Back-to-School Specials

Yes, we are already talking about a new school year. As a kid, I always looked forward to the first day of school. I looked forward to it so intensely that I almost never slept the night before. But this is coming from a child who spent all of her money at teacher supply stores. And almost nothing has changed. I have an enormous collection of notebooks and I still love shopping for paper and pens. Lucky for me, the best time to get school supplies is coming up quickly.

Tax-free weekend is this weekend, August 3-5. Typically, there is a $100 cap on this perk and there are stipulations for what qualifies as a back-to-school product, but Penny Post and Red Barn Mercantile will pay taxes on every single item you purchase. We’re talking pens to personal stationery, and backpacks to sofas.

There is something about a new planner or notebook that signifies a fresh start. It’s like a newly washed car or a fresh coat of paint. It just feels good. Penny Post’s inventory is primarily school supplies, a collection of some of the best products from all over the world. There is a very special assortment of notebooks, planners, notepads, paper clips, bookmarks, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, pencil cases, and beyond. We also have a variety of pins and patches, perfect for personalizing a jacket or backpack.

Back-to-school shopping isn’t just for the littles. Tax-free weekend is a pretty good time to snag a new Rifle Paper Co. Corkcicle bottle or tumbler. Hands down the prettiest way to keep your coffee warm or your water cool. It’s also a good opportunity to stock up on personalized stationery for letters home to Mom and Dad. In addition to tax-free everything, you’ll get a free Le Pen with every $10+ purchase. And we’re also giving away a bag full of Penny Post products to one very lucky raffle winner.

Not to be overshadowed by Penny Post’s school supply selection, Red Barn Mercantile is introducing two absurdly adorable new lines of products the very same weekend.

Starting this Friday, August 3, Red Barn Mercantile will carry a variety of Fluf products, a planet-friendly brand that carries kid-targeted supplies. It’s durable, darling, and best of all, machine washable. We will be stocked with Fluf backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases, and snack packs.

We will also be welcoming Crocodile Creek to our shelves, which is a kid-friendly + kid-safe brand specializing in sweetly designed lunch accessories. We’ll have a variety of their water bottles, food jars, sandwich keepers, ice packs, and cutlery for preschool through elementary school.

Bonus! We’re giving away a free mini tin of Thinking Putty with every Fluf or Crocodile Creek purchase and hosting Salon deZEN’s fabulous braid bar. Girls — and their moms — can get their hair braided while back-to-school shopping!

Both shops are excited for this weekend and hoping to make back-to-school shopping as easy and breezy as possible!


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Born and raised in St. Louis, Lisa graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and strategic communications. She began her career in publishing, working for a local magazine in St. Louis. In 2011, she moved to Old Town, Alexandria with the love of her life, Nelson. They immediately fell in love with the area and after a few years of renting, decided to buy a very sweet house (that needs a new kitchen). Lisa worked in D.C. for a Fortune 500 company as a senior design and production associate for the better part of seven years. She recently jumped ship to pursue more creatively fulfilling and inspiring endeavors. She is currently a freelance florist for Sweet Root Village, and a digital media manager for her two favorite businesses in Old Town, Penny Post and Red Barn Mercantile.

Penny Post is a paper goods store offering witty and sophisticated greeting cards, notebooks and note pads, pencils and pens for the novice and professional alike, desk accessories and office supplies plus wrapping paper bags, ribbon, party supplies and balloons.

1201 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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