Introducing Penny Post

Some of you may have heard a rumor that we are opening a new store.  Well, it’s true!  Today I want to introduce you to Penny Post Paper Goods.  You all have responded so well to our stationery selection at Red Barn Mercantile that we are expanding into a new space with even more paper products.

I blame my friend Nole Garey of the blog Oh So Beautiful Paper (if you love paper and don’t follow Nole everywhere, then do yourself a favor and change that!) for planting the seed.  One year I couldn’t go to the National Stationery Show so I watched as she posted wonderful things on Instagram.  I wanted it all for the store, but realized I didn’t have room.  So, I set about finding room.

Two years later I found the perfect spot – 1201 King St – a corner building with two big picture windows, tons of light, and not too big but not too small.  It’s just right to put in a cute paper store that will bring wit, sophistication, and a bit of cool to Old Town. (IMHO)

Penny Post will carry the kinds of greeting cards our customers have grown to love, notebooks and notepads of all sorts, a whole cadre of pencils and pens for the novice and professional alike, a selection of calligraphy products curated by Alexandria’s own Meant To Be Calligraphy, desk accessories and office supplies, wrapping paper, bags and ribbon, party supplies and balloons (yes, helium will be in Old Town!), and, last but not least, custom personal and business stationery, custom holiday cards, and custom invitations for parties and weddings.  For that last one we will ease in slowly, but plan to be going at high speed as soon as we can.

Right now we are in the middle of making the space beautiful (with help from Lindsay of Shotgun Double, of course!), buying product (any suggestions, we are all ears), and hiring people for the Penny Post and for replacing a few people at Red Barn Mercantile. I’m stealing two staff people to take on bigger roles with the companies, one of whom is our manager and the other who is a part-time sales associate. If anyone out there has retail experience and is interested in taking over the Sales Manager position at Red Barn, or is interested in a part time gig at either store (or both stores!), please email me at  The pay ain’t bad, the flexibility is good, and the employee discount is fantastic!

As you can tell from the pictures right now we are in a bit of disarray, but hope to be open soon.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to watch as we progress and to find out when the doors will be flung open wide!


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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.

1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


1 Comment

  1. Avatar Katie Coslov says:

    Congratulations Amy!! So exciting!

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