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 The Dallas Morning News                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sunday, November 14, 2004




                                                                DARNELL RENEE/Special Contributor                                                                                        DARNELL RENEE/Special Contributor                                                                                                              MARY ELLEN BOTTER/Staff

Rocking chairs at Sherry’s Cedar Works can look tempting                                                                      Buyers revel in the bargains at First Monday, such as these                                                             Push a button on the rocking horse made by Doug Peck of
after a day of shopping. They’re handcrafted in Hornbeck, La.                                                                 colorful flasks for sale.                                                                                               Southern Heritage in Porter, Texas, and it makes sounds.




                                                      The call of Canton
                   Pull off this four-page guide before you go to East Texas’ famous First Monday Trade Days

                                                                                                                                                             By MARY ELLEN BOTTER
                                                                                                                                                                       Assistant Travel Editor




                                                                                                                                       C
                                                                                                                                                ANTON, Texas — Say “Canton,” and shoppers’
                                                                                                                                                eyes light up. Their deal-seeking radar flips on,
                                                                                                                                                and they fantasize cruising miles of aisles of
                                                                                                                                                goodies.
                                                                                                                                          To them, Canton is more than a mild-mannered,
                                                                                                                                       slow-paced community about an hour east of Dallas. It’s
                                                                                                                                       a monster marketplace. Every four weeks or so, tens of
                                                                                                                                       thousands of eager buyers flood the town for First Mon-
                                                                                                                                       day Trade Days, a combo crafts fair, garage sale, furniture
                                                                                                                                       store, food court and you-want-it-we-got-it shopping
                                                                                                                                       spectacle.
                                                                                                                                          Despite its name, Trade Days is held Thursday
                                                                                                                                       through Sunday the weekend before the first Monday of
                                                                                                                                       every month — rain or shine, holiday or not.

                                                                                MARY ELLEN BOTTER/Staff
No item is too small for shoppers at Trade Days. Tables of old
marbles are for sale in the market’s unreserved area.
                                                                                                                                                  “If it’s not at First Monday,
                                                                                                                                                        you don’t need it.”
                                                                                                                                                      Jim Stephens, director,
                                                                                                                                            Canton Community and Economic Development

                                                                                                                                           What began in the 1850s as a horse-trading and
                                                                                                                                       crafts-selling session timed to a judge’s first-Monday vis-
                                                                                                                                       its to Canton has evolved into a free-enterprise free-for-
                                                                                                                                       all that fills about 200 acres at First Monday Park. (Yet
                                                                                                                                       more shopping spots have sprung up around it.) As many
                                                                                                                                       as 7,000 vendors gather for Trade Days, and on the most
                                                                                                                                       popular weekends (in fall and spring’s mild weather),
                                                                                                                                       they may draw as many as 300,000 shoppers.
                                                                                                                                           “We grow to the seventh-largest town in Texas when
                                                                                                                                       Trade Days is on,” says Jim Stephens, community and
                                                                                                                                       economic development director of Canton, normally a
                                                                                                                                       town of about 3,500.
                                                                                                                                           So lucrative is First Monday that Canton residents
                                                                                                                                       pay no city property tax.
                                                                                                                                           Shoppers move through an array of wares ranging
                                                                                                                                       from rocking horses to Rolexes, silk flowers to cheese
                                                                                                                                       bread, candles to golf clubs, quilts to cookware, rusty
                                                                DARNELL RENEE/Special Contributor                                      wrenches to religious art, antiques to cowhides — and
Metal artist Chris Glaze of Grand Saline, Texas, works on one                                                                          beyond.
of his cowboy-themed designs in the reserved area.                                                                                         “Everything is touch me, buy me,” one longtime Can-
                                                                                                                                       ton shopper says.
                                                                                                                                           Vendors take time to talk with customers. Some have
                                                                                                                                       come to Canton for decades. The Perkins family, who run
                                                                                                                                       Mimi and Papa’s Place near the main gate, are in their
                                                                                                                                       fourth generation of selling goods at Canton.
                                                                                                                                           Pushing wire carts or pulling wagons, the enthusias-
                                                                                                                                       tic, cheerful crush of buyers and looky-Lou’s ambles
                                                                                                                                       among displays. Small-town hospitality sparkles in the
                                                                                                                                       festival atmosphere.
                                                                                                                                           Other communities have flea markets and trading
                                                                                                                                       days, but Canton’s success and longevity are unique.
                                                                                                                                           “This small town has come to be known for this,” says
                                                                                                                                       City Manager Charles Fenner. “People everywhere know
                                                                                                                                       about it. A lot of cities envy us.”

