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Five reasons to shop First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas

First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas, has been attracting shoppers since the 1850s.
First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas, has been attracting shoppers since the 1850s.

Rain or shine it's always a good time to shop First Monday Trade Days weekend in Canton, Texas. Whether you've never been before or are a seasoned shopper, it's quite the day trip experience.

Canton's First Monday Trade Days are located one hour east of Dallas down I-20 (if you take I-30, you
may end up in Texarkana!). This East Texas town's population multiplies by nearly 100 percent during First Monday Trade Day weekends. 

The monthly trade event, which features a little less than 30 miles of walking paths that wind through uneven passageways and across 100 acres. You'll find thousands of dealers selling their wares, homemade goods, antiques, food – rain or shine. Make it a long weekend and stay at one of the cozy Bed and Breakfast locations on the Mountain or rent a hotel room in town.

So how do you make heads or tails of all the dealers? Keep up with what's going on from month to month via the Canton First Monday Trade Days Facebook Fan Page. Also, Dallas Day Trips recommends the following favorites. If you stop by and see them, tell them Lea from Dallas Day Trips sent ya!

1. Funky Spunky Monkey Location:  The Mountain, look for a brightly painted storefront immediately across the way from the gun fight reenactment). Find girly and frilly things, cute clothes and accessories for mom's and daughters. The thing that stood out the most... the owner's photography (also for sale). Check it out on the walls next to the check out stand. They don't have a Web site (yet), but the owner, Karen, is fun and extremley nice.

2. Martha's Bloomers  Location:  The Arbors Pavilion III. When you're there, Sabrina will take care of you. The main storefront is in Navasota, Texas, but every month you'll find them at Canton. Martha's Bloomers was rated as one of the top 5 of South Living magazine's best 50 places to shop in the south last year. Find home decor, gifts and antiques - and things you won't see anywhere else in Canton - when you stop by.

3. Jan Thompson Studios Location: The Arbors Pavilion III.  This talented photo artist from Arkansas has one of the most stand-out booths in all of Canton. Check out one-of-a-kind photos, "boot candy," and coming soon - custom furniture. Learn more about Jan here. See also,

4. WIRED Location:  Across the street from the main entrance of First Monday Trade Days. WIRED is a no-holds-barred zip-lining challenge course waiting to whisk the day tripper looking for an adventure across 15 acres of Texas swampland and countryside. Read more about WIRED here. Visit their Web site at Open year-round.

5. No doubt the food in Canton is evil goodness. Think Indian tacos, turkey legs, Frito chili pies, funnel cakes and corn on the cob. Food courts (and restrooms) are located in Pavilions 6000 and 6500. Also, the Mountain is home to a handful of restaurants and eateries, including Granny's Pie Shop.

First Monday Trade Days is the world’s largest outdoor flea market located a little more than one hour east of downtown Dallas along Interstate 20. Slip on a comfortable pair of shoes and prepare yourself for the best outdoor shopping experience of your life. This monthly trade-days event takes place the four days before the first Monday of every month of the year.

First Mondays this month are open dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
Parking is free in some areas, and you may be required to pay for parking (cash only) in others.

Know before you go:

  • Bring cash. While some vendors accept credit cards, all accept cash. ATMs are available on-site for steep fees. Stop for cash ahead of time.
  • Avoid crowds and shop on Thursday.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Non-aggressive dogs permitted on leashes. You must clean up after your pet.

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For more Dallas Day Trip ideas, click here. And guess what? I write the Dallas Food Examiner blog, too! Who's hungry? 


  • Sherri Thornhill-Kaufman County Crime Exxaminer 5 years ago

    I really wanted to go this weekend..but I had a wisdom tooth pulled and my entire jaw still hurts:( yay for Canton though:-)

  • Debbra Brouillette - Dallas Tropical Travel Examin 5 years ago

    I have been to Canton once since living in Texas... Will go again sometime. I know I didn't see it all... Put on your good walking shoes when you go!