Your Northeast Connection to the Southwest
When you step into this store, you feel like you may have been transported to a to an unfamiliar time and place filled with artifacts, decorations, clothing and accessories from a different culture. The Southwest Trading Post is home to all things Native American in Skippack Village. The owners, Butch and Beth Kaelin, always had a thing for Native American culture. As far back as he can remember, the ways of the people native to the land we now live on sparked his interest. He was the kid running around with a bow and arrow while others his age were interested in trucks and dinosaurs. Once Butch grew out of the bow and arrow, he married a girl named Beth who had a deep empathy for Native Americans and thus The Southwest Trading Post was born. They opened a shop in Sellersville on Route 309 together and shortly after that, made the move to Skippack Village because they felt it was a better fit for the shop. The Southwest Trading Post has been in the village for about 14 years now, located in the center of town in an old farm house which dates to the late 1800’s.
Butch at the Southwest Trading Post is your Northeast connection to the Southwest. The shop carries Native American items made in the southwest. Give their Facebook & Instagram a follow to keep up with the ever-changing inventory. Some of the main states items come from are New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado. Most jewelry for sale at the Southwest Trading Post was made on reservations in the United States. If there is one thing Butch doesn’t like its knock offs! He has always aimed to protect Native American art and deterred others from using the art as inspiration with intentions of creating cheaper, non-authentic versions of his products. Butch goes to reservations twice a year to buy the items that fill his shop. He also attends gatherings similar to trade shows where he can pick things up from different Native Americans and silver smiths all in one place. Butch has eliminated the middle man which is how he is able to keep affordable prices compared to other shops with similar products.
The Southwest Trading Post has accommodated a few special orders in the past. Recently, a customer requested over 100 matching dream catchers to be used as favors for their wedding. A few weeks later that customer happily picked up a box of dream catchers all made with the same colored string, beads and feathers. The customer service at the Southwest Trading Post is incomparable. Butch can speak to every artifact in his shop. You’ll learn something new every time you stop in this shop. For example, the fringe on apparel and shoes, like Minnetonka boots the Southwest Trading Post sells, was not used for fashion but was the Native American’s way of carrying string. Everything has a purpose in the Native American culture. On First Fridays the Southwest Trading Post always hosts a shaman woman and native dancer outside the shop so stop by and you may learn something new about the beautiful Native American way.