Lynn says: My husband and I love Bucerias. We have recently bought a condo in this wonderful town. Now we need to figure out where to go to purchase furnishings. We have been warned that not all shopkeepers deliver what they promise – or what you bought. We are looking for contemporary furniture. We found a store called Artrel in Puerto Vallarta but cannot find out anything about it. Any advice and/or suggestions would be appreciated.
Churpa: Thanks for writing Lynn! Hmmm…All of my furniture buying in Mexico has been limited to the highlands. Last time I was in Guanajuato , my mother and I had a great time touring the furniture tallers that surround San Miguel de Allende. After shopping around, we ended up picking out a very beautiful hand-carved wardrobe for a couple of hundred dollars. The artisan delivered it to my mom’s house (about 20 miles away) for free, and she paid him upon delivery, plus a tip for his trouble.
As for general advice about shopping in Mexico: I think you chances of being cheated are about the same as they would be in the U.S. or Canada. So my advice would be the same: shop around, ask around, price check, examine furniture carefully before buying, be polite the shop keeper or artisan (I probably don’t need to mention that one!), and don’t buy things site unseen unless you have a good reason to trust the company.
Anyone have suggestions for Lynn re: furniture shopping in PV? And Lynn, we would love to hear back from you about your experience.