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    artesanias watakame: beautiful native art from the indigenous huicholes

    by susiemargare Updated Sep 13, 2015

    artesanias watakame, a small shop, carries yarn paintings made by the huicholes/wixáritari, an indigenous tribe in the mountains ("huichol" is the name given by the spanish to this population; they are called the "wixárika" people or the "wixáritari" in their own language). many of these paintings are breathtakingly beautiful, and even a quick glance shows the tremendous amount of time and creativity that go into each one. ("artesanias watakame" roughly translates as "handicrafts of watakame." watakame is the central figure in the huichol/wixáritari creation myth.)

    the huichol/wixáritari people use peyote in their religious ceremonies, and the yarn paintings are representations of the visions their shamans (spiritual leaders) see while in religiously inspired trances. a stretched canvas is put on a frame and covered with beeswax. then individual strands of yarn are applied to construct the picture, which usually contains all sorts of figures that have religious significance -- for instance, a shaman, stalks of corn, arrows, rain, the sun, deer, birds, and various stylized animals. each figure and each color has its own individual meaning.

    for some beautiful examples, take a look at https://www.google.com/search?q=%28huichol+%22yarn+painting%22%29&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CB4QsARqFQoTCLiHw93U7ccCFYYaPgodV5AE8g&biw=1280&bih=884. for more info on the meanings of various figures and colors, see http://thehuicholcenter.org/children-s-lessons/glossary-of-huichol-symbols.

    these paintings range in size from 6 inches square to 3 feet square (i have seen rectangular and circular ones also, but they are less common). prices range from $50 to $500. i now have six of these lovely creations, and i consider every one of them to have been worth every dollar i paid for it. prices at this shop are more reasonable than at any other shop offering huichol/wixáritari art that i have seen in puerto vallarta.

    the huicholes/wixáritari also specialize in bead art, where masks, bowls, and animal figures are covered in colorful glass beads. for some beautiful examples, take a look at https://www.google.com/search?q=%28%22bead+art%22++huichol&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CCkQ7AlqFQoTCIvatNfd7ccCFYZ5Pgodn8YKoA&biw=1280&bih=884.

    going by this store is worth a trip just to see this art, which will no doubt disappear eventually as the huicholes/wixáritari die out. the shop is run by a mother and son who have been dealing with the tribe for years and can explain much about the tribe's history and artisanship. for more about the huicholes/wixáritari in general, see http://wixarika.mediapark.net/en/index.html and http://thehuicholcenter.org.

    the shop is open monday thru saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, and sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

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    serafina: beautiful clothes and leather goods

    by susiemargare Updated Jul 22, 2015

    serafina is a very nice shop that carries all types of women's clothing, plus purses and other accessories.

    its main drawback, from my point of view, is that all of the racks are extremely close to each other, so maneuvering thru the various types of clothing can be awkward, with a lot of bumping other people and other racks. it doesn't help that the clothes are also jammed tightly on the racks.

    in addition, i could find only one place to try on clothes -- a tiny corridor with a mirror propped loosely against the wall, and no door. not a very pleasant experience if you want any privacy while changing clothes.

    however, if there are not very many people in the shop and if you are not claustrophobic and have the patience to wade into the racks to find sizes and prices, you can find some lovely clothes.

    What to buy: i bought two long skirts of thick gauze for 500pp each (approx $35); they were not flimsy. gorgeous colors.

    i probably would have stayed longer if the racks had not been so crowded.

    What to pay: i found the clothing and leather goods to be relatively pricey. altho i was quite content with what i paid for the skirts, they were by far the most reasonably priced items i could find, even tho i was also looking for dresses, jackets, blouses, and pants. they have jewelry as well, but i wasn't looking for jewelry that day, so didn't really pay much attention to it.

