Flood wipes out antique flea market, owner unsure about rebuilding
LOVELAND, Colo. — A Loveland business owner said Monday it may be some time before she decides where or whether she’ll rebuild.
Kay Dykes’ store, Canyon Collectables, sustained major damage during the recent floods. Now, with much of the cleanup done, Dykes said it’s time to grieve and begin thinking about the future.
“Closing the door today and locking it and turning the lights off for the last time, it was pretty tough,” she said. “I cried all the way home from the shop because it’s been a fun, fun business. We had a great time here.”
Dykes, who ran the antique flea market on Highway 34 for 21 years, said she’ll miss the 110 dealers who rented booths from her.
“They’re pretty much in the same position I am,” she said. “We’ve got to step back now that we’ve taken care of the cleanup and kind of process this whole mess and then we’ll decide what the next step is.”
Dykes said the floodwaters washed away not just merchandise and income but relationships and a shared passion.
“We’ve all cried and we’ve all hugged each other and we’ve all said oh there’s something better waiting,” she said. “But the truth is we might not see each other again and that’s very painful.”
Dykes suffered an added insult on her last day of work. She returned to her Loveland home to discover store furniture she’d salvaged and left in her driveway overnight had been stolen.
“I was going to resell it and I thought who would in their right mind steal from somebody that just suffered this kind of tragedy? I just don’t get it.”