El Potrero Trading Post (aka The Vigil Store) is a family-owned business located in the beautiful valley of Chimayo, New Mexico, next to the world famous El Santuario de Chimayo. El Santuario is renowned for the mysterious healing powers of its sacred dirt and a crucifix of the Christ of Esquipulas.Our Chimayo trip builder tool makes visiting El Potrero Trading Post and other Chimayo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
El Potrero carries the highest quality of religious articles, green and red chile, and folk art from New Mexico. We also offer retablos (saints painted on wood), bultos (carved saints), tin crosses and mirrors, milagros, Mexican tin retablos, and other traditional art created by well-known Spanish Market artists. We also carry a large selection of Zuni fetishes as well as various containers for the sacred earth from El Santuario.
The store opened in 1921 by Alfonsa Vigil as a small grocery store servicing the local community of El Potrero. The store is now owned by her daughter, Elma Bal and run by her children, Raymond Bal and Vikki Tejada, who carry on the Vigil tradition of great customer service and hard work. Priscilla Martinez, the eldest daughter, and her children can be found helping during the summer months and Easter week.
El Potrero Trading Post Reviews
This is the best place we've found to purchase wood carvings by the wonderful local woodcarving artists (such as those from Cordova). They also sell dried local Chimayo' chile powder,which is specific... more »
Old World charm in this shop. Staff are native of the area & are super friendly. Well worth a visit when in Chimayo! more »
I absolutely love this place! The shop is unassuming and a time travel experience to the past when shops like this were essential to the community. Although it no longer serves as a grocery, the spice selection is fantastic and the chili is very fresh. I have been buying there for years and continue to on-line. They are very fast shippers, the products are very reasonably priced, and they provide great customer service. If you get a chance to go to Chimayo, don't miss this shop!
Google Maps says this is a spice store - which is true - but they have way more than that. Lots of local art to be found here, and great books too.
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