First Monday, Canton Trade Days, still going strong, for 150 years.. Amazing!! Yes!!
In the beginning, people traveled from all around northeast Texas to meet in Canton to sell and swap horses, dogs, cattle and homemade foods at a flea market in front of the courthouse. Today, First Monday, Canton Trade Days, is known around the world as the Canton Flea Market, attracts as many as 10,000 vendors and covers over 28 square miles of walkways.
Obviously, First Monday, Canton Trade Days has outgrown their original place in the square in front of the courthouse. In the mid 1960’s, the City of Canton bought about 6 acres of land north of the courthouse and moved the Canton Flea Market away from the town square.
The flea market grew, and grew. And spread out. And flourished. For 150 years. Every weekend. Many claim that First Monday is the largest and oldest continually operated flea market in the United States. First Monday isn’t technically held on a Monday, but no one seems to mind.
First Monday , Canton Trade Days are held from Thursday to Sunday on the weekend before the first Monday of every month. It’s only 18 miles (a 10 minute drive) from Van, Texas. The outdoor vendors often set-up and begin selling as early as the Monday prior to the official First Monday weekend.
Thousands of vendors sell antiques and collectibles, jewelry and vintage clothing , arts and crafts, furniture, art, crystal, candles, candy, dogs, T-shirts, flower arrangements, cowboy hats, Texas stuff, DVD’s, plants and food. You can find just about anything at First Monday, Canton Trade Days.
The variety of food available at First Monday is amazing. Fried snickers , pork on a stick, hand cut french fries, corny dogs, and the most wonderful fruit crepes in the East Texas area!!
The flea market includes hundreds of fresh vegetable stands and fresh fruit stands, in season.
A few tips : Dress for comfort, Saturday is the most crowded day, you can rent carts to lug your purchases around, reserve a space ahead of time for your RV, best deals are in January.
In 2001, PBS featured Canton Trade Days in A Flea Market Documentary.
I can’t imagine anyone not being able to find something they want or need at First Monday, Canton Trade Days!
The next First Monday Trade Days in Canton is October 1st through October 4th, 2009. Booths open 8am.