CANTON, Miss. (WJTV) – Shoppers returned to Canton Flea Market on Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the event in 2020.
The Canton Flea Market is one of the biggest outdoor markets in the south. Vendors from across Mississippi and surrounding states come to sell their products which include homemade candles, jewelry, clothes, and garden decorations.
Jasmine Plummer, a vendor, said, “I’m in the military so this is a side business for me. So, I do this for fun.”
Last May, the flea market was canceled due to coronavirus pandemic. For some vendors, the flea market is a big portion of their yearly income.
One couple said they have been vendors of the flea market for four years. They said last year’s cancellation hurt them financially.
“I had to go back to my labor job at that point just to kind of help her pay bills while she did this. It really took a toll on our company for sure, and it really just stunk having to go back and work for someone after working for myself,” said Mitchell Coleman.
The couple said online sales picked up during the pandemic, but they’re excited the market is back and booming this year.
If you missed this year’s Canton Flea Market, you can always catch the next one in October. The Canton Flea Market will be open until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.