Penny Post Grand Opening

Penny Post Grand Opening

You might remember me telling you about our new paper store, Penny Post, this summer. Well, I’m pleased to announce that we are open and ready for business! On September 11, exactly 10 years and 10 days after opening Red Barn Mercantile, we softly opened our doors. While we still have a few kinks to work out, we are ready to celebrate with a Grand Opening weekend. So, mark your calendars for October 20, 21, and 22, for a fun-filled weekend of raffle prizes, gifts with purchase, discounts up to 30 percent, calligraphy demonstrations from Meant To Be Calligraphy, and 20 percent off your custom holiday card order.

Penny Post Grand Opening

I’m not going to lie, I have not sent a Christmas card in more than a decade and I always forget a card with the gift. So, you may be asking yourself, “Why a paper store?”  I’ll tell you why, because I love paper. I love the feel of it, the look of it, the clever things people design on it, and the thought and love behind it.

Penny Post Grand Opening

In the day and age of the social media, email, and FaceTime, it’s more important than ever to reconnect with the tangible art of paper and correspondence. E-cards are fast and expeditious but a paper card is thoughtful and considered. What better way than a carefully crafted note to connect people in a real and meaningful way, making them feel like they belong to something greater than themselves?

To help you do that we have sourced all over the world – from the U.S. to Australia to Germany to Japan and parts in between – the finest paper goods, writing tools, party supplies, and paper.  I hope you will join us for our Grand Opening weekend, October 20-22, to see for yourself.  And to see the Christmas card I will be sending this year!

photos: Rashmi Pappu


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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. Avatar Peg says:

    I was surprised you didn’t make a small notation of the address for Penny Post. Where is it located?

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