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90 Minutes from Mansfield is the "Oldest Flea Market in the US" - First Monday Trade Days

Aug 25, 2014 05:41PM ● Published by Brian Ostrovsky

First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX - 165 Year Tradition

Many of our readers are likely familiar with the First Monday Trade Days in Canton just 90 minutes from Mansfield. According to Wikipedia, "First Monday Trade Days, held on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the first Monday of every month. It claims to be the oldest and biggest flea market in the United States."

Image titleYou know it must be a big deal when you Google "Canton, TX" and the First Monday Trade Days website is the first result. There you read, "IT ALL BEGAN … in the 1850′s when the circuit judge stopped in Canton on the FIRST MONDAY of each month. This was the day the Judge held court. People from the area came to town on that day to conduct their business, stock their pantries and sit in on court proceedings … and watch a few 'hangings'."

By some reports, Canton grows from a small town of less than 4,000 people to the 7th largest in the state when 400k people pour in to explore what 7,000 vendors have to offer.

It appears that in the time since it first started 150 years ago this flea market has grown and evolved and is now home some of the most unique antiques, collectibles and home furnishings that can be found anywhere. The First Monday site continues, "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. This is a place where you can slow down, visit and ask questions, talk to collectors and antique dealers and meet the artists and craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind items."

While the original First Monday flea market took place just on the first Monday of the month the current iteration occupies the Thursday through Sunday prior to the first Monday, that's right - it is no longer actually on Monday - but the name has been retained.

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First Monday Trade Days in Canton
Thursday August 28 - Sunday August 31, 2014 | 06:00AM - 08:00PM
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 ... Read More

Have you attended a First Monday Trade Days, what did you think? If you haven't, would you make the drive to checkout this giant swap meet?
   
Photo's courtesy http://www.firstmondaycanton.com/

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