Trading Posts

The Gallup area is home to over 1,000 Native American Artisans creating unique works in jewelry, pottery, basket weaving, rug weavings, sculptures, unique textiles, paintings, and more.  Elizabeth Rose from wrote the following (click here for the full article) 

"Trading posts found in areas close to Native American reservations might be the real thing. Or they could be just another souvenir shop dressed up to seem authentic. To enter a genuine trading post that trades with local Native Americans is an experience in commerce that has its roots in trade before the 1900s. And at some trading posts, the families have been trading with locals for generations. These trading posts, bursting with authentic goods, are vital to Native American commerce and financial viability.

During the old trading days in Gallup, New Mexico, Navajo families might travel for several hours and spend a day or two in town. They would spend an entire day at the trading post selling wool and trading blankets and jewelry to the trader for food supplies and clothing, exchanging stories with friends or neighbors that they saw only on these occasions.

The Story of Pawn

The mention of the words "pawn shop" might conjure up visions of skid row down-and-outers pawning their watch or guitar for some money to buy an immediate need. But a visit to Perry Null Trading Company will change that vision.

Native Americans on the reservations must be self-sufficient. There aren’t many places nearby to provide employment and a steady income. It is said that more than 80 percent of the Native American jewelry sold today passes from the reservations near Gallup through the Gallup area. There are many home-based businesses doing weaving, pottery, and silver work.

Native Americans who pawn their family possessions, jewelry, guns, and saddles, do so for two reasons. One it is a way to get a loan to see them through a lean season. And, two, it is a way to store precious possessions. In vaults in back rooms of trading posts you might see beautiful saddles, treasured rifles, ceremonial skins, wedding baskets, and beautiful jewelry, much of it vintage turquoise and silver, handed down for generations.

The owners pay on these items monthly and pay the full amount due when they decide to take them out of storage. This is called "live pawn." 

Anasazi Traders

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400 E Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Andy’s Trading Company

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612 W Wilson Ave Gallup, NM 87301


Andy's Trading Company buys new and used merchandise such as band instruments and jewelry then sells them in the store.

Apache Trading Inc.

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205 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Wide variety of native art and traditional items

Bill Malone Trading

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235 W Coal Ave Gallup, NM 87301


After more than 40 years of operating trading posts for others, Bill has opened his own store, Bill Malone Trading.

Desert Dove Indian Jewelry Store

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103 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Desert Indian Traders

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1009 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Offering the highest quality Native American handcrafted jewelry direct from the artists plus a line of custom jewelry. Wholesale.

Ellis Tanner Trading Co.

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1980 Hwy 602 Gallup, NM 87301


A modern-day old fashion trading post where people bring in goods to sell or pawn; also a jewelry store.

First American Traders

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198 E Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Since 1974, our Native American artists have perfected handcrafted jewelry & pottery and continue to pass on secrets and skills to new generations.

Gallup Jewelry and Pawn

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117 W Coal Ave Gallup, NM 87301


Gallup Trading Company

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215 S Third St Gallup, NM 87301


One of the few stores specializing in high end old style and contemporary jewelry by top artists from the four corners region.

Indian Touch of Gallup

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105 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Jewels & Java

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100 W. Hwy 66, Gallup NM 87301


Joe Milo’s Trading Company

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1628 Hwy 602, Vanderwagen NM


Johnny Murphy’s Trading Co.

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1206 E Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Martinez Indian Jewelry

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231 W Coal Ave Gallup, NM 87301


Mike’s Indian Jewelry Wholesale and Retail

Art & Culture, Trading Posts

201 W Highway 66, Gallup NM 87301


Nugget Gallery

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1302 S 2nd St, Gallup NM 87301


Ortega’s Indian Arts & Crafts

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2107 W. Hwy 66, Gallup NM 87301


Perry Null Trading Co.

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1710 S Second St Gallup, NM 87301


Whether you are looking for jewelry, kachina dolls, pottery, or rugs you are going to find it at Perry’s.

Pino’s Indian Trading

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113 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Choose Pino’s Indian Trading for Native American products, including works of art, ceremonial items and handmade Kachinas.

Ray’s Trading Company

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1001 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Located in the heart of Gallup, New Mexico, on Historic Route 66, Ray’s specializes in retail and wholesale Native American jewelry.

Red Shell Jewelry

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118 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Specializing in Spiny Oyster Shell, Red Shell has been operating for over 40 years with the passion, hard work, dedication and love.

Richardson’s Trading Co

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222 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Displays of painted kachina dolls, bright weavings, feathered headdresses, burnished pots and relics from a pioneer past will stir your imagination.

Running Bear Trading Co.

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1077 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Committed to trading, buying, selling and producing only local Native American handmade and hand crafted products.

Shi’ Ma Traders

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216 W Coal Ave Gallup, NM 87301


Shi’Ma Traders carries a wide variety of Native American Church items. Known for specializing in repairs of Native American jewelry.

Shush Yaz Trading Company

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1308 W Lincoln Ave Gallup, NM 87301


Silver Dust Trading Co.

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121 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Featuring a wide selection of beads, beading & NAC supplies as well as feathers and jewelry.

Silver House Trading Co.

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210 W Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Stoneweaver Inc.

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308 S Third St Gallup, NM 87301


T&R Jewelry & Pawn

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1070 Metro Ave Gallup, NM 87301


T&R offers Native American Jewelry, a large grocery store, gas station and one of the largest area feed, tack and western wear stores.

Tanners Indian Arts

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237 W Coal Ave Gallup, NM 87301


By appointment only, this gem of the Southwest is both an art gallery and museum in its own right.

Turney’s Trading Company

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207 S Third St Gallup, NM 87301


Winfield Trading Co.

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1811 Hwy 602, Vanderwagen NM


Yazzie’s Indian Art

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121 W. Coal Ave, Gallup NM 87301


Zuni Fetishes Direct

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300 E Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301


Zuni Fetishes Direct features the finest selection of authentic Zuni fetishes, all fetishes in the collection are crafted by Zuni artists.