Traders Village Houston is located about 25 miles northeast of Downtown Houston on the outskirts of the city. It is part of a franchise that opened its first facility in Grand Prairie, on the outskirts of Dallas, in 1973.Their Houston Flea Market opened in 1989. A new facility, opening in late 2010, is just outside San Antonio, site of the famous Alamo. Unlike the Grand Prairie and Houston Flea Market that are both only open on weekends (from 7 am until dusk), the San Antonio Flea Market is open only on weekdays.
There are numerous Traders Village Houston festivals held throughout the year, as they are at the other venues. Among the most popular Traders Village Houston festivals are car Shows and Native American Pow Wows. There are also chili and barbecue cookoff competitions as well as Cajun festivals. These festivals showcase the unique cuisine and culture brought to places such as Mississippi, New Orleans, and the Texas Gulf Coast by the people of Acadia in what is now Nova Scotia who were exiled by the British in the mid-eighteenth century. These French speakers sought a new home under French rule, and came to the area that became what Americans know as the Louisiana Purchase not realizing that France had ceded the territory to Spain. They settled as far west as Houston in the marshlands and bayous around the Galveston Bay coastline, and their traditions are still part of the city’s history.
Other ethnic Traders Village Houston festivals include Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) and Fiestas Patrias celebrations honoring the traditions brought from Mexico. There are country music and bluegrass festivals, a free concert series during the summer months, and a gospel music jubilee. For children, there is a Halloween and a Christmas festival. The Texas Championship Pow Wow occurs in November, and hundreds of Native American groups from across the United States attend. In addition to the colorful dance completion, there are stalls serving indigenous foods like fry breads and Indian tacos, as well as stalls showcasing the crafts of Native American artisans.
The Houston Flea Market covers more than 105 acres, and you can find terrific shopping bargains at the stalls of 2,500 dealers from around the United States. It is the largest such market on the Texas Gulf Coast, and shoppers come from around the country to look for bargains. There is, literally, something for everyone—from heavy equipment like bulldozers to the most humble of office supplies like paper clips.
If you like yard and garage sales, you can search for treasures suitable for the Antiques Roadshow amongst more mundane items. There are home furnishings, collectible baseball cards and comic books, jewelry and handmade crafts, electronic devices, and clothing. Facilities for shoppers and vendors include self storage space, parking for recreational vehicle camping, amusement park rides to keep the children entertained, and plenty of dining with fifteen restaurants and food stands. If you’ve run out of cash, there are ATM machines. The ATM machine is extremely useful because many of the Traders Village Houston vendors accept cash only. The Traders Village Houston RV Park is fully staffed and is open every day of the year. It boasts a market for supplies, swimming pool, laundry, recreation center, restrooms, and showers.
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