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Tips for First Monday Shoppers

First Monday Trade Days ... main gate, Canton, Texas

Yes, Canton First Monday is Big!

First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas is considered the largest flea market in the United States. It is big, spread out on hundreds of acres at multiple venues, and offering spaces for about 6,000 vendors.

Getting oriented can take a while for first-time shoppers ... but here are some tips to make you a Canton expert!

Tips for Visitors and Shoppers

  • Canton First Monday Trade Days are held on Thursday through Sunday prior to the first Monday of the month, year round.

  • Crowds are the smallest on Thursdays.

  • The "original main grounds" (owned by the City of Canton) are located on the west side of Highway 19, also known as Trade Days Boulevard. These contain the Original Pavilions, the Arbors I-III, Trade Centers I-IV, Dry Creek Landing, Pavilions 4000, 4500, 6000, and 6500, the Canton Civic Center, Antique Alley, and the outdoor shopping areas.

  • Indoor, air-conditioned shopping can be found at the Canton Marketplace on Highway 19, north of the original grounds.

  • The Old Mill Marketplace pavilions, the Village and the Mountain are located on Highway 64 just east of downtown. Across the highway is Dog Alley.

  • The byline of the official First Monday Trade Days website (sponsored by the City of Canton) is "Sun-Up Til Sundown, Rain or Shine". However, we recommend you check in advance with the venue, or pavilion, that you are visiting to find out their exact opening times. Some vendors may open at different times, some at 8 a.m. or later. Many close about 5 p.m.

  • Parking in most areas is $5/day ... have cash available to pay.

  • Looking for antiques? There are antique dealers everywhere, but many shoppers head to the Canton Civic Center for antiques deals.

  • Wear comfortable clothing in the warmer months, use sunscreen, and wear a hat.

  • In colder months, go with a layered approach to deal with changing temperatures during the day and as you enter/exit the pavilions.

  • Wear footwear that are safe and can last thru a long day.

  • Carry plenty of bottled water with you.

  • Food and beverages are provided by a variety of vendors, and located throughout the grounds. Some are walk-up booths, some offer sit-down areas.

    Creekside Shops at Canton First Monday flea market provide indoor shopping booths and storefrontsCreekside Shops at First Monday

  • Use a cart or wagon to carry your purchases. Carts can be rented onsite, or purchased (a good idea if you are a frequent visitor to First Monday).

  • For the larger items, vendors can provide you a pass that will allow you to pick up your purchase close by.

  • Have cash available ... many vendors do not take credit cards, or checks. ATMs are available in some locations.

  • Be aware that cell phones may, or may not, work at every location.

  • Non-aggressive dogs are permitted in the Original First Monday Park, but they must be kept on a leash and owners must clean up after them.

  • Scooter rentals are available in several areas for those who can't walk long distances. click here for scooter rental information

  • Many first-time visitors start their experience at at the “Original First Monday Trade Days” ... they enter the North Entrance off Highway 19 and are able to park close to Pavilion 4500. Then they work their way south through the pavilions. Another benefit of this lot: you don't have to walk across the highway.

  • A lot of shoppers say their favorite area is “The Arbors” ... don't miss these popular pavilions.

  • The Canton Civic Center is part of the "Original First Monday" grounds, and provides an air-conditioned break on those hot summer Canton days. While there, be sure to check out the vendors selling antiques and collectibles.

  • The City of Canton Police Department operates a substation on the First Monday Trade Days Grounds.