Shining a spotlight on Edgewood’s growing one-of-a-kind shopping experiences, Edgewood Chamber of Commerce has created the Trinkets & Treasures Trail© to help visitors and residents discover the fun of searching for treasure in the town’s many quirky and distinct shops.

Keystone for the trail is relative newcomer, Church Street Market, with its 20+ tiny shops, funky country vibe, and inviting atmosphere. The collection of individually-operated shops, located at 92 Church Street East in Edgewood, has antiques, hand-crafted finds, and services like custom picture-framing. The business has quickly become a destination for professional antique hunters and region-wide treasure trackers. In fact, success has led to a waiting list of 53 vendors seeking space in the soon-to-completed expansion.

“We’ve got the new red building going up and we’re adding about 25 additional shops on the upper level of the main building,” said Diana Williams, who along with her husband, Clay, and his brother Bruce Williams, owns and operates the venue.

Williams is excited about the enthusiastic response their business has received, including calls from Madrid artists looking for space and additional opportunities. The new upper-level spaces will come online this Spring and the Red Building is expected to open Summer 2017.

Located at Wildlife West Nature Park is a little gift shop that supports the New Mexico Wildlife Association (helping the rescued animals at the park). If you have time, enjoy the beauty of the park and its inhabitants — all are rescued, non-releasable native wildlife. Special events, like Chuckwagon Suppers, and Music & Arts Festivals, are fun favorites here throughout the summer months.

TREASURES & TRINKETS TRAIL:  Coming from Albuquerque, travel east on Route 66 or I-40 just 20 easy and scenic minutes to our East Mountain community. You will want to exit I-40 at Sedillo Hill and travel east into Edgewood on NM 333 (Old Route 66). TRINKETS & TREAURES TRAIL MAP.

Along the Edgewood stretch of Old Route 66, treasure hunters will find four very different kinds of shops. Up first, just east of Sedillo Hill and next to the feed store, Desert Dreams has décor, furniture, jewelry, and more, much with a decidedly Southwest feel, and all with an inviting charm. Find more unexpected décor items at Furniture Connection (from Route 66, take a tiny detour onto Linnie Court) and be sure to ask for Carol, you’ll know her right away by her ever-cheerful smile! Back out on Route 66. and just a 1/4 mile east, is AA Mountain Supply the little shop on a hill (across from Edgewood Post Office) with colorful Talavera style pottery, authentic Mexican furniture, décor, fabrics, and hand-crafted wood and ceramic items – all which lend a lively atmosphere. Outside, just beyond the chile ristras, is a nursery offering altitude-acclimated trees, along with latillos, and firewood. Traveling eastward, just east of NM 344, Hug-A-Horse Thrift Shop offers trekkers everything from clothing, furniture and housewares, to saddles and riding gear. This shop supports the work of local horse rescue non-profit Walkin N Circles Ranch.

The Trinkets & Treasures Trail© continues north on NM 344 with a stop at Trails West (at North Frontage Rd — look for the adjacent Dairy Queen). Trails West is a third generation-owned and operated gift and curios shop filled with Native American and New Mexico treasures from jewelry to crystals, clothing and gift items. Follow the North Frontage Rd across NM 344 heading west for a half mile and turn in at Wildlife West Nature Park — the Gift Shop is just beyond the parking lot, by the front gate.

Return to NM 344 and head north about a mile to Edgewood Center North (344 at Dinkle Rd), where shoppers find the large Salvation Army Family Store filled with everything from toys, clothes, equipment, and furnishings, to — quite possibly, even the kitchen sink. They run monthly discount days too, so look for signage as you enter. Now, as you head back toward Route 66, don’t forget to turn east at Church Street to experience the ever-growing Church Street Market!

Whether you’re looking for something specific or just a fun way to spend a day, the Trinkets & Treasures Trail© offers a trip into relaxation you just can’t get while shopping in Albuquerque, and its different every time. So, enjoy your pleasure trip on the green side of the Sandias — who knows what treasures you will find!

By Linda Burke, Edgewood Chamber of Commerce