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Every tourist town has its traders of tchotchkes and Moab seemed to have acquired few more of those than when we were here 7 years earlier. Yessiree, the stuff was everywhere and much of it stuff I'd seen everywhere else in the Southwest. Spare me another t-shirt, paperweight, shot glass, coffee cup, whatever-the-hell-it-is with Kokopelli slapped on it? Eeesh.

This region of the U.S. is blessed with talented artisans of beautiful jewelry, pottery, basketry, textiles, leather and woodworks. It's well worth the effort - and a few extra dollars - to find and choose handmade items that are unique and carefully made. In most cases your purchase will also be contributing to the local economy and/or to keeping the art of traditional craft alive and well.

So don't buy the first thing you see! Take the time to browse the shops; the same trinkets you see over and over again are the same mass-produced trinkets thousands of other people already own, and were probably made in heaven-knows-where so turn them over and look for where that was. The best pieces will either be be signed by the artist or sold by reputable dealers able to tell you who they were crafted by and provide printed proof of authenticity.

Hint: if it's behind glass, it's more likely to be the real deal. This, of course, doesn't apply items too large to be protected as such.

What to buy: Handcrafted kachinas, silver jewelry, traditional tribal pottery, handwoven rugs, locally-made baskets, etc.

What to pay: Under $100 to many thousands (where Navajo rugs are concerned)

Address: Moab shops
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 21, 2014
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I have a small silver Kokopelli, but from ages ago and this one was definitely handmade :-)


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