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Canton First Monday: Surviving Trade Days With The Kids

Canton First Monday


Surviving Canton First Monday Trade Days on your own is one thing; bringing the kiddos adds a whole new element of challenges, but at the end of the day can be even more fun as long as you keep a few key things in mind.


Mind the weather: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: keep an eye on the weather! This is especially important if you have small children, but either way don’t forget the essentials, like water and sunscreen, hats and jackets, and umbrellas if you need them (for sun or rain).


Dress them appropriately: This means comfortable shoes that are good for a full day of walking and make sure they aren’t wearing their brand new school clothes because they may get dirty as everyone digs through the endless sea of treasures.


Bring the Stroller, and rest often: Trade Days is about 450 acres, so if there is one thing you don’t forget, make sure it’s the stroller! To keep your kids from wearing out too fast, make sure to find a place to sit every hour or so to keep everyone’s energy up.It would also probably be a good idea to rent a scooter so everyone can trade off and rest their feet because it really is a lot of walking.


Set up a meeting place: In case you get separated. Cell phones often lose service at Canton First Monday. There is also a lost-and-found-children of sorts that will call for parents over a PA, but having a designated meeting place can make everything go more quickly and smoothly.


Let them participate: Give your kids a little bit of money. Even if it’s just $5-10, they can participate in the hunt for awesome things and subsequently try to bargain on their own with the vendors. This will help keep them from getting bored and it will be so much fun to help them find something special to take home.


Stay overnight. Trust Us.: Unless you actually live in the area, we suggest finding a place to stay, just so everyone is well rested for shopping. Canton First Monday can be a bit overwhelming, and children that are already tired and cranky may not find joy in the experience. Finding a place with fun activities can also give the kids the fun they want and you can get less complaining about going “shopping”.


Mill Creek Ranch Resort is only a quarter of a mile from the Canton First Monday Marketplace and we also have a shuttle service to all the main pavilions. On our beautiful grounds, we have a bunch of activities for kids to either keep busy, or relax after a long day at First Monday. Give us a call at 877-927-3439 for availability and rates!


Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Canton First Monday: A Complete Survival Guide to Trade Days Shopping

first monday trade days canton txWith Canton First Monday just down the road, many of our guests book a cottage at our resort just to get a jump start on the Trade Days shopping.  Navigating the country’s largest flea market is a lot of fun, but can turn into one of those stories you like to tell your kids about to humble them pretty easily if you don’t know what you’re getting into. Follow our local survival guide to First Monday!

Don’t show up on Monday: Historically, “First Monday” was actually on a Monday. This is no longer the case. First Monday Trade Days is the Thursday-Sunday prior to the month’s first Monday. Keep in mind that if you want to actually see everything, you will need to plan on coming more than one day.

Do show up Thursday or Friday: If you can swing it, showing up on Thursday or Friday will help avoid crowds and you’ll get to see all the stuff before it’s picked over. Friday is probably the best day, as sometimes not all the vendors have set up by Thursday (though there is still plenty to see).

Mind the weather, and dress for it: First Monday Trade Days is 450 acres. Some parts are air conditioned, but most of it is outside. Keep an eye on the weather, dress appropriately and don’t forget things like water and sunscreen for the warmer months. Keep in mind a lot of the items are old and dirty, so dress accordingly. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Scooters are available for rental to help navigate the market.

Bring a cart, and make sure your vehicle is big enough: Even though you may not expect to buy any large items, people often find great buys they don’t expect at First Monday. Bring a cart, large basket, Radio Flyer, or something to carry around your bargains. You can rent a shopping cart or scooter on-site, and the rent-a-scooters come equipped to carry things. Also, come in the largest vehicle you own so you’ll be sure to have room to tote your stuff home! If you find something too large for the car, there are van and truck rental businesses in the Canton area ready to help you get your items home.

Hone your haggling skills: In case you didn’t realize how flea markets work, be prepared to haggle, which brings us to our next point…

Bring Cash: There are ATMs on site, however, they can and often do run out of money. If you’ve even thought about needing a new piece of furniture lately, bring enough cash to pay and haggle for it.

Get a map: It’s easy to get lost amongst the oozits and whatzits galore, so grab a map. Even with a map it’s easy to get turned around. It’s helpful to note large, distinctive points of interest (like a certain vendor or food stall) to help decipher where you have and haven’t been.

Come hungry: Trade Days has loads of food vendors as well, selling all kinds of yummy treats. While some of it is your regular “fair food” to the tune of funnel cakes and generic concessions, much of the food is not. So, keep your eyes peeled for the good stuff.

Plan ahead: Your best bet is probably to stay in town at some point, if for no other reason than to get an early start at shopping the day you plan to go (the park opens at dawn). The whole town of Canton pretty much books solid, so find a place and book ahead! If you’re coming from Dallas you could day trip it, but it’s so much more fun to book a place and stay the night!

