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Smoki Museum holds annual consignment market

Smoki Museum staffer Merry Ann Ruegsegger stands next to a pair of $100 wooden snowshoes available at Saturday’s sale. (Nanci Hutson/Courier)

Smoki Museum staffer Merry Ann Ruegsegger stands next to a pair of $100 wooden snowshoes available at Saturday’s sale. (Nanci Hutson/Courier)

The Smoki Museum was hopping with people Saturday for its annual consignment market with tables filled with Native American art, pottery, jewelry and an assortment of other Southwest décor items.

Assistant Museum Director Manuel Lucero said he arrived to the market in the morning before the doors opened at 10 a.m. to find a line stretching around the corner of the building and down into the parking lot.

Within the first hour, much of the most popular items — kachina dolls and certain specialty pieces of jewelry — were sold to the early buyers and collectors.

Cashiers were kept busy with long lines of folks picking up the hand-crafted wares and other pieces not found just anywhere.

Museum staff member Merry Ann Ruegsegger said the one-day event required almost two weeks of preparation, with items priced as low as $10 and others as high as $300 and $400 for select pieces of jewelry, paintings or hand woven baskets and pottery.

She was hoping to find a buyer for a $100 pair of finely crafted wooden snowshoes. About 100 consigners offered items to sell at the market.

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