Find vintage china and furnishings at Sparrow & Magpie Antiques.
You'll find several other first-rate design shops nearby on the neighborhood's main drag, Guadalupe Street. Bosshard Furnishings & Ethnographica deals in Southeast Asian ethnographics, like a 19th-century bronze-and-bamboo elephant bell from Burma, plus tapestries, architectural elements, statues, and ceramics from the Southwest and Africa. Just around the corner, Tarman Galleries stocks museum-quality furniture and art, including original works by Ernest Blumenschein, Albert Bierstadt, and Eliot Porter. When it comes to furniture, Tarman's owner buys heavily from local estates, gleaning finds such as a Louis Phillipe marble-top commode and a pair of early-20th-century Italian andirons.
At nearby Casa Nova, South Africa transplant Natalie Fitz-Gerald sells functional art from around the world, deftly mixing colors, textures, and cultural icons. Old and new items range from stylish pewter tableware from South Africa to vintage hand-carved votive offerings from Brazil. Next door at Asian Adobe, browse porcelain lamps, red-lacquer armoires, and other Chinese artifacts and antiques. Check out the contemporary wares of more than 70 northern New Mexico artists at Santa Fe Pottery, where you'll find everything from raku to wood-fired stoneware.
Unusual shops aren't the district's only noteworthy attractions. With an unflinchingly futuristic façade, Site Santa Fe museum presents provocative modern-art exhibits; the Fifth International Biennial show runs through January 9. Down the street, El Museo Cultural hosts rotating art exhibits, musical performances, and lectures celebrating the city's rich Hispanic heritage; it's also the indoor winter site of Santa Fe's farmers' market.