Vigil Store: Plastic-glow-in-the-dark Madonnas!
This little place is just to the right of the Santuario as you come up from the upper parking lot. In addition to snacks and fluids, you can find a virtual mecca of tacky churchy stuff here. We came looking after seeing those glow in the dark Madonnas that hold holy water ... of course we now own a few in the family :) There are also small tins with pics of the Santuario with small cards of info and empy vials in which to place your holy water and sacred soil from the church. I sorta wish I'd budgeted for those, as they are nice and compact for travel and shipping to friends ...... hmmmmm.
We spent $6.00 on our Madonnas (she even has a removable crown!). Those tins I described vary in price from $5.00-$9.00 depending on size. There are also rosaries and other little bits of church and local folkart in the shop .... take time and wander the aisles. You'll probably find a kitchsy bit to take home :)
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A trip to Chimayo is incomplete without a purchase of Chimayo Holy Chile. I know people from all over the country who stock up on the chile while they are in Chimayo. In addition to chile, which can be bought in a couple different places in the town, there is also a great souvenir shop for buying kitschy religious artifacts such as milagro covered wooden crosses and sparkly Virgen de Guadalupe stickers. The prices are cheaper than Santa Fe, but much more expensive than Mexico.
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