This current "flea" shopping experience provided us with a couple dozen places to poke around. It was a nastolgic experience for us. TRADE DAYS' new crop of vendors will make your visit more exciting. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't like TMTD was falling off the map. You couldn't drive down 380 on market weekends without getting slowed down by the traffic that it caused. I just haven't felt the love for it for a while . . . I don't know if I had Flea Market Burn-Out (a syndrome from years of flea market overload) or there was nothing I was interested in . . . I think the latter. Many locals wouldn't consider breaking the years of tradition of having a family outing on third Monday (which is the weekend after the third Monday - technically speaking). Those who wouldn't miss it are the backbone of what makes flea markets successful. Bringing in new shoppers is just a bonus! New shoppers, new vendors --- all is good on the flea market circuit. My blog partner and I are opposites in what we choose to bring home, but we ooh & aah over the same "showmanhip" of this incredible surge in vintage and antique dealers.
Our visit provided us with that handful of expected vendors who had been out there for years (my previous visits would be to go directly to these booths & truly overlook the other spaces - there was nothing interesting to draw me in) but this month - well, it was a smorgasbord of good priced, unique items that didn't seem to stop. We thought we would do an obligatory run through that would take an hour but we were there for many hours. We couldn't believe it! It was the perfect surprise for us! We didn't allot much time to do the rounds and take photos, but they tricked us into a visit that made us want to keep looking.
You see, last fall I was done - just had no desire to go back. It fell flat from years-gone-by and had too many dealers selling "new and inexpensive" product. I am so glad we went back. It was worth every minute and every calorie consumed!
Congratulations to this re-energized version of Third Monday and we can only see it getting better as summer draws closer.
We brought home quite a few cards, booth #s and names & hope you find "the sweet spot" like us. We are doing our best to present the things we love & hope next "flea market" weekend you visit Third Monday Trade Days and love it. For those who have forgotten, rejected or have fallen off the flea market wagon - I just say, get back on & shop like you mean it!
I also want you to know if I stroke out from eating the flea market junk food (I may buy nothing else, but I have never left without my flea food), I do not hold the food vendors responsible for my demise!
Third Monday Trade Days of McKinney is better than ever! Give yourself plenty of time for looking and digging deep, because you won't want to miss a row - we are giving you a pictoral preview & hope it makes you want to shop local, shop often! http://www.tmtd.com/
CJ's Candlecorner -- http://www.cjscandlecorner.com/
Ed's Bird Feeders; all cedar bird feeders -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Now & Then; antiques and collectables -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Now-then-Antiques-and-Collectables/198672613545251
Best Dressed Nest; new, vintage, and antique finds for your home -- email@example.com
One Bead Short; inspirational embellishments -- http://onebeadshort.com/
Vintage Junk; antiques, furniture, collectibles & furniture resoration-- firstname.lastname@example.org
A "Little" Something, for a little price -- email@example.com
Pirate's Treasure Antiques; buying & selling treasures of all kinds -- Piratestreasureantiques@gmail.com
Vintage Refinery -- http://www.etsy.com/search/?search_submit=&q=the+vintage+refinery&order=most_relevant&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US
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Door Knob Bob; door knobs, hardware, silverplate flatware, misc architectual, old license plates
The Village Antiques & Uniques
Patch of Heaven Metal Art; made out of repurposed horse shoes, railroad spikes, & more