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2011-03-03 / Community News

Wimberley Market Days

by Madonna Kimball

The first Saturday of each month, from March through December, brings thousands of treasure seekers and shopalcoholics to the little village of Wimberley, Texas. Although Wimberley is always a popular getaway with all the shopping, dining and bed and breakfast choices, Wimberley Market Days, the oldest and largest outdoor market in the Hill Country, hosts more than 475 vendors and welcomes thousands of shoppers.

What started out in 1964 as a market on the Wimberley Square, with local vendors selling food, animals, furniture and their artwork out of the back of their pickup trucks, outgrew that location. A much larger space was needed to accommodate vendors and shoppers. In 1972, the Wimberley Lions Club assumed the management and organization of the ever growing market and purchased 19 acres of land on FM 2325, now known as Lions Market Day Field.

Over the years the market has grown to more than 475 vendors from Houston, Corpus Christi, Dallas, San Antonio and around the state offering everything you just can’t live without. With so many vendors, it’s difficult to see all there is to offer and many shoppers return month after month.

This isn’t your typical flea market. Here you’ll find everything from arts & crafts, plants, jewelry, fossils, quilts, clothing, antiques, collectibles, food, toys to Zane Grey. You’ll find things at Market Days that will jog childhood memories, handmade items by artists and craftsmen and you’ll find new and unusual items as well as the old but not forgotten. Some vendors offer samples of their tamales, butters, salsas, jellies, dips and roasted nuts.

Wimberley Lions Market Days is unique, unlike most other markets, as the Lions donate 100% of their profits from the market to charities, scholarships and local organizations As of November 2009, this organization has awarded more than $3,000,000 to non-profit groups.

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