                                                                                                                                            Staff designer Lisa Veigel contributed to this report.

                                                                                                                                                             E-mail mebotter@dallasnews.com

                                                                                MARY ELLEN BOTTER/Staff                                                                                                                                                                                                               DARNELL RENEE/Special Contributor
                                                                                                                                                               On DallasNews.com
Carved and painted birds decorate a wooden loveseat made in                                                                                                                                                                                           Some Trade Days draw as many as 300,000 shoppers to
Mexico and offered at Canton’s Trade Days.                                                                                                  Visit DallasNews.com/travel to download a Canton guide.                                                   Canton, usually a town of 3,500.

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                                                                                                                                                                                               DARNELL RENEE/Special Contributor

    Shoppers check for bargains at Fabulous Pewterware in the Paul Michaels buildings. Housewares abound in booths at the market in Canton, an hour east of Dallas.




          So much to buy, so little time
                                                                         F
                              To cover First Monday                             irst Monday Trade Days are a friendly frenzy of selling,                             If one shopping day isn’t
                                                                                shopping and snacking.
                            in a single outing requires                                                                                                               enough, book overnight
                                                                                   It’s a needle-in-a-haystack adventure for shoppers with
                               strategy and stamina                      a specific item in mind and a hive of temptations for would-be
                                                                                                                                                                    lodging months in advance
                           Are you joining the shopping circus of        buyers open to anything and everything. Some find excitement in                              Most Dallas-area shoppers make First
                       First Monday for a single day? One expe-          the hunt; others just dive happily into the ocean of merchandise.                         Monday Trade Days a day trip.
                       rienced shopper’s one-day plan is: Arrive                                                                                                      Those who plan to stay overnight at
                       at 8 a.m., spend three hours in the three-           East Texas hospitality keeps the miles of aisles swept virtually                       Canton should book lodging two to six
                       building Arbors complex, then scope out           clear of impatience. Pushiness or discourtesy is unnecessary.                             months in advance. Friday nights during
                       booths outdoors. If time is left, visit more      There are goodies enough for every taste and budget — and then                            Trade Days sell out first. Check the city’s
                       pavilions. Here are additional strategies:                                                                                                  Web site (www.firstmondaycanton.com)
                           I Study the map. Plot a route, know-
                                                                         some.                                                                                     for an extensive list of lodging options.
                       ing that antiques and collectibles are                                                                            Mary Ellen Botter         (Some have Web links.) The chamber of
                       most plentiful in the Canton Civic Cen-                                                                                                     commerce’s www.cantontx.com also lists
                       ter, vintage and garage-sale-type items                                                                                                     contacts.
                       are abundant in the unreserved area,                                                                                                           Find a cluster of hotels (Best Western,
                       crafts abound in the reserved area, and                                                                                                     Days Inn, Hallmark Inn & Suites, Luxury
                       art, crafts and home furnishings are nu-                                                                                                    Suites and Super 8) at the intersection of
                       merous in the pavilions.                                                                                                                    Interstate 20 and Highway 19. Cafes and
                                                                                                                                                                   fast-food eateries are nearby. Each hotel
                           I Have a plan. Know what you’re
                                                                                                                                                                   charges a flat rate for a room. At Days
                       hunting (antiques, knickknacks, quilts,                                                                                                     Inn, the price is $55 Wednesday night,
                       furniture, etc.).                                                                                                                           $110 Thursday, and $135 Friday and Sat-
                           I Be selective. Limit your shopping                                                                                                     urday. Calling a hotel directly rather than
                       list, or you won’t be able to scan a booth,                                                                                                 phoning a national reservations number
                       quickly determine your quarry isn’t there                                                                                                   or booking online may yield a better rate.
                       and move briskly to the next. Go to                                                                                                            The Mountain complex across from
                       www.cantontradedays.com and use its                                                                                                         First Monday Park has about 30 cabins
                       shopping-by-categories feature to help                                                                                                      and bed-and-rests (simple breakfast).
                       you spot stops to make.                                                                                                                     Check the city’s site. Or, contact: 903-
                           I Shoppers interested in tools and                                                                                                      567-5445; www.cantonmountain.com.
                       hardware should start at the log cabin by                                                                                                      Canton offers an array of bed-and-
                       the west gate and first shop the unre-                                                                                                      breakfasts.
                       served and reserved areas. Buyers                                                                                                              If the town is completely booked,
                       looking for home furnishings and the                                                                                                        shoppers may find lodging in Terrell, 25
                       like should proceed directly to the pavil-                                                                                                  miles west of Canton on Interstate 20;
                       ions.
                                                                                                                                 MARY ELLEN BOTTER/Staff           Athens, 25 miles south on Highway 19;
                                                                         Men rummage through a huge bin of used tools at First Monday Trade                        Sulphur Springs, about 40 miles north
                           I If you want to see it all, keep mov-
                                                                         Days. More old tools can be found in the unreserved area.                                 on Highway 19; and Tyler, about 40 miles
                       ing.                                                                                                                                        east on I-20.



