How long have you been in the business?
The Irish craft business was started 7 years ago in my other shop, Mourne Antiques, which I took over from my mother in 1989, i.e. I have been in business for 28 years.
When was the business opened?
Amelia’s was opened just over one year ago in July 2016
What product or service do you supply?
We buy and sell quality products handmade in Ireland, and provide an outlet for Irish makers to find customers for their pieces.
How many people do you employ?
2 x part-time
If you had just one minute how would you describe your business?
Showcasing Irish quality handmade products. Helping makers and crafters find their end customer, and helping customers find beauty in a unique piece handmade locally is a special and enjoyable business.
Who are your main customers?
Our customers vary from those looking for small gifts or decorative pieces for their home, to those seeking more special pieces for wedding or leaving gifts, to corporations wanting large unique pieces for display. All these customers have one thing in common - wishing to support and promote Irish, and local people’s work.
Is there something that you would like us to let others know about?
Check out www.amelias.ie
To find out more about Amelia's click here for the recent video
The Personality Profile
What is your role? / What do you do on a daily basis?
I own and manage Amelia’s so a bit of everything has to be done, with great help from Trish and all the team.
So that involves Keeping shop, from displaying and keeping clean the beautiful items, Ordering stock, sourcing new quality makers, encouraging makers in their pursuit of creating what people want, finding beautiful pieces the customers want, and of course selling what we have!
Keeping accounts, noting makers sales and paying the bills come a slight second!
What is the best thing about your job?
Seeing people’s appreciation of the beautiful pieces, and indeed of the shop itself.
What would your dream job be?
It would be hard to beat what I do.
Collecting antiques, Travelling, Reading
Still has to be ‘Casablanca’
In three words how would your family and friends describe you?
Stylish, fun, focused.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Always do the best you can.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what luxury item would you bring?
A good book and a lipstick!
Contact details: Frances Spears
Work tel: 087 2434060