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The Junking Trail Map!

Posted on: Friday, April 17, 2015

Tomorrow is the day! Print your map (below) or check out the mapped stops at your route and time to get trekking'! Where are you stopping first?

bi-annual collaborative trek across SLO County

Weekly Six: 4.15

Posted on: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: Happy tax day, get your return and come get a celebratory treat! Maybe a little miniature redecoration is in order? This vintage dollhouse wonderland would make even Barbie a little bit jealous. From the shag-like stools to bright green cabinet knobs and a micro portrait of you and your beau, this set is both cute and oh so cool.

2: Macrame lampshade with woven and wood base? Yes please. There is something both tribal and modern about this lamp, it has us mesmerized (and maybe a little hypnotized, too, with those spirals running the circumference)! And all in working order, too...

3: Be truly blessed with this Thai necklace! These Buddhist temples craft their own metal and amulets, and the monks bless the pieces before sending them off--a most stylish good luck charm.

4: Clean and bright, and easy to clean back up again--this white couch will seat all your friends while setting a bold backdrop for all your more colorful pieces. A couch that welcomes you to bask in it's glow. 

5: You're so vain, you probably think this mirror is just for you, don't you? Well, you're right, it IS. This vanity mirror has a bronzy and marble base, making getting ready just a little more glamorous in the morning.

6: Johnny Was has done it again with this lightweight, summery blouse--and what a find with it brand new, tags still intact! We love the subtle detail splash of color on the thread, it is worth a close up peek in store.

The Junking Trail: North

Posted on: Monday, April 13, 2015

The Spring Junking Trail is this Saturday! There are almost double the stops as last time, here is our second post all about North County, including the where the local pop-ups are! Time to plan your route for the day:

TIME SINCE REMEMBERED: 5900 Entrada Avenue, Atascadero, 93422
Come in and experience Time Since Remembered's version of cottage living. They love all things vintage and therefore are always on the lookout for those one-of-a-kind items. They carry vintage and new furniture, home accessories and gifts--also featuring works by several local artisans such as jewelry, paintings, pillows, furniture, etcetera. Come by and discover Time Since Remembered!

EDEN'S ATTIC CONSIGNMENT: 5908 Entrada Avenue, Atascadero, 93422
Eden's Attic Consignment was voted Best of North County--the most interesting antique shop!

RHONDA'S RELICS: 6280 Palma Ave, Atascadero, 93422
Rhonda's Relics has been in business since June 2014! Expect to find vintage, eclectic, fun, whimsical gift items and home & garden decor. They also feature locally handmade totes and jewelry---and lots of artwork from local artists including their resident artist, Claudia Mapes.

ANTHOLOGY: 74 S Main Street, Templeton, 93465
Anthology combines vintage finds with new clothing & accessories to create a fun & affordable shopping experience--a melange inspired by Anthropologie, European, and flea market styling.
EARLY BIRD ALERT: opening Friday, April 17, 11-5p
POP-UP: Glitterfarm
Selling junk found and painted, and junk made. Specializing in vintage signs and organic paint.

HAPPY GO SMILE: 36 N Ocean Ave, Cayucos, 93430
HapPy gO SmiLe is a little shop where you can eat cUpCaKeS that make you HapPy, gO to create art, and shop for things that make you SmiLe!
EARLY BIRD ALERT: opening Friday, April 17, 9-6p & 8a on Saturday

OLALABELLA: 611 8th Street, Paso Robles, 93446
Olalabella is two sisters on an adventure: one beautifying hair and one peddling vintage wares. Loving all things vintage, handmade, foraged, and found--with a particular weakness for Mid-Century Modern, 50's kitsch, and industrial finds.
POP-UP: Revamped
Revamped is a blend of restyled vintage pieces, new pieces dreamed up from reclaimed materials, and some great finds that are perfect "as found". We have a passion for repurposing to create unique furnishings & decor and more importantly, to find another use for something that might have otherwise been added to a landfill! With a soft spot for anything old and well crafted, we've added some beautiful vintage slips, dresses, shoes and accessories to our repertoire. Feelin' a little Spring fever? We'll also scratch your itch to test out your green thumb with terrariums, moss gardens and potted succulent containers.
Hi!! My name is Meghan Hoetker and I sell LuLaRoe -- clothing that's (mostly) made in California! I will have a leggings bin available at Olalabella all day, and I also have a pop-up boutique in Morro Bay, at 535 Mimosa St. from 10a-12p. I can't WAIT to meet you and show you these cute clothes!

