What can I do at Traders Village?
Ask a Texan native what they remember about Traders Village and they’ll likely share stories about how it’s been there as long as they can remember (since 1973 to be exact) but they haven’t taken a visit there recently. If you are new to the area and looking to spend a day out within a 30 minute drive from Plano, there is no better place. It’s a place for shopping and hunting out unique items and getting great bargains, enjoying some live music and dancing, eating great food options, including street fare and it’s the best place for kids with great amusement park rides. There is really something for everyone.
Many people plan a visit and travel for miles, some bringing generations family with them, as far as Oklahoma. And if you happen to be close to Houston or San Antonio on your travels, there is a location there too. This is not somewhere you want to forget about – as the sign says “Y’all come back!”
What is Traders Village?
It’s an open air (flea) market with (endless) rows and rows of shops filled with handmade items, jewelry, clothing for adults and kids, toys, garage sale bargains, auto accessories, plants, home decor items which are sourced from all over the world and furniture. Be prepared to stock up, as the items on sale are bargain prices! With over 3000 vendors, you never know what you’ll find. Chat with the owners and you’ll likely find generations of families working within the Village as they have done for many years.
We saw handmade notebooks, toys and beautiful Senorita dresses. We saw kids bikes for $30 each! We even saw parrots and household pet birds. Most items you’ll find here are far cheaper than you’ll see in retail stores. You never know what you’ll find when you turn the corner – that’s one of the things I love about it the most. You could be checking out plants and eating nachos and then turn the corner and find unique handmade women’s clothes and kids toys.
Here are the items you’ll find:
- Jewelry & Makeup
- Tires & Rims
- Boots & Footware
- 4-wheelers and scooters
- Home Decor
- Auto Accessories
- Baby items
- Cell phones & Accessories
- Metal Arts
- Purses & bags
- Signs and Banners
- Fruits & Veggies
- Airbrush Art
- $1 stores
- Pet Supplies
- Framed art and more
Underneath the covered patios, are mini stages with rows of seating close by where you can enjoy a live band, kids entertainer and performance of all kinds. Most weekends you’ll find themed events. In July they’ll celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day and in September the Annual Native American Pow Wow, with dance contests, singing, tipis, honoring ceremonies and an arts and crafts show. Events are always free and you can look forward to Shrimp Fest, Kids Fest, Cajun Fest and the Circus.
It’s got Amusement Park Rides, Midway Games & a Kids Zone
Whether you are looking for Toddler rides, Bumper Cars or a thrill seeker riding on the Vortex, the Wipeout or the Fleafall, you can buy a pass for $12.99 and ride them all (an unlimited amount of times!) even during bad weather. We did not see any lines! Tokens are available if you want to try your hand at some of the midway games, just like the State Fair of Texas. If you want to watch the action, there are plenty of seated areas for Parents to sit back and relax too.
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It’s for Foodies
But what you didn’t realize is this is a huge Foodie destination! Forget the State Fair, you can get favorites all year round like Funnel Cakes (with 6 flavors), Turkey legs and corn dogs right here in Grand Prairie. You can travel around the world and experience authentic street tacos straight from Mexico, Thai food favorites and head to Gary’s Grill for the kids, they serve classic burgers, hotdogs and chicken fingers. Adults can also enjoy a few beverages too, including some of the best Margaritas or Beer options around! You can eat inside in air-conditioned restaurants or use one of the many shaded areas.
Our Top Tips for your Visit
- Wear comfy shoes
- Bring a stroller or rent one as needed (wheelchairs also available for rent too)
- Bring some cash with you for vendors where card is not accepted. There are ATM’s available too.
- Consider bringing a wagon or other pull along shopping cart to carry everything.
- Download the APP (It’s coming soon!) to search through the lists to locate where you can buy specific products and eating places!
Open Year Around every Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm. It’s free to enter and just $4 per car for parking. There is easy access from President George Bush Turnpike.
2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052