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Huge Collinsville flea market showcases unusual items

At Trade Day in Collinsville, Ala., you can find anything from chickens and pigs to rare antiques.

In fact, you never know what you’ll find at the expansive weekend flea market with more than 1,000 vendors, said Melody Woo, who helps run the market week to week.

“The strangest thing I ever saw sold was peacocks and flip-flops that stuck to the bottom of your feet,” said Woo, whose father bought the property on U.S. Highway 11 two years ago after the couple who owned it for 30 years died.

Anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 people come through the flea market every Saturday, some champing at the bit to peruse the used and new goods right at 4:30 a.m. when the booths open.

Some have visited from Alaska and England, Woo said.

There is food — barbecue and hand-dipped corn dogs — to eat while shopping. Home goods, cars, tractors, livestock, four-wheelers and handcrafted items could be on sale at any given time.

“It’s like a box of chocolates,” Woo said. “You never know what you are going to get.”

The market stays open until everyone leaves, usually around 1 p.m., she said.