Every show we do is an adventure, whether it is local or traveling to a new location. Over the last three years we have traveled to Montana, Utah, and Kansas for shows. Last week was a new adventure to Santa Fe, New Mexico. As Santa Fe has been on my places to visit list, I was super excited for the opportunity to be a vendor with Vintage Market Days Albuquerque Metro! Getting to eat some amazing green chili was a bonus at this show!
This show started out a bit stressful with a work emergency for Cody which meant he wasn’t able to go with me. We have done 38 shows over the course of 3.5 years and this is the first one Cody hasn’t been at with me. We found out the Monday before the show and were due to leave that Wednesday. Talk about stressful!
I was freaking out about what we were going to do. Not going wasn’t an option as backing out last minute on a show puts a strain on the organizers and can potentially hurt our chances of doing future shows. I called my friend Rachael with Rachael’s Revelry and asked her if she could travel with me. She got back to me on Tuesday morning, after getting a shift covered at Vines Vintage for later that week, and said, “Operation NoCo girls hit Santa Fe is a go!” I was so relieved as I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it by myself. After doing the show, I realize that there was no way I could have.
After I picked Rachael up and loaded some of her items in the trailer, we hit the road.
The two of us talked non-stop the whole way there. Yes, 9 hours of chatter. For those of you that know me, you know I am a talker. And Rachael is too! Our commonalities, from parenting to show life to both of us formerly working in ministry, meant we had a lot to talk about. On the drive we came up behind an army convoy coming out of Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. There must have been 30 or more trucks and tanks. As we worked our way around the tanks with the trailer, we got to have lots of waves with the soldiers who were in the look out posts on the tanks. We passed convoys all the way down to Raton, NM. One of the convoys was a medical unit. I loved seeing our troops at work while pondering over their mission.
Llamas and a 1970’s Trailer
Once we arrived in Santa Fe, we drove to the Air BnB I had reserved. A 1970’s trailer on a llama farm!
A warm welcome by Bill and Robbyn made our arrival wonderful. It was llama feeding time so we got to see them up close and learn more about their history. Bill was very knowledgeable and eager to share their interesting ancestry. Did you know llamas are decedents of jack rabbits?!
Calabacitas and Beer
Rachael is a huge fan of green chili. We had to hit up some of the best green chili restaurants in Santa Fe. Our first stop was Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery. We had Calabacitas, which was a new dish for me. Basically it is a squash dish. Served on fried flat bread and topped with green chili, delicious!
Friends and Enemies
After a good night’s rest at the vintage camper, we headed in to set up for the show. Most shows give you a set up time. This one was no exception except they forgot to give me mine. When I texted Wednesday night to ask about our load in time I was told to come anytime. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with smiles by several of the vendors who were at the front of the venue. The vendor helping with check in, while from TX, did not have southern charm. Instead we were met with attitude. I was so taken aback that I almost pulled out and left.
That is not how I usually react to harsh people but with the stress of just getting to the show, I was feeling a bit done in. With positive Rachael by my side we soldiered through and got unloaded with the wonderful help of two other vendors. We would not have success at shows without other vendors, organizers, and shoppers. I am thankful for those that understand this and made our day more positive after the rough start.
With that being said, outside of one vendor, all of the vendors around us were some of the nicest ones I have ever met at a show! And I can’t say enough about what a huge help Rachael was! We made some new friends over the weekend. One in particular you will want to follow! It is Jackie who owns Studio Shambora. For all of my Colorado friends you can find her at The Barn in Castle Rock. Jackie just moved here from IN and it would be awesome if you would give her a little CO love. She has the cutest boutique with wonderful handmade jewelry, a great clothing line, and vintage home decor items. I bought two throw pillows, a cardigan, and a beautiful oil painting from her!
Dr. Field Goods – Green Chili Pizza
Once set up was completed, I was ready for a beer and someplace we could go where we didn’t have to worry about our appearance as we were sweaty and dirty!
