Generally speaking, I'm not the flea market kind of gal. That is probably why I had no idea, until recently, that McKinney has the longest running trade days market in the state. I know everyone has heard of trade days at Canton. Even I knew about that one. I've even been there. Trade days in McKinney is more to my liking, all things considered. Billed as "Third Monday Trade Days" because it takes place the weekend before the third Monday of the month, every month, rain, or shine, or snow.
The convenience of driving only 30 minutes suits my schedule. Find TMTD, as it is called, on Hwy 380 2 miles west of Central Exp. (aka Hwy 75). The facility is easy to find and easy to navigate.
There are over 400 vendors represented. That sounds like a lot, but one can walk the whole property in a couple of hours. That works for me too. They have many of the same vendors that show at the larger trade days. In speaking to several vendors, I discovered that they show at Canton also. I believe that the same variety is in McKinney as in Canton, just not quite so many vendors and it is not so large that one cannot see everything.
Yes, the food is all the same fare also. From corny dogs to kettle corn, one can eat it all. Parking is easy too. It is $3.00 to park, but the parking is all within reasonable distance of the facility.
Need Golf clubs? Got um.
Want plants for your garden? Plenty.
How about accessories for you house or garden? Got that too.
Fruit to eat? This is the place.
Honey or nuts? Here they are.
Shoes or clothes or jewelry? Shop here first.
Puppies or goats or chickens? Go no further.
Personalized plaques or purses? Yes.
Spices and mixes? Can't miss.
Beanie Babies and Webkins? Kids will love you.
Fences and gates? Of course.
Sheets and comforters? You got it.
Western decorative items? Yes, indeed.
Purses?Perfect. Bird houses? You bet.
Makeup, bags, phone accessories, quilts, candles, antiques? You get the picture.
Darrell and Karen Lewis own and operate TMTD. Darrell says on his website that TMTD has been in existence for over 100 years in one way or another. Trade days historically was a time of the month when the circuit judge would come to town to hear cases. People in the community would bring their crops and wears and trade for what they needed. Thus, trade days became a tradition. See the website for all the information for either visiting or renting a booth. On a good weather weekend 20 thousand people visit TMTD. There is also a train for the kids to ride. This is a great outing for the whole family. Come join in the fun!