     “If you’re looking for it,
             it’s here.”
          Rusty Jones,
                                                     Four women: what they bought                                                                                                                    “Come on in, ladies.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  vendor to passing shoppers

Rusty’s Antiques in the civic center
                                                                                      “We don’t stop. We shop, honey. We shop till we drop.”
                                                                                                    Dorothy Deville, Ville Platte, La.                                                             “Where’d the girls go?
                                                                                                                                                                                                  They already slipped off?”
                                                       WHO: Dorothy Deville, Ville                AMONG THE GOODIES:                       I Assorted silk flowers, $30
“You can buy anything at Canton,                   Platte, La., retired behavior modifica-    I   3 large wagon wheels, $20 each           I Feathers, $5                                                   overheard
      from a diamond ring                          tion supervisor for the state              I   2 small wagon wheels, $8 each            I 1 pot rack, $45
          to a donkey.”                                Michelle Saucier, Eunice, La., civil   I   Iron bookends, $15                       I 2 teacher boxes and
                                                   engineer (Dorothy’s niece)                 I   4 towel baskets, $20 each                   wall hangers, $19
     Sylvia Ogden, innkeeper                           Tina Frye, Eunice, La., auto paint     I   Wall-hanging water                       I  6 iron horse heads, 50 cents each
                                                   and body specialist                             fountain, $169                          I  Fireplace columns, $40 pair                          “Don’t get separated.
                                                       Yvonne Guillory, Eunice, La., re-      I   2 cement wall planters, $60 each         I  2 floral arrangements, $120 each                There’s a very small chance you’ll
                                                   tired manufacturing supervisor (Do-        I   2 wooden patio benches,                  I  Bale of hay for Halloween                          run back into each other.”
                                                   rothy’s sister)                                $140 each                                   decor, $7
                                                       STAYED: Bunny Hollow Inn & Re-
                                                                                              I   1 iron plant holder, $15                    BEST BUYS: heavy carved wooden                              Rick Malone,
          “You got one more                                                                   I   2 pool benches, $150 each                                                                          city building inspector
           twenty in here.”                        treat in Canton (903-567-1823;                                                          benches and wall-hanging water
                                                   www.bunnyhollow.com)                       I   1 small saddle, $80                      fountain.                                              and Trade Days staff member
                                                                                              I   1 baker’s rack, $50
     man to woman shopper                              MOTIVES: Dorothy — Christmas           I   1 trash bin, $30                            HAULING THE HAUL: Group came
                                                   shopping.                                  I   3 iron crosses, $10 each                 with an 8-by-12 cargo trailer.
                                                       Michelle — decorating new home         I   1 grape-design tapestry                     GOT A BEEF: Traffic is a problem at
                                                   and pool.                                      wall hanging, $169                       the parking lot exits. “You have to wait                “Have fun. Just walk into
                                                       Tina — Christmas shopping and          I   2 tapestry handbags, $20 each            and wait,” says Dorothy. Wants: traf-
                                                   finding a hobby horse saddle.                                                                                                                  the trade area and get lost.
        “I drive my van                                                                       I   2 wooden wall decorations,               fic lights at the north and east gates.
                                                       Yvonne — home and pool decor,              $20 each
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don’t worry about finding
      so we can fill it up.”                                                                                                                  VERDICT: Most prices were less
                                                   and landscaping items.                     I   Miscellaneous hooks and                  than at home. “We had a ball and will                 yourself till time to go home.”
            Susan Lynch,                               TOTAL SPENT: about $2,000, not             iron hangers, $20                        go back next year, God wills,” says Do-                    Harry Goss, White Oak
             Tulsa, Okla.                          counting food and lodging.                 I   1 beverage cooler and rack, $22          rothy.
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                                                                       Canton Close-up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF A VISIT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         WHAT TO WEAR, TAKE                           cent Saturday, some dogs in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I Wear     comfortable, closed-toe           dusty pen had no water, and one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         walking shoes.                               puppy was pitifully thin. Some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I Wear clothes suitable to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pups nearby appeared to be well-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         weather; layers work. Pavilions              treated.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         aren’t air-conditioned, but the              I Rows among outdoor vendors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aren’t clearly or consistently
