Old Colorado City Farmer's Market: Outdoor Grocery Shopping!
In the summer months there are a wide array of farmer's markets around the town of Colorado Springs. They have a couple up North to accomodate all of the growth up there, they have one dowtown, one in Old Colorado City and one in Manitou Springs. They all fall on different days of the week, usually. The one I prefer to go to is the Old Colorado City farmer's market. Mainly because I love the charm of Old Colorado City. Each Saturday from June 10th through October 14th. I believe the market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The farmer's market in Old Colorado City was started in 1988 with 12 vendors and has grown to 24 vendors full time vendors and a number of temporary booths every week. The Old Colorado City location is one of the most popular and busiest farmer's markets in the state of Colorado due to it's unique location and the charm of Old Colorado City.
However, the market has moved, I believe it holds the same times but is now located at Vermijo Park on the corner of 26th Avenue and Colorado Avenue.
What to buy: Food wise I usually purchase tomatoes, lettuce, onions, red, green, yellow peppers anything for a good salad! I have also purchased great salsa, locally made and fresh hard pressed goat cheese.
There are several different jewelry vendors and I recenlty purchased a great coconut soap and lotion from a vendor who makes natural soaps and lotions.
Last time I went I paid about $3 for about 2 lbs. of cherries. I paid $3 for a good large chunk of goat cheese, $1 for a head of organic lettuce. A lot of items will be $2 for $1. Like the green and red peppers are usually 2 for $1.
What to pay: I find that the prices are similar to that in the local grocery stores, sometimes a little less expensive. If you go about an hour before the market closes you can get deals from vendors trying to get rid of their food quickly.
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CS Flea Market: Colorado Springs Flea Market
* * Sat-Sun: 7 am - 4 pm * *
A great place marketed to sell your household and craft goods - Colorado Springs Flea Market advertises themselves as the premiere place to host your garage sale. Every city has them, each one is unique in its own way. Its a place to buy, sell, bargain, and enjoy a family outing - food, entertainment, and vendors galore. They host up to 500 vendors throughout Colorado at this market on a 30 acre paved site with new and used merchandise, and open year round every weekend with plenty of free parking. Admission is $2 with kids 12+ free. Sometimes live acts bless the space with musical entertainment and a food cart is driven up and down the aisles. I enjoyed my time there even though my new metaphysical merchandise didn't sell too great. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Westside bargain mart: Bargain Mart
Bargain Mart - one of my favorite discounted groceries hosts proudly adverts claiming they are the 'lowest priced groceries in town' - which they are unquestionably in this town, the most affordable bargains you can find. Its because they deal in the discounted grocery, closeouts, overstocks, and damaged freight goods. Here you can get most high brand salad dressings that usually cost you $3 a bottle, for a great deal of 2 dressings for a $1.25. Started up by John and Jean Fowler, it was taken over by Jim and Diane Krug to provide an alternative for west-side shoppers boasting having 70's pricing scales. There are two others in the area - on the east side of the Springs and Manitou Springs - all different owners. Here you find a variety of foods - always a treasure trove of finds - always different, though some brand names can be seen there on a frequent basis. They carry the stuff that premiere and pricey grocery stores think they can't sell - dented cans, surplus that might have torn labels or missing labels, improperly guled cereal boxes, inventory at King Soopers that someone opened up on the shelf to take a single item from, now making the set un-sellable there - all of these items go to a reclamation center to determine what should be boxed up for discount outlets like Bargain Mart, disposed of, or given to charities. Bargain Mart weeds through the surplus and won't carry anything that is perishable which makes them different than alot of their competitors. They also have alot of organic and natural foods in their inventories.
I've found lots of Starbucks coffee, high-end teas such as Oregon Chai, A Taste of Thai, and other great finds. They also have electronics, household goods, and clothing in their offerings. I often get Vitamin Water, Propel, and Gatorade for 50 cents a bottle there. For the soda drinkers, you usually can get your can of coke or pepsi for 25 cents a can. Of course my most favorite grocery store - is Trader Joe's, where you get perfectly packaged, brand new unique grocery stuff for comparable prices to Bargain Mart - but alas, there are no Trader Joes in the state of Colorado. Therefore my shopping plan is check first at Bargain Mart, write down on a list of what-can-wait for my Trader Joe trips to New Mexico I do every other month, and then its off to the Vitamin Cottage, King Soopers, or Safeway. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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American Classics Marketplace: American Classics Marketplace (Colorado Springs, C
A large warehouse with hundreds of antique dealers with booths all blended together as one super-store. The entire complex is a maze of consignment booths from local antique dealers. The variety of goods is overwhelming and cannot be fully shopped or browsed in a day. While each booth is unique, priced, and run by different merchants, the merchants are seldom around, as you gather your items and pay at the cashier at the entrance/exit of the warehouse. Many sales are happening weekly making the bargains even more incredible. There are also some craft dealers and artisans present. Because the store is so large, you might need to hunt down a staff person for assistance even though there is a large staff presence at all times. While we only spent 4 hours in the store, it was pretty amazing. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Tejon Street Shops: Fun shopping downtown
I'll list some shops on Tejon Street downtown. There are just too many great ones to mention:
Terra Verde - GREAT clothes, home decor, baby gifts, bath and body, great gifts
CJ Card - just doors down from Terra Verde - GREAT selection of unique cards and gifts
What's in Store - Nice home decor
Little Richard's Toy Store - fantastic toy store
Poor Richrd's - great book store connected to the toy store - check out their wine bar and restaurant - all great
Colorado Co Op - womens fashions, gifts, home decor
Chico's - ladies fashions (chain store)
The Garden of the Gods Visitor Center: Souvenir store
They sell here all kinds of stuff with the park’s emblems, Colorado titles, etc. I never bought anything there but it is fun just to look. I think you can find the same things in many other places.
