Penny Post’s Can’t-Miss Picks

At Penny Post, I have the great good fortune to work with amazingly creative and talented people. These folks know how a fine pen writes, they know quality paper when they feel it, and they know good design when they see it. That’s why we asked a few of them to pull their very favorite gift items and take a picture. Here is what Emily, Victoria, and Taylor have on their gift giving – and gift getting – list this year!


First up is Emily. Not only is she Penny Post’s manager, she is an extremely talented illustrator (you have seen her dishtowels, prints, and pillows at Red Barn Mercantile for sure). Her list represents her eclectic style and good taste in well-made products. From 100-year-old Japanese companies to seven-year-old boutique paper makers, she put together a lovely collection (pun intended).

My Collection of Collections Book, $18.99 | MT Washi Tape, $4.50 to $12 | Bento Box, $34-$44 | Craig Leather Half-zip Case, $40 | Lucky Fish Keychain, $20 | Note Block, $42



Taylor is the newest member of our team and we are so excited to have her. With a newly minted degree in French, Taylor loves to travel, not only to French speaking countries, but the world. Her collection is inspired by her travels, including a notebook and vintage pencils to capture your musings to a globe to plan your next adventure.

Standard Issue Notebook, $22 | Craig Leather Pencil Case, $40 | Map Tack Set, $15 | Set of Vintage Pencils, $17.50 | Globe Lamp, $125



Victoria is one of our resident graphic designers. She is also our resident Rifle Paper Co. expert, thus her collection of all things Rifle. Her obsession runs deep, from pencils and file folders to note pads and task pads, she has included everything one needs – and then some! – to keep themselves organized. (Shoes are model’s own. Obsessed indeed.)

Set of 12 Pencils, $15 | Set of 6 File Folders, $18 | Weekly List Task Pad, $15 | Address Book, $34 | Writing Pad, $20 | To Do Notepad, $10 | Sunglasses Enamel Pin, $10 | Flower Enamel Pin, $10


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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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