Good, Old-Fashion Fun at the Old Town Carnival

I love collaborating with my fellow retailers and business owners. This winter when we were brainstorming new ways to work together, we stumbled upon the most fun idea ever – a carnival! Elizabeth waxed poetic about county fairs in her post yesterday and it made me think of fishing for prizes at school carnivals and funhouses and skeeball at Bells Amusement Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma (may it RIP).

We all have fond childhood memories of ring tosses, fortune tellers with crystal balls, face painting, and Ferris wheels. If you’d like to relive some of those with your family or your friends or both, then join us on Saturday from 11am to 5pm for the first-ever Old Town Carnival.

Though roller coasters and bumper cars are not on the menu, carnival fun and games are as we celebrate the warm temps with fourteen of Old Town’s finest boutiques. Pick up your carnival ticket in any of the participating stores (or register online and we will email you one), then bring it into each store and take your chance to win prizes on good old-fashioned carnival games. Get your ticket punched from all 14 stores and be entered to win the grand prize of a $100 gift card from each store, that’s a $1,400 prize! This is definitely fun for young and old alike!

At Red Barn Mercantile we will be knocking down milk bottles and at Penny Post try your luck at getting a ping pong ball in a fish bowl. It’s not hard and everyone is a winner! We look forward to seeing you Saturday!!


Participating Stores


Bellacara, 1000 King St.

Bishop Boutique, 815B King St.

fibre space, 1319 Prince St.

Fontaine, 119 S. Royal St.

Monday’s Child, 218 N. Lee St.

Old Town Books, 104 S. Union St.

Penny Post, 1201 King St.

Pink and Brown, 1129 King St.

Red Barn Mercantile, 1117 King St.

Stitch Sew Shop, 1219 King St. (new location!)

The Dog Park, 705 King St.

The Hive, 301 Cameron St.

The Shoe Hive, 127 S. Fairfax St.

Threadleaf, 102 N. Fayette St (new location!)



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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


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