The Dog Days Flea Market

Antiques, collectibles, junk, animals: It's all here

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Dog Days Flea Market in Ardmore, Tennessee, is open Saturday and Sunday year round and offers a variety of goods for sale.

This isn't the typical flea market; in addition to the usual yard sale-style antiques and other gently used goods, shoppers can find livestock, groceries, and home supplies. The organizers are fond of saying that you can find everything at Dog Days Flea Market, including the kitchen sink.

 

The bargain hunters usually start arriving early Saturday and stay until sunset. They come early on Sunday but are mostly gone by noon.

History of Dog Days Flea Market

Dog Days Flea Market sits on over 100 acres of land in an open field. The flea market actually started in the 1940's as a place where hunters would meet on Mondays to let their hunting dogs run in the woods and trade dogs, hence the name.

Over the years, the market expanded to include other things besides dogs for sale. Now you can find miniature horses, plants, trees, cattle, exotic birds, antiques, and a wide array of collectibles.

The present owners are Alex and Tina James. They bought the Dog Days Flea Market in 2000 and added electricity, showers and other accommodations for the vendors. It's become more of a traditional flea market (as opposed to a livestock auction) since they took over.

Dog Days Flea Market Hours

Dog Days Flea Market is open year round plus two special long weekends: Memorial Day and Labor Day.

These two weekends are the busiest for Dog Days Flea Market with well over a thousand vendors plus many thousands of treasure hunters heading for this Ardmore flea market.

The weekend kicks off at 6 a.m. Saturday and runs through 12 p.m. Sunday.

Dog Days Flea Market is divided into two areas. Parking is $1 and $2, depending on how far back in the field you have to park.

There is plenty of food to buy if you get hungry: ice cream, shaved ice, hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and a full breakfast are all on the menu.

Directions to Dog Days Flea Market

Dog Days Flea Market is at 30444 Gowan Rd in Ardmore, Tennessee. Take Exit 1 off I-65 or from Huntsville go out Highway 53 (Jordan Lane). For more information, call (931) 762-1306 or (931) 427-9901. If you like flea markets, you're sure to find this one quite an adventure.