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Mixing the New and the Classic

The Golden Sparrow is new neighborhood shop with both vintage finds and local handmade goods

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Carolyn Gloster had always dreamed of opening up her own brick-and-mortar shop. After a recent career change, and in search of a creative outlet, she took the plunge and opened The Golden Sparrow.

The store opened in September 2017, after a friend told Gloster about an open space in a tiny shopping plaza in a residential area off Sowams Road in Barrington. “I’ve lived nearby all my life and love the quintessential beauty of this town by the water,” says Gloster.

The shop features a well curated mix of high- and low-end items, including pillows and cozy throws; cutting boards, glassware, planters, and cookware; locally made gourmet items such as Newport Sea Salt, Ocean State Pepper, and Leafy Green Tea; artwork; jewelry; handmade dolls from MayLo Studio; and soaps and bath items.

The shop sells a select assortment of unique, consigned items such as furniture – including Gloster’s rehabbed finds from local estate sales – leather handbags, and clothing for women and children. “Beautiful doesn’t have to cost a lot,” says Gloster. “I love being able to give older items a new life in someone else’s home.”

The inventory at the shop changes frequently and you can always find a special gift for someone there or snag a cool vintage find for yourself. Be sure to follow the shop’s social media channels, which debut its
newest wares frequently.

The Golden Sparrow
33 Kent Street, Barrington • 401-289-3676