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is just ¼ mile from the Trade Days Canton Marketplace, and we have a shuttle service to the main pavilions. This means that after you shop ‘til you drop you’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from our relaxing on-site cottages and scenic grounds! Call 877-927-3439 for availability and rates or book online now!

Canton First Monday
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Head to First Monday Canton and Get a Special Reduced Rate in Lodging

First Monday Lodging | Mill Creek Ranch ResortFirst Monday Trade Days is one of East Texas’ biggest attractions and one of the nation’s largest and most popular flea markets. It’s also one of the bigger draws to the beautiful Canton, Tx (though we assure you there are plenty of other exciting things to keep you busy once you’ve perused, shopped, and shopped some more). At First Monday Canton, take advantage of the 450 acres filled with over 7,000 vendors selling everything from home furnishings and yard art to collectibles and toys. Even if you aren’t in the market for anything specific, First Monday Canton is a sight to see in its own right.

Canton Trade Days | Mill Creek Ranch Resort

For the first time ever, Mill Creek Ranch Resort is offering a special during the First Monday Canton Trade Days event from January 30 through February 2. Rent one of our luxury Texas cottages over this Trade Days weekend for only $150/night. (Special applies to new reservations only.) Yes, we know this is Super Bowl weekend. Don’t worry, we are equipped with TV’s, grills, and each cottage is equipped with a full kitchen so you can do both! Bring your Super Bowl party to Canton and head to Trade Days for some shopping as everybody starts to get in gear for spring.

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If the only thing you like about the Super Bowl is that it means football season is over, leave the football fans at home while you come to Canton and shop. Take it up a notch and call it a girl’s weekend. What better excuse to get together with your besties than to leave the hubbies at home over Super Bowl weekend and take some time away to shop, pamper yourself, and catch up. Mill Creek Ranch Resort has the works for a relaxing luxury stay with warm, rustic touches so you and your girls can get that much needed R&R.  Start your weekend off with a great night of music and fun as the FM 19 Back Porch Band performs in the Grand Lodge, while you enjoy a full bar and comfort foods.

First Monday Canton | Mill Creek Ranch Resort

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is just a short one quarter of a mile from the Trade Days Canton Marketplace, and even if you are planning on heading to the complete other side of the venue, don’t worry; we have a shuttle service, where you might even serenaded by one of our great resort concierges. 

 Take advantage of our one-time, special room rate for Trade Days Canton and spend your Super Bowl Sunday in shop-heaven instead. Call us at 877-927-3439 for more information on our First Monday special rate and book by January 29.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103



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Visiting Canton for First Monday Trade Days? Stay in our Texas cottages at Mill Creek Ranch Resort

Texas Cottages | Mill Creek Ranch ResortOne of the big draws for Canton is the First Monday Trade Days flea market that takes place on the weekend preceding the first Monday of every month. People come from far and wide to look at (and purchase) oozits and whatzits galore. While Canton is a mere 60 miles from Dallas and many people from DFW day-trip it for the Trade Days event, coming to Trade Days is a great excuse to get away for a night and stay in our quaint Texas town at one of our cozy upscale Texas cottages.

Today, First Monday Trade Days is one of the oldest and largest flea markets in the country, but its roots lay in the mid 1850’s when the circuit judge would come to Canton to hold court (as this was Canton’s designated day). People naturally gathered at this time to watch the court and conduct business, and thus “First Monday” was born.

Today, “First Monday” takes place on the four days preceding the first Monday of every month (no doubt to better accommodate our busy weekday schedules and to help with crowds). It occupies about 450 acres and consists of over 7,000 vendors, so saying this once little flea market has grown is a bit of an understatement. The vendors prices and products can variety from low end to high and so can the prices. Some are stingy with the bartering, but haggling is still always welcome and it doesn’t hurt to give it ago. The event’s Wikipedia page also offers some great tips to first-timers, like coming on a Thursday or Friday for a better selection and to avoid crowds.

Seeing most of the booths and vendors can take more than a few days  (especially if you count on getting a little lost if you are not familiar with the market and pavilions). After a long day of window shopping, haggling and buying, the last thing you want to do is drive over an hour back home. Luckily, our resort and cozy Texas cottages are a mere quarter of a mile from the Canton Marketplace (the northernmost building in the Trade Days complex). Not only is this convenient, it also means you don’t have to deal with parking (and, of course, don’t have to pay for parking). You can come and go from the market as you wish, or power through the whole thing and come back to the resort for some rest and relaxation.OUr cottages have a fully furnished kitchen and several cottages have grills on the back patios for grilling.  Why fight the crowds at the restaurants, grill a steak and drink you favorite beverage, all at the comfort of your very own cottage.  We suggest the hot tub to soothe tired legs! We also offer complimentary shuttle service.  So, come out and stay in our beautiful Texas cottages and enjoy a great First Monday weekend.

Texas Cottages
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103