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OUR Mural  

In “A Day at the Market” we give homage to the many artisans and artists whom we have worked with over the years. It portrays a typical street Mercado in Mexico and Central America. We wanted to celebrate Folk Art of the region and contribute to the Adams Avenue beautification program.

With its bright colors and beautiful items, these markets are always places of joy and happiness. It is our hope that some of this effervescence is communicated with the mural as well as in our store.


Come in and spend a relaxed time with family and friends in our garden crafting your heart out!

From the beginning we decided to include the education of the community in artisan traditions as one of our priorities.

Many people bring their children to reinforce their Cultural identity and to learn the traditions; workshops are activities that the whole family can share.

We have been recognized in San Diego as a pioneer in the teaching of artisanal crafts.

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planning and event?

If you are looking for activities for larger events or small groups at your location or at the store we can help in person or providing you with materials.

We also have craft workshop kits in any quantity you request. instructions and materials included.

Special discounts available  for several scheduled workshop.

For additional information, please write: 

Please include the basic group size you have in mind.

We are in the approved Performers List in the City and County of San Diego.


In today’s world we believe our mission is more important than ever. Our treasures are genuine folk arts made by traditional artisans from many regions around the world. We refuse to sell industrialized copies of traditional designs.

Since we opened in 1983 we take pride in showcasing and explaining these artisan traditions. We bring you a caravan of the best Folk Arts and gifts at affordable prices. 

Back from Tomboctou is located on San Diego’s historic Adams Avenue, right in the heart of Normal Heights. Whether it’s a gift you are looking for, or something to treat yourself with, your experience here will be anything but ordinary. Browsers are always welcome.


For appointments at other times please call 619-282-8708 or after hours 619-280-6441. Seriously call, and we would love to meet with you at your convenience.


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