After trying to get reservations at The Shed (nearly impossible to get into, the walk in wait is 1.5 – 2 hours always) with no luck, I went to the internet and a blog all about the best chili places in town. Dr. Field Goods was on the list for their green chili on pizza. With a low lit sign and tucked back in, it wasn’t easy but we finally found this gem. We bellied up to the bar and had a wonderful bartender, Josh! He gave us the scoop on getting a pizza with lots of pork meats topped with green chili! So good! When we told him about trying to get into The Shed, he said he knew the manager and would see what he could do for us.
While there, I enjoyed some of their decor as inspiration for future house projects or painting ideas.
The Show – Day 1
Another good night’s rest and to the show! We had a beautiful venue at The Hippico Equine Center with a well done entrance. The downfall was we were on red lava rock and the wind cranked away for 3 days creating a thin film of red dust over everything. All of the customers who came through were very nice. We had lots of great conversations between the customers and our friendly vendor neighbors.
The Shed and a Crazy Jewelry Man
At 4:30 in the afternoon, when the show is slow, Rachael, Jackie, and I were deciding where we were going to eat when I got this text, “It’s Josh from Dr. Field Goods. Got you in at The Shed for 7. If there is any issue, ask for Billy and tell him you are the ones Josh asked to get in. Enjoy!” Thank you Josh! We finished out the day and headed to old city Santa Fe. We took a leisurely walk stopping at a couple of the local churches on our way. While I am not a fan of adobe, I admire the beauty of the churches in Santa Fe as well as the rich history. We also had the privilege of watching a man repair an adobe wall.
Once at The Shed, I gave the hostess my name. She looked at me like I was crazy. I mentioned Billy and Josh which provided immediate seating. Josh had told us to order green chili soup mixed with mushroom soup. When we placed our order for the soup along with a couple of appetizers, the waiter said, “How do you know how to order the soup like this? Only staff knows this secret!” Shhhh… you didn’t hear it from me… it was excellent! While we ate, we were greeted by Billy the manager. He was so kind. Talk about wonderful service!
Our last stop was at a jewelry store that was still open on the way back to our vehicles. While the store was filled with beautiful pieces of jewelry, the man who was working was a bit interesting. After looking at a pair of silver earrings and the price being more than I wanted to spend even at ‘half’ off, the man started to insult us as Coloradoans. Needless to say it became very uncomfortable quickly and we left the store.
The Show – Day 2
Another good night’s sleep in the cozy 1970’s camper and off to day 2 of the show. For me Day 2 is usually the best of a 3 day show. This was true for this show as well. More great conversation! Day 2 does start to feel long at the end and with the constant wind and red dust, we were feeling a bit exhausted by the end of the day.
Girls Night Out!
We were ready to have a night out exploring a bit at the end of the day. We stopped at a local boutique once we arrived in old city Santa Fe. It had lovely clothes and jewelry. I fell in love with a pair of earrings that Rachael and Jackie convinced me I needed as a treat for myself. I finally agreed and have worn them almost every day since. The shop owner told us we should try a restaurant called the Cantina.
The Cantina, a cute rooftop venue with heat lamps, had great ambiance. This was my favorite meal. I had the Prawns with Griddled Corn Cakes. It was AMAZING! We had ceviche at the beginning of the meal that was also great! We headed to Inn of the Governors which is the local bar to hang out at and many times has a line to get in. Rachael knew the bartender from a previous stay with her husband a few months before. We enjoyed some good conversation together over dessert and a drink. On our way back to the truck, we stopped at this beautiful church and took pictures. The churches in Santa Fe had me in awe. It was then off to bed.
Day 3 and A Surprise
We had decided on Saturday we would drive through the night on Sunday as Jackie had to return her rental van early Monday morning, Rachael had a last minute meeting come up for Monday, and I was missing Cody and the girls. After a slower day and a record time load out, we were on the road. I arrived home at 4am and surprised Cody. He was shocked and smiled when I came in. When the girls woke up a couple hours later, Cody brought them in to me where they snuggled in for quite awhile. It was a perfect morning!
Overall it was a fun girls trip. I would like to go back to Santa Fe to explore more of the stores, historical sites, and churches. Another time with Cody… for now it is time to get geared up for Vintage Market Days in Estes Park!