Mercado Mexico in Guadalupe

There's more where this came from. Check the slideshow.
There's more where this came from. Check the slideshow.
Need a cow skull?

Who doesn't, right?

If you're in the market for cow skulls, Day of the Dead skeletons, hanging chili pepper bundles, and ceramic pots galore, Mercado Mexico is your jam.

The indoor/outdoor store offers row upon row of Mexican imported items at extremely reasonable prices - especially when you bring a wad of cash (if you catch my drift).

It's located on the west side of Avenida Del Yaqui, the main drag in Guadalupe. The small town is approximately one square mile was founded around the turn of the century by Native Americans (Yaqui). Today, the town has a Native American and Hispanic population of about 5,500. Recently, it has been the scene of Arpaio's anti-immigrant sweeps (click here to read more).

On Catholic holidays (particularly December 12, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe) don't expect to be able to drive through - the town shuts down the Avenida Del Yaqui for some religious parades and celebrations.

You can't fake authenticity. And that's just what Mercado Mexico is: authentic. Just check out the slideshow for a peek of the goods.

Mercado Mexico, 8212 South Avenida Del Yaqui in Tempe (Guadalupe), 480-831-5925.

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