Celebrate Native American Culture at the Annual Santa Fe Marketplace

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Bazaar del Mundo's Santa Fe Marketplace

Bazaar del Mundo’s annual Santa Fe Marketplace brings the colorful arts, crafts and cultures of Native Americans and the American Southwest to its festive shops in Old Town, Friday through Sunday, September 16-18.

Amidst a vibrant outdoor marketplace, exquisite collections of authentic Native American jewelry, art, crafts and décor will be on display from Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their goods.

Art lovers will enjoy rare and stunning collections of Native American art and can also find an abundance of hand-made multi-stone inlaid jewelry, hand-woven Zapotec pillows and rugs, leather accessories, fetishes, storytellers, Pendleton blankets and one-of-a-kind, authentic Native American pawn jewelry.

Returning to this year’s festival, pawn trader Art Quintana will appraise visitors’ fine Indian jewelry and family heirlooms (up to two pieces each). With 30 years in the Native American jewelry business, Quintana’s collection of traditional and contemporary necklaces, bracelets, rings, bolo ties, concho belts, earrings, beadwork and more, present a treasure trove of items he has discovered in pawn shops throughout the Southwest.

In addition to Quintana, artists and traders attending include:

  • Jesse Hummingbird pursues both Cherokee and other American Indian themes in his acrylic paintings in what he calls “intertribal fantasy.”
  • Veronica Benally, a traditional Navajo artist whose handmade silver and/or gold bracelets with natural stones were awarded “Best in Show” from the Museum of Man in Balboa Park.
  • Federico returns with his stunning collection of dramatic turquoise, red coral and pearl jewelry.
  • John Balloue’s vibrant acrylic and mixed media paintings are held in many private and public collections, including the Cherokee Museum in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC; the SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Kim Yubeta uses vintage beads from far-off lands made of turquoise, coral, lapis, spiny oyster, amber, jet and onyx to fashion her necklaces that show in galleries throughout the Southwest.
  • Harry & Isabelle Benally are award-winning Navajo wood carvers who carve beautiful human and animal figures out of red juniper, aspen, cottonwood, redwood and alabaster.
  • George Willis incorporates natural elements such as horn, stone and bone into whimsical jewelry and accessories inspired by his Choctaw heritage.
  • Anomaly Imports offers a huge selection of hand-woven Zapotec rugs, blankets, runners and more in glorious colors.
  • Lester Abeyta from Santo Domingo Pueblo is a traditional lapidary artist best known for his beaded necklaces and lightweight earrings.

Santa Fe Marketplace visitors can take in this dazzling showcase while enjoying live musical entertainment, and mouth-watering cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. For more information, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.

San Diego’s Spectacular Showcase of Latin American Folk Art Returns to Old Town

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Bazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Show Set for Aug. 5–7

Latin American Festival San Diego

Delighting travelers and San Diego locals for decades, Bazaar del Mundo’s annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Show is set for August 5–7. A weekend of folk art, food, entertainment and San Diego’s largest collection of authentic Mata Ortiz pottery, shoppers will also find a vast array of artisan jewelry, vibrant Mexican clothing and colorful collectibles.

Bazaar del Mundo, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year as one of San Diego’s favorite destinations for food, folklore and fun, introduced the Southwest to its first spectacular showcase of Latin American folk art in 1982.

The lively marketplace takes place beneath a colorful array of elaborately decorated handmade booths and umbrellas, as artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and other Latin American countries showcase one of the most extensive collections of genuine Latin American folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry this side of the border.

Mata Ortiz pottery, based on a centuries-old art form renowned for its detailed process and hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols, will be the highlight of the event with several skilled potters showcasing their wares, including returning artist Jorge Quintana – a principal Mata Ortiz artist whose work has been displayed in museums all over the world.

Live demonstrations will be performed for eager festival-goers, as artists hack away at wooden stumps to reveal life-like animal figures, weave hand-pulled wool into intricate textiles and skillfully paint delicate designs onto hand-formed clay pots.

Other traditional crafts and sought-after handmade goods include: San Antonino embroidery, tinwork, Talavera pottery, Oaxacan wooden animal carvings, Guatemalan weaving, various colorful and symbolic wall art and sculptures, Huichol yarn and bead paintings and one-of-a-kind pottery from the farthest regions of Mexico.

