White Elephant – Words of Many Uses

Posted by King Thibaw on Thursday, July 30, 2009

White elephants have a long and proud history throughout the world. As a result, there are vast numbers of companies, organizations and places with the words “white elephant” in their titles. Take a look at this list to see who else, other than AlbinoPhant, is using the white elephant name to promote themselves!

And this is just a partial list!

The White Elephant Hotel in Nantucket, an island landmark by the harbor. White elephant hotel

The White Elephant Surplus Store, originally selling army surplus items, but soon becoming a favorite discount toy and sporting goods store.

WE saloon

White Elephant Saloon – a music venue with a central location in the heart of historic Fort Worth Stockyards in Texas.


The White Elephant
in Virginia’s Hunt County – high quality consignment shopping.

WE antique

The White Elephant Shop, buying and selling antiques and used items, and located in Essex, MA.

The White Elephant Sale, a massive rummage sale in Northern California, with proceeds going to the Oakland Museum of California. Sponsored by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.
The White Elephant Shop, a fundraising shop which relies on donations of merchandise, and gives the proceeds of all sales to the Children’s Memorial.

WE lodge

The White Elephant Bush Camp, rustic accommodation for adventure seekers at the  Pongola Game Reserve in Africa.
White Elephant, a home furnishings and accessories store selling hand-selected, unique, stylish items.
White Elephant Restaurant – a Thai food restaurant in PA.
The White Elephant Shop, a volunteer-run used goods shop, with proceeds going to local schools and charitable service organizations throughout Green Valley, Sahuarita and the Santa Cruz Valley.

WE media
White Elephant Media – online store supplying all kinds of media from rare movies to video games and country music CDs.

The White Elephant Burlesque Society, a performance group featuring humor, dancing, and a modern adaptation of the classic burlesque style.
The White Elephant Network, connecting people with things they want to get rid of with people who want or need those items.
White Elephant Play – a series of poetic vignettes inspired by the true story of an unwanted wicker white elephant tossed on to a bonfire.
The White Elephant Warehaus, selling handmade home furnishings and accessories in rustic Texas Hill Country.

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Royal White Elephant Hotel in Yangon, the former capital of Burma.
White Elephant Studios – a motion marketing company.
The White Elephant Record Exchange Project of January 2008, a group of people exchanging records and remixing them to make new songs.
– an online wholesale price store.
White Elephant Backpackers Hostel, an elegant hostel for travelers in Motueka, New Zealand.
The White Elephant Foundation, founded in May 2007 by Naomi Lob de Lieuneuve, who later died after fighting a long illness – this foundation is continued in her name.
White Elephant Images, a photo booth specialist company in Arizona, providing photo booths to enhance parties and other events.we images

OK,  We have started the list. If you know of any other interesting companies or users of the words White Elephant, let us know.  We will do a white elephant list again…

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King Thibaw
The Royal Thibaw, Golden-footed Lord of the White Elephant, Master of a Thousand Gold Umbrellas, Owner of the Royal Peacocks, Lord of the Sea and of the World, Whose face is like the Sun.


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