Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mercado - San Antonio

Well, I didn't make it down to Nuevo Progreso (NP) last weekend. My son had to work and I didn't feel like making the trip myself. So I decided to go to the Mercado (or Market Square) in San Antonio yesterday to see if I could scarf up some bargains in the way of Mexican decor. I've done a post on the Mercado a couple years ago...which is the last time I was there. It's a good hour to San Antonio from where I live now, so I don't go there much anymore.

I had forgotten what a big tourist draw the mercado is, so I knew right away I wasn't going to find any bargains. One of the things I was looking for was some little dishes like the one below. I got two of these in NP for $2.98 each. They're great for dipping things like chicken wings because they're flatter than a ramekin. But I lost one of them (Jared insists that he didn't break it), so I wanted to get a few more.

Well, I couldn't find anything under $7.00 and none of them were as flat as this one, so I didn't have much luck on that end.

The Mercado only has a few stores that on their own...most of the vendors are housed under one roof. This place was very nice, but pricey. Their jewelry was beautiful. This photo doesn't do it justice, but that necklace on the far left was gorgeous. It was made out of fire opal.

The one thing I treated myself to on my last trip to Isla was a ring made with fire opal.

It was a perfect fit, so I guess it was meant to be. I wanted it because it reminds me of the colors of the water there...

But the necklace was just under $500.00 (WAY more than I spent on the ring), so had to pass on that one.

They had some interesting things in this place...all from Mexico. They had a lot of things made with metal. I actually kind of like this cross mirror...

You can't see it very well, but a metal nativity scene...

Lots of Frida Kahlo stuff...

Pretty scarves/pareos...

I wanted to buy these guys and set them on my loveseat at home, then invite my son, Jeffrey, over...

Remember how he was weirded out when he saw the little skeleton I had bought on my trip in July? It would have been worth it to see the look on his face. Haha!

The window of the next shop. I didn't notice it when I was taking the picture, but I like the apple painting in the left hand corner.

So, you go downstairs in this place to a literal sea of Talavera.


And all of it's way overpriced. This little dish was about 3"x5"...if you can't read the price, it's $249.90. Does that seem a tad steep?

Especially when it's next to this big urn which is priced at about $299.00. Doesn't make much sense...maybe the dish was marked incorrectly.

Anyway, I did like a lot of the items which you don't see everywhere...like this birdbath and fountain. These were around the $300 price range.

I thought this sink and mirror set was pretty. And I didn't notice them at the time, but after seeing the photograph, I like those pendant lights next to my head in the mirror! I wish I would have paid more attention to those when I was there.

These planters were around $500.00. (I think I'll pass on the $5.00 flowers.)

I loved this...it's like they're going on a happy skeletal ROAD TRIP!!

These metal mirrors have really become popular. I like them (depending on the frame)...these ran about $150.00.

And here's the big market square where all the other vendors are. I swear, all of them had the exact same things for sale.

Lots of purses...

...and masks...

This guy was $240.00. You don't have to tell me twice not to touch.

And the piece de resistance...little Mexican butt toothpick holders. Something every household needs. You can't see the front in this picture, but it's a little Mexican guy in a praying position with his pants down so you can stick toothpicks in the holes. Who thinks up these things? It just seems so wrong...but you gotta laugh.

Now we're outside. They have some outdoor vendors selling characatures and photographs. I remember this guy was selling these last time I was here, so he must be somewhat successful if he's still here. They're photos on canvas. They don't really appeal to me, but I guess some people like it.

See that picture in the middle on the far left? It's hard to see in this photo, but it's a picture of the post office in Luckenbach, Texas. I have a photo almost identical to that and would never think about selling it. Hmmm...maybe I should.

The roaming mariachis...

These guys were playing in the courtyard...and were very good. I love the whistle things the guy on the left was playing...I don't know what they're called.

And here's the Mi Tierra bakery which is very famous here. It's open 24 hours a day and people come from all over to get this stuff.

I don't have a very big sweet tooth, so these things don't really appeal to me, but this placed was packed with a big waiting line, so I think I must be in the minority.




These guys were playing in the waiting area. Playing the xylophone must be pretty serious business because they...

...reminded me of these guys who play at Minino's on Isla. They don't look very happy, do they? Must be a xylophone thing. Haha!

This poster was in a window in the courtyard, which I thought made an interesting study in black and white...

So, did I buy anything? Not at the Mercado, but I swung by Lowe's on the way home and picked up this hibiscus for my front porch...so, it wasn't all for nothing. But I'll definitely be making a trip down to Nuevo Progreso in the future.

Next weekend will start a new adventure, so stay tuned!

9 comments:

Jamqueen said...

Thanks for taking us along on this trip--the prices were outrageous! I started collecting talavera pcs. a few years ago--try to bring home a few small things each year--never paid more than 15-20 dollars for any of it. Can't wait for the nxt adventure!

Life's a Beach! said...

Looks like a fun trip, but those prices are high! Same thing around here in Phoenix. I saw that second xylophone photo and thought -- wait a minute! HA! Love that sink and mirror!

Anonymous said...

haha, the expression on your sons face would have been priceless if the skeltons were on your loveseat. haha maybe you could rent them locally?? ha
carl/debbie

Isla Deb said...

Ann & Beck - Tell me about those prices!! I didn't see anyone buying any of it, so I think everyone else thought it was too expensive, too!

Carl/Debbie - I know! I literally laughed out loud when I saw those skeletons because it was the first thing that came to my mind. I'll have to see about renting them. Haha!

Paul said...

Nice recap of your day in San Antonio. One thing about Mexican art---it sure isn't short on color! Or, imagination....

MD in Texas said...

That is a cool market. I spent a little time roaming around it last November when I went to San Antonio for the high school marching band state competition. A good place to kill time, but way to pricey.

All the band parents ate at Mi Tierra. It was good, but definitely a tourist trap! Everyone laughed when I took a picture of my food (had to send a picture message to the daughter who was with the band eating pizza!!)

Great pics - thanks for sharing!

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Isla Deb said...

Paul - That's very true...anthing involving Mexico makes you feel like you're in a paint store explosion.

MD - I know I've gotten a few looks and laughs when I take food photographs, too. Haha! I've never eaten at Mi Tierra, mainly because it's always so darn crowded!

Islagringo said...

Talavera. A subject I could go on and on about. The old adage "Buyer beware" is best applied when purchasing it. Be sure, absolutely sure, that it is marked correctly on the bottom and comes from an authorized family. There are only 4 families in Mexico authorized to produce orginal Talavera ware. You won't find any of it on Isla. Most of it is why I call "Talavera type". But if you like it as pottery, buy it.