Rhody Gem: Funky Bijoux

February 2023


What it is:

A home-based business selling handcrafted goods made from local beach finds.

Where to find it: 

Look for a green Victorian cottage in the center of Conimicut Village, Warwick, two doors from the library branch and across the street from the backyard of Woodbury Union Church. Says owner Patty Hopkinson, “You can't miss my hand-crafted signs on the porch and street on weekends!”

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

If you’re looking for accents to give your home or garden a seaside vibe, it doesn’t get more authentic than Funky Bijoux. Hopkinson, a regular vendor at craft shows, beachcombs the nearby shore searching for driftwood, shells, and seaglass to construct mobiles, frames, and wall hangings. “My shop is in a renovated sleeping porch at the back of my little Victorian cottage – it is actually the same size as a typical show booth! I pick all my beach findings locally, basically from the Narragansett Bay and other nearby beaches. Each piece, including driftwood, is cleaned and sanitized before I start working with it. I typically recite to my customers: no bugs, worms, or smell, especially in the wood!” Open most Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-2pm (when Hopkinson isn’t selling at a show), by chance or appointment.

Funky Bijoux43 Beach Avenue, Conimicut Village


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