Derby antique market closing

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DERBY, Kan. (KWCH) After nearly two years in business, the Derby Antique Market is closing its doors.

From the old to the odd, there is something inside the market for everyone.

Now, customers and vendors are saddened by the news the market will close.

"It's been fun," said Ruth Gerstner, who has sold artwork and antiques at the market since it opened. "I've met a lot of people, a lot of friends."

Gerstner said business has been slowing down lately.

In a memo to all vendors, the owner of the building said those declining sales, plus a high overhead costs, prevent the market from staying open.

He and some vendors also suggested a new business in town may have played a part.

"They sort of said maybe Hobby Lobby had something to do with the slowdown, but I don't really know if that's true or not," Gerstner said.

Now, vendors need to sell all of their products or move them by Feb. 3. Some have already started.

Donna Bales is moving her things to Paramount Marketplace in Wichita and she said she assumes others will, too.

"With that one just opening and they have space, I think an awful lot of them are going up there," Bales said.

Some say that is bad news for Derby, but others are hopeful they can at least stay in town.

"When something closes, there's always another door," Gerstner said.

But they'll all miss this place and the friends they leave behind.

The last day for the market will be Jan. 31. Many vendors will be selling items at a discount until then.