Just one hour east of Dallas is one of the most unique shopping venues I have ever experienced. Canton’s First Monday Trade Days literally has something for everyone. It is a combination of a flea market, a craft fair, and an antique store. They have everything from handmade home decor to antique tools, gorgeous furniture to unique clothes and accessories. Some of my favorite finds have been beautiful old windows for a craft project and hand stamped flags for my daughter’s nursery. My dream purchase would be one of these tables made of upcycled bowling lanes!
The grounds are huge and it would be impossible to see everything in a day, you would only make a dent if you stayed the entire weekend. My favorite day to go is Thursday, when I can avoid the stifling crowds and get first pick of the goods, but be aware that not all of the vendors will be set up on Thursday.
You could grab a hotel to stay overnight, but I recommend the nearby Purtis Creek State Park campgrounds. Make sure you book early as the campsites will sell out on Trade Days weekends (which we found out the hard way – read about that trip here).
This is a great trip for a girl’s weekend or a date day. You can also strap your kiddo into a carrier or wheel them in a wagon for a fun family outing. They will love the fair food like kettle corn, frozen chocolate-covered bananas, and corn dogs.
Have you been to Canton Trade Days? What treasures have you discovered?