Red Barn Mercantile + Penny Post Gift Guide #1

When I was 23, I worked at an advertising agency in Muskogee, OK. (Yes, believe it or not, there was an advertising agency in Muskogee, OK.). The owner of the company, Linda Little, was a mother of two who was always hustling. I once asked her how she does it all and she said, “work hard to earn enough to afford extra help.” As a business owner and mother of two I need all the extra help I can get. I am grateful beyond measure that we are in a place in our lives that we can afford to build a village to help us raise the kids and grow the businesses. I’m sure I’m not the only one who relies on teachers, dog walkers, tutors, UPS drivers, cleaning crews, mail carriers, coaches, hair stylists, and especially therapists to keep our sanity. At this time of year, it’s important to acknowledge those folks that make a tremendous difference in our lives in small but unique ways. This gift guide is meant to help you find a little something to show your appreciation.


For your therapist give them the gift of laughter with our favorite mugs and a fountain pen for taking, in my case, lengthy notes. These are a great way to brighten their day all year long. “Don’t Talk To Me” mug, $18 and Kaweco fountain pen in mint, $27 both available at Penny Post.

For your teacher or tutor, the crazy cool stickie notes and custom bookplates (order now for holiday delivery!). Both make doing their job way more fun and creative. Wild Cat stickie notes, $15 and Set of 50 bookplates, $35 both available at Penny Post.

They take care of your furry friend while you’re away so treat your dog walker or pet sitter to a super soft t-shirt or vintage dog (or cat) desk calendar. Home T t-shirt, $32 and Desk Calendar, $12.95 both available at Red Barn Mercantile.

For your child’s coach, how about a themed book celebrating their favorite sport. This one has been flying off our shelves! “Ballparks: Then and Now” $22.50 available at Red Barn Mercantile.

Give the gift of holiday pines to the lovely folks that leave your home with that fresh cleaned smell. Roland Pine Votive, $14 and Candle, $32 available at Red Barn Mercantile.

For the hostess with the mostess, pick up a yummy gift like this hot pepper bacon jam. It will become their new favorite taste treat I promise. Hot Pepper Bacon Jam, $9.50 available at Red Barn Mercantile.

And finally, for the rest of the folks who make your life easier, pick up our gratuity envelopes from Mr. Boddington. A pretty way to present them with a big thank you. Set of 6 Gratuity envelopes, $12.50 available at Penny Post.


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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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