Gallery 309 sold

First Posted: 12/19/2014

LIMA — Papa Boyd means “grandpa” to 37 of Boyd Rader’s grandchildren, and it’s about to mean “flea market” to the people of Lima.

Rader, a retiree from Shawnee, recently bought Gallery 309, a flea market on Harding Highway which he plans to rename Papa Boyd’s Bargain Center.

The market is about 11,000 square feet and though Rader said he plans to make some changes to the market, he doesn’t want to tell until his plans are firmed up.

“I hope it to be successful so the vendors have a place to be,” he said.

The market will feature furniture, clothing, surplus groceries, gourmet popcorn and nuts and will have live auctions in the back.

Rader, previously the biggest vendor in the market, bought it last week from previous owner Mike Warner as “just something to do.”

Warner still owns another business, also called Gallery 309, which specializes in building sheds.

Warner said he sold the market to focus on his booming shed business.

“I worked really hard at trying to build [the flea market] up and make it a successful business, but I’ve gone as far as I can go,” he said.

Rader plans to expand the business formerly in his flea market stall.

He will expand it into a sign shop, a printing shop and a computer repair shop, Rader said.

Though the market previously had 12 vendors, Rader said he wants to grow it to 30, and that there are open stalls for new vendors.

He said he’s not sure whether or not it was a good idea for him to buy the market.

“I don’t know whether I need congratulations or condolences,” Rader said.

He hopes people come out to support local businesses and help the local vendors.

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