But once school returned, more customers retreated back home for virtual learning.
Spencer and his wife had to reduce store hours to help their 8-year-old daughter with virtual schooling.
With the support of the neighborhood, Spencer says the antique mall is back to holding auctions once a month.
“At the end of the day, we’re still here,” he says. “We’re healthy, we’re happy, we’re fed. As hard as it’s been, we’re blessed.”
Even as the pandemic persists, Spencer says he is optimistic about the future.
“We’re glad we were able to make it,” Spencer said. “We know it’s not over yet. We’re still struggling, but I think if we’ve made it this far, there’s nothing we can’t do if we fight for it.”