"Not Utility and Not a Shack" Top 5 Page for this destination Southwestern Goods Tip by AlbuqRay
Southwestern Goods, Albuquerque: 9 reviews and 12 photos
Unfortunately the Utility Shack closed (at least temporarily) in late December 2013 after 40 years of buying directly from Native American artisans and selling jewelry, pottery, baskets, rugs, etc. The Stouts must deal with some health issues but have left open the possiblity of reopening. Meanwhile, they will be missed.
Don't let the name or the location fool you. This is one classy store. It is like going to a Native American museum and gallery. Don't miss the back of the store where things are for sale but look more like art exhibits. There is also a vintage jewelry case, where people have sold their old jewelry to the store. I have made some real finds there. It is both a retail and wholesale place, so most items cost half of what they are marked, i.e., the prices are good. The service is friendly, helpful and low key. Definitely one of the best, if not the best, places to buy Native American art and crafts in Albuquerque. BTW, the name cames from the fact that Linda and David Stout originally opened the business in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in 1974 in an actual utility shack. They moved to Albuquerque two years later.
What to buy: You can find all kinds of authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, sculptures, blankets, rugs, kachinas and fetishes.
What to pay: You can find items like $4 earrings, $15 fetishes, $60 bracelets, all the way up to museum-quality pieces that cost thousands of dollars.
Address: 11035 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
Directions: On the north side of Central Avenue (Old US-66) between Eubank and Juan Tabo Blvds.
Phone: (505) 292-0174 or 400-2307
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