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April 8, 2012

Trade Days taking off

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CORSICANA - Anything you can think of, Trade Days has it, Otto Baker says.

The Corsicana entrepreneur’s latest venture in downtown is Trade Days, a flea market-esque ensemble of 30-plus vendors at the corner of Commerce Street and Third Avenue.

Trade Days began March 3, and Baker said it has pulled some thousands of people on some weekends.

“We want to bring commerce back down here like it used to be,” Baker said. “Other businesses have commented on how they are getting extra people in. Everybody’s getting a benefit from it.”

Baker owns The Preowned Store in the old Shriner building on Commerce at Third, and Trade Days take place in the lot next to it. Baker said he has 38 lots available, and about 30 of them are taken. Lots are $10 a day, or $20 for the weekend, Friday through Sunday.

Vendors start unloading at 7 o’clock each morning, and stay until about 3, Baker said.

There are free spots for non-profits, he said.

So how big would Baker like to see it get?

“We’ll have Canton before too long,” he said.

That’s probably a stretch, since Canton boasts 28 miles of walkway on its website, but Baker has a smaller version that solicited a slower crowd this Saturday because of the Easter holiday, he said.

You can find anything from fresh produce to jams and jellies to fishing equipment, Baker said. There are clothes and tools and horse tack, he said.

“Anything you can think of, (vendors) have it,” he said.

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Raymond Linex II may be reached by email at rlinex@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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