MoJo Flea Final Vendor List!



We can't wait for this Saturday--for the second MoJo Flea! Here's the final list of vendors, with a bit about each of them! See you Saturday, 9-4p!

LEN COLLECTIVE
From jewelry design to brick and mortar, owner Shannon Len is drumming up some amazing finds for our little town. From books to apothecary to home goods, hers is a must see shop.
APPENDAGE & BOUGH
New in town and hot on the scene, this store is vintage with several drops of masculine inside. From woodworking to vintage finds, these guys are bringing something unique to this town.



DONNA WOLFE DESIGNS
Introducing my Donna's new line of jewelry--original handmade necklaces with one-of-a-kind pendants made with natural stones, pearls, glass beads and more!





SLO PROVISIONS
Our newest shop at the MoJo! At the intersection of rustic and refined, SLO Provisions offers all-day take-away with house-roasted rotisserie meats, family-style dinners, specialty sandwiches, farm-fresh salads and rustic-style baked goods, as well as signature drinks and coffees. They will be selling some good eats all day long!
DENA O'NEIL

Having shown (and often selling out) at the Rose Bowl for years, Dena is a seasoned vet with all things vintage. Come see her stellar finds.




LEFT FIELD
You may know Nick Wilkinson from his reputable shop in Cambria, Grow Nursery. Well, he moved right across the street from us, adding to his amazing collection of plants and minerals some rare vintage finds AND an art gallery next door. If you have yet to walk through, this shop is worth the stop!





VILLAGE VINTAGE

You will find all hip and old things here. Eli has created such an amazing world of rare finds, turquoise and more--come by and gander.

Park It.

A photoshoot inspired by relaxing on borrowed time--and oh, how sweet it is. Sometimes, it is not the car that needs to stay waiting, rather, it's you that needs to slow down and post up somewhere for a bit. 





Feed the meter to feed your soul.




Stay in line and think outside.


Happy Friday--how are you spending the weekend?

A Wedding Story

In celebration of our blogger, Betsi, getting married tomorrow (!!), we have a special post from a bride we met while they honeymooned into our store. Morgan Blake shares about her truly unique destination wedding in Joshua Tree, complete with some AMAZING photos!
Being married is so much fun, everyone was right. And there aren't many days that go by when i dont think about the day it all REALLY started. A little back story: I met my now husband through mutual friends--he was from London, I live in Atlanta. It was truly a long distance relationship. It was difficult at times, but we loved the adventure, the trust and the appriciation that came from it.




When it came time to plan a wedding, I knew exactly what I wanted. I photographed twenty-five weddings last year and went a little crazy. Not that I didn't love my job and the couples that I worked with, I just knew I wanted my wedding-one-day to be very un-wedding, un-traditional but sweet, intentional and a representation of who we were. I feel like it is just so easy to get caught up. I also learned--and made a promise to myself about--is that I would share with others the fact that as a bride, you have permission to create the day that you would like to create. You do not need permission from culture, trends, your friends or your family to experience what you dream up. 

I think nowadays, with all the inspiration there is out there combined with the traditional aspects that we see at every. single. wedding. makes it hard for brides, especially the type that dont feel like they are creative to create a different experience for them and their guests. Don't get me wrong: some love the tradition, and some simply may not care, and some care way too much to get on the next blog. But this isn't about that- it's just how I was inspired to do mine.



A few things, I love adventure and traveling. Since Andrew and I were on the same page...we decided to pick our location based on what kind of environment we wanted to create, and the west coast was a place that was pretty special to us. We wanted to gather our very closest friends and family for a dinner party, small ceremony and of course, dancing. All were accomplished. 



Because we did our wedding out of town, we had to find a remote venue, which was challenging because we didn't know much about Johsua Tree. But we were struck with the genius idea to contact a few Airbnbs (ps. joshua tree has some killer Airbnbs). Our very favorite one agreed to have us and our friends so we rented their property. It had three homes on it for us to house the vendors that we had come out to hang with us. It also allowed for our friends and family to rent other Airbnbs around. I LOVED getting to have everyone close by. So that Friday when we checked in, we picked our ceremony location, where the dinner and dancing was to be held and that was that! 

From then on, I relied on friends; and families' help, but wanted to really be involved in the process as much as I could. There was kinks along the way--like shuttling everyone in, and wind, and a small kitchen to warm things up in. But that was it! i wanted the least amount of stress possible. That meant being organized on the front end of things and having an amazing team of our favorites to jump in if things needed to get done. But the key was simplicity.  



The weekend went by so smoothly, and although things fly by...I really was striving to soak each little bit in. To not rush. To not allow myself to feel like I wasn't prepared. Because if it didn't happen by the time we got to California, it wasn't going to change the fact that I was marrying my best friend.

Overall, it was the best weekend of our lives. We didn't have a a bridal party, but surrounded by those we loved. No cake, but Andrew's favorite cheesecake bites instead. No strict timeline. No photo lists. No bouqet or garter toss. Not many details. Just a simple, beautiful gathering with our favorite people, in a place