Richardson’s Trading Company in Gallup New Mexico.

by Harold Carey Jr on November 1, 2010 Google

My wife an I went to Richardson’s Trading Post in Gallup New Mexico.
They have the largest selection of rugs in the Southwest on display.

Richardson's Trading Post Navajo Rugs

Richardson's Trading Post Navajo Rugs

Richardson’s has a very large rug room they have over 3000 rugs stock they also discount the rugs during the Crown point rug auction weekend.

I talked to the salesman at Richardson’s who has been there for many years.
He said when he was young he worked at the bank next door to Richardson’s. Sometimes a weaver would come in with their rugs to trade for money.
He would tell the weaver to wait a minute.
Then run next door to see Mr. Richardson and ask him if he would buy the Rug, and for how much.
Then he would run back and buy it from the weaver.

Richardson Trading Post Navajo Rugs 2

Richardson Trading Post Navajo Rugs 2

Richardson Trading Post Navajo Rugs 3

Richardson Trading Post Navajo Rugs 3

They also have a large supply of dental of Dead Pawn Navajo Jewelry and Rugs.
We bought one of them a Dead Pawn Two Gray Hills rug for $600 in a Kachina doll you can see the photos.

Two Gray Hills Rug Richardson Trading Post

Two Gray Hills Rug Richardson Trading Post

Kachina Doll Richardson Trading Post

Kachina Doll Richardson Trading Post

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

stuart schwartz January 10, 2011 at 12:18 am

I have recently acquired a miniature pot (typical Navajo storage vessel) signed on the botton Dine which I believe refers to the Navajo Nation or people. It is beautifully carved and coloured and bears the initials “BH” below the Din e. Both are inscribed into the clay on the bottom of the pot. A gorgeous little souvenir of Navajo craftsmanship. Could you give me the name of the potter if known, or track him or her down for me. This would be apprecaited. Our resources on Navajo pots is somewhat limited in New Zealand. The piece is less than 2″ high; wouldn’t mind another one or two if available. I look forward to hearing from you. All the best for the New Year. Stu Schwartz (American Indian art enthusiast!)

Priscilla Begay January 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm

You have some very Gorgeous Navajo Rugs, My mother is a Rug Weaver and She herself is always looking for buyers.Will later Bye..

Walt Silva June 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Antone know where I can get a kachina doll repaired? Bought it at Richardson Trading Co five years ago.

Joshua Wells October 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I sure hope someone sees this email because I’m not at all sure that I’ve gotten myself plugged in to the Richardson’s Trading Post.
I’m trying to find an old pawn ring and as i’ve been to RTP many times, I thought I’d save some time and gas and see some of these using the storé s website. So, I’m asking that someone please send me the website address because it’s not coming up…….

salvador torres April 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Hi Ihave green shell,red,pink or corrugated abalone, also purple shell
( spondylus calcifer )
the amounts of shell are as follows.
green abalone shell 8 tons
red abalone shell 400 kilos
abalone shell corrugated 12 tons
abalone shell pink 5 tons
purple shell (spondylus calcifer ) 3 tons
leon hand shell 3 tons
leon shell orange hand 1 ton
I can deliver in San Diego CA or at home
hope well be of interest to
and I am at your service . Im in tijuana
I send a greeting
Salvador torres

Jeremy Irwin October 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm


i am in need of an appraisal

Will Beal October 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

In 1985 when I was at the SBC headquarters in Nashville, TN … I visited your store with Bill ……. our state man who lived in Alb. He took me to see Bill Richardson … a very gracious gentleman. You had the greatest collection of ‘old pawn and Bill explained all went thru to try to get the pawn owner to come and get their goods … before it could be sold. I bought several pieces of jewelry … and then Bill showed me a rug … that I should buy. A 20×26 Ganado made by Mary Manygoats, Red Valley, AZ. He had it marked
HBTTT and he gave me a good price. We still hang it with pride here in our home in Dallas, Texas. THANKS for the good times. If Bill is still about tell him tell him he made impression for good on me.

Will Beal December 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm

… and so surprised to see my post about Mr. Bill … and he was a very gracious gentleman. I have been looking on line at Two Grey Hills rugs. Would like to say in $500. range. Have any thing to suggest?

Thanks so much … from an 85 year old monister.


Alie Cummings January 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I have some old Indian pawn that I would be interested in selling. I purchased it in Albuquerque in th 1950′s. The conch belt is sand cast with each piece having a different type of turquoise in it. I believe it to be Navajo. Also, have a nice man’s belt buckle with the markings 17 SL and a double teepee sign on it. If you are interested please let me know and I will send you pictures of them.

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