Want to support local artists while capitalizing on a bargain? Stroll the U. City Loop (Delmar Boulevard, near Skinker) on a Saturday afternoon and you’ll find iconic local art shops sprinkled among the newer chain stores. Cherokee Street near Jefferson is a hotbed of local art activity. When the galleries have openings, wine, snacks and live music flow freely and the entire street is an art party. Here are five of the city’s best places to buy local art at affordable prices.

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Soulard Art Market
2028 S. 12th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 258-4299

This artists’ collective and gallery is across the street from McGurk’s Pub. The gallery is managed by local artists and features rotating monthly exhibits. The exhibits feature a lively mix of media including jewelry, paintings, photography, glass and sculpture. Prices are very reasonable and you can find items for double-digit prices. The gallery is open until 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and until 6 p.m. on weekends.

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Compônere Gallery
6509 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 721-1181

Compônere Gallery prides itself on showing the best work of local and regional artists. This is not the place to find angsty art that explores the dark side of the human condition. This gallery excels at displaying work that is delightful, whimsical or charming. Glass, metalwork, pottery, mixed media, furniture, paintings and photography mingle in the space. Affordable options abound near the front desk, where you can pick up jewelry, postcards and unframed prints. There is also a basement where you can hunt for deals on paintings, photographs, glass and sculpture.

Related: Top Local St. Louis Arts Programs to Support


Third Degree Glass Factory
5200 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 367-4527

The Glass Factory’s Third Friday Open House is one hot happening. Fire dancers, live music, snacks and drinks provide a social backdrop for the main event: watching the glassmakers work at the flaming kilns. You can work under close supervision and make a paperweight, tile or jewelry item to take home as well. The HotShop Gallery is piled full of trinkets, many of them under $100. Look for funky jewelry, elegant ornaments and sweet glass flowers. The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Related: Top Spots for Glass Art in St. Louis

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The St. Louis Curio Shoppe
2301 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 771-6353

A Lou lover’s paradise, the Curio Shoppe offers St. Louis memorabilia nestled among locally produced snacks and bath products. Local artists also offer their wares in the store. Jewelry, cards, upcycled items, steampunk items and other gifts artfully overflow the display racks. You’ll also find locally produced CDs and books (musicians and writers are artists, too). The Curio Shoppe is very serious about actively supporting the St. Louis community. Related: Best Bargain Hunting in St. Louis

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Craft Alliance Gallery Shop
6640 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 725-1177

Craft Alliance’s Delmar location, and its newer location at 501 North Grand, focuses on crafts elevated to fine art status. Pottery, glass, metalworking, wood and fiber are the media of choice. The pieces on display do not reflect typical woodworking or clay throwing. The gallery is very selective and work is always immaculately crafted with unique themes, techniques and statements. You can usually find some pottery or jewelry in the under-$100 range. Craft Alliance is across the street from Compônere Gallery.

Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.