Our favorite used book store in Santa Fe disappeared, but Ernie was able to find books at all of the thrift stores we visited this year, and actually came back with a bigger haul than in previous years. He was quite happy with his spoils.
In the last quarter of the 20th Century, a gal used to be able to find wonderful little shops in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. These shops carried handmade jewelry, unique clothing and shoes, art and folk art, perfume and lotions, books and nick-nacks, pots, plates, wind chimes, fossils – you name it. The cost of the items started at $2 and went up to a few hundred dollars, but you could get quite a lot in the $15 to $45 range. My mother and sister and I looked forward to visiting these shops every time we visited New Mexico.
Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store in Española has a dressing room that's kind of uncomfortable. It's in an overstuffed closet behind the register. But that shop has one of the best selection of Ladies' pants/slacks I've ever seen. I bought five pairs from them on my last trip, at $1 apiece.