Lovers of the outdated and strange – vintage furnishings, jewellery, glass, clocks, uncommon books, instruments, cash, stones, knickknacks, novelties and extra – are fortunate to search out, gather and restore at Texas antiques are restored, because the Lone Star State is filled with retailers, shops, malls and markets providing quite a lot of hidden gems from days passed by.
Among the finest locations for hunters and curio hunters is about an hour southeast of Dallas within the city of Canton’s First Monday Commerce Days, generally known as “ the world’s largest and oldest repeatedly working flea market” within the nation.
Twice a yr, this 450-acre market is open one weekend every month and attracts 6,000 distributors competing for enterprise from 100,000 consumers from throughout the state, in addition to native equivalent to Louisiana and Oklahoma.
The primary Monday of the sale runs yearly for 4 days from the Thursday to the Sunday earlier than the primary Monday of the month. The subsequent sale on the calendar is February 2-5.
Starting within the mid-1800s, Commerce Days started with residents from throughout Van Zandt County touring to Canton, the county seat, to attend court docket and attend to varied issues. Many introduced items to commerce or promote, and Canton gained a popularity all through the state as a very good place to purchase good horses.
Within the Nineteen Forties, the pig and canine commerce grew to become extra in style, and First Monday grew to become the place the place one of the best searching canines went. The locals began calling the primary Monday “Canine Monday”. In 1965, the primary Monday sale outgrew the Courthouse Sq., and two cities north of the Courthouse bought six acres of land for the brand new location of the month-to-month sale.
Navigating the primary Monday buying and selling day could be a daunting job for newbies, so we have put collectively a listing of useful suggestions for the uninitiated:
The crowds are the least on Thursdays.
Put on strolling sneakers. Flip-flops and clothes should not really useful.
Because of excessive visitors, your cellphone might not work on First Monday. To have a gathering place to your social gathering. We don’t enable entry to pages aside from misplaced youngsters or medical emergencies.
Put together for temperature modifications by packing comfy clothes.
Apply sunscreen and reapply usually.
Non-ferocious canines are allowed within the First Monday Park, however they should be saved on a leash and their house owners should clear up after them.
On the west facet of Freeway 19 is the “major yard” (owned by the town of Canton), often known as Commerce Days Boulevard. They embody Commerce Facilities I-IV, Dry Creek Touchdown, Canton Civic Middle and past.
Subsequent to the originals are the Lewis First Monday Arbors, Unique Commerce Days Pavilions I, II, III, and Pavilions 4000, 4500, 6000 and 6500.
Indoor, air-conditioned buying is positioned on the Canton Market on Freeway 19, north of the unique, and on the Canton Civic Middle.
The Previous Mill Market pavilion, the Village and the Mountain are positioned on Freeway 64 east of downtown. Throughout the freeway is Canine Alley.
Regular enterprise hours are “dawn to sundown”, however some distributors might open and shut at totally different instances.
Parking in most areas is $5 per day; have cash to pay.
Nearer to residence, the Bell County Flea Market alongside Freeway 190 at George Wilson Street (200 cubicles on 14 acres; 15 miles east of Killeen) is open 8 a.m. to at 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
John Clark is a longtime contributor to the Fort Hood Herald and a former instructor within the Copperas Cove Impartial College District.