Hi there! Welcome to Amelia in Water Valley, Mississippi, formerly in Oxford. To give you a little background on the shop... Since opening in 2009, Amelia and owner Erin Austen Abbott, have received international attention, from the likes of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Design Sponge, Daily Candy, Anthology, Design Love Fest and many, many more. We are so thrilled to bring you all of our finds, some of which you can't find anywhere else as we work with many artists directly to create exclusive items for Amelia. Most everything in the shop was designed and made in the USA, leaving some virtual shelf space for a few European and Canadian lines as well. We carry a little something for everyone, from housewares to stationery to jewelry to baby items.
In 2018, the brick and mortar closed to make time for owner, Erin Austen Abbott, to work more on her self taught interior design work, writing for such blogs and publications as Design*Sponge, Laurel Mercantile, Splinter Creek, Oxford Magazine, Good Grit, and working as the in house photographer for several restaurants and businesses. She is also currently working on her second book.
A little about owner, Erin Austen Abbott...
"After moving all over the country and traveling for work even further, in 2005, it was time to get back to my roots and move back to the Oxford, Mississippi area. As I continued to travel for work, I would always look for the type of shop that I could pick up something from a local artist or something that I couldn't find anywhere else. Time after time, I would discover so many great artists, making jewelry, stationery, housewares and so on.
As I started to travel less and was looking to change paths, I decided it was time to open up a shop, the type that stocked the handmade items I had spent years searching for and like ones I had worked in previously, like Lipstick Traces in Seattle and Decades Ago-go in Tampa. After years in retail, it seemed like the proper next step.
Amelia is a place where the new wave of craft culture meets design and makes it an art. I tend to buy smaller quantities so that everything in the shop is more limited and unique and allows for space to find new artists. People often wonder where the name Amelia came from....I knew that I wanted a shop name that made me think of a time when everything was handmade because that's just the way things were done, so an old fashioned name was what I wanted. Seeing that I have a lot of travel items and also a lot of children's items, two different icons named Amelia came to mind, Amelia Earhart and Amelia Bedelia. And so it came to be… Welcome."