                                                                                                 Map your path, tap into tips to plan a super shopping adventure                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Canton Civic Center and some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         stand-alone buildings are, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         they may feel chilly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      marked. Navigate by landmarks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I In summer, wear a hat. Shade is            ATTENTION, SHOPPERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     CANTON MARKETPLACE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         scarce.
BASICS OF FIRST MONDAY TRADE DAYS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I Protect children in strollers or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I Lemonade at the stands with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      upside down sign is freshly made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wagons from the sun. Apply sun-              to taste with real lemons. (Request
WHAT IS IT?                             Road, on Winn Road west of             TAKE THE KIDS AND PETS?                  HAVE A PROBLEM?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         screen or dress them in sun-block-           less sugar, if you want.) Refills are
First Monday Trade Days is a gi-        Highway 19, in the city lots           I First  Monday is very friendly         If you’re lost, sick or have a ques-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ing clothes.                                 half-price.
gantic market similar to large arts     through the west gate, and at Old      and family-oriented. But it’s a rare     tion, hail one of the eight-to-12
                                        Mill Marketplace, on Highway 64                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I Carry toilet paper. By afternoon           I Be imaginative. Think of alter-
and crafts expos, with hodgepodge                                              child younger than 10 who can            First Monday staffers circulating
areas similar to garage sales.          west of The Mountain.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on crowded days, restrooms may               nate uses for an item. For example,
                                                                               stand up to a long day of shopping.      afoot or in golf carts. You’ll know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         be out. Pre-moistened towelettes             a toolbox might make a kitschy
                                                                               Heat, crowds and boredom may             them by their red polo shirts bear-                                                                                                                                                                                               NORTH GATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for your hands are a bonus at por-           magazine rack.
                                        BEST SHOPPING                          exhaust children and set off tan-        ing the Trade Days globe logo.
GETTING THERE                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6500 PAVILION                                                                                                                                                                                     table potties.
                                                                               trums. If you bring the kids, a re-      Or, call a cop. Canton police have a
First Monday Trade Days in Can-         The biggest crowds and liveliest                                                                                                                                                                                   Covered walkway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I If you’re looking for something
                                                                               clining stroller for the youngest is     substation just south of pavilions                                                                                                                     4500 PAVILION                                                                                                                                                                                          WHERE’S THE CAR?
ton is just south of Interstate 20      shopping are in moderate weath-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to fit a specific spot at home, take
                                                                               a mercy. Be certain that children        4000 and 4500.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I Make a note of where you park.
about 60 miles east of Dallas.          er, especially fall and spring. Sum-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             measurements with you. Returns
                                                                               are rested before you arrive, give                                                      WEST GATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can’t find your car? Ask a red-
Three exits lead to Trade Days:         mer heat and dead-of-winter cold                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 or refunds may not be available.
                                                                               them plenty of fluids, plan a short-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   shirted staffer for help.
state highways 64 and 19, and FM        decreases shoppers and vendors,                                                                                                                                      6000 PAVILION
                                                                               er shopping day and be patient.
859. Less-crowded FM 859 drops          but Trade Days veterans say that’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I Parking in city lots (by west and
                                                                               I Pets aren’t allowed on First                                                    LOG CABIN OFFICE
directly down to the west gate of       when bargaining is best.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         MONEY MATTERS                                main gates) helps local service
                                                                               Monday grounds, but a fair num-
First Monday grounds and city-          Not all vendors may be open on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I Set your budget and stick to it.           groups, which get a share of pro-




