe consignment shops. Stephen’s Consignment has been around for ages and their collection has broad appeal. Art, jewelry, furniture, and décor cover styles that range from mid-century modern to timeless.
You can’t miss The Raven. A deep red building with a glossy black bird on the side, it’s right there on Cerrillos near Baca. This place has the best window dressing in Santa Fe. Each month it changes and you never know what great pieces will be on display. They have everything from tiny curios to giant roadside signs. Look for unique antiques that include lighting options, fascinating Art Deco pieces, vintage craft styles, and Americana décor. They even have outdoor collections.
Just south of the Whole Foods on Cerrillos, there’s a small shop called Sal Hamdy Antiques. Sal carries the best antiques in European, Spanish, Asian-inspired designs. You’ll find mid-century modern, unique decorative accessories, art, and even some serious bling for the home. This place always has those unique pieces that fit perfectly into our fabulous Santa Fe nichos. SANTA FE FINE CONSIGN
Between Midtown Bistro and Chocolate Maven, the simply named Santa Fe Consign houses a huge, ever-evolving collection of furniture. The store is wall-to-wall great stuff. I honestly don’t know how they manage to keep everything looking so fresh and accessible. You’ll find collector’s pieces, antiques, and plenty of pieces with traditional styles.