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    carol's boutique: nice women's clothing at very reasonable prices

    by susiemargare Updated Jul 18, 2015

    carol's boutique is a very nice shop; it is not large, but they have lots of high-quality women's clothing at very reasonable prices. for those of us who are "built for comfort, not for speed," the shop is different from many of the clothing stores in puerto vallarta in that they carry sizes up to 2X and sometimes 3X.

    when i was there, the salesperson (not carol, but i can't remember her name now, unfortunately) was very friendly and extremely accommodating in changing out various items in different sizes while i was trying to decide how each piece of clothing looked on me.

    the shop is open every day except christmas day. i can't seem to find any website that lists their hours.

    they accept visa and mastercard, with a discount for cash.

    What to buy: in addition to blouses and tunics, the shop carries dresses, skirts, and pants in every imaginable color. they also have jewelry.

    What to pay: i bought one blouse and two tunics for 1,500pp (approx $100); i got a discount for paying cash, but i can't remember how much -- possibly 15% or 20%. it was enough of a discount that i was willing to go to an ATM and get pesos rather than using my credit card!

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    curvas peligrosas ("dangerous curves"): high-quality women's bathing suits, sizes 6-36

    by susiemargare Updated Jul 7, 2015

    curvas peligrosas is a small shop with a terrific inventory of bathing suits, esp for those of us who are "built for comfort, not for speed"! the suits all have interesting and pretty designs; they are not dowdy, as a lot of bathing suits for larger women are.

    the shop carries bathing suits of every imaginable type -- one-piece, two-piece, bikinis, tankinis, with skirts, with shorts-type bottoms, etc -- in sizes 6 to 36. these suits are of excellent quality and are very well made.

    the dressing room is not large but is plenty comfortable enough to get a suit on without bumping the walls. it also has a vertical electric fan, which makes trying on bathing suits much easier in hot weather. there are mirrors both in the dressing room and in the shop.

    the woman who works there (who i assumed was the owner) has a very good eye; she can tell your size with one look and also has an excellent grasp of which types of suits are flattering to different body shapes.

    there is a nice article about robina oliver, the woman who owns the store, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/14/unable-to-find-a-bathing-_n_5323522.html.

    they prefer cash but will accept credit cards.

    hours, mon-fri, 11 am to 5 pm and by appointment

    US phone, 512/216-2698

    facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/people/Curvas-Peligrosas-Swimwear-Puerto-Vallarta/100001223597543

    What to buy: it is hard to find good-looking, high-quality, well-made bathing suits in the USA for women who wear anything above size 14. take advantage of this opportunity, and get more than one! you won't regret it.

    What to pay: $75-$175, which is very reasonable for the quality of these bathing suits.

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    mundo de azulejos ("world of tiles"): tiles, tiles, tiles!

    by susiemargare Updated Jun 22, 2015

    mundo de azulejos is a large shop with every imaginable kind of decorative tile -- ceramic, terra cotta, etc. -- and in every imaginable size and design -- house numbers, table tops, boxes, ceramic dishes, pictures made of tiles, sinks, and any other thing you could dream up that has to do with tiles.

    What to buy: the sinks and the table tops are gorgeous.

    What to pay: there is a huge price range, from individual tiles (which i use as coasters) at $2 each to sinks at $350.

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    etnica boutique: beautiful clothes for women

    by susiemargare Updated Jun 22, 2015

    etnica boutique is a tiny shop (and has only one tiny trying-on room), but i bought three very beautiful dresses here in 2014. i can't remember the exact prices, but i think that one was about $75 and two were about $100. they were worth every penny -- gorgeous colors, cotton, washable in cold water, very comfortable.

    all of them were just a little long for me, and the woman there (who i assume was the owner) offered to alter them (i decided to shorten the hems myself, but now i wish i had taken her up on her offer!). i also asked if she had any dresses similar to the ones i bought but in different colors, and she said no but offered to make them!

    one of the really nice things about this shop is that the dresses come in sizes up to a generous XL. many of the clothing shops in puerto vallarta only carry dresses in sizes S-M-L.

    the shop accepts credit cards.

