The Junking Trail: South

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??

Ruby Around South County

We road trip out of the county often, love walking around SLO enjoying all things local, but this time, we decided to explore just outside our town's borders-to its neighbors to the South. Between shopping, eating and exploring the sights, we indulged in South County for a day. Many of these shop owners are great customers of ours and we wanted to experience their spaces for a change. Do yourself a favor soon, and follow our lead-treasures await less than a half hour away!

First stop: Esteem Surf on Pismo Beach. Owner Robbie Dominques shares our love of the past utilizing reclaimed wood, vintage crates, suitcases, etc from our store and elsewhere to enhance his displays. Not to mention he fills his floor with quality brands like Poler, Roark, Oakley (remember these?!). A space that makes you want to dress well, feel inspired, and get out in the water all in one. Oh, and they deliver a case of fresh donuts to the register every morning.



Post shopping, we walked a few blocks up to visit the newly re-opened Chop Street Cafe. Chef Chris Waller is serving up some amazing locally grown, farm-to-table faire (we tasted the mini Shepard's pot pie and fish tacos- yum!), while his wife decorates the space with old bottles, bottles, and succulent arrangements. We have been anticipating their opening with each purchase of olds she found at RR, and we were not disappointed by this talented couple!


With full bellies we jumped cities, heading into Arroyo Grande's Village. A friend and fellow junker, Ely has hoards of treasures to explore within his shop, Village Vintage. His collection of turquoise will make anyone into a lover of the Southwest, and as he unearths the history behind the pieces, your love deepens. This shop is always worth a chat and a gander!



On our way back home, we veered out towards Lopez Lake to admire the wildflowers growing inches from the asphalt. Purple and yellow spotted hillsides- is there anything more lovely than Springtime?



What South County nooks and spaces have you discovered? We need an excuse to get back out there!