THE COTTAGE: 1320 B Pine Street, Paso Robles, 93446

For the past 12 years, The Cottage has been a purveyor of found goods with an emphis on the unexpected. Owner Sandi is always looking around the corner for the next great find, whether it be a vintage dresser with the best chippy paint, a rusty cart with just the right patina, or a custom slipcovered vintage chair--she loves it all! The mix also includes handcrafted jewlery, French soaps, and vintage inspired clothing along with accessories for your home. EARLY BIRD ALERT: opening Friday, April 17, 10-5p 

BLENDED CHARM: 1329 Spring Street Ste A, Paso Robles, 93446
Blended Charm is a NEW store open only since February 2015! They have a blend of eclectic, vintage, whimsical gift items, furniture & home decor. They also feature local jewelry makers and local artists--a great mix of items you won't want to miss! See them on the back page in the current Flea Market Outdoors magazine.

SPEARHEAD COFFEE: 619 12th Street, Paso Robles, 93446
Spearhead Coffee is a new cafe and roasting-works located in downtown Paso Robles. They' are committed to roasting the best coffees in the world that are ethically sourced. They also offer freshly baked pastries baked daily in-house!
Open Saturday 7a-6p

The Junking Trail: South

Posted on: Friday, April 10, 2015

Next Saturday, April 18th is the Spring Junking Trail! There are almost double the stops as last time, and we'd like you introduce them to you--in two parts. This first post is all about South County and SLO town (we'll head north next!), including the where the local pop-ups are!

THE GREEN VASE: 200 Nelson Street, Arroyo Grande, 93420

The Green Vase has been doing business since 1998 in Arroyo Grande. Owner, Connie, tries to have things in her store that are artistic, sometimes odd or unusual, beautiful, ethinic, and always with patina and character. Finding the items is the best part and she always loves it when a customer finds something they love!
EARLY BIRD ALERT! opening Friday, April 17, 10-4p
POP UP: Honeybees & Daisies
Unique vintage clothing, accessories, and home decor treasures for ladies and lads!
"They just don't make things like they used to!" Isn't that so true?! Grandma is right again. The heart behind Honeybees & Daisies is to connect you wonderfully beautiful souls with great vintage finds while changing the lives of women around the world with each purchase! You can shop with confidence knowing that with every treasure you take home from Honeybees & Daisies shop, you are not only getting something fabulous from the days of old, you are even more importantly helping support the future of women survivors of war change their communities and world through Honeybees & Daisies partnership with Women for Women International! Happy shopping : )

VILLAGE VINTAGE: 101 A West Branch, Arroyo Grande, 93420

Village Vintage is located in the charming Arroyo Grande Village. They've been in business for two years, locally owned and operated. Offering a wide selection of men's and women's clothing, hats, shoes, and accessories. Are you looking for Pendleton's, Records, or Turquoise jewelry? They have it. If it's vintage you're looking for, be sure to stop by.
EARLY BIRD ALERT: opening Friday, April 17, 11-6p

RE-ENTRY SHOPPE: 472 Aloma Way, Arroyo Grande, 93420

Re-Entry Shoppe was birthed by the imagination of its founder, Deanna Webster. Finding the need to showcase & offer her unique vintage collectibles, she reinvented the old family-owned rock climbing gym into a quaint, one-of-a-kind shoppe that captures your heart. Only open two times a year for the Junking Trail or by special appointment: 805.801.0744.
EARLY BIRD ALERT: opening Friday, April 17, 9-4p

VILLA ROSSA ANTIQUES: 815 Printz Road (IN THE BARN), Arroyo Grande, 93420

A little barn shop, Villa Rossa Antiques, opened back in 2009, selling vintage and rustic home goods. It is located on 5 acres and only has 2 sales a year, both of which are The Junking Trail. Come see the goats, horses, and chickens!

RETROSLO: Cornercopia Market, corner of Hwy 227 & Crestmont (near Buckley & Tolosa), SLO, 93401

RetroSLO sells VINTAGE ON THE CHEAP! I am in love with all things vintage. I sell as a pop up store, often with trailer in tow. I have so many items from all eras, mix and match! $5 each or three for $10.

