Golden Horseshoe District: Sidewalk Shopping Near the Mexican Border
This is not a shop, it is a district. The Golden Horeshoe District is an area of about 500 stores that nestles up to the Mexican border in El Paso. It was named the Golden Horseshoe years ago based on both the U shaped configuration of the area and that it was and still is a very lucrative area for shop owners. It is unique in its multitude of stores and the types of goods that are sold. It primarily caters to both people from Mexico who come over to the United States to purchase goods for the day as well as local El Pasoans.
It is a lot of fun to just stroll the streets of these shops which sell everything from clothes, musical instruments, kitchen goods, to food being by local vendors. Nearly all of the stores have merchandise for sale on the sidewalk. I have never seen so many stores in one place that sell women's jeans. There must be close to fifty stores selling women's jeans and other clothing.
in 2008 the American Planning Association named South El Paso Street and the Golden Horseshoe District as one of the ten great streets in the United States. It felt that the street embodied the charm of the Old West and Mexico particularly well.
However the Golden Horseshoe District is more than a place to shop. You can see tightly knit families from El Paso or Ciudad Juarez visiting with their friends and families. You can understand how difficult life must be in Ciudad Juarez, to many the most dangerous City in the world, by the looks on the faces of the folks that have just crossed the border for the day. Despite this limitation it is a safe and fun place to walk, enjoy the sun and get a better picture of what life in El Paso is about.
What to buy: Clothes, particularly women's jeans, shoes, and silk flowers among many things.
What to pay: Womens jeans are advertised for $9.99 commonly.
Albertsons: Shopping in American way :-)
It's a typical, American, quite large chain grocery story. Apart from food at economic price, I was looking for, it was interesting for me as foreign, first time visitor to the USA, to see where locals used to do daily food shopping and what they bought :-).
In my hometown in Poland (and probably in most of Europe) people do daily, casual shopping in little groceries and they often walk to do shopping (or stop on the way back home from work) while they drive to supermakets to do larger shopping say once a week. People hope to save some money in chain supermarkets. But, in reality they always buy more things there than they really need, you know what I mean ;-)
In the USA you have to drive to do even basic daily shopping because there are very few little groceries (general stores) located close to people's houses. It seems they are too expensive to maintain and give profits to their owners unless they start to specialize in something specific, unusual and not easy to find in a supermarket (say French or Swiss cheese store).
What to buy: Food including great choice (we don't have it in Europe) of Mexican food.
What to pay: Everything (well, except telephone cards and gas at gas station in front of store) is more or much more expensive than in Poland. However, as for the USA, prices are reasonable. For budget visitors: don't buy what you like to buy but buy what the Albertsons want to sell fast, I mean look for discounts.
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The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso: Outlets in El Paso!!!! 80% off!
If you are an avid shopper, this is the place to be. What struck me though was that every corner of the complex had a children’s place where they can enjoy little elephant rides, fire trucks and so on…and the views around the mall was spectacular. Specially as the sun was setting down, I was aghast at the panoramic view of the distant mountains – it does seem like the mall was set on a hill of some sort.
At I-10 at Exit 6 Transmountain Road
What to buy: My wife did not let this place pass her by, but I did not want to spend the whole afternoon going through the pastel-colored buildings of Coach, Nike, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCMG Jones of NY, Hurley…blah-blah-blah ---- that’s just not me…
Everything was marked down (up to even 80%). I did notice this later when I picked up my wife and saw her with all this plastic bags….she could at least have asked for paper bags to save the planet! Hehehe…
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all the pharmacies!!! Most of them are the border bridges.
What to buy: Medicines galore. Medicines are pretty cheap. Safety and effectiveness? Well, I haven't croaked and bellied up, yet. Many EL Pasoans get their meds in Juarez. For your pain meds (yay darvocet, oxycontin, morphine "woot I'm floating" drugs), make sure to bring the prescriptions for the border guards to see.
What to pay: Prolly 60% less compared to the North.
The antique mall and restaurant off Doniphan: Fabulous Antique Shopping
There's this place right off of Doniphan on the west side of El Paso that's great. Lots of old ladies go there, and that's cool. It's artsy and nice for a little out-of-the-way visit. They've got a group of antique shops, and some other art stores, like this bead place, I forgot what it was called. And they also have a restaurant there you can eat at. I think it might be pricey. I've never eaten there. But I think lots of cute old ladies have.
What to buy: I just go to look at old, beautiful furniture and pictures, cigar boxes, records, LIFE magazines, vintage hats, old clothes from the now-extinct Popular...
What to pay: Well, prices differ greatly. Things can go from maybe a dollar to hundreds.
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Alameda Family Thrift Center and Just a Second: Thrift Stores!
Alameda Family Thrift Center is great if you want to see nostalgic items. It's all a matter of looking. It's very well organized and it's great for vintage/retro styles. Obviously.
I've found some great treasures there...*tear drop falls*
Just a Second is this tiny thift shop near the downtown area. It's run by these lovely women who are SO nice. This is even better for little take-me-back trinkets and stuff. They've got an impressive variety of greeting cards from the 60s-80s. They sure don't print 'em like they used to. They've also got some classic 50s vinyl selections with great retro covers.
What to buy: I especially like to buy old ties (because I use them for my crafts). I also like old records with those gorgeous covers. Hmm. Let's see. I'm compulsive buyer. I buy all sorts of things.
What to pay: It's a thrift store. You need, like, your pocket change.
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