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               20
                                                                               ber of dogs are there. Some are
operated parking lots. Signs to the     Thursday. Crowds are smaller on                                                                                                                                                                                              POLICE SUBSTATION                                                                                                                                                                                                ceeds for working the entrance.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ORIGINAL PAVILION II
                                                                               purchases from Dog Town (an ani-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I If you plan to haggle, carry small
main grounds are plentiful.             Sunday, but plum merchandise                                                                                                                                                                                                                             BREEZEWAY




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ters
                                                                               mal sales area just east of the inter-                                                                                                                          THE LOG BENCH                                                                                                                                                                             bills.
                                        may already have been snapped                                                                                                                            UNRESERVED VENDOR AREA




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       To In
                                                                               section of highways 19 and 64).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I Take cash or checks. (Food ven-            GETTING THROUGH
                                        up. Sellers may be more eager to
                                                                               Others are pets of shoppers or




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                19
WHEN                                    cut a deal on Sunday afternoon.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dors don’t take checks.) Credit              I Take  a timeout. One shopping
                                                                               RVers, who bring them despite the                                                                                                                                                                                                    ORIGINAL PAVILION I




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WAY
Trade Days are Thursday through                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1 mile             cards aren’t accepted everywhere.            pair brings a cooler in the car filled
                                                                               rule. Smaller ones ride in shop-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Find ATMs in the civic center, and           with healthful snacks. “It forces us




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IGH
Sunday before the first Monday of                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PAUL MICHAELS
                                        CASH OR CREDIT                         pers’ carts, and a few occupy carri-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trade Center I and Arbor 2 pavil-            to break and unload [purchases],”
every month, rain or shine and




