Mixing the New and the Classic

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


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