Old Town Market Festival Marketplace weaves through the historic Casa
de Aguirre and into a courtyard where you may hear musicians performing
happy tunes on hand-made flutes and other instruments. Prices for
decorative tiles are as low as $1.99, a keepsake Day of the Dead (Dia de
Muertos) ceramic plate is around $14.99, and a hand-crafted planter of a
man taking a siesta with his sombrero covering his face goes for about
$24.99. Silver and metal tooling is exceptional so you'll be glad to know
that home decor such as silver crosses you can hang on the wall go for
Leather goods such as belts, hats, backpacks, carry on bags and purses are made of durable leather that never seems to wear out. I am carrying around my black leather backpack I purchased there about 15 years ago--and I carry heavy cameras in it!
Clothing is often light, cotton, colorful and comfortable. Ladies like the loose fitting dresses for summer while men go for t-shirts.
Around San Diego Old Town there are unique souvenirs. At "Colorado House" which contains a Wells Fargo antique collection (stagecoach, strong box, safe and ledger,) I spent a mere $1 for a writing pen that has a stagecoach on it. Some things that caught my eye were a gold panning plate for $12.50 and a ceramic cookie jar shaped liked a Wells Fargo Stagecoach for around $25.
These are just a few of the gems located at Old Town, where there's lots of free parking, enterainment, and some of the best Mexican restaurants in all of the U.S.