SWAK: Introducing Penny Post’s Correspondence Club

Letter box with envelope on wooden door

My very favorite part of our house is the mail slot in our front door. At our last house, we had to walk past several townhouses to get to our mailbox. And if I forgot my key then I had to do it twice. Because of our mail slot, it’s especially fun to come home from a trip. No longer do I have to put a hold on our mail and wait for the mail carrier to deliver it sometime after our return. Instead it is all there waiting for me. It makes me abnormally giddy.

Getting a letter in the mail is magical. When your mailbox is generally full of bills it so refreshing to receive something as lovely as handwritten correspondence. To see your loved one’s handwriting and to touch something they touched is quite something. It’s a little piece of themselves they are sending you. Imagine the joy of coming home from a trip, going through a stack of mail, and finding a letter from your best friend from high school. Or how about getting a postcard from someone else’s trip to Paris. Wouldn’t reading all about that adventure make you dream of one of your own? Or how about a birthday card? In the day and age of Facebook birthday notifications and texting, doesn’t a card in the mail mean so much more?

There is a lot of power in the handwritten letter and at Penny Post we want to harness it. We want to create a place where you can connect with people through the mail (and in person), dream up new adventures, share the everyday experiences of your extraordinary life, and generally have fun. That is why we have launched Penny Post’s Correspondence Club. (It’s a working title so if you have any great name ideas we would love to hear them!)

On the first Wednesday of the month we invite you – and your friends – to join us for an evening of good ol’ fashion letter writing. There will be washi tape to add to the fun, all sorts of pens to test drive, cards and stationery will be 10 percent off if you need it, and we will provide the stamps if you supply the addresses. Our first Correspondence Club meeting, all of which are free to attend and open to anyone who loves to write letters, will be Wednesday, February 7 from 6-8pm. We hope to see you there!


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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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Alexandria, VA 22314


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