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Did you know that G-Town has its very own treasure chest?? Yep that’s right, Geelong has a special chest of treasures that is exploding with lovely gems and trinkets and super gorgeous gifts. Oh! Hello Geelong absolutely loves things that are fun, pretty and also a little kooky, so when we first found Eclectica and excitedly rummaged through all of the fabulous products, we felt like two treasure hunters who had just stumbled across gold!
The birth of Eclectica (pronounced ec·lec·tic·a)…
The shop of amazing treasures, that is Eclectica, is owned by the sassy pocket rocket Amanda Jane Hille, who is a woman who really knows the meaning of living life to the full. Amanda Jane is a Geelong girl who grew up spending loads of time inside her mother’s gift store, where she worked after school and on weekends. During her teens, Amanda Jane tried her hand at jewellery-making after finding a pair of her Dad’s pliers and playing around with some old beads from an op-shop; a talent was discovered! What started out as a little hobby became her first business venture and for 8 years Amanda Jane sold her handmade jewellery from her shop in town.
After many years of creating and selling amazing pieces, Amanda Jane decided to put away her pliers and beads and set off on a soul searching journey to India where she worked in an orphanage for several months. For Amanda Jane this was a beautiful experience and one that shaped her new approach to life. After India, Amanda Jane spent four years in Queensland where she worked in an art gallery and travelled around in her campervan of love. Fun!
Falling in love with Geelong again…
After several years away, Amanda Jane’s family and a good friend wanted their favourite girl back and convinced her that they found a store on Pakington Street that had her name written all over it! With that, Amanda Jane made the journey home and started working on the store. Despite her initial apprehension about coming back, she discovered that there was lots to love about her home town and admits she now wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
So, those treasures we were talking about…
Eclectica is an expression of Amanda Jane and is in many ways a microcosm of Amanda Jane’s own “eclectic” home. Amanda Jane’s current shop loves are her collection of cotton scarves and her framed butterflies (Amanda Jane has quite a thing for bugs). She also stocks a generous selection of beautiful Nancybird handbags, the super comfy Angads Quilts, Pocket Art Handkerchiefs, Lambada wallets and handbags, Robert Gordon pottery, Oshi cushions and bottle openers, her range of Richard Stampato printed shirts and scarves and her Casauno ceramic pottery. Not to mention, beautiful hanging lanterns, the prettiest ever tea sets, kooky little woodland ornaments and some fabulous metal wallart. We also thought her new range of Kindle Candles were pretty spesh – they’re low burning so you can use the wax for massages and moisturizing…wow! Oh, and the Lumbi pencil cases and cushion covers, which come with a Geelong twist, are super cute gift ideas.
The store also has a diverse collection of jewellery, including Afri Bead (which supports an African village) and some of Amanda Jane’s own pieces which are a made using brass, tiny crochet doily shapes and unique bits and bobs from Amanda Jane’s collection. And if it’s a present for a little one your after, Eclectica has lots of oh so cute things for them too!
Amanda Jane describes herself as a tactile person who loves things that feel good. She is also a sensory lady who is stimulated by colours and smells, which you can see coming through in her collection. Amanda Jane aims to be competitive, so her customers are able to go away with beautiful things for a nice price.
Treasures to share…
Eclectica is a genuinely feel good experience and if you have the pleasure of meeting Amanda Jane while you’re there, even better! Eclectica is the place to go if you want something a little unique for you or your home or if you’re after a gift with Wow-factor.
Eclectica’s treasures are for us all to share – thanks Amanda Jane for sharing so much of yourself and of course your fab little treasure chest with Oh! Hello Geelong.
Penny + Laura