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First Monday Weekend

Next Market Days:

June 4th and 5th of 2016!!!

Come join us for the next First Monday weekend!!

*IMPORTANT* - The main days of the Market will be Saturday, June 4th, and Sunday, June 5th! Friday, June 3rd, is dealer setup day and the public is welcome to come but most spots are not set up so the shopping is very limited. The Market will be open on Monday, June 6th, as well, but most dealers will have left by Sunday evening. For your convenience, we ask that you plan accordingly.

Free Space Rental for Yard Sale Items

2016 marks the new Flea Market selling year. The January and February Markets can be quite cool but every now and again, in Mississippi, we get those sunny 65 and 70 degree days that make for some of the best shopping weekends of the year!

This winter and into the Spring of 2016, we will be promoting our new Carport sale area.  By downloading and printing a $5.00 coupon, the space will be free of charge, certain rules and regulations do apply.  This new area is to help local residents have a place to bring their yard sale items without having to pay high rent charges up and down the Highway and also give them access to the large crowds of First Monday.  It's a win-win for everybody so make plans to clean out the attic or the shop and bring those previously used items to First Monday for the Largest Yard Sale in North Mississippi.

More details on the Carport/Yard Sale page. Let's make First Monday the largest yard sale in North Mississippi!

New Era for First Monday

First Monday started in July 1893 and has taken place every month since; rain or shine, sleet or snow. It started as a day set aside once a month for people to come together and trade their wares with others. It remains that to this day. We like to say you can find anything at First Monday, from antiques to "as seen on TV" products, to a 100 year old cast iron skillet in need of a little love, to designer clothes, to pedigree puppies & black & tan hounds, to finger-licking' barbecue & gyro sandwiches and everything in between. The place has a way about it, a call to yesteryear when things were simpler. When you stop by, take a leisurely stroll down the dusty aisles and enjoy the sights and sounds of days gone past, where the streets bustle with activity, people shopping, sharing stories, snacking on a hot dog, finding odd items, comparing prices and, of course, you can always hear some good old fashioned "haggling." It's this interaction between the vendors and their customers that makes First Monday unique to all other Flea Markets in the Mid-South.  It's real people talking and trading with real people.  

After building up and managing First Monday since 1974 with his wife, Betty, and their children, Wayne Windham passed away on November 15, 2014. He dedicated his entire life to God, his family, and to his work, and with all three built the renowned institution in place today. As an ambitious small-business man, Wayne sought to revive the tradition of First Monday in Ripley, MS, for generations to come, where craftsmen and farmers and folks from all over could come and meet and do business with one another the old fashioned way: with trades, hand shakes, and bona fide retail. To build this market up was no small feat and it was certainly not done in a day or two. It started with just 2 rows and about 30 dealers back then. They added water, electric, and gravel to each section as the market grew. By the mid-90's there were over 1200 spots and about 600 permanent dealers. In 1989, they added the Trader's Inn Restaurant to provide customers and dealers a place to sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal at a reasonable price, run by his children and grandchildren and many more dear friends over the years.

Currently the market is managed Wayne and Betty's children, Jerry Windham & Cheryl Thurmond, along with their spouses, Allison Windham & Keith Thurmond. With our goal to restore First Monday to its fullest potential, we are making changes to the marketing and to the grounds layout. We are committed to evolving our market with renewed interest in the preferences of the customers and to finding new and creative ways to better serve those customers. First Monday has been around for over a 120 years and I'm sure it will be here 120 more. If you've never been to First Monday, come check us out. If you remember coming as a youngster, bring your own youngsters and continue this time honored tradition of buying, selling, and trading. We hope you can join us sometime, either as a vendor or a shopper and experience the fellowship of doing business with friends and neighbors. And don't leave without a fried pie, a funnel cake, or a turkey leg!

                                            From our family to yours, 

                                                       The Windhams & Thurmonds


Click here to download and print a buyer's guide and Map with a parking pass use it to get a free 32oz drink at the Trader's Inn Restaurant.  Only valid for month listed on guide and visit often for updated guides and offers.

2016 Market Dates:


January 30th and 31st
March 5th and 6th
April 2nd and 3rd
April 30th and May 1st


June 4th
& 5th

July 2nd and 3rd
July 30th and 31st
September 3rd and 4th
October 1st and 2nd
 Nov. 5th and 6th
December 3rd and 4th




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