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.

Laurel Burch Fans, Rejoice! New Jewelry Collections Available at Bazaar del Mundo

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Laurel Burch has long been embraced by art collectors and kindred spirits throughout the country for her unique and whimsical designs. Inspired by her desire to give and passion to create beauty, Laurel’s art transcends cultures, crosses the boundaries of age and race, and reflects her love for life.

At the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town San Diego, we are huge fans of Laurel Burch and even have a dedicated gallery of her work. As longtime friends of Laurel and her family, we are thrilled to be one of the first locations in the world to showcase the new Laurel Burch jewelry collections.

Laurel passed away in 2007, but her legacy lives on through these new collections designed by her daughter, Aarin Burch. Designs range from “Retrospective” takes on Laurel’s early work, to modernized versions of her “Iconic” designs.

Fans of her fantastical feline designs will fall in love all over again with the debut of Burch’s new “Classic” jewelry collection – featuring her signature cats, as well as brightly colored exotic birds. The enamel is made of brass with either a rhodium or gold finish. These new pieces have arrived at the perfect time – whether you’re hoping to get a head start on the fast approaching gift-giving season, or simply wish to add to your own collection.

The whimsical designs and brightly colored, free spirited creatures in this collection remind you to play, to dream, to laugh and sing, and most of all – to pretend you have wings and use them.

Come visit Bazaar del Mundo’s Laurel Burch Gallerita to see these new collections and help us celebrate the life of a beloved local icon.

Celebrate Native American Culture at Bazaar del Mundo’s Santa Fe Marketplace

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Santa Fe Marketplace - Bazaar del Mundo

Some of the Southwest’s finest artists will come together to celebrate their Native American cultures and showcase their wares during Bazaar del Mundo’s Santa Fe Marketplace, Sept. 18 to 20 in Old Town. Guests will enjoy an unforgettable weekend filled with exquisite collections of fine jewelry, art, hand woven rugs, Pendleton blankets and more.

The annual event, held at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town, is San Diego’s prime destination for stunning and authentic Native American jewelry, colorful collectibles, creative fashions and unique home décor.

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.

The festival is a colorful outdoor marketplace featuring Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo creations, presented by tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their wares.

More than 25 artists will be in attendance, including:

  • Circle JW’s Jack Whittaker works with Navajo jewelers to create beautiful silver rings, earrings, necklaces, cuff bracelets and pendants inlaid with turquoise, spiny oyster, sugilite, gaspeite, lapis, onyx and many other gemstones.
  • George Willis incorporates natural elements such as horn, stone and bone into whimsical jewelry and accessories inspired by his Choctaw heritage.
  • 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.
  • Bernie Granados, Jr., with roots in both the Apache and Zacatec tribes, is a multi-talented artist who works in a variety of mediums – embossed acrylic paintings, watercolor, Prismacolor pencil, wood carvings, ceramic and bronze. His art features beautiful images of horses, buffalo and ancient ancestral figures.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.

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