Longtime Austin business Turquoise Trading Post pays homage to the American Southwest – Community Impact Newspaper

Turquoise Trading Post owner Jim Williamson fell in love with art as a kid growing in New Mexico in the 1970s.

In 1994, he left his job as a nonprofit fundraiser to follow that passion, and, as he said, “to stop working.”

More than 26 years later, Williamson is still selling art and jewelry from the American Southwest.

Williamson’s interest in Southwestern pottery and art began as a teenager working summers at a ranch near Taos, a hub for Pueblo artists.

When local shelter-in-place orders caused the shop to shut down last March for around a month, Turquoise Trading Post set up an Etsy page to keep sales going online.

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