Whoopee Bowl Antique Mall
Look For: An 11,000 square foot building, 7 acres of land—this place is indeed a “mall.” Find cast-iron stoves, light fixtures, stained glass, vintage metal signs, old record albums, classic toys, and the list goes on and on. The real draw—you’ve probably noticed them driving down the interstate—are the funky lawn statues and figurines.
Where: It’s a bit of a trek, but well worth the drive. Head east on I-10 towards El Paso. Take Exit 2, at Westway and Vinton. Mall is on the frontage road. 9010 N. Desert Blvd, Canutillo; 915-886-2855
Tip: Don’t go when you’re in a hurry. There’s tons to see and find here, and in 11,000 square feet, you may have to do a little hunting to find your perfect treasure—but isn’t that the fun of it?
Ron’s Southwestern Treasures
Look For: Ron Schade and wife Sylvia scour the Southwest for the unique and exotic finds in this shop. Here you’ll find items like a door from a hacienda that Pancho Villa stayed in, a cannon from a Spanish galleon, antique weapons, and Mexican Colonial artifacts.
Where: Find this shop in the La Plaza Shopping Center on Solano. It’s tucked back in a corner, so you might not see it from the road, but it’s worth doubling back for. 301 N. Solano Dr. #8; ronssouthwesterntreasures.com
Tip: If you want to do a different kind of treasure hunting, Ron’s also sells metal detectors.
The Cutter Gallery
Look For: In addition to the jewelry this shop is well known for, they also have a really nice selection of antiques and vintage items including estate silver, crystal, china, and furniture. Other treasures include artwork from 25 area artists.
Where: Even the building is historic. The gallery is located in the beautiful, yellow brick Hadley House built in 1906. You’ve passed by it many times; it’s right on the corner of University and El Paseo, 2640 El Paseo Rd.; the cuttergallery.com
Tip: They also do full service antique and art appraisals. The report will describe the item in detail, provide an approximate date of origin, a current market value, and a color photograph.
Mesilla Valley Estate Sales
Look For: Anything and everything, both old and new: Antiques, furniture, household items, jewelry, artwork, electronics, stamp and coin collections, even boats and vehicles. This isn’t a garage sale; estate sales are fancier and more plentiful.
Where: Check the classifieds or craigslist for upcoming sales. The two biggest players in town are Rio Grande Estate Sales (riograndeestatesales.com) and, you’ve probably seen the yellow and black signs for Mesilla Valley Estate Sales (mvestatesales.com). Visit their websites for photos of items in upcoming sales.
Tip: Get there early—lines form before the doors even open—or late—leftover items are usually discounted on the last day of the sale.
The Elegant Junque Shoppe
Look For: Owner Mary Miller has been selling her eclectic mix of jewelry, collectibles, furniture, and home décor items for more than 18 years, so she has a good eye for quality. You’ll find different eras and styles represented here, so go by when you have time to do a little browsing.
Where: Located right in the heart of the antique district on Picacho Ave., this is a good place to start your hunt. Make a day of it and stop in at some of the other shops— like S.O.B.’s Antiques right down the street—while you’re in the area. 608 W. Picacho Ave.; 575-526-3110
Tip: Hours vary at the stores along Picacho, so it’s a good idea to call ahead or plan to visit on Saturday when most are usually open.