We are pleased to introduce Rhody Gem, a new monthly column in East Side Monthly. We’re always being thanked for spotlighting the “hidden gems” of the state, and in our ongoing efforts to leave no stone unturned, we’re putting the call out to our readership! Each month we’ll spotlight a Rhody Gem: a business, artisan, or place lead to us by our faithful readers.
What it is:
The Thrifty Goose is a church thrift shop that has been in operation for 45 years. Open to the public, shoppers can find high-end items along with vintage clothing, one-of-a-kind jewelry, home goods, and more – all in excellent condition and prices – displayed in a large, clean room. There are two dressing rooms with mirrors and a friendly volunteer staff lead by Brigit Timpson, who has taken what was a decades-old thrift cellar and turned it into a fashionable boutique.
Where to find it:
The lower level at St. Martin’s Church, just off Wayland or Butler Avenues. The shop is open three days a week: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am-2pm.
What makes it a Rhody Gem?
A rotating assortment of goods at great prices. Recent sightings have included everything from Vermont pottery to Egyptian necklaces and Jordanian silver, luxury items like cashmere, and even new alpaca scarves from Timpson’s native New Zealand. All proceeds go to support the many, varied initiatives carried out by St. Martin’s in the wider Providence community. Says nominator Blanche Milligan, “I overheard a customer saying, ‘This is so fantastic – nothing like shopping at Savers!’”
The Thrifty Goose
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
50 Orchard Avenue