Carrie Rengers

Automobilia owners would like to sell their gift shop

Automobilia owners Gary and Lorita Carpenter are trying to sell their business.

“It’s been a great 35 years, and we’ve made a lot of friends, and well miss them,” Gary Carpenter says.

He says he and his wife are “getting older and would like to retire.”

That would give them time for some projects and, of course, some time to “enjoy driving.”

The Carpenters have built a business around their love of cars.

Automobilia is “a gift store for people who like cars,” Carpenter says.

The store, which is at 449 N. Mosley, sells diecast cars, model kits and other things related to automobiles.

“It’s a good business,” Carpenter says. “I’d like to see it keep going.”

He says he’s talked to a number of people who say they’d like to buy the business but can’t get financing.

“I’ve had several attempts,” he says. “None of them made it.”

Regardless of what happens with the business, Carpenter says he and his wife plan to keep running their annual Automobilia’s Moonlight Car Show & Street Party, which will celebrate its 21st year next summer.

“A lot of our customers are upset to think it may not exist,” Carpenter says. “I’m hoping to see it survive.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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