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TE H
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BUILDINGS
                                                                               ers. Those on a leash must dodge                                           CANTON CIVIC CENTER                                                                                                                    TRADE CENTER IV
even on holidays such as New            Sellers of expensive items and ven-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ARBOR 3                                                                                  ions.                                        says Pam Vreeland of Jenks, Okla.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 STA
                                        dors in permanent shops are most       strangers’ feet and are harried by
Year’s. Sellers are usually open                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRADE CENTER III                                                                                                                                                                                              I Walk to the side of Trade Days
                                        likely to accept credit cards. Small   the torrent of unfamiliar sights
from about 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pavil-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    opposite where your vehicle is
                                        vendors generally prefer cash. If      and sounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               LOADING UP
ions officially open Friday. The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      parked. Then shop your way back.
next Trade Days will be Dec. 2-5        you intend to haggle, carry green-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I Have a way to carry purchases. A           You’re near your car when you’re
                                        backs.                                                                                                                                                  RESERVED VENDOR AREA                                                                                 ARBOR 1              ARBOR 2                                                                                                        backpack works for light shop-
and Dec. 30 through Jan. 2.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           most weary and laden.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         pers. Otherwise, rent a cart or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wagon, or bring one.                         I There are few places to sit, but
WHAT’S FOR SALE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       don’t lug a chair. Sit on a curb or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRADE CENTER II                                                                                                                                                                                          I If you buy a large or heavy item,          the ground.
As many as 7,000 sellers may par-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ask the vendor to hold it until
ticipate in a given Trade Days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             EAST GATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         you’re ready to leave. For the big-          I In hot weather, drink plenty of
Merchandise varies widely but                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   THE ATRIUM                                                                                                                                                                                            fluids.
                                                                                                   rade Days                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             gest items, buyers can obtain a
                                                                                         Guide to T
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generally includes antiques, col-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pass at a gate and bring their vehi-         I Overheated? Retreat to the air-
lectibles, art, crafts, furniture,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cle onto market grounds for pick-            conditioned civic center or Canton
clothing, home-decorating items,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         up.                                          Marketplace (via trolley from
toys, tools, jewelry and food.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        main gate; return costs $1).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EAST GATE MARKET                                                                                         I Arms full? Return to your car
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AND VILLAGE                                                                                              and lock packages in the trunk.
HOW MUCH?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BAKED POTATOE CAFE                                                                                                                                                                             Break-ins are not a problem, Can-            THE RIGHT PRICE
Admission is free.                                                                                                            POCKET GUIDE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ton police say.                              I People-watching    is a kick, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I Go early on the first day. (Not all        it’s free.
                                                                                                                               Visit DallasNews.com/travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         vendors are open on Thursday; the            I A city-operated, free tram links
PARKING                                                                                                                        to download a pocket guide to Canton.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         real rush starts Friday.) The deeper         hotels at Interstate 20 and High-
Daily fee generally is $3. Enter city                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    into the weekend, the more things
lots via the west gate (FM 859)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       way 19 with First Monday Park.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         are picked over.
and the main gate north of High-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         CEMETERY
way 64 at Groves Street in down-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I If it’s one of a kind and you want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         it, buy it. It may be gone if you re-        YOU AREN’T ALONE
town Canton. Next to the city’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         turn later.                                  I Be patient. You came knowing it
main gate lot is the private Groves                                                                                                                                                                     GROVES PARKING LOT
lot. Additional lots are on the east                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  would be crowded with people and
side of Highway 19. Find RV park-                                                                                                                                       CITY PARKING LOT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              carts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         WITH A GROUP
ing north of 64 on Flea Market                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I Be polite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I Set a place and time to meet if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I If buildings are jammed, shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         you become separated.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the vendors outside until crowds
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Groves Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I If you’re with children, have a            lighten.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         MAIN GATE                                                                                                                                                                       meeting place and time. Tell them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I Shoppers have the right of way,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to contact a police officer or a red-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but after about 3 p.m. each day,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         shirted Trade Days staff member if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      look both ways before crossing a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         they become lost.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      major path. Vehicles with grounds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      passes are coming in to pick up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      larger items.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  COUNTY COURTHOUSE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I Traffic on Highway 19 is very
THE LAY OF THE LAND                                                                                                                                                                        CANTON                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I Dog  Town (also called Dog Al-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         hearts. Other visitors may find a
I The main grounds — First Mon-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          furry or feathered friend. (On a re-         gles.
day Park — encompass about 200
acres. They contain 13 pavilions,
