Saturday, March 31, 2012

First Monday Trade Days - Canton, Texas

First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas is actually held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday BEFORE the first Monday of each month. Trade Day hours are: Sunrise to Sunset.
Ozzie, Lexie and Pop

In the 1850's , the trade day was held on Monday. That's when the circuit court judge stopped in Canton to hold court.  People from the surrounding areas came to town to watch court proceedings and take care of business. They brought livestock, produce and farm equipment to trade.
The opposite side of the sign.
Ozzie is a bit of a camera hog. Lexie is shy.

In the very early trade days, horses were the most traded animal at Canton's First Monday Trade Days, but in the 1940's with tractors replacing horses on farms, pigs became the popular trade item.  Later it would be hunting dogs. At one time the name of Trade Days was actually changed to "Dog Monday".  

Currency was not used in the early days of the sale as participants literally traded goods instead of buying.  During the 150 year history nearly everything imaginable has been traded.  At one time two couples met at Trade Days and eventually decided to trade spouses and took their request to the County Clerk to make it official.  I don't know if the trade actually took place...

I'd heard about Trade Days at different times during our travels, but got a little more information from Tammy when we were at The RV Shop last week.  I did some research as we got into Texas and got the scoop.  We would be arriving at just the right time to take in this monthly spectacle.

Here's a sampling of what we saw...
We came in through the West Gate Entrance.
A trolley brings you to and from the parking area.
More than 100 acres of trading inside.

One of the first vendor spaces included an old brass bed, used cowboy boots and some wash tubs.

Wayne's doing some serious shopping. 

In addition to the more than 100 acres of trading space, Trade Days has space for more than 2,000 campsites -- with hookups.  The price is reasonable but we didn't know all this going in so we are not patrons of the camping grounds.  Wish we were though. 
Weird "yard art" made from wagon wheels and disks from farm equipment.

Words fail in describing this.

I got permission to get this photo. It's a custom (by the daddy) wagon to pull the toddler.
The little boy is eating snacks while he's watching a video.  He has a battery operated fan if he gets too hot.
I asked but they wouldn't let me ride.
Carnival type atmosphere

Burlap bags (called coffee bags here) for sale. 
Gee, I really need some of these...

Lots of old wood frames, doors and stained glass.  Some of it is really attractive

We saw some really funny dressed people.

This is in one of the areas of more permanent looking shops.
Lexie and Ozzie ride very well in their stroller; Ozzie watches all the goings on while Lexie mostly naps. They did get out several times for walks and a bowl of water (Wayne sees to all this).  Only one episode really scared us.  When a big Yellow Lab walked past real close, Ozzie got excited and literally leaped out of the stroller.  I think he was as scared as I was because he stood real still, tucked his tail between his legs and waited for me to pick him up.  Of course, the Lab was totally uninterested in Ozzie and never even noticed that he had jumped out...

This is called Tiffany On A Stick
It's just odd pieces of glassware glued together.

This is the speedometer from a Chevrolet vehicle. 
I've been looking for one of these for a long, long time. 

These guys brought a bunch of pine trees to sell.
They cut them into rough boards and sand them.
I actually saw somebody buy one. 

I took this picture for the look of the camper.
Notice the nice wood front and the window air conditioner.  

Boat motors

Although we looked through hundreds of booths, we didn't find a thing we couldn't live without so after four hours of roaming among the grounds we left with only having bought two hot dogs, soft drinks, chips, an ice cream cone and a fried peach pie. We ate them all right on the spot.
Long horns for sale.

I cannot imagine the work involved in loading and unloading all these books. There were thousands of books.
And what happens if it rains?

Another home made rig to shade the rider from the sun.
The best one was a man riding his scooter, pulling his wife sitting in a lawn chair on a wagon.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture.

More glassware, cooking utensils, pictures and stuff.

I'd like to have the concession for rental wagons. They also have onside rentals of scooters.
 $8 for an hour - $50 for the day.

Some of the grounds are in shady areas and seem to be more eclectic than those booths in other area.
This is probably where the best treasures are hidden.

This shot shows some of the campers outside the trade area.

It's a bit like a huge "out of control" yard sale.

Returning to our campground about 16 miles west of Canton, in Terrell.

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