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America's Best Flea Markets: Canton First Monday Trade Days

Courtesy of Debra Johnson / First Monday Trade Days

Canton First Monday Trade Days, TX

Few American flea markets can measure up to Canton in terms of history: residents of this small town an hour east of Dallas have been hauling their goods here to trade since 1850, when everything from hunting dogs to hand tools was bartered outside the courthouse during the circuit judge’s monthly visit. Today, the market covers more than 100 acres of land a few blocks from the original courthouse square location. The merchandise is more varied than ever, with vintage cowboy boots, handcrafted leather saddles, antique silver, 19th-century flow blue pottery, and homemade hot sauce among the 6,000-plus regular stalls.

Tip: Target the Civic Center building for antiques and collectibles at least 20 years old, plus air-conditioning and restrooms.

Firstmondaycanton.com; Thursday–Sunday before the first Monday of each month; Thursday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission.

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