How Covid-19 killed antique dreams

Vivian Meyer, Reporter

Currently all non-essential businesses are closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This makes it extremely hard to continue business, let alone start a new one. 


Anthony Andersen, now 23, was going to be the founder of Anthony Andersen Antiques (A.A. Antiques). He was just about to sign off on a lease to start his business in Arroyo Grande, California, when quarantine started. “I already had a feeling this year wasn’t gonna work out, but this was the nail in the coffin,” Andersen reveals. 


Andersen had been looking into the prospects of starting an antique shop after inheriting a large quantity of antiques from his great uncle. He planned on starting the business by selling those antiques, and then he would try to acquire more from yard sales or donations. Of his motivations he says, “I don’t have a passion for it, it just seemed like an easy way to get all these antiques sold.”


Before March, Andersen attempted to start his business at home, but nothing sold. His original thought was to make his own business and generate a relatively decent profit from the items. Unfortunately, the isolation of quarantine put an end to Anerson’s selling pursuits. He decided to instead ship the antiques to his parents in Utah, who ironically wanted to keep the antiques all along. He mentions,  “My Great Uncle Rayden had a feud with my Mom and Dad before he passed, that’s why he willed his stuff to me. I didn’t really want it.”


Andersen is currently taking online school to become a lawyer, which is his real passion and an avenue he would like to keep pursuing. In the end, he reflects,  “It’s what I really want to do, so I’ve learned my lesson… and I’m just going to stick with that.”


Perhaps this is a lesson we can all learn from- to remember that when one attempt falls short, we could be on the path to achieving a new dream or passion, where success is right around the corner.