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Bernideen's: Romantic Furnishings and Gifts
Beautiful shop. They specialize in beautiful tea sets. They also have romantic clothing and jewelry and home furnishings. They have a nice selection of gourmet foods, too. Even my husband likes this shop. There is something for almost everyone. They always serve samples of their peach tea and some type of snack from their gourmet food section.
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Crying Out Loud: Unique Kids Clothes and Toys
I always go to Crying Out Loud for unique gifts for kids. They also have a few items adults may like (pictures, clocks, etc).
They have fantastic unique children's clothing, stuffed animals, toys, blankets, adorable shoes, and jewelry.
All: Old Colorado City
If I named all the shops in Old CO City - I'd be typing for days. I'll just say visit Old CO City. It's a beautiful historic area with a shop for almost anyone: antiques, galleries, eclectic gifts, reasonable souvenir shops, candy, ice creem, mountain decor.
I used to live in this are and think it's just great. I do a ton of Christmas shopping here. There's plenty of free parking in lots just off the main street.
Colorado Mountain Beanery: Great Selection of Coffees and Teas
Small coffee store that offers a wide selection of different coffees from all over the world. This is not a place like Starbucks or Pikes Perk--Colorado Mtn. Beanery does not "serve" coffee drinks. They sell coffee, loose and bag teas, teapots, french presses, hot chocolates, coffee mugs and other various coffee & tea associated gifts. It was owned for about 20+ years by a German woman who recently sold the business. Lucky for me, the shop is still there and I can get my favorite Holiday Spice coffee from this store.
What to buy: There is a holiday spice type coffee I like to get here.
What to pay: Depends on the coffee and what part of the world it comes from. Prices can range from $9 to $16 for a lb. of coffee.
Old Colorado City: Quaint stores and charming restaurants
Old Colorado City is a section of town on the west side. The stores are quite charming and full of gifts, western apparel and decor, and a couple of niche stores dedicated to dolls or knitting. There are a number of restaurants that are well regarded. The city gets together in the fall for "Scarecrow Days" where different shops or schools get together and design a scarecrow, which then decorate the streets for a few weeks leading up to Halloween.
Chapel Hills Mall, The Citadel, downtown, etc...: The different shopping areas of town
There are a number of different shopping choices in Colorado Springs. The Citadel Mall is the main mall in town with a wide variety of shops from Abercrombie & Fitch to Old Navy. It has kind of a confusing layout. The Chapel Hills Mall feels like it's dying a slow death. A lot of empty storefronts and not a wide selection of shops. The Shops at Briargate is relatively new and more upscale. However, I dislike shopping here, especially in winter. It's outdoors with uncovered walkways, so in winter you're forever putting your coat on and taking it off again. Plus everyone tracks snow and slush around. It's nice enough in summer.
What to buy: Downtown, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs are the places to go to buy different things. Quirky little stores are the norm here.
Garden Of the Gods Trading Post: Souvenir shoppers delight
The trading post is the absolute place to go for local crafts, stuffed toys, calenders, indian crafts, post cards and all the usual tourist parafanalia. It stocks a wide range and for those into souvenir shopping like myself and wanting to buy goodies for people back home you can find what you are looking for as far as souvenirs go here.
What to buy: In this shop, I think the moose and stuffed bears were really cool. Colorado Springs calendars make a pretty nifty gift too.
The shop stocks Native American jewelry, Navajo rugs, Sand paintings and Pueblo pottery and can be found in the vast collection located in the Southwestern Art Gallery.
What to pay: Depends on what you are buying really.
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Wild Oats: The natural food
Wild Oats is natural market place. First time I saw it in Colorado and it is really great place for people who take care of their own health. The products, as sellers say, didn't have chemicals during growing or producing processes.
What to buy: You can buy everything from vegetables, milk, sour cream, meat, fish, juices and drinks to salads and cooked food.
I like this shop for great choice of grains, what it is pretty hard to find in other supermarkets, like cuscus, millet, buckweat.
What to pay: Well, the prices are higher, then for the same thing if you find it in another shop. But anyway it is not too high.
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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: Chocoholics only
Gourmet chocolates - made on premises. Excellent quality.
What to buy: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory was displaying some of the most incredible-looking caramel and chocolate covered apples I have ever seen. The were loaded down with chunks of cookies, other candies, etc. And HUGE!!
Me - I settled for a piece of sugar free chocolate, pretty good stuff, actually.
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