Cousins Caitlin Musso and Maribeth Zoglio have turned their hobby into The White Elephant, one of East Greenwich’s newest businesses. After years of restoring furniture for themselves turned into doing it for family and friends and then consigning pieces, they finally sat back and said “we need to open a store.” “We enjoy giving old things new life,” Maribeth says. “And we’re really good at seeing past the dust,” Caitlin adds, laughing.
Their style is firmly rooted in rustic farmhouse/shabby chic, and walking into the cozy shop feels like walking into someone’s home. Pull a chair up to the warm fireplace and stay awhile, that’s how they like it. In addition to their own creations, they carry a mix of antiques and new items. Advertising signs adorn the wall next to vintage skis, and hand-hooked pillows mix with lobster rope rugs. Whimsical ceramic tableware by Nora Fleming accompanies slate cutting boards and cheese markers from Twine. Locally made soaps and candles from Shore Soap Co. and beautiful gift cards compete for space with old trophies for your mantel. Evergreens and succulents displayed on old trunks and hutches are available in a variety of containers.
Caitlin and Maribeth will consult in your home, or you can bring in a favorite piece for them to restore or repurpose. They also buy pieces, so make sure to show them what you have. Since the items offered are constantly changing, stop by often to find your treasures. While you are there make sure to give Lulu, the shop’s puppy, a big hello.
The White Elephant
351 Main Street, East Greenwich