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    Banamex: Money Exchange

    by BLewJay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You should always have a small amout of the local currency in your pocket before leaving home. It can save you some aggravation once you reach your destination...it´s been our experience that when in PV, it´s best to change USD for pesos at the local bank. You seem to get a better exchange rate

    What to buy: USD for pesos

    What to pay: Whatever the exchange rate happens to be

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    Internet cafes everywhere: Keeping in touch with the world

    by BLewJay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you want (and need) to keep in touch with the world, there are internet cafes located all over the place in Puerto Vallarta. No need to pay through the nose at the resort, just go into town and you'll find quite a few of them at reasonable prices.

    What to pay: We paid $10 pesos (about $1.00/USD) for over an hour of internet time...can't get that at the hotel for sure.

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  • Unique Consignment: Unique Consignment in Puerto Vallarta

    by gguzman Written Apr 13, 2009

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    Unique Consigment in Puerto Vallarta
    If you are looking for the Best deal to buy furniture, art, antiques and one of kind items for your home. I sugest you visit the shop Unique Consignment a fun place where you can find a selective items for sale and re-sale such antiques, art, furniture, decorative items from your home, unique furniture desings and much more, always with the Best deal in town for our and new clientele.

    Unique Consignment offers rich opportunities for shoppers and also for your specif needs from your home. Great items you will see at Unique and almost all is made in México, Antiques as chandeliers, sconces, bronzes scultures, wood scultures, glass, pottery, talabera vases sarapes, masks, paintings in acrilic, oil and water color, iron and wood candelabros, and other arts and crafts as well as our furniture we have at unique colonial rustic furniture, comtemporary as Wardroves, cabinets, dressers, mirrows, etc...

    At Unqiue all our cliente with especif budget are welcome a place where for sure you will find the Best deal in town as always we have something new arriving and if we dont have it we try to get it for you. .

    More good buys include small decorarive items so you can bring home a souvenir for your friends or family.

    Also if you are downsizing, upgrading or moving think in consignment is a great way to make extra money for the items that you dont want or you want to change.

    Unique Consignment is been open since 2003.

    What to buy: All kind of furniture and decorative items from your home.

    What to pay: You always can bargain there, is a fun place to buy.

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  • Unique Consignment: Unique Consignment in Puerto Vallarta

    by gguzman Written Apr 13, 2009

    . Unique Consigment in Puerto Vallarta
    If you are looking for the Best deal to buy furniture, art, antiques and one of kind items for your home. I sugest you visit the shop Unique Consignment a fun place where you can find a selective items for sale and re-sale such antiques, art, furniture, decorative items from your home, unique furniture desings and much more, always with the Best deal in town for our and new clientele.

    Unique Consignment offers rich opportunities for shoppers and also for your specif needs from your home. Great items you will see at Unique and almost all is made in México, Antiques as chandeliers, sconces, bronzes scultures, wood scultures, glass, pottery, talabera vases sarapes, masks, paintings in acrilic, oil and water color, iron and wood candelabros, and other arts and crafts as well as our furniture we have at unique colonial rustic furniture, comtemporary as Wardroves, cabinets, dressers, mirrows, etc...

    At Unqiue all our cliente with especif budget are welcome a place where for sure you will find the Best deal in town as always we have something new arriving and if we dont have it we try to get it for you. .

    More good buys include small decorarive items so you can bring home a souvenir for your friends or family.

    Also if you are downsizing, upgrading or moving think in consignment is a great way to make extra money for the items that you dont want or you want to change.

    Unique Consignment is been open since 2003.

    What to buy: Basically something that you may need in your home, as a piece of furniture, antique, art or a item for a gift.

    What to pay: At Unique always you find the best deal

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    Vallarta Cigar Factory: Cigar

    by waacow Written Aug 31, 2005

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    It is the first cigar shop, we've stopped while we were in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The guy in the shop was very helpful assisting as picking out some fine cigar and provide good recommendations on which ones to buy. He didn't try to sell us the most expensive cigar at all since we just casual cigar smoker.

    What to buy: Ask the shop.

    What to pay: $10 - $20

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