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First Monday Weekend

Next Market Days:

September 5th & 6th , 2020!!!

 

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Ripley’s First Monday Trade Days, Ripley Mississippi
Official Statement

We will be OPEN for the September  Market.

  • Due to the outside, open air nature of First Monday Trade Day, we will be open August 1st and 2nd.  Our market is large enough that social distance can be maintained as suggested in the guidelines concerning mass gatherings. 
    • We urge everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC to limit the exposure of germs to yourself and to others as well.  Please visit coronavirus.gov for information to keep you and yours safe.
      • Boost your immune system, get lots of Fresh air and plenty of exercise. 
      • Avoid close contact with people you don’t know. (social distance 6 ft)
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
        • Throw used tissues in the trash.
        • Immediately wash your hands
    • We will have our staff disinfect the public spaces as often as possible.
    • We will instruct our food vendors to disinfect their common areas.

We want everyone to be as careful as possible.  We also know that life goes on and First Monday is an essential source of goods and products that are not always readily available to your local community.

 Updated 5/1/2020

First Monday Trade Days has operated safely in Tippah County for more than a century and will continue to do so this weekend. The health and safety of our patrons is always our paramount concern. We determined to reopen after the Governor issued his guidelines that also allowed regional shopping malls and other retail outlets across the state to reopen this past week. We are also not aware of any change to the plan to reopen retail businesses statewide. While we recognize that there will always be risk, First Monday is a law-abiding business and, like every other business in the state, will operate according to the law. We will exercise every effort to maintain social distancing with other CDC guidelines and will limit the number of patrons on the property, if necessary, in order to keep the public safe. First Monday has no interest in putting the public at any enhanced risk but does not want to be singled-out as being different from any other retail business. We encourage the pubic to exercise personal responsibility to
help us keep everyone else safe as they do business. First Monday appreciates its vendors and patrons as we continue to work through these challenging times as safely as possible. Thank you.

 

Next Market Hours

8:00 am to 5:00 pm 

 

Come join us for the next First Monday weekend!!

*IMPORTANT* - The main days of the Market will be Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September    6th! Friday, September  4th, is dealer setup day and is free of charge to paid vendors, the public is welcome to come but most spots are not set up so the shopping is very limited. The Market grounds will be open on Monday, September 7th as well, but almost all the dealers will have left by Sunday evening. Please do not come on Monday unless you have made arrangements to meet a dealer.  For your convenience, we ask that you plan accordingly.

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GarageSale

$10.00 Space Rental per day ($15 for Weekend) for Yard Sale Items

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 Spring and Summer of 2019, we will again be promoting our new Carport sale area.  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.

  

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!  

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.

2020 Flea Market Dates:

 

Month:
Dates:

January 

Jan 4th & 5th

February

February 1st & 2nd

March

Feb 29th & Mar 1st

 April

April 4th & 5th

 May

May 2nd and 3rd

 June

May 30th and 31st

 July

July 4th & 5th

 August

August 1st & 2nd

 September

Sept. 5th and 6th 

 October

October 3rd and 4th

 November

 Oct. 30th and Nov 1st

 December

Dec 5th and 6th.

January '21

Jan 2nd & 3rd

  

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