Serendipity Hippie sells handmade, vintage goods

Serendipity Hippie, located at 106 Dr. MLK Jr. Dr. West, sells handmade clothing and jewelry along with repurposed vintage items. (Photo by Mary Rumore, SDN)
Staff Writer

Serendipity Hippie has been around for several years, but the recent opening of it's storefront and bohemian studio has allowed for business and personal growth for owner Paisley Hamilton.

Hamilton sells handmade jewelry and clothing made from organic cotton and hemp fabric and low impact, environmentally friendly dyes, as well as repurposed vintage leather bags and vintage embellished jackets.

"I love taking something that may have otherwise been discarded and giving it new life," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said she creates all the patterns for her designs and sews and dyes the clothing herself in her studio.

Hamilton said she also sells natural elements and crystals, handmade Fair Trade baskets from Ghana and pottery made by her friend Chloe Treu in New York.

Hamilton began Serendipity Hippie in 2011 and began selling her handmade jewelry at pop-up shops, festivals and online.

"I was really just searching for my own soul," Hamilton said.

Serendipity Hippie grew throughout the years, and Hamilton began looking for a brick and mortar location for her business. She found a location for her storefront and studio in August, and it opened in October.

"I was eating at the Indian restaurant next door, and it lit up like a beam of light," Hamilton said.

The building that now houses Serendipity Hippie was previously a mechanic and motor company, but she turned the building into a store front and studio with white painted brick and large windows to bring in natural light.

"It's awesome to have a space to house everything and have a place for people to try on clothes," she said.

Hamilton said she enjoys seeing what merchandise and colors her customers are drawn to, and she has been overwhelmed by the amount of support she has received since opening her store.

Hamilton is a native of Starkville and a graduate of Starkville High School. She then attended Mississippi State University and graduated in 2015 with a degree in fashion design and merchandising with an emphasis on design and a minor in business.

"It's been a blessing to use my degree, and I've learned so much as an entrepreneur," Hamilton said. "It has taken me so far already."

Hamilton said she hopes to host events and pop-up shops for other artists in the future as a part of her "love in, love out" philosophy of giving a receiving love and support, and to help grow the artistic community in Starkville.

"The artistic community in Starkville is really growing, and I'm so excited to be a part of that," Hamilton said. "I plan to bring in more artists in the future and curate a positive space."

Serendipity Hippie is located at 106 Dr. MLK Jr. Dr. West in Starkville. The studio and store is open Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday noon until 4 p.m.

"It has been a lot of hard work, but I'm enjoying it so much," Hamilton said.