Albuquerque Metro Area
Every Saturday and Sunday, Albuquerque’s flea market (505/265-3976, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $2 parking) takes place at the fairgrounds (enter at Gate 9, on Louisiana just north of Central). There are more established vendors than individuals selling off the contents of their garages, but it’s still an interesting outlet where you can pick up anything from new cowboy boots to loose nuggets of turquoise; socks and beef jerky are also well represented. Head to the northwest corner for the better collections of secondhand junk, and stop off at one of the myriad food stands for a snack—refreshing aguas frescas (fresh fruit juices, in flavors such as watermelon and tamarind) and Indian frybread are the most popular.
© Zora O'Neill from Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, 2nd edition