April is Penny Post’s Favorite Month of the Year!

At Penny Post, April is our favorite month of the year. Why? Because it’s National Letter Writing Month, of course! Duh. I love that we get a whole month too. None of this day or week business – but a whole month to write letters and connect with loved ones near and far. Now, I know we’ve been doing a lot of letter writing this year, and more than anything, we want to see our family and friends in person, but with every day and every vaccinated person, we get closer to that opportunity.  Until then, let’s make staying in touch creative and fun.



Normally, in a non-pandemic year, we would be celebrating with events, but that will have to wait until 2022. Instead, we have two ways to join in on the fun this year. The first is a weekly giveaway on Instagram. Every Monday, we will share a writing prompt to inspire you to write a letter – or many letters if you are so inclined. Simply drop a comment in the comments section of the post and tag a fellow letter writer to be entered to win a surprise letter writing bundle worth $50! Post your letter on Instagram and tag us for a second entry. The more letters you write, the more chances to win you get. If you are not following us at @shoppennypost, then do it right now. That way, when you get the next prompt, you’ll be ready!



If that fun wasn’t enough, how about a free Kaweco pen? We all need stationery to write those many lovely letters, so we are offering a sweet deal on personal stationery. For every purchase of $250 worth of custom personal stationery, we will give you a free Kaweco pen from one of their core collections. You can choose a pen – or pencil if you’re like me – from the Frosted Sport, Skyline Sport, or Classic Sport collections. We will special order your pen and have it ready for you to pick up (or have shipped) when you get your stationery. We may even throw in an extra cartridge because we are certain you’ll need it for all the letters you’ll be sending this month!



Penny Post carries three wonderful stationers that cover all price points. Between local favorites Biba Letterpress in Richmond, Haute Papier in Arlington, and classic Crane, we can create stationery that speaks to your unique personality. To set up an in-person or virtual appointment, please call the store at 703.888.1515 or email us at custom@shoppennypost.com.

Happy National Letter Writing Month!


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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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