Some of this year’s visiting artists include:

  • Claudio Jimenez Quispe: Renowned Peruvian artist known for beautifully detailed retablos
  • Daniel Paredes Cruz: Creator of intricately painted Day of the Dead-themed pottery
  • Annette Fussell: Mexican-themed folk art and jewelry artist
  • Pedro Montaño: Oaxacan weaver from Teotitlan del Valle showcasing marvelous wool rugs and runners
  • Denise and John Chicarelli: Guatemalan jewelry artists

TINKU, a Latin American folk band, will perform over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin America on authentic native instruments. Mouth-watering Mexican cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara restaurant will be for sale, completing the cultural aesthetic, making visitors feel as though they’ve stepped into one of Mexico’s rural markets.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Inside the colorful stores, shelves will be brimming with gifts and goods imported from Mexico and Latin America, as well as books on travel, culture, architecture, arts and crafts and food.

Join us for Fashion + Flavors, June 17-18!

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We’re celebrating the art of delicious design! Come indulge your “good taste” during Bazaar del Mundo’s “Fashion + Flavors,” a vibrant new event by Diane Powers featuring food, fashion and fun, Friday and Saturday, June 17–18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets in Old Town.

To give the event added “flavor,” Casa Guadalajara’s Chef Jose Duran will present cooking demonstrations of his popular summer salad and dressing recipes. Guests can enjoy tastings of his splendid creations along with a light lunch served in the beautiful Bazaar del Mundo courtyard at 11:30 a.m. both days.

For eager “fashionistas,” guest artists will showcase their handmade creations, including unique fashion accessories, clothing and crafts. Shoppers can peruse collections of silk scarves, leather handbags and jewelry made from metals, glass, semi-precious stones and sparkling jewels that are contemporary, as well as ethnically inspired.

Visiting artists include:

  • Mary Brown: Using unique stones and silver, Ms. Brown creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind ethnic jewelry pieces.
  • Bonita Chamberlin: Ms. Chamberlin presents silver and semi-precious stone jewelry,   handmade in Afghanistan to support local villages.
  • Beautiful Soul: Hand-crafted jewelry made with natural gemstones, pearls and metals.
  • Melissa Gladhill: Found objects and ceramic pieces are incorporated into Ms. Gladhill’s unique jewelry.
  • DanDee Silks: These hand-painted silk scarves, ruanas and ponchos are made and designed by self-taught, retired school teachers in brilliant color combinations.
  • Kim Yubeta: Attending Friday only, Ms. Yubeta creates one-of-a-kind “treasure” necklaces.
  • Erda Bags: Handbags for every event made from fine leathers and tapestries.
  • Rochelle DiMaggio: “Day of the Dead” inspires Ms DiMaggio’s jewelry.
  • Indiri Silver Jewelry: Made in Bali, each item is Fair Trade and handcrafted with pride in villages that specialize in ancient jewelry making, with techniques passed down over generations.

Musical entertainment will be provided by TINKU, performing over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin America on authentic native instruments.

Bazaar del Mundo’s Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day

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What do you get the mom who has (and does!) everything? At Bazaar del Mundo, we have thousands of unique gifts from all over the world, and hundreds more made locally here in San Diego.

Whether she’s a foodie, artsy or a fashionista – we’d love to help you find the perfect gift. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

  • Help her relax with beautifully fragrant and luxurious soups and lotions from England, France and more.
  • Keep her warm AND fashionable at the office with our large selection of colorful, luscious scarves from India.
  • Spark her creativity in our Libros Shop – whether she’s into cooking, home design or coloring.
  • Build a bouquet of handmade paper flowers that will never lose their beauty.
  • When in doubt, jewelry is the way to go! From fun and chunky to sparkly and elegant, you’ll find something to fit her unique style.

Visit our Facebook page for more ideas, or stop by our Shops at the corner of Juan and Taylor in Old Town. Don’t forget to ask about our signature gift wrapping!

International Home Décor for Spring at Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo Shops

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At Bazaar del Mundo, thousands of unique treasures from across the globe will add brightness throughout your home to celebrate spring – a colorful time of year!

Throw pillows, rugs and table runners are beautiful ways to add instant splashes of color to your living or dining rooms. Choose from a wide selection of embroidered and handwoven fabrics from Guatemala, Peru, Oaxaca, India and more.

Vibrantly painted talavera vases make wonderful accent pieces that add color in a fun and functional way. Our talavera collections also include plates, platters and pitchers, and can be found throughout our Shops.

Add ambiance to any room with one-of-a-kind Moroccan-inspired lamps. Hang one or display a cluster for a more dramatic effect.

For more inspiration, stop by the Design Center at Bazaar del Mundo and let us guide you in finding the right spring-time accessories for your home!

