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Canton Trade Days

If you are a local, you’ve probably heard of Canton Trade Days.  If you aren’t local…you might still have.  Boasted as being one of America’s largest flea markets, it is one of my favorite places to go. And it is HUGE.  I don’t think I’ve ever made it through the entire place in a day.  There are different sections – a “garage sale” type outdoor place, tented shops and indoor air conditioned boutiques.  On top of that there are corn dogs, funnel cakes (good ones!) and rides for kids. I have seen dogs and chickens for sale (please verify where these animals are from before purchasing! BOO puppy mills!!!!!!).

I have also seen some really…strange things.  People pushing dogs in baby carriages, people (lots and lots) of them riding on motorized scooters rather then walking, lots of child leashes, etc. 🙂 AND of course…the odd things that you can buy at Canton.  Wow.  LOL.  Point in case this picture I snapped on my phone of an…interesting box of – yes they are real -animal hands.  $1 each I believe.  hmmm.

So, no I didn’t buy (or touch) those.  I am still confused and creeped slightly.  Is there a purpose for these?

Anyways- some friends and I made an hour long trek from my house to Canton for a girls day out.  Super fun. And SUPER cold.  More fun then cold though ;P

We spotted all kinds of interesting things.  It really is a playground for the imagination in some areas!

And in other areas it’s like a cute boutique shop!

So whether you are an avid DIYer or someone who just wants unique, super cute things…great place to shop!! HIGHLY recommend.  🙂

After a few hours, some of the girls headed back to Dallas and my friend Sang (like you sang a song) stayed and shopped for another 4 hours or so.  We had a blast and met all kinds of interesting people and saw even more interesting things! We were both loving this pepper:

She picked up some washboard abs…

We stopped and shared a funnel cake as well.  Almost as good as the ones from the State Fair 🙂

Sang is a great person to shop with.  She is super creative and full of energy, and a good negotiator.  She also didn’t mind while I stopped continually to admire things I couldn’t afford or had no place to put such as a vintage herbs and spices chart (would be so cute hanging in a kitchen except I don’t really have a lot of free wall space in mine!?), a vintage cash register (this would be so cute on an entry way table or in a non working fire place!), and a library card catelouge (reallllly want one but this one was $800! boo!)

But, never fear friends! I did not walk away empty handed!!! I had a list of several things I was looking for and found several (though not all!).  It was a good day.  One of my favorite items I picked up was when we were literally exiting to go to the car.  I stopped to look at a vintage trunk from 1942 that was priced at $60.  The guy spoke up and said “I’ll give that to you for $40.” and Sang spoke up and said “what about $20”.  He went for it and it sold! Then we had to haul it across the parking lot.  🙂

We felt really strong and cool.  Look how pretty it is!

It has some fantastic hardware

And a really interesting chippy paint job.  Scott and I are divided on what we want to do with the trunk…I want to white wash it or try to sand off the paint to get to the original wood.  He likes it as is.  Thoughts?!?!

I also grabbed a large ampersand.  I LOOOOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.  Seriously love. Probably my favorite thing I picked up.  It’s so cool looking! I am planning on dual purpose using it…for house decor and for photoshooots with engagements.  I need to seal it because the rusty finish comes off on your hands and that’s the last thing I want my clients to have all over them in their photos!

Hello precious.  Just want to pet it and whisper to it.  Tania & & forever.  :)))

I also purchased two burlap coffee sacks for $1 each.  I have a few ideas for what to do with them but nothing set in stone.  I liked this one because Scott and I’s favorite brunch place is Cafe De Brazil. 🙂

Lastly, I got 2 vintage mermaid hooks. I am either going to use them in the entry way for people to hang coats, in the bathroom or the laundry room.  Or maybe my room for scarves…ummmmm maybe I needed to buy 20.  Yikes!

So that was my Canton Haul! Not too bad ! 🙂  A big thank you to Sang for providing all the pictures from Canton!! 🙂

So what do you all think about the trunk??? Are you team purple or team creamy white?!?!? Should I make shirts? It could be the new Jacob/Edward.  (Team Edward btw.  Edward would go white…Jacob would totally go purple just to be difficult.)

Happy Weekend everyone!!! 🙂

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Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.

Tania also owns The Creative Wheelhouse, a respected ghostwriting agency for bloggers, further showcasing her talent for creating engaging and informative content.

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  1. Haha yay! I feel so special to be featured in your Canton adventures! 🙂 You cracked me up with the “Tania & & forever. :)))” I loved exploring this crazy place with you! Can’t wait to make something out of our burlap bags!

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