Rhody Gem: Tatters Handmade Clothing at Warren’s Church Palace

May 2023


What it is:

A boutique of handmade goods housed inside a converted church.


Where to find it:

Look for the white church on Warren’s Main Street – it’s black and white awnings and colorful paint trim let you know it’s no longer a house of worship. Now called The Church Palace, find Tatters located inside.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Devotees of slow fashion, sustainability, and one-of-kind items will revel in the fact that every garment in Tatters was sewn and created by owner Carol Riley. Riley has built solid creds around the area as a creative and seller whose former Bristol home was featured in a national magazine for her salvaged style. The Rileys purchased the church in 2019 and have built a congregation of shoppers seeking unique wardrobe pieces and home goods. What began as a glorified hobby 30 years ago by taking vintage textiles and turning them into clothing, bags, and accessories, is now her livelihood. Customers are welcome to bring in things like vintage tablecloths and napkins for Riley to upcycle into bespoke apparel. Says Riley, “I’m hoping it’s a destination for anyone that loves things that are a bit different and one of a kind.”


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