Find something unique at White Elephant

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 13:29 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Mary Stone and Pat DiLauro met while teaching at St. Andrew School. They soon discovered they both enjoyed “picking” and hit auctions, estate sales, yard sales — any place a unique item might be found.

“We only pick stuff that jumps out at us,” Pat said. “Unique things, not your normal knick-knacks. No plastic. No clothing. Stuff that looks beautiful but someone can grab at a good price.”

Earlier this year, they turned that hobby into a business, opening The White Elephant in St. Andrews. They buy, sell and trade antiques, vintage items and unique things that pique their interests.

“It’s doing well, thanks to word-of-mouth,” Mary said. “We love St. Andrews. We have the nicest people around here, and the business (owners) couldn’t be nicer. People have been so helpful, very supportive.”

And business has been steady enough to pay the bills, though they still are working their way through that rough freshman year any business has to survive.

“We quit our gym memberships,” Pat said, joking that they get all the exercise they can handle moving furniture.

Located off 12th Street on the slope above Lake Ware, The White Elephant shows the owners’ eclectic interests, from glassware to art, jewelry to statues, books to furniture. And they keep their eyes out for items their customers want; they keep a wish list of requests.



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