Navajo craftsmen (and women) from around the region bring rugs and craft items to sell at auction in Crownpoint, NM. (Crownpoint is located south of Farmington, about 25 miles north of Thoreau.) The auction is held at the community's elementary school.
This provides the opportunity for people to buy directly from native craftsmen, usually at prices far lower than similar items in shops in the tourist areas.
Auction dates for 2013:
See this website for more details. The auction provided this information:
There is no admission fee. Rug viewing begins at 4 p.m., and runs until 6 p.m. This gives prospective buyers ample time to examine each rug as the weavers bring them in.
Auctions begins at 7 p.m., and usually end around 10:00 pm. Purchases can be picked up any time after the sale until closing time. The preferred payment method is cash or traveler's checks. However, the auction will accept personal checks (from within the U.S). Sorry, no credit cards.
We are the main rug auction and craft sale on the Navajo Reservation. Leave behind the usual tourist fare and see hundreds of exquisite handmade Navajo rugs. Our tribe's rugs are world famous, and New Mexico is beautiful!|
Before the actual auction, you can hold rugs in your hands and appreciate them up close. Some sell for $50 or less, and some sell for thousands of dollars. Even if you don't buy anything, you are in for a treat. No two rugs are alike!!
Before and during the auction, a truly large number of Native American crafts people have their wares on sale. You will be astounded at the jewelry, pottery, beadwork, and other items. Many pieces of jewelry, for example, are on sale for $5. You would have to pay two or three times more to purchase the same items elsewhere.
Their is no lodging in Crownpoint.
You can stay in you RV in front of the auction at the school for free.
Motel accommodations are available just off of I-40 in Gallup (50 miles west of Thoreau) and Grants (30 miles east of Thoreau) Note: Train whistles run all night every 30 minutes in Gallup and Grant.
I always stay at the Window Rock Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital. (No train noise.)
Crownpoint Rug Weavers Association
P. O. Box 1630
Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313
Christina Ellsworth- Manager
or Corbin at (505) 730-9689