The sky may be gray and it may be chilly now. But balmier weather and spring blossoms are just a few weeks away. Gateway families love this time of year, because they can enjoy long walks, outdoor play, and neighborhood fun in our flawlessly manicured Forney, Texas, community. If you’re looking for something to do as things begin to warm up, check out Canton First Mondays.
About First Monday Canton
First Monday Canton bills itself as the world’s largest flea market, and delivers on that promise once a month. Featuring more than 5,000 vendors, there’s something here for everyone. What’s more, the market has a long and storied history. First Monday Canton dates back to the 1850s, when the local circuit judge held court. It became a community event, giving birth to fledgling markets that ultimately evolved into today’s massive monthly fair. By 1965, First Monday was too large for the town square.
First Monday, paradoxically, never happens on a Monday. The name is a throwback to a bygone era. It now goes from Thursday through Sunday, beginning the first weekend of each month. Upcoming Spring dates include:
- February 27-March 1
- April 2-April 5
- April 30-May 3
- May 28-May 31
Tips for Visiting the the World’s Largest Flea Market
So what can you find at the market? The short answer is a little bit of everything. From novice crafters to expert makers, there’s something for everyone, with artists and vendors of every skill level and interest coming together to share their love of all things crafty, antique, and unique. You’ll find plenty of folk art, as well as high-end art, lots of handmade goods, and tons of food.
To avoid crowds, consider shopping on Thursdays. There’s no need to pack a lunch. You’ll find plenty of food, from funnel cakes to diet-friendly nutrition. Vendors change from month to month, so for updates, follow the market’s blog or Facebook page.
If you or your kids have the crafting bug, want to offload some antiques, or are just hoping to get in on the fun, you can join First Mondays. To become a vendor, complete the application here.
Gateway: The Perfect Launching Pad for Whatever You Love
Whether you love combing through flea markets, relish a chance to spend weekends in North Texas Horse Country, or just need a comfortable place to lay your weary head, Gateway of Forney is the perfect place to call home. You don’t even have to leave your neighborhood to enjoy the Texas spring. Take the dog or the kids for a walk, secure in the knowledge that you’re in one of Texas’s safest communities. Enjoy a lush pool, safe playground, and tons of friendly neighbors. Enroll the kids in some of Texas’s most exceptional schools. And of course, some of Texas’s finest retail establishments are just down the road.
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