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First Fridays in San Antonio by arteesvida

The first friday of every month is the day of a popular event in San Antonio’s artsy Southtown.  There are lots of street vendors, musicians, and dancers and the local galleries stay open late and host open houses.  This month it fell on the Fourth Of July so we expected it to be great fun.  Unfortunately, it got pretty much rained out.

This guy, the owner of, had a cover for his booth and stuck it out.  That flower is made entirely of vinyl records.

I also picked up this armadillo at Inter Artisan.  They find amazing oaxacan carvings that I don’t see anywhere else.  Amalitos are traditionally in static poses, you don’t see them like this guy, turning to look at you.  Or my other current favorite in the shop, a zebra scratching his ear with his back paw.

Their prices are great and they go on buying trips several times a year, their next one is in two months and they have an assignment to find Molly a muerta Frida for her Christmas present.

This place also has fun stuff though not necessarily high artisan quality…I purchased two huge tin milagros to hang in my kitchen (pictures forthcoming).

Usually we spend hours at First Friday but this was the extent of it after the rain started.  We ended up going out to Amy’s Ice Cream and to the bookstore instead.  Happy late 4th of July!