Texans have been escaping the jaws of the DFW metroplex for decades, searching for something quiet, quaint, and leisurely. That search typically leads to Canton, TX, the South’s best-kept secret. Incidentally, Mill Creek Ranch Resort is often labeled Canton’s “best-kept secret.” However, the secret is out: Our particularly serene slice of East Texas is officially the four-season resort of choice for most city dwellers. The town itself is known for its First Monday Trade Days, the largest recurring flee market in the world. It’s so massive and extravagant that we curated a helpful Survival Guide. But there’s also an eclectic, nostalgic mix of shopping in Canton, TX, especially for those with a special place in their heart of antiques, porcelain, handcrafted artworks, and handstitched clothing.
First Monday Trade Days
It would be a mistake to neglect the First Monday Trade Days, especially if we’re focusing on shopping in Canton, TX. We could spend a full day diving into the many intricacies of the Trade Days. It takes several hours of planning to truly conquer this world-famous gathering. There are many key points of emphasis when planning a trip around this monthly jubilee. Firstly, avoid weekends. Secondly, dress for the weather; you don’t want to get caught in the sun wearing too many layers. Thirdly, bring cash (and lots of it). Lastly, arrive hungry. We also recommend bringing a sturdy cart, a festival map, and ultra-comfortable shoes. You never know what you’ll return to your RV holding—perhaps a rare collectible, a vintage dress, or repurposed decor.
An Afternoon Spent Shopping in Canton, TX
If you’re planning a trip Mill Creek Ranch Resort on a weekend that doesn’t align with the First Monday Trade Days, don’t fret, because there are several timeless shops in town. Shopping in Canton, TX, takes a bit of skill and craft. Mom-and-pop shops line Trade Days Boulevard and Dallas Street. So, it’s essential to do a healthy amount of research before your arrival. That being said, we’ve pieced together six links to some of our favorite shops in town (as seen below), several of which are within walking (or bicycling) distance.
- Paul Michael Company
- Timeless Treasures
- Laurie Anna’s Vintage Home
- Canton Dish Barn
- Bellum & Rogue
- East Texas Pickin’s
Mill Creek: Canton’s Best-Kept Secret
As one of the top-reviewed romantic getaways in East Texas, we often receive questions about an afternoon spent shopping in Canton, TX. Our friendly, knowledgeable is always here to steer you in the right direction! Hopefully, this easy-to-read Canton shopping guide is worth revisiting once you arrive. After a couple of purchases, return to Mill Creek Ranch Resort to fish, hike, swim, and play horseshoes before it’s time for a crackling campfire! Don’t forget to browse through our cozy cottages, RV spots, and tiny house rentals before booking direct at 903-567-6020. You can also check availability online at any time.