For the Newest Alumni: Grad Gifts with School Spirit

We have been in business for almost 10 years now and in that time I have seen two of Kathy’s boys start and finish college.  It seems like yesterday that Tim was going off to JMU and her youngest, Bobby, was still in high school.  Wow, how time flies!

This May Bobby is graduating from Virginia Tech and everyone at the store could not be prouder.  We have seen all three of her boys grow into fine men with very bright futures.  How could they not when they have devoted parents like Kathy and Bob?!

With colleges and high schools graduating their finest over the next couple of months we wanted to share with you a few of our favorite gifts.  Catstudio has created an entire new collection of college themed pillows, dishtowels, and glasses that make the perfect gifts for someone heading off to or graduating from college.

In addition to UVA and Virginia Tech, there are several other schools available.  While the list is long, it is limited to only those that have approved licensing with Catstudio.  So, if you don’t see your school below, don’t be upset, they are likely working on it.

Alabama | Arizona State | Arizona | Arkansas | Auburn | Baylor | Berkeley | Boise State | Boston College | Boulder | BYU | Clemson | Colorado State | Florida State | Florida | Georgia Tech | Georgia | Illinois | Indiana | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisville | LSU | Michigan State | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi State | Ole Miss | Missouri | Montana State | Montana | NC State | North Carolina | Ohio State | Oklahoma State | Oklahoma | Oregon State | Oregon | Penn State | Princeton | Purdue | South Carolina | Stanford | Syracuse | Tennessee | Texas A&M | TCU | Texas Tech | Utah | Vanderbilt | Washington State | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Yale

Not every school has a glass or a dishtowel yet – they are still working on some – but they absolutely have a pillow.  We carry some of the pillows, dishtowels, and glasses in the store, but we can order any school from this list.  If you have a graduate that needs a little school love, we suggest ordering as soon as possible to have them in time for graduation.  Oh, and if your graduate is out of state, we would be happy to drop ship them a pillow for free!

For all of you who have busted your butts over the last four – or in my case five and a half – years, congratulations and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous future!


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Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.

We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.

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Alexandria, VA 22314


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