Bazaar del Mundo’s His & Hers Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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At Bazaar del Mundo, we have thousands of treasures from all around the world. While many would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, here are two ideas sure to be a home run this year:

For Her

Our new collection of Laurel Burch jewelry includes sterling silver designs with beautiful, whimsical hearts. These unique pieces are sure to delight the woman in your life. The collection includes various necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

LB jewelry

For Him

Daniel Wellington watches are a must-have for guys this spring! Available in leather or NATO straps, these sleek timepieces will make your guy feel like a million bucks. As one of the few stores in San Diego to carry the line, we’ll show you how easy it is to switch back and forth between straps to have a stylish component for every outfit.

natos and leather closeup

We know you want your gift to be a wonderful surprise. Our signature gift-wrapping adds a vibrant, festive touch.

For more Valentine’s Day gift ideas, visit our Facebook page, or come in to the Bazaar del Mundo Shops at the north entrance to Old Town on the corner of Juan and Taylor in Old Town, San Diego.

Holiday Gifts Under $25 at Bazaar del Mundo

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The countdown to Christmas is on – only 7 days left! Still searching for gifts that won’t break the bank? Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town San Diego has some fabulous finds for under $25:

  • Crafted with care in Vermont, colorful Sol Mate Socks are made from recycled cotton and available for men, women and babies in the Gallery. Sets come with two pair and a spare for $22.
  • Each Art of Hearts ornament is a limited edition work of art that can either hang on a tree or stand alone using the ornamental key included with every design. The ornament shown above features artwork by renowned artist Laurel Burch. Ornaments are $16 each.
  • For the modern gal, grab a pair of Touch Sensor Technology Gloves so she can send texts and emails on the go while keeping her hands toasty warm. Several colors available, $23 per pair.
  • Everyone knows an animal lover! The darling leather keychains shown above are perfect stocking stuffers for just about anyone. Made from beautiful Italian leather!
  • Made with vegan leather, our embroidered, Bohemian-style wallets have several compartments for keeping cards and cash handy with flair. Styles shown above are $23.

Waited till the last minute to do your shopping? We offer beautiful gift wrapping and shipping to make holiday shopping even easier. Ask an associate for more details.

Holiday Home Décor Inspired by Bazaar del Mundo

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Have you begun to decorate your home for the holidays? If you’ve visited Bazaar del Mundo lately, you may have noticed our Shops are alive with the holiday spirit.

Throughout the Shops, we have a collection of wonderfully dressed Christmas trees adorned with hand-crafted ornaments, Mexican paper flowers, colorful ribbons, and – for something a little out of the ordinary – creative folk art masks, dolls and gourd ornaments. These pieces of art are stunning on a tree or as gifts!

If you’re searching for holiday pieces to decorate your mantel or dining room table, we have a wide selection of hand-carved nativities and festive poinsettia table runners that will add holiday cheer to your home.

The holidays will be here before you know it! Visit Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town to find unique décor items from all over the world that will help turn your home into a holiday oasis.

Visit with Aarin Burch at Bazaar del Mundo on Saturday, November 21

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(Photo source: www.aarinburch.com)

(Photo source: www.aarinburch.com)

On Saturday, November 21, Aarin Burch, the daughter of art and fashion icon Laurel Burch will visit Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo for the launch of a new collection – reimagined and designed by Aarin – that includes jewelry, scarves, totes and more.

Bazaar del Mundo recently became one of the first recipients of this new line, which launched nationwide in October. As longtime friends of the Burch family, the Bazaar del Mundo team is overjoyed to welcome Aarin to San Diego.

Guests can visit with Aarin and discuss the new line while enjoying delicious refreshments, participating in a few drawings and giveaways, and getting a head start on their holiday shopping. We hope you’ll join us and help celebrate the life, legacy and spirit of our beloved friend, Laurel Burch.

Día de los Muertos: A Three Day Celebration at Bazaar del Mundo

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Dia de los Muertos at Bazaar del Mundo

Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration to remember past family and loved ones. Despite its title, the celebration is a vibrant and colorful tribute to the lives of those who have passed.

Celebrated annually on November 1 and 2, Bazaar del Mundo will continue the tradition of paying homage to the deceased with a three-day event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating, face painting and more.

As part of Old Town San Diego’s Annual “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce, Bazaar del Mundo will transform its shops into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations and guest artists selling Day of the Dead-themed jewelry, handbags, accessories, prints and cards to promote the holiday. Exotic sounds will be provided by Latin American folk group Tinku.

Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and face painting both days. Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults.

Next door, sister restaurant Casa Guadalajara will have a spectacular alter of its own, and offer Day of the Dead food and drink specials to help celebrate the holiday.

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 2, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops will highlight its alters and offer treats and children’s crafts through closing at 5:30 p.m.

The event is in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos three-day event, from 2 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, which includes “Tour of Altars,” a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites.

Parking tips: park for free across the street at Caltrans all day Saturday and Sunday, or take the trolley.

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