three walkway shopping venues,                                                                                                                                                                             STATE HIGH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WAY 64
the Canton Civic Center, more
than a half-dozen stand-alone           Trade Days, north of Highway 64
buildings containing shops, two         on Groves Street in downtown
venues at Turner’s East Gate, flea-     Canton.
market-style shopping in unre-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dallas (60 miles)
                                        North gate: West of Highway 19
served and reserved areas, and          on Winn Road, just south of the
many food vendors.                      new Canton Marketplace. Vehicle                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CINTHIA ROMERO/ Staff Artist
I Most outdoor shopping is in un-       access.
reserved and reserved areas in the                                             this fall north of the main grounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FIRST MONDAY TRADE DAYS
northwest corner of First Monday        West gate: On FM 859. Access to        Vendors in the warehouse-style
Park. Pavilions sprawl through the      city RV and automobile parking.        building sell art, home furnish-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   20
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center of the park.                     East gate: Pedestrian entrance on      ings, crafts and snacks. Open dur-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            64
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      19
                                                                               ing Trade Days.
I Food is widely available, but a       east side of Highway 19 near Trade
                                        Days Original pavilions 1 and 2.
                                                                                                                                                                                                CARTING IT ALL                                               HOW TO BARGAIN                                             ON-SITE SNACKS                                                                                                                                               THE MOUNTAIN
concentration of vendors occupies                                              I Courthouse     square and sur-
the south end of Pavilion 4500.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OLD MILL
                                                                               rounding shops are on the south                                                                                  Shoppers may need:                                            Haggling is more common in un-                            Unless you’re determined to save                                                                                 MARKETPLACE                                              17
I Indoor restrooms are in eight         OUTSIDE THE PARK                       side of Highway 64 via Buffalo or                                                                                I A cart or wagon. Wire carts are                             reserved and outdoor areas, which                         every penny for shopping, don’t
freestanding buildings on the                                                  Capitol streets.                                                                                                 sold ($20, though some are $17) or                            resemble a flea market or garage                          weigh yourself down by bringing                                                                                                                                         N
grounds. The civic center also has      I The Mountain shopping, dining
                                                                                                                                                                                                rented ($5 per day with $20 de-                               sale. Here’s one script for working                       lunch. There’s a banquet of fresh,
                                        and lodging complex and adjacent       I Dog   Town (also called Dog Al-
public restrooms.                                                                                                                                                                               posit) on the grounds, especially in                          a deal:                                                   fragrant state-fair-style food avail-
                                        Old Mill Marketplace shopping          ley) is across Highway 64 from
                                                                                                                                                                                                booths near pavilions. Apart from                             SHOPPER: (gesturing to an item                            able. Among snacks and beverages:
                                        pavilions are just east of Highway     The Mountain. Open during                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DOG TOWN
ACCESS                                  19, on the north side of Highway       Trade Days.                                                                                                      color, almost all look alike. Mark                            without checking the tag) “How                            I roasted corn, $2
                                        64. The Mountain rambles uphill                                                                                                                         your cart for identification; a scarf                         much do you want for this?”                               I sausage on a stick, $3
There are four gates to First Mon-                                             IA  number of stores front High-                                                                                 or ribbon will do.
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day Park.                               to FM 17. RV parking is available.     way 19 on its east side, part of the                                                                                                                                           SELLER: (names a price)                                   I bottled water, $1
                                        Open during Trade Days.                                                                                                                                 I An electric cart with attached
Main gate: (also called the Origi-                                             shopping sprawl Trade Days has                                                                                                                                                 SHOPPER: “Will you take [gives a                          I turkey leg, $4
                                                                                                                                                                                                shopping basket. To cover ground
nal Gate). On the south side of         I Canton    Marketplace opened         inspired.                                                                                                        more quickly and save energy,                                 lowball amount, but not so low as                         I baked potato with
                                                                                                                                                                                                some able shoppers rent electric                              to be insulting]?”                                           toppings, $4.50                                                         WHERE TO GO AFTER DARK
                                                                                                                                                                                                carts ($7 per hour or $50 per day)                            SELLER: (counter-offers)                                  I lemonade with half-price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           refills, $4                                                             Vendors on the main grounds of  by locals and shoppers:                            Simple surroundings, helpful
                                                                                                                                                                                                at booths near entrances. For the                             SHOPPER: (accepts or counters)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I tornado taters, $3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   First Monday Trade Days close atI Dairy Palace — on Highway 19                     staff. Contact: 903-567-3373.
                                                                                                                                                                                                disabled, these ubiquitous rolling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SELLER: (accepts or rejects the                                                                                                      6 p.m. Some shops around the    just south of Interstate 20. Ham-                  I Backwoods Bar-B-Q — 630 W.
                                                                                                                                                                                                chairs provide both access to sell-                                                                                     I corny dog, $2 (sizes vary)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              deal or counters again)                                                                                                              county courthouse stay open until
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   burgers, Blue Bell ice cream and                   Highway 243. Just what you want
