Family-owned Kyle Flea Market offers indoor and outdoor space for vendor trinkets and treasures
Kyle’s Flea Market has been passed down from generation to generation by the Mattox family. (Photos by Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
After serving in the United States House of Representatives and as the 47th Texas Attorney General, James Mattox and his siblings, Janice Mattox and Jerry Mattox, purchased the property at 1119 N. Old Hwy. 81, Kyle, and started Kyle’s Flea Market.
At 18, James’ son Jim Mattox took over the flea market after his father’s death in 2008 and was to ensure it became a successful business, he said.
“We knew it would help ordinary people come and find the things they needed, find the things they were looking for, find those treasures, find the things you could buy for a dollar that ends up being worth hundreds of dollars” , Jim said. “It’s a treasure hunt.”
The building that the market is partially located in is hard to miss from I-35 with large red letters painted on it that say “Kyle Flea Market”. The building has rows and rows of stalls with trinkets and treasures.
Anyone can be a seller and can sell items ranging from clothing and jewelry, art, vinyl records and CDs to video games, trading cards, plants and more.
The market was doing well until the pandemic hit in March 2020 and had to shut down, Jim said. Luckily for the family, the market also has a large outdoor lawn in front of the building where vendors can also set up shop, Jim said.
While some vendors come once or twice, Jim said many vendors come back every weekend.
In addition to the vendors, the flea market also has a handful of on-site food trucks selling Mexican food, barbecue, shaved ice and more, which was an important aspect of the market for the family.
The family wanted to make sure the market was a family place where people could come for a variety of activities. There’s also regular live music or a DJ on site, Jim said. To easily maneuver in the market, Jim said it’s best to come prepared with a reusable bag, cash – as not all vendors will be equipped to take cards or digital currency – and plenty of time reserved for sailing.
Ultimately, Jim said, the flea market is about a community coming together to buy, sell and barter in a world where everyone just wants new things.
“We are not a mall. … But understand that if there is to be a place where no other place has, we could. Come get, come get,” Maddox said.
Kyle Flea Market
1119 N.Old Hwy. 81, Kyle 512-656-5958. Facebook: Kyle’s Flea Market
Opening hours: Sat.-Sun. 9am-5pm, closed Mon.-Fri.