Happy New Year everyone! I've always seen New Years as a time to start fresh, lay out your vision for the year ahead, and your time to really take care of you moving forward. With that, I have some big news...
As a shop owner this past year has been a year of transition for me. I moved everything to Water Valley, the town that I live in, and out of Oxford, the town that made me a shop owner. I have learned so much in the eight and a half years that I’ve been open and I’ve made an endless amount of friends from around the world that I respect on so many levels. The handmade movement is something that I couldn’t imagine not being a part of. I have also found my voice as a writer in this time. A voice I’ve been searching for, for many, many years.
It’s that writing that brings me to this post… So many doors have opened since I started Amelia, including currently writing monthly for four different blogs and one magazine, working as a guest contributor for several other publications, as well as extensive work as a **self-taught (see disclaimer below) interior designer and a design and business consultant. I have written my first book, How To Make It, and I sold my second book, which I'm working on now. I currently have regular photography clients and am starting to show my work again in galleries, something that I put on hold to run the shop full time.
- My in home office, where I do most of my writing, photo editing, and compile the vision for interior design work.
As I grow in this new role as a freelancer, it’s become clear to me that I can’t juggle it all. I have to make a choice. I have loved being the shop you could turn to when you needed that something special. I’ve loved helping with so many different occasions and events in your lives, like dressing new babies, picking out the perfect card for your loved ones, or sending you on your way before a big trip.
The time that has come that I close my brick and mortar. I will still have the online store, but the shop and gallery will close at the end of March. I will also still do pop-ups from time to time in Oxford and various other towns and cities, where you can shop a very curated selection of goods. Moving forward, I will be working with the artists that I stock to create very exclusive pieces for the online store, with only a few new collections a year. This will include the same type of work you've come to expect from Amelia, but completely exclusive to my shop.
Thank you to everyone that made the drive out to the new space, supported the artists in the gallery and shopped with me over the years in Oxford. It’s been the best eight and a half years of my life. And to the 400+ artists that have trusted me over the years to tell their story, share their work, and be an active cheerleader for them, please know that I have loved stocking my shelves with your brands and talent.
Between now and March, I will be selling fixtures and shop supplies, vintage goods, and the shop stock, at a reduced price. So check Instagram stories, Facebook and/or stop in, for deals… lots of great items will be for sale, starting Saturday, February 3rd. I won’t be listing the bigger items in the online store- just through social media and in person. Many items will be for pick up only, like the furniture, so please take note. As for the vintage goods, I’ll have some Haywood Wakefield, Eames, mid-century modern goods, vintage typewriters, and so much more…
If you own a shop or are thinking of opening one, I’d love to come and help consult with you on running a small business or even help you with the buying. There are endless lines that I have stock piled away in secret Pinterest boards, that I was never able to work with due to the lack of space. I’d love to help you find those brands that help you stand out from the rest. I’m also available to consult on your social media, business plan, etc… Don’t be afraid to reach out. It’s part of my new job, to help you with those things.
Before the shop closes, I’ll have another show opening on February 3rd, that will run until the shop closes. Help us go out with a bang! That opening will also ring in the deals.
I’m sorry I can’t do the day to day of having a brick and mortar anymore. Thank you for your business all these years! I hope you will still follow along on Instagram, sign my mailing list, and follow here, to see what comes next. I'll be using this blog to talk more about artists I love, designs that I can't get out of my head, brands you might like to know about and more.
In gratitude for each of you,
Erin Austen Abbott
*Two different businesses have asked me about renting my current space, but in case that falls through…. If anyone is interested in renting a great space, on Main St. in Water Valley, it’s zoned commercial or residential. Please get in touch and I’ll connect you with perhaps the best landlord ever. This space would be great as a gallery, office, home, studio spaces, a small restaurant…. the ideas could go on and on. I’d even be happy to sit down with someone and come up with plan for the space. I’d like to see it change over to some good hands.
**I am not claiming to be a licensed interior designer. All clients know that I'm self taught and hiring me is purely from the stand point of liking the designs they have seen. I'm not claiming otherwise and that is to be understood when I say I'm working as an interior designer.