The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Sometime in the early 2000s, I don’t remember when, through the magic of the internet, I found a wonderful gift store in Kansas City called Curious Sofa. The owner, Debbie Dusenberry, is a supremely talented curator and merchandiser of all things old and new. Every year, she would close her doors for a few days to set up her Christmas display and then open them up during a big party at which she would unveil her winter wonderland. And, oh, what a wonderland it was!

As soon as I saw what she did, I made it my goal to have an unveiling party every year. Now there is no replicating what she did because it’s wildly unique, but over the years we have put our own stamp on our holiday unveiling. We have weathered many storms – like the time we still had stuff everywhere and 30 minutes before the doors opened we started shoving what was left in the closets, or the time that I got a stomach bug and had to miss it all together leaving my amazing team to staff the party, or the time it rained and no one showed up – but we continue to marvel at how it has grown over the years. Here are pictures from last year’s event:

This year, our holiday unveiling will be November 2, from 6-9pm. And, dare I say, it will be the very best – and biggest – one yet!  Along with our version of a winter wonderland, there will be discounts up to 30 percent off, the unveiling of Catstudio’s new Alexandria pillow, party favors from Meant To Be Calligraphy, tons of raffle prizes from the likes of Belle and Union, Catstudio, Dash and Albert, Sydney Hale, Linnea’s Lights, and One Canoe Two, plus sweet treats from Society Fair arranged masterfully in a beautiful table by Gilded Gatherings. Whew!

New this year is Penny Post. We will be open for all your paper and custom or boxed holiday card needs. And bonus, you can take the discount you got at Red Barn and use it at Penny Post. Simply show them your receipt at checkout. How’s that for the biggest one yet?!

Though Debbie has since closed the doors to her brick and mortar store, she continues to be a part of the Kansas City retail scene. If you’re in Kansas City and see her, please give her a big ol’ thank you for me.  If it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t be having this much fun!

I look forward to seeing you all at Red Barn Mercantile, 1117 King St, on November 2!!

PS: Our super-cute invitation illustration is by E Frances!


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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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