BROOKS WOODCRAFT: 2087 Santa Barbara Avenue, SLO, 93401

For almost 50 years, Brook's Woodcraft has been a local favorite for quality unfinished furniture. They expanded and now offer a unique and varied selection of used furniture, antiques, collectibles and oddities of every kind.

US! 1235 Monterey Street, SLO, 93401

Combined with our love of junking, paired with the spirit of the road trip, we travel around the West Coast in our Airstream trailer. We scour flea markets, thrift stores, estate & yard sales to bring back lovelies to our vintage shop.
POP-UP: Dena Neill
Curated, relevant vintage. A source of inspiration--women and men's vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories. Hailing from Rosebowl, Pasadena. CA for 23 years!

LEFT FIELD: 1242 Monterey St. Suite 110, SLO, 93401 (across the street from us!)

Unexpected Goods & Greenery--for ten years, Left Field has specialized in rare and unusual plants, mineral specimen and hard to find goods for the home. From vintage rugs, objects & textiles to authentic mid-century furniture and quirky one of a kinds.
EARLY BIRD ALERT: opening Friday, April 17, 10-6p
POP-UP: Grrrnola
Our fellow Ruby Crew, Betsi Clark, is popping up with her handcrafted granola! Made with gluten free oats, no added sugar or peanut/peanut oil, it's the place to get a taste and then grab a bag to keep you on the road.
EARLY BIRD ALERT: opening Friday, April 17, 10-6p

Where will your first stop be??

Weekly Six: 4.8

Posted on: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: You have your embossed purse and matching travel bag, but have you completed the trifecta? These leather embossed visors will round them out--keeping the sun out of your eyes as you hang ten or perch on a grassy knoll. 

2: Where to next? With contagious Spring Fever being passed around, the only cure is to dream! We love this unique pull down map with its brightly colored states and countries (world map underneath), not to mention the sweet town at the bottom. Time to refocus on that geography class your failing...

3: This pelt quiver gives whole new meaning to using every part of an animal. While you hover over whether it's creepy or fantastic, get your arrows and give it a try--this quiver has the eyes on the prize (pun very much intended).

4: Festival season and all year round, these Robin's Jeans are downright incredible. Their bold embroidery pair well with moccasins, a good pair of wedge strappy sandals, and a whole lot of spirit.

5: Magic carpets are great and all, but they lack places to stash your stuff for a long ride. Luckily, we found a few Kilim carpets turned travel bags. Though we have yet to test to see if they fly, we're pretty sure you'll be flying high with one of these on your shoulder.

6: Linens, linens, everywhere! We are stocked up on airy and dainty linens and lace--snag one for your table and one for your bedroom for some springtime spruce.

Festival Video from the Vault

Posted on: Monday, April 6, 2015

While editing the festival lookbook, we found some old files from our Ruby Rose vault--an old disco video from the seventies! You might want to stand up before pressing play (it's gonna make you wanna dance) and take a little look behind the scenes of our photo shoot...

2015 Festival Lookbook

Posted on: Friday, April 3, 2015

Whichever festival(s) you attend this year--whether it be across the country or in your own backyard--we are stocked full of what you'll need. And to prove it, we have compiled a Festival Lookbook with the help of some stunningly sweet models. Enjoy...

Weekly Six: 4.1

Posted on: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: Look good naked--this dress form was just too pretty to cover. For the aspiring seamstress, the artist learning human form, or the creative looking for a poised statue in the corner, dress forms bring a personality all their own.

2: From Yosemite to Sequoias to woodland deers & baby bears, these polished wood necklaces harness your inner John Muir & good ole fashioned California spirit. A token memento of your future adventures to come.

3: Nostalgic for Summer camps & boy/girl scout vests filled with accomplishments? Well search no more, we have a patch for every personality: the flower child, the freestyler, the traveler, the native.

4: Wake up to the city that never sleeps, & doze into dreams of Broadway & Brooklyn. You are a star, even if the world doesn't know it quite yet, this New York New York poster sure does.

5: We love this statuesque Indian for his quietly fierce presence. He inherently carries a sense of protection & peace--and who doesn't need a little more of those in their lives?

