Dog Alley, Our Trip to Canton Trade Days
We finally made it to Trade Days in Canton, TX. If you've never been to a Trade Days event in your area, you've got to try it at least once.
Canton Trade Days, or First Monday as it's called locally,
covers over a hundred acres. It's so vast it spans several locations. You could walk from one to another if you were 20 years old and on a sugar high, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Trade Days is divided by pavilions that cover crafts, antiques, general flea market stuff, animals, and junk. Occasionally we hit the antique and craft pavilions but since it takes all day, we'd rather spend the day on the animal grounds. The old timers used to call it Dog Alley, but the sign reads, Dog Town.
They sell a lot of dogs there, something I try to avoid since it breaks my heart to see them peddled like that. I go mainly for the livestock and farm/garden equipment.
|This little piggy almost came home with us.|
This month, I was on a mission to find a piglet, a blue New Zealand rabbit, or some quail. The quail were too expensive and there were no rabbits that interested me, but there were a couple of vendors with piglets. I almost bought one but he was too big for the crate I had brought. I was hoping for much younger piglets.
We left empty-handed, but we did get to see a fire juggler
on a unicycle.
Dog Town is a mish mash of old country farmers and newbies trying to unload their stock. Like all flea markets you have to go in with a wary eye. I hate to see the animals cooped up in such small pens and cages, but that's the flea market trade. All you can hope is that they'll be sold before too long.
|This turkey was sidling up to the hen, but she seemed uninterested.|
After Canton, we hit a few garage sales on the way home. We hit some sweet deals mostly because it was late and people just wanted their stuff gone. One garage sale had already closed and they had put all their unsold stuff on the curb.
We came home with a nice Oriental rug (similar to the one the dogs had destroyed), a big clay pot (I can never have too many pots), and a small dog carrier. I collect dog kennels. A couple I keep for myself for when I want to transport livestock, but we always pick up extras when we can and donate them to local shelters.
In all, it was a great day. The weather was beautiful and we got to drive down some gorgeous countryside. We needed the break after the week we'd had. Two more weeks of running around and then I can tell you why I've been so frazzled.
Have you ever been to a big flea market? Do you like them? I'm not a fan of the craft markets, but I love to hunt for bargains or unusual items. Have you ever been to Canton, TX?
It's a great place for inspiration if you're an author or artist. I'd go for the cast of characters alone. You meet all kinds of people in Canton.
I think that is neat how you collect dog carriers and then donate what you don't need to the animal shelters. I am sure it always very much appreciated!
Sounded like a good time for you and your hubby!
I love browsing flea markets, but I rarely buy anything. I just love finding unique things and talking to the vendors. There's always a story behind their treasures.
Sounds like you had a great day. I like going out and doing stuff, too. Not necessarily shop, just browse. That's fun.
I was looking for something 6-8 weeks. Once they get past 3 months they are pretty big.
I have enough stuff, so browsing is fine by me. It's like going to an open air museum.
I'mean not the best when it comes to hunting for a good bargain. Probably something I really need to work on :-)
Glad you found some good deals though.
We have something similar in Round Top and Warrenton which are only an hour or so away rather than a full days travel from us. Not to say that it is as big as Trade Days but while Canton is confined mostly to the site the ones here are the whole township wide with not only people setting up in the designated fields but the businesses get in on it too.
Canton is memorable for being unconventional and its colorful characters.
My nephew and his wife live in Dallas...posted photos of the hail that hit them yesterday...golfball sized. Ouch. Hope yall missed out on that
One lady at ours runs a puppy store, and I fell in love with a couple of German Shepherd pups she had this weekend. I can't handle any more dogs, though, so I just sighed over them.
I've learned to stay away from the dog peddlers, though I will admit the love of my life came from a place like this.
Some kid was grabbing her roughly and terrifying her. I don't know what got into me, but I snatched the puppy from his hands and told the seller I was buying her.
That was my Chelly. She was with me for 15 years. When she died, she died in my arms. I protected her to the very end.
We've seen people walk dogs but I suspect they might've been bought there.