So, you've been slapping plastic on retail counters all over the state for a month, buying mountains and mountains of gifts for everyone from your closest family and friends to your third Ukrainian cousin thrice removed who you've never met and aren't entirely sure even exists. Christmas—praise Jesus—is over, and it's time to start spending money on someone who really matters: yourself.
No sense in skimping either. Head up to the Santa Fe Winter Antiquities Show this weekend to get your grubby hands on the good stuff. Galleries and dealers from around the world will display and sell antiques from every continent but Antarctica. There'll be Middle Eastern textiles and carpets, rare books, paintings, architectural antiques, jewelry, gems, furniture and American Indian artifacts. The show is considered the Southwest's best antiques show. Even if you don't have the cash to buy anything, walking through the aisles and aisles of assorted high-class old stuff is like walking through an extremely eclectic museum.
A special opening will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to benefit Kitchen Angels. $50 per person. The show opens to the general public on Sunday, Dec. 28, and Monday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sweeney Convention Center in Santa Fe. $10 per person. Kids 16 and under free with adult. For details, call (505) 471-7780.