Springdale family opens new antiques, collectibles store on Platt Springs Road

Danny and Margie Smoake welcome customers to The Elephant Trunk on the store's first day of business. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Danny and Margie Smoake welcome customers to The Elephant Trunk on the store’s first day of business. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Danny Smoake is carrying on the tradition of his father in the family’s new business on Platt Springs Road. The Sprindgale native and his wife, Margie, opened The Elephant Trunk on Saturday, and customers immediately filled the antiques and collectibles store looking for items to add to their homes.

“Hopefully every time you come in there will be something different,” Smoake said.

The Elephant Trunk is inspired by Smoake’s father who was known for picking up things others had discarded, sometimes on the side of the road, and giving them new life.

“He used to find things, bring them home, restore them and then resell them,” Smoake said.

Smoake said he plans to do a little refurbishment himself in addition to collecting vintage furniture, decor and other odds and ends for the store.

Locals browse the wide array of vintage items for sale at The Elephant Trunk. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Visitors browse the wide array of vintage items for sale at The Elephant Trunk. (photo by Rachel Ham)

The store is a new venture for the family. Margie operates Huggins Tax Service, another family-owned business, while Danny is retired from Eagle Aviation and Southeastern Freight Lines. Their three adult children also have joined in on the business by helping to run the store and designing graphics for The Elephant Trunk.

Springdale Mayor Pro Tem Gus Manos said the building at 2931 Platt Springs Road “looks more beautiful than ever” with its busy parking lot and unique elephant murals on two sides.

Smoake said it was a no-brainer to open a store in Springdale and said he grew up in a house just down the street.

“We’re hoping this is the first of a trend in the town,” said Mayor Michael Bishop. “(Customers) will love having the option to just drive down the road instead of fighting traffic to the mall when they want to shop or just browse around.”

Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Saturday.

Call (803) 791-8765 (TRNK) for more information.

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