OUR PICK: Trader’s Village
, 9333 SW Loop 410, (210) 623-8383,
Trader’s Village isn’t your average flea market. Described as “a swap meet, treasure hunt, shopping complex, county fair, and festival attraction all rolled into one,” this 100-acre, 1,000-vendor jumbo marketplace can easily fill an entire day. Try on some cowboy boots, hop on a carousel, eat a turkey leg, shoot up 80 feet to take in the view on the “Star Dancer” ride — hell, you can even buy a new fridge while you’re at it. The sprawling property is also home to a range of different festivals and events, including pow wows, “Ragin’ Cajun” music festivals, chili cookoffs and amateur boxing games. With free entry and only $4 to park, Trader’s Village can be an affordable way to spend a weekend — or a great spot to spend away your paycheck on a new set of hubcaps or endless carnival rides. The choice is yours.