It seems like only yesterday we were pulling our horse trailer full of Mexican saddleblankets across the Indian reservations selling and trading all over the west. The folks we met along the way were collectors, celebrities, traders, and lots of hard working folks like you.
Those were great years - the freedom to travel, make money, and build our business without phones and real estate. We lived in Central America for a year, setting up our weaving operations, traveled regularly to South America buying cow hides, and crisscrossed the globe buying or selling in 51 different countries. China, Australia, and India are awesome - Morocco and the Philippines are scary. Mexico, of course, is our favorite and most prolific in beautifully handcrafted products.
But we've also had a ball with store and factory locations such as The Navajo Rug Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, a wholesale gold jewelry distributorship, the funky Alameda Street warehouse in El Paso, and the most challenging project of all - the Rancho El Cid manufacturing faculty in Chihuahua, Mexico in the 1990's.
Thank you for having the confidence in us and the products of El Paso Saddleblanket all these years. If you want to hear more about our life on the road, making deals, and playing with politics, please read our book.
Many of you have commented that you enjoyed our first book "How to Start and Operate Your Own Southwest Store and Trading Post." Perhaps you'll find something in this book that will also help you in your business.
Hope you enjoy it!
Dusty & Bonnie Henson