Stepping Inside Canton’s First Monday Trade Days

Shop from dusk to dawn at First Monday Trade Days in Canton.

First Monday Trade Days may be a known event around East Texas, but that doesn’t stop hundreds of thousands of people heading to the city of Canton for 4 days every month. Open from the Thursday to Sunday, before the First Monday of every month, hundreds of vendors set up shop for hundreds of shopping opportunities.

What started more than a century ago as a flea market has become home to some of the most exciting, cutting-edge home furnishings, antiques and collectibles that can be found anywhere. Over the past 150 years, lots of things have changed in the Original First Monday Park; but the genuine, down-home human relationships between vendors and shoppers are the reason people keep coming back.

Here are the remaining 2021 First Monday Trade Days:

  • September 2nd – 5th
  • September 30th-October 3rd
  • October 28th-October 31st
  • December 2nd – 5th

According the the First Monday Trade Days website, it is the oldest and largest continually operating outdoor flea market in the United States.

According to folks around the market, the concept of First Monday Trade Days started back in the 1850’s when the circuit judge would travel to Canton on the First Monday of each month. People from all over the county came to the city to attend to their court dealings. Overtime, residents would bring their own goods, whether it be produce, livestock or other original pieces, to sell or trade. Then in 1965, First Monday outgrew the city’s Town Square so it was moved to the present day grounds. And the rest is history…

First Monday Trade Days is made up of a variety of private sellers so odds are, no matter how many times you go, you’ll never truly see it all. The flea market is located on hundreds of acres with over 700,00 square feet of shopping.

Attending First Monday is free, but the majority of the parking lots surrounding the trade grounds charge $5 for parking

You can visit First Monday Trade Days website here.


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