So the wife and I had a Friday available to go visit the First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. Don’t let the name fool you. This is actually a four day event held Thursday through Sunday on the weekend before the Monday of every month. Which means it is NOT held on Monday – ironic isn’t it?
There are several entrances to the grounds. We entered from the West Gate. Once you pay your $5.00 to park you can pick up the shuttle that will help get you to and from your car. The drivers are very friendly and helpful.
On the west side of the grounds there are lots and lots and lots of booths that are scattered within the trees.
It was amazing to see the variety of items for sale. This is by far the best flea market / trade days that we have been to.
You can even find a giant metal cow (center-right) or a giant metal dinosaur (left). We did see several of the giant chickens throughout the grounds. Not sure why they were so popular.
Once we made our way through hundreds of booths in the west side trees, we came across the buildings that make up the grounds on the East and South portions. These are booths that are there month after month. Many of them are businesses from town.
The buildings have various names but that may or may not help you find your way around. Don’t forget to pick up a map as you enter.
If you want a GREAT selection of antiques this is the place.
Inside every building are goodies galore. Worth walking for hours just to view the merchandise. Cheaper to watch than to buy anyway.
And of course, when you get hungry there are plenty of choices. Food is scattered throughout the grounds. I must say though that my wife and I were not overly enthusiastic about how good the food was. It was OK to us even though others were raving about it. And because it is “fair” food it was not cheap. And be prepared for lots of people and lines for food.
Of course it would not be Texas without a large cowboy boot on a building. There were plenty of cowboy hats available too.
While this was already sold, I thought it qualified as “Best in Show” worthiness. It took several minutes to get a picture without people standing in front of it or walking by.
And as we look up at the broken clock near the center of the buildings, we counted approximately 4 hours of walking to see most of this wonderful event. We could use another 2 hours to see more but we had our fill for this trip.
This was just a wonderful way to spend a day whether you buy something or not. There was just so much to see that we will likely go back to see more soon.
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