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Spied at The Rose

Posted on: Friday, December 17, 2010

What makes a beauty? Putting together these photos for our Spied at the Rose reminded me of something a very wise gal once asked. "What is your self talk?" The question hit me like a ton of junk.

Who do we count on to build us up? Why are we looking for validation? Why is what others think so important? What should count is what we think about ourselves, what we have to offer, and that we are proud of ourselves and what we do. Tell yourself that you are a good person and deserve great things!!

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Whether a student, stay at home mom (the hardest job ever) , volunteer or career gal, you have a whole new year ahead of you to 'rock it'. If it happens to be on a Thursday or Saturday, rock it on over to Ruby Rose!


Back by popular demand!

Posted on: Wednesday, December 15, 2010



If you're like us there hasn't been a lot of gift buying yet--and there are only 9 shopping days left until Christmas. Where has the time gone? Our last Holiday Event was quite a success and due to popular demand, we are hosting another collaborative event.

What you can expect:
  • The Junk Girls--Jenny K and Melissa bringing you customized gifts of bling (charms, ornaments, key chains and more) perfect for your mailman, co-workers, pets (tags)...
  • Polly Jane and Glitter Farm--Mother (Polly) and daughter (Jenny) team bringing you the very best upcycled and handcrafted goods including scarves, flower pins, hair clips, garlands...perfect for grandmas, moms, teachers, fashionable kids...and yourself?
  • Wreaths by our very own, Helen.
  • and inside The Rose--plenty of stocking stuffers, holiday wear, and gifts.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ruby Rose
1335 Walker Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(Lots of free parking on Walker St!)

Our holiday schedule: Last day open of this year--Thursday, December 23rd from 10-2 for last minute gifts.
We'll re-open our doors on January 6th, 2011!

New Series: People Who Inspire.

Posted on: Friday, December 10, 2010

One Lucky Day

One of the pleasures here at Ruby Rose is learning about the talents of our customers/friends. We're so inspired that we thought we'd share the people that we've been fortunate to meet and build relationships with. The first "People Who Inspire" feature is none other than the amazing Paula Cheney from One Lucky Day (aka 2gypsygirls). Paula is part of a design team called 7gypsies and she runs One Lucky Day with her partner Deb. Paula often comes into the shop and we find her choosing random and fun pieces--some small, some large, some shiny, some worn. What is she up to?

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Her and her team’s ideas are endless. They teach classes and crafting workshops all over the country (as well as other countries around the world!) that are in high demand and sell out quickly.

We thought it'd be fun to ask the people that inspire us a few questions--a mini-view of sorts. So, here is our first go. Enjoy!

Ruby Rose: How long have you worked in this creative world and what got you started?
Paula: I started working for a scrapbook company called 7gypsies in 2005 doing "of the page" projects for the trade show booth. That opportunity came about through someone I met at a girls getaway I attended with my sister. I made a gift for the host, Debbie, using a manila portfolio I bought at Staples filled with all kinds of vintage items. About a week after the event she called me on the phone and asked me if I would be willing to create a couple projects (including one that used the same portfolio I had given her) for the company she worked for, 7gypsies. I said yes and the rest is history. We work together almost every day by phone and travel together to teach. She is the other half of 2gypsygirls. Oh, and by the way, that first project is still my very favorite I have ever created.”

Ruby Rose: Advice to anyone wanting to break into this industry?
Paula: Start creating...find out what speaks to you. Then start submitting work to companies when they call for requests. There are many design teams out there but you usually have to have a portfolio of work to get noticed. ...And if you are going to submit work to a company, create something using their product not someone else's.

Ruby Rose: What inspires you?
Paula: I love mixing old and modern…so I can find inspiration at junk shops or online from blogs like Decor8…colors and patterns in magazines, on fabric, in stores...all of it has a place you just have to learn to edit, edit, edit.

Ruby Rose
: What would we be surprised to find out about you?
Paula: I collect bright colored yard sprinklers.

Thank you for sharing a little bit of your world with us Paula!

The Weekly Six!

Posted on: Wednesday, December 8, 2010

1. Great selection of frames. One of these had a really ugly picture in it--we threw it out and were left with a beauty.

2. Our great uncle Freido hand tooled these bags. All sizes and shapes--long, short, strappy, clutchy...

3. Holiday dressing. Vintage + Modern=Very Cool.

4. Handmade wreaths by Ruby Rose's very own--Helen (also known as our construction manager). They are beautiful!

5. Lighten up people. Light up your life!

6. Vintage holiday decor--nativities, bulbs, santas, and lots more.

See you soon!

New Weekly Series: Spied at The Rose!

Posted on: Friday, December 3, 2010

Our Holiday Event on November 21st was a huge success! During the event, our style patrol spotted so much that we loved. We spied boots, tights, reworked Gunne Sax dresses, embellished handbags, vests and Miss Susie--perfectly styled in her hat, blazer and accessories (bottom left image)!

We can't wait to spy some more......

Would You Like The Courtesy Wrap?

Do you remember shopping at the department store and then going up to customer service for gift wrap? Where you would then look at all the pretty bows and wrapping and beg your mom to get the fancy one? Usually, it was the complimentary plain wrap that she'd chose, right?


At Ruby Rose, we have a few complimentary wraps for you during this holiday season. Option number three is embellished by a trinket from the shop that you purchase. Please remember us when you're doing your holiday shopping! Oh, and if you're wondering about our holiday hours, see below.

Ho Ho Holiday Hours

Thursdays 10-5
Saturdays 12-2ish
or by appointment.

We will be closed from December 24th-January 6th.

It's a wrap!

The Weekly Six

Posted on: Thursday, December 2, 2010

Each week, we'll be posting six items you can look forward to seeing at Ruby Rose. This week's six were selected for some really thoughtful, original gift giving.

1. Beautiful books...great reading, great categories, great covers.
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2. This 1930's bike is road ready and a good workout.

3. Succulent art in vintage and selected containers--by our Topanga Canyon, famous artist.

4. Vintage tooled boxes--put a little ditty inside and you have a gift from the heart.

5. Yard art--we acquired ducky wucky and squirrley wirrley.
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6. Art! We have it all covered--scenic, florals, oils, watercolor, happy, passionate, old world...

frequently asked questions...

Posted on: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

--where do you get your stuff?
anywhere & everywhere. yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets, and shows. you will see new merch every thursday and saturday.

--do you ever buy? (meaning="can i sell or trade you things?")
no. the thrill is in the hunt for us as well as the adventure in a road trip. this equals our hand-picked selection for you.

--do you discount your prices?
no, i always give my best price. you'll never hear of anyone else getting a better deal.

--do you ever get tired of seeing your customers?
never! please come ever thursday and saturday. :)

What Will You Find at Ruby Rose?

Posted on: Monday, November 29, 2010

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A magical collection of "as found" items housed together. Linens, furniture, lighting, maps, artwork, table top goods and interesting items from past days as well as vintage clothing and gently worn current pieces. Our inventory is collected from as close as around the corner to as far as the Texas shows we travel to. One of our husbands calls Ruby Rose a "clubhouse" and another husband refers to it like "a barber shop". The ambiance is friendly, silly, as well as topical.

Ruby Rose
1335 Walker Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Thursdays 10-5
Saturdays 10-2
or by appointment or chance!

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