Attack of the Octostash
Some of their items are more commercial, like gift baskets ($15 to $150) containing chocolate bars, bath products from Martha’s Body Bueno—the line Longacre helped start that now exists as an online store—and all sorts of holiday miscellany. "We have baskets for dogs, we have baskets for cats, we have baskets for kids, we have chocoholic baskets," Longacre says. They also have more adult baskets, or they can customize one to your tastes with the bounty of wares available on their tables.
As for Longacre, he's refurbished and handcrafted a number of wooden boxes ($7 to $25) into nifty dwelling places for jewelry and playing cards. He also sells painted corn necklaces ($4.75) that he buys off friends at Santo Domingo Pueblo.
And Stokes? "I'm an octostash sales rep," he says. Stopping by their tables is a good way to inexpensively stuff your Christmas stockings. Beyond that, the trio is just a warm group of people to chat with if you're strolling the Downtown streets. I like Longacre’s stories. "We live on some acreage down by the river," he says. "Our time is spent around the fire making things. We got a nice kiva fireplace that was made by a friend of mine in the house. This is kind of how we work." They'll be there through the end of the month.
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