In Santa Fe, well-heeled, enthusiastic buyers line up early to get first crack at exclusive estate sales. It can be competitive, with the winners often being a few with deep pockets and the time to pursue such treasure hunting.
Fortunately, “estate shopping” in Santa Fe isn’t limited to actual on-site sales. Many fine consignment shops around town carry wonderful furniture and home furnishing, such as rugs, artworks and housewares — and sometimes jewelry — that won’t put too big a dent in your pocketbook. At the following establishments, shoppers can find not only quality furniture and home décor of every sort, but also a rich profusion of other treasures.
The Raven Fine Consignments
At The Raven Fine Consignments, 1225 Cerrillos Road, trucks constantly arrive, bringing treasures in, and constantly depart to deliver items to buyers. Kateryna VanHeisch, owner of the boutique, manages the 11,000-square-foot building like a pro, with new arrangements popping up daily that include everything from loveseats and lovebirds to fountains, garden accessories, gazebos, katsina dolls, chandeliers and vintage rodeo posters. Looking for a lamp, patio furniture, matchbooks, art books, high-end candles or maybe a birdcage or two? Some furniture is on consignment; some is new. VanHeisch curates it all. New arrivals and sales are announced daily on Instagram.
At 1368 Cerrillos Road, across the street from The Raven, is Congeries Consignment. This large, windowless warehouse in the historic Swan Building boasts two floors of fine items, including vintage clothing and fine art. Although the tongue-in-cheek name suggests a disorderly collection or a jumble, the showroom is set up in vignettes, with items grouped attractively and thematically. For instance, vignettes might display mid-century modern, Southwestern, Western ranch or Far East items. Those interested in fine art might find a Fritz Scholder lithograph or a Harrison Begay painting. The second-floor vignettes also include books and a selection of quality vintage clothing and accessories. Don’t leave the second floor without perusing the vintage jewelry and the stash of large and small area rugs.
Stephen’s A Consignment Gallery
Stephen’s Consignment, at 2701 Cerrillos Road, is a popular retail spot a couple of miles down Cerrillos Road from the two stores listed above. (Stephen’s may be even better known for its estate sales services: it organizes and conducts such sales at homes throughout the city. The best place to hear about them is on their website and Instagram.) The 14,000-square-foot retail space has more than 6,000 items at any given time, which is one reason Stephens’ annual 20–50-percent-off sale never fails to draw a crowd. Along with high-end furniture and antiques, it carries fine art, luxury timepieces and collectibles, as well as Native American jewelry, and Mexican contemporary and vintage jewelry. Stephen’s is also an excellent source for quality china and ceramics.
La Casa Fina
La Casa Fina has specialized in fine furniture, rugs and antiques since it opened in 2013. In 2017, the bustling emporium moved to the historic Second Ward School building, at 212 Sandoval Street. The inventory in the 3,500-square-foot facility includes Santa Fe style items, from Navajo and Saltillo rugs to antique Spanish furniture, bultos (painted woodcarvings of saints), antique doors and even Pueblo pottery. This is the height of adobe living, to be sure. While visitors might see a seventeenth-century Spanish, one-plank console or a pair of eighteenth-century Spanish doors, they might be just as likely to find exquisite Italian ceramics. Owner Seva Khalsa has the eye and the vision to make this all work in perfect harmony.
Santa Fe Antiques @ Valdes
Treasure hunting in Santa Fe is not complete without spending a Saturday afternoon at Santa Fe Antiques, at 1006 Marquez Place. The sponsor of one of the most active and entertaining Instagram pages in town, the mall offers Native jewelry, Navajo rugs, Spanish furniture, vintage toys, kitchenware, Zuni carvings, vintage posters, Pueblo pottery, 1950s memorabilia and ephemera, chandeliers, motel chairs, fine china, Fred Harvey collectibles, ephemera, antique maps, cowhides, Old West photography . . . and more. With over thirty dealers selling their wares, Santa Fe Antiques has it all. Open daily, this antiques/flea market is a picker’s paradise.
Joshua Rose is currently a Senior Vice President at the Santa Fe Art Auction, responsible for Native Art and Fine Art. Previously, he spent the last 15 years as the editor of American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Native American Art Magazine and American Fine Art Magazine. He currently resides in Santa Fe and Phoenix, Arizona.