There’s nothing like shopping for the holidays.

The sound of festive music filling the air and the sight of Christmas decorations is enough to get anyone in the holiday spirit - even with a few days remaining in October.

And if you’re looking for a shopping experience close to home and a little different than one you’ll find at the mall, look no further. The Chicken House Flea Market, located on U.S. Highway 377, might be just the thing you’re searching for in the way of unique gift ideas.

“There is so much to see here,” said Janet Allen, vendor of six booths. “People would just be amazed. And now we are decorated for Christmas and it’s beautiful.”

Indeed, there is no shortage of holiday magic found at the former egg farm, which now boasts about 150 booths inside, with another 50 outside. Concession stands, selling everything from authentic Mexican food to funnel cakes, can also be found on site.

Norman Deisher has owned the Chicken House Flea Market since 1983 and said vendors sell, well, just about anything you can imagine.

“We sell everything except pornography and dangerous animals,” Deiser said, only half-joking. “Besides that, you can find almost anything you want.”

Allen said she sells western-style tables and woodcrafts, but antiques, jewelry, tools, glassware, furniture, and other items can be purchased from the different vendors on site.

“We even have benches so people can rest if they need to,” Allen said. “And we make room near the booths for people pushing strollers and those who are in wheelchairs. There is something here for everyone to enjoy.”

SARA VANDEN BERGE is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at 254-968-2379, ext. 240.