Monday, May 14, 2007

What I Learned in Canton

  1. Khaki capris and a pink t-shirt really is overdressed.
  2. Apparently there is good money in dog clothes, because every other booth had doggies dresses, tutu's and more.
  3. On that note, the number one accessory in Canton: dogs. More specifically, puppies.
  4. There is not a lot of direction for where to go, and how Canton is divided up--there are several sections.
  5. If the only thing you see around you is puppies, chickens, goats, bunnies, and ducks....don't worry. Canton doesn't suck, you're just in "Dogtown".
  6. It gets better, just ask someone where to find the booths without dogs.
  7. The "shuttle" from Dogtown parking lot to the Canton Marketplace runs every 20 minutes....or whenever the driver feels like coming to pick you up.
  8. You will not get through it all in one day...don't even try.
  9. There is more than one Fried Pie stop, so don't feel like you have to buy one right away
    Chocolate fried pie is the best
  10. If you're looking at making a coffee table book on mullets....this would be a good place to start gathering subjects.
  11. Maybe you're overwhelmed, tired, stressed from your experience? Don't worry....they have Starbucks Coffee next to the Indian Tacos.
  12. If you're in the market for giant 5-pointed stars (much like you see on the highways in Texas) you're in luck--there were about 113,452 available to choose from!
  13. Strollers or push carts are recommended to haul around your loot (remember the shuttle only runs every 20-ish time to go to the car and back!)
  14. You can rent motorized scooters for $7 an hour--and they even come with a little shade to keep the sun off.
  15. Cowhides everywhere.
  16. The vendors, for the most part, the nicest people you will ever meet. Except in Dogtown where they're missing teeth and wearing Bart Simpson t-shirts. They dress up for the occasion of selling 52 puppies out of one cage.
  17. Don't go to Dogtown if you have a soft heart and don't like seeing animals suffering.
  18. Some people buy live chickens in Dogtown--and not as a pet. It made me sad to watch them be rolled away to their death.
  19. Yes, I had a chicken sandwich for dinner....but I am pretty sure Chili's doesn't buy their chickens from Dogtown, and I didn't have to see Clucky before I ate him.
  20. Wear sunblock. While most things are inside un-air-conditioned buildings, you'll be amazed at how much time you spend outside, especially in Dogtown.
  21. We are for sure living in the Bible Belt.
  22. God+scriptures+painted wood = BIG MONEY and wall decorations all around
  23. There is no dignity in Canton--those people are on a MISSION, they will not be stopped!
  24. Bring the Purell. You'll want to bathe yourself in it by the time you leave.
  25. It's really fun, very interesting, and when I go back I'll have a better idea of what I will be looking for!

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