Dog Day Flea Market in Ardmore, Tennessee, is open Sunday and Monday (remember: not on Saturday) year round and offers a variety of goods including hunting dogs for sale on Monday mornings. The bargain hunters usually start arriving at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday and stay until sunset. They come early on Monday but are mostly gone by noon.
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
- exotic birds
- just plain "junk"
There is a special area on Mondays for the hunting dogs.
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.
Dog Days Flea Market is open year round plus two special 4-day weekends (Friday through Monday) on 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.
Dog Days Flea Market is divided into two areas.
Parking is $1 and $2, depending on how far back in the field (and how much walking you'll end up doing!) 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.
The Jameses also own an antique store on the property.
It is open Mondays from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and includes antiques, depression glass, Civil War items and other collectibles.
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!