10 Best Shopping Destinations in Cave Creek

Cave Creek is an authentic Western village surrounded by beautiful desert scenery, great restaurants and saloons that come to life every Saturday night with live music and cowboy line dancing. With its proximity to Scottsdale and north Phoenix, Cave Creek makes for an easy day trip and a great place to go shopping.

For a huge selection of Southwestern furnishings, accessories and unique Southwestern gift items, head to Valerie's Furniture & Accents. The 6,300 square foot  store features a gorgeous showroom of colorful Western design ideas. Even if you're in the market for a larger furniture piece, the store also carries smaller southwestern-inspired decor items. 

Want to take home some authentic Mexican pottery? Head to Retablo, which features a huge selection of Mexican talavera pottery, whimsical outdoor art, and Western motif home decor and gift items.

Cave Creek Candles & Gifts is a great resource for artisan-crafted candles and unique gifts. The Lazy Lizard is another popular shopping destination for one-of-a-kind Southwestern-inspired furniture, accessories and souvenirs, and if you're looking for local food products, check out the Cave Creek Olive Oil Company

Finally, don't miss Rare Earth Gallery, a unique Cave Creek boutique that specializes in minerals and fossils. The shop carries everything from beautiful jewelry to gorgeous glass chandeliers. 


The Gold Mine Thrift store has a little bit of everything: furniture, home decor, jewelry, books, shoes and clothing for men & women. Every day new items come into the store's inventory, which makes this a great destination for adventurous shoppers looking for high quality goods and rock bottom prices. The store carries brand names, Tommy Bahama, Chico's, Guess, Cruel, Facconable and DNKY. Best of all, Gold Mine Thrift store is a nonprofit retail space that sends back approximately 80 percent of all proceeds back into the community. A great store for browsing and discovering a favorite new second-hand treasure. Take back a little piece of Cave Creek with you with a stop at the Gold Mine Thrift Shop.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: The Gold Mine Thrift Shop is Cave Creek's favorite second-hand store for unique treasures and high-end, gently used apparel.

Patricia's expert tip: Gold Mine has seasonal hours, so make sure to check times before stopping by.

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Rare Earth Gallery is a must-visit shopping destination when you're in the Cave Creek or Carefree area. This unique shop houses rare fossils and minerals sourced directly from Mother Nature, along with art pieces derived from natural materials. You'll find beautiful natural fossils, hand-blown glass art, luxury chandeliers made from art glass, decorative minerals, beautiful handmade jewelry and one-of-a-kind oversize landscape decor. The shop always seems to be refreshing its inventory of sparkling, artful fossils and minerals, so there's usually something to new to discover. Even if you only have a passing interest in fossils and minerals, simply walking around this store can be a dazzling experience.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: Rare Earth Gallery offers beautiful, rare gifts, many made from unique fossils and minerals.

Patricia's expert tip: The shop also makes custom inlay works.

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When you're in Cave Creek, swing by Western Delights to take a look at the store's winning selection of beautiful, hand-crafted jewelry - most of which is made locally by Arizona artists, including a huge selection of authentic Navajo jewelry. You'll find necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and accessories crafted by local artists. Along with jewelry, you'll also find a huge assortment of Western trinkets, art pieces, decor and other souvenir-worthy items. As the name implies, the store specializes in Western and Southwestern treasures, so this is a good place to stop in when you're looking for gift items made in Arizona.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: Western Delights is a good place to find authentic southwestern jewelry gift items.

Patricia's expert tip: Stop here for authentic Navajo jewelry.

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This replication of a Moroccan market sits beneath a stunning natural rock formation against a gorgeous desert backdrop. Two levels house 35 stores and restaurants that encircle a courtyard and amphitheater. Gifts, art, and clothing with the distinct flavor of the Southwest can be found in many boutiques and shops. A great place to shop for regional and custom gift items, including apparel and accessories, fossils and minerals, hand-crafted leather goods, unique gifts and art. The Heard Museum North, a satellite of the Native American crafts museum in Phoenix, adds a touch of high culture to a day of commercialism. Free concerts are given on summer Thursday nights.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: El Pedegral is a good source for high-end shopping in the Cave Creek area.

Patricia's expert tip: El Pedegral is not just a shopping center, but also home to the Adelante Arts Gallery.