                                                                                                                                                                                                ers and independence.                                                                                                   I onion burger, $4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One experienced Canton shopper                                                                                                       8 p.m., primarily on Saturday dur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   crowds. Contact: 903-567-4875.                     in East Texas barbecue: fresh,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (cheese, add 50 cents)                                                  ing Trade Days. Sure to be open                                                    lean, flavorful. Also sells in Pavil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              says buyers are more apt to get a                                                                                                                                    I Jewel’s — just west of Highway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              discount on larger items, which                           I lemon-orange slush, $3                                                   until 10 p.m. or later are the doz-                                                ion 4500 on Trade Days grounds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ens of stores in The Mountain, a19 on westbound I-20 access road.
CHECK OUT THESE RESOURCES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     are more difficult to sell. She also                      I barbecue sandwich, $4 and $5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   friendly, Old West-themed shop- Authentic American diner, honey.                   Contact: 903-567-6253.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              says Sunday afternoon, when buy-                          I sweet potato $3                                                                                          Chicken fried steak and bustling                   I Ranchero Restaurant — north
I First Monday Trade Days, 903-         the north side of Highway 64           www.cantonmountain.com         or
                                                                                                                                                                                                PICKING A TIME                                                ers are dwindling, is a good time to                      I snow cone, $2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ping, informal dining and lodging
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   service. Expect crowds. Contact:                   side of I-20 access road at High-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              try for a price cut. Another long-                                                                                                   area. During Trade Days, quilt
567-6556; www.firstmondaycan            across from Dog Town, two blocks       www.discoverthemountain.com.                                                                                                                                                                                                             I kettle corn, $1 to $5                                                                                    903-567-4440.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   auctions are held Friday and Sat-                                                  way 19. Mexican and American
                                                                                                                                                                                                I Find the best deals at the Janu-                            time Canton shopper says that
ton.com. City’s site; includes lodg-    from downtown Canton. Site has         Old West-themed complex on a                                                                                                                                                                                                             I 6-inch fruit pie (for two), $5                                           urday evenings, and free enter- I Circle E Steakhouse — 1350 S.                    buffet. Bread pudding, to boot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                ary market, when there are fewer                              buying several items at one place                                                                                                                                                                                       Contact: 903-567-5719.
ing contacts.                           six pavilions and The Village,         hillside between Highway 64 and                                                                                  shoppers and bargaining may be                                                                                                                                                                     tainment (usually country music Buffalo. Well-prepared beef, gen-
                                        which includes one pavilion and        FM 17. Offers shops, food, enter-                                                                                                                                              may result in a discount. Yet an-
I Canton Trade Days, www.can                                                                                                                                                                    more successful.                                                                                                        Note: Larger food vendors may                                              and gospel) is presented on the erous servings, genial service.                    I Sisters Cafe — 230 S. Highway
                                        nine buildings containing shops.       tainment and 25 to 30 cabins and                                                                                                                                               other carries a few small bills in a
tontradedays.com. Vendor list,                                                                                                                                                                  I Warmer weather? More ven-                                                                                             have some seating for customers,                                           Saturday Night Showcase stage byHave a fridge in your RV or a cool-                243. A favorite for breakfast or
                                        The complex and adjacent Moun-         casual B&Bs. Open during Trade                                                                                                                                                 pocket, and presses an offer by
tips, market dates, coupons, shop-                                                                                                                                                              dors. Colder weather? Some sell-                                                                                        but there are virtually no picnic ta-                                      the main entrance.              er? Circle E also is a meat market.                chicken fried steak. Contact: 903-
                                        tain share an estimated 500 to         Days.                                                                                                                                                                          pulling them out and saying, “This
by-categories feature.                                                                                                                                                                          ers may not brave winter driving.                                                                                       bles for general use. It’s common to                                                                       Contact: 903-567-1990.                             567-6241.
                                        600 vendors. Open during Trade                                                                                              MARY ELLEN BOTTER/Staff                                                                   is all I have.”
I Old Mill Marketplace, 903-567-                                               I Canton Chamber of Commerce,                                                                                    I January and February markets                                                                                          see people sitting on the ground, a                                                                        I Ochoa’s Cafe — 305 E. Dallas St.                 I Tea Room on the Square — 131
                                        Days.                                                                                          The most popular carry-all at Canton First               may be cold; July and August mar-                             BOTTOM LINE: It never hurts to                            curb — even a walkway over a                                               WHERE TO EAT OFF SITE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Highway 64). Homemade tama-                       S. Buffalo St. Sandwiches, soups.
5445; www.oldmillmarketplace                                                   903-567-2991;
                                        I The   Mountain, 903-567-5445;        www.cantontx.com.                                       Monday Trade Days is a wire cart.                        kets usually are blistering.                                  ask.                                                      drainage ditch — eating their food.                                        Eateries repeatedly recommended les and fresh, chunky guacamole.                   Contact: 903-567-6221.
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