Thursday, 5 August 2010

Mexican shopping

My friend Melissa took me to a Mexican handcraft wholesaler's warehouse in the deep south of Brisbane. Actually it's not that deep, it's just in Coopers Plains.

She discovered the shop via her brother, who is a collector of Day of the Dead objects, and now she too is a big fan.

This place is open to the public for lucky Mexican loving Brisbane folk. When you enter the display room, it is as if a visual bomb went off. So overwhelming en masse.

The shop was full to the brim with amazing handwoven textiles, colourful hand-painted pottery, Day of the Dead folk art, milagros and alpaca jewellery.

Colour and pattern ruled, so it is a great shop in which to browse. And it's cool to discover different places off the beaten track.

I also know that my next wool rug purchase will be Mexican. They were excellent quality and not too outrageously priced. Yet another thing to research and obsess about!

Hand painted pottery owl on the kitchen shelf

This cute little pottery owl took Son # 3's fancy because he was hooting at it. As a reward for mimicking the correct animal sound, I bought it for him. It's safely in the kitchen for now until he can be trusted not to make it fly off the back deck!


  1. do find the most interesting places to visit!

  2. That sounds like my kind of place, or should I say hacienda? Your little one has good taste!

  3. It sounds like a great place to shop! What fun. xx

  4. It sounds like an exciting place! Your friend's brother's collection sounds fascinating, maybe the little owl is the start of something bigger?

  5. I never knew about that place! I bet it has great party supplies! I'd love to check it out. Thanks for letting us know.

    Clever one, hombre!

  6. Thanks for the tip Anita, this place sounds really interesting. The owl is too cute!

  7. Sounds like you had a fun day out! I love the little owl and those egg cup thingys remind me of my childhood. Mum used to have those. LOL.

  8. OOOh...Sounds like a fun shopping trip, there is always something for everyone when you start looking.

  9. Very cute...who'd have thought Coopers Plains...I thought it was all car wreckers and industrial estates now...hidden treasure for sure.

  10. Ah, but did they have tamales?


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