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Cave Creek Olive Oil Company is the place to go in Cave Creek to taste high quality olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, homemade pastas, jars of olives, raw Arizona honey and other specialty food items. The store carries high quality olive oils and balsamics from around the world. The shop is a good source for infused olive oils that you won't find at your grocery store. Stop in to taste olive oils at the bar, chat with the friendly owners, and pick up a jar of olive oil or other local food products to take back home with you. The shop will also happily ship olive oils and other food products.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: Cave Creek Olive Oil is a fun shopping pit stop in Cave Creek for foodies.

Patricia's expert tip: Come here for olive oil tastings and Arizona food gift items like raw local honey.

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The Lazy Lizard in Cave Creek is your source for unique consigned furniture including Spanish, Mexican, vintage cowboy and Tuscan-style home furnishings. The Lazy Lizard's vast selection features eclectic furnishings, home decor accessories, and specialty gift items. This is one of the best shopping destinations in Cave Creek if you are seeking Southwestern, Mexican and Native American-inspired design accessories. The store carries everything from large furniture items (sofas, chairs, headboards, and more), as well as smaller decorative accessories (Mexican and Southwestern-style crosses, figurines, art and smaller furniture pieces). The Lazy Lizard is fun to browse and there's a good chance you'll find something to brighten up any space with the warmth and colors of the Southwest.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: The Lazy Lizard in Cave Creek offers one of the town's biggest selection of Spanish, Mexican and Tuscan-style accessories and home furnishings.

Patricia's expert tip: Looking for something special? Ask the store about their custom furniture.

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Big Bronco in Cave Creek offers an endless assortment of authentic Western accessories and furnishings. The store specializes in distinctive, artisan Western-style furnishings. Rustic yet elegant, Big Bronco carries high quality furniture, including pieces created from unique materials such as wagon wheels, antlers, and rustic metals. The store is divided into a furniture store and general store. The general store carries vintage Western treasures, cowboy and cowgirl accessories, cowboy kitchen accessories, Native American arts and crafts, and rustic metal art pieces. The furniture side of the store has a large inventory of authentic Western furniture, including chairs, headboards, tables and sofas.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: Big Bronco in Cave Creek carries a huge assortment of Western furnishings, accessories and vintage Western souvenirs.

Patricia's expert tip: If you fall in love with a piece but can't take it home with you on the plane, Big Bronco offers shipping services.

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Located in Cave Creek's Frontier Town, the Cave Creek Candles & Gifts store is the perfect place to pick up a unique souvenir or gift item during your visit to this Western village. In business since 1997, Cave Creek Candles & Gifts specializes in hand-poured artisan candles, specialty lines with embedded features, luminaries, pillars, votives and tea lights. Owners Steve and Roxanne have developed a proprietary formula that creates clean-burning, beautifully scented candles, The store has expanded their candle and aromatherapy lines to include wax-related accessories and unique artisan-made specialty gift items. A great place to pick up locally-made gifts.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: Cave Creek Candles & Gifts features artisan-made candles and a variety of unique gift items.

Patricia's expert tip: The specialty candles at Cave Creek Candles & Gifts are shipped worldwide

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Buffalo Bill's Trading Post should be at the top of your list if you're looking for great, high quality Mexican and Southwestern-inspired furnishings and home decor accessories. This shop, located in the quaint Western village of Cave Creek (just north of Scottsdale), carries a huge assortment of Mexican talavera pieces, wall hangings, patio accessories, outdoor yard art, pottery, light fixtures, rugs, cow skulls, metal art, and more. Whether you are looking for something big (a new wrought iron and tile patio table), or something small (a Mexican Dia de los Muertos figurine), chances are you will find it at Buffalo Bill's Trading Post.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: Buffalo Bill's Trading Post offers one of Cave Creek's largest selections of Southwestern and Mexican homeware and decorative accessories.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the lot behind the store for a huge selection of pottery and outdoor art.

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Valerie's Furniture and Accents in Cave Creek features distinctive western furniture, accessories and gifts. The store specializes in high quality goods produced by the best southwestern regional artisans. On any given day, you'll find one-of-a-kind western furniture and accents, many of which are produced regionally by local craftsmen. The 6300 square foot store, located in the heart of Cave Creek, has a large, colorful inventory of furnishings and accessories, including chairs, footstools, vases, ottomans, rockers, mirrors, lamps, side tables, pillows and just about everything else you would want to outfit your home with the color and spirit of the Southwest. Smaller gift items are also available.

Recommended for Cave Creek's Best Shopping because: Valerie's Furniture & Accents in Cave Creek is one of the town's best source for Western furniture, accessories and gift items.

Patricia's expert tip: Need inspiration? Visit Valerie's Furniture & Accents to peruse the colorful, whimsical and thoroughly well-designed showrooms.

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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.