Carrie Rengers

Wichita Flea Market to move from Century II

Aerial view of Century II

A look at Century II from the air. While the city of Wichita grapples with what to do with the aging Century II – either renovate or scrap and start over, we take a drone flight over the 48-year-old building that opened in 1969. (Video By Bo Rader
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A look at Century II from the air. While the city of Wichita grapples with what to do with the aging Century II – either renovate or scrap and start over, we take a drone flight over the 48-year-old building that opened in 1969. (Video By Bo Rader

Not quite a year after opening the Wichita Flea Market at Century II, Jimmy Spillman says he’ll be moving it to the Kansas Star Casino.

“I love Century II,” Spillman says. “They’ve been great to us.”

However, he says, “They limit the amount of vendor events there.”

The next two flea markets, April 20 and June 22 and 23, will still be at Century II. Then for the July 20 and 21 show, the market will move to Kansas Star.

Spillman says he’ll still be able to fit the same size booths and tables at the new space, and admission prices won’t change.

He plans to have 10 markets a year at Kansas Star.

“We like to say we’re monthlyish.”

Spillman says he went back and forth on keeping “Wichita” in the market’s name but decided “it’s what we’ve been branded under.”

“People know that name,” he says.

Also, Spillman says, just like Olathe and Overland Park are included under the name “Kansas City,” he thinks Mulvane and the casino are so close, going there isn’t like leaving the city.

“People think of it as Wichita.”

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Carrie Rengers has been a reporter for almost three decades, including 16 years at The Wichita Eagle. Her Have You Heard? column of business scoops runs five days a week in The Eagle. If you have a tip, please e-mail or tweet her or call 316-268-6340.

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