You will find EVERYTHING under the sun here. I’m not exaggerating! Before I visited, I was picturing something similar to New York’s Chinatown, where you can purchase discounted items from tons of vendors. To my pleasant suprise, this wasn’t far from it! People have been shopping at Traders Village since they opened in 1973. Fun fact: They were the first Traders Village to open in Texas. The market goes on forever (160 acres, to be exact) and there are rows and streets and aisles filled with boxing gloves, toiletries, shoes, jerseys, lawn mowers, stuffed animals, sunglasses…you name it. Better yet, all of these things are sold at great prices!
I was most intrigued by the shoes and definitely saw some awesome Adidas I wanted. I had to remind myself I didn’t need new shoes, even though I really wanted them! I only window-shopped this time around, but the $50 shoes (about half the price of what you’d see online!) almost had me. Next time, Adidas, next time.
Like I said, I’m all about trying different food, so I was eager to get a taste of something different here! I was stoked to see that they had elotes, because they’re one of my favorite things to eat. After eating elotes, my boyfriend wanted me try a fruit cup with the lime and chile powder on top. I won’t be eating that again, but he sucked it right down, so it’s clearly a preference! Traders Village also has your typical carnival foods like hot dogs, fries and funnel cakes. You can find a lot of the food stalls along Central Avenue, or at the Big Red Patio next to 2nd Street and Avenue F.
Is a gigantic flea market complete without carnival rides? I don’t think so! I’m always a sucker for swing rides (seems the least risky, but still fun!), so I was excited to see that Traders Village had the “Yo-Yo”. They also have a pirate ship ride (“Pharoah’s Fury”), which I personally think you can never go wrong with, bumper cars, a carousel, the Village Vortex roller coaster that takes you upside down and reverse (just to name a few!). Pro Tip: If you like “Superman: Tower of Power” at Six Flags, you’ll probably enjoy “The Fleafall”, a ride that drops you from 128 feet! You can ride individual rides for $2.49 each, or experience all the rides by purchasing a $13 “unlimited wristband”. There isn’t an crazy amount of rides, but for the price of $13, you’re definitely getting your dollars worth!
EVENTS AT TRADER’S VILLAGE
While checking out their website, I noticed that Traders Village has a lot of really fun live music and other events throughout the year. On September 14-15, you can enjoy free live concerts on four different stages during Fiestas Patrias. Later on in the month (September 20-22) Traders Village will have the Annual Native American Pow-Wow, where dozens of tribes from across the US will be represented. It sounds AMAZING and I know there will be lots of color involved!