6: A stack of Mexican blankets is a dream come true! They wear well, effortlessly move from bed to grass, and have a range of colors for every palette--what's not to love?

Vintage Care: Leather Boots

Posted on: Monday, March 30, 2015

Leather practically takes care of itself--it develops an amazing patina over time that helps resist water, wears in to fit better and better, stretches and bends and returns back to its shape. No wonder shoemakers since the beginning of time (or right around then) have used this hearty material in shoe making. For pioneers, globetrotters, and wanderers alike, a trusty leather shoe is their best friend. But as close to perfection as leather may seem, it falls sort of goddom in that it stills needs care to make it really last. You can double the lifetime of your shoes and boots with a little tender loving oil every now again--and when you're buying vintage, making things last is the name of the game. Today, we've put together a simple vintage care guide for your leather boots--to ensure they last until the seams quite literally, disintegrate.

There a many kinds of leather used in shoemaking, for all kinds of shoes. Some of these require a twist on what you use and how to clean them (eg. suede)--make sure to familiarize yourself with the type of leather your shoes are made of before jumping into the process. Leather care is a hobby in and of itself, and takes some practice as you learn how often to clean them, with what oil to condition them, and whether or not you want to include a polish. For this post, we are focusing on leather boots--think Frye, Ariat, cowboy, riding boots. Learning the art keeps your shoes well conditioned and prevents salt and water damage. When the leather starts looking dry, now is the time to condition. Keep a balance, though--over conditioning can break down the leather's naturally tough properties. Therefore, conditioning every 15-20 wears in normal conditions (aka West coast weather) is a good rule of thumb.

First and foremost, remove the laces and get a clean slate by brushing or wiping the dirt off your boots. You can use a regular plastic cleaning brush and a damp washcloth, then let them dry before moving on. If they are particularly dirty, try using a leather cleaner like Saphir Reno-Mat (think shampooing before a deep conditioning). Leaving boots dirty will only trap the grime in forever if you apply oil over top (no thank you).

While there are endless leather oils and cleaners out there, we are focusing on something you may already have on hand: coconut oil. If you would rather use a brand-specific conditioner (Frye and Clark make their own), or another oil such as Neatsfoot or linseed, test a small area first to see if it darkens the color and if you like the result.

With coconut oil, it has a melting point of around 75 degrees F--if it's not warm enough you can melt it with the heat of your breath and hands. Less is more here--start with a small amount of oil on your fingers, and begin gently rubbing it into one boot, then the other, giving them a light, even coat. Once finished with the second, go back to the first boot and run your finger back over the places where white reside accumulated. It all should rub back in--if not, try adding more pressure. Repeat on the second shoe. Let dry and rest for a full day, and if you discover you used too much oil, finish by running a dry cloth or paper towel over them to remove any excess. Then get those boots a walkin'!

A word of caution: stay away from external heat sources (anything but your hands and breath) to accelerate the drying process--the product will get over absorbed or you will over dry your leather. Also, cedar shoe trees are great for keeping the form of your boots and help naturally draw out moisture!

When the soles of your shoes are wearing thin (even amidst the diamonds), a great way to reinvigorate them is getting your boots resoled. Locally, Takken's Shoes does it for a reasonable price (less than $40) and about a week turnover--and they come back looking like new!

Want care tips for moccasins, Uggs, dress shoes, or other leather shoes? Ask in the comments below and we'll get back to you with specific tips and resources!

Archer + Jane

Posted on: Friday, March 27, 2015

Our Ruby Crew and store manager, Kim, has been working double time lately. Her daughter decided to try her own hand at vintage and incorporate her latest loves, her children, Archer and Jane. Kim has been back and forth between home and her family in Nevada, while scouring children's clothes that make you want to squeal from the sheer cuteness overload. All the hard work has paid off, and Archer + Jane opened last week in Henderson, Nevada!

A hip little spot for handpicked and vintage children's clothing, toys, accessories, and maternity items. We're excited to be the first (if not the only) clothing boutique in Henderson specializing in curated contemporary and classic children's and maternity items. We invite you to stop in and fall in love.

Take a look around, and if you ever find yourself in Vegas, take a short detour over to the shop. Also, be sure and follow them on Instagram: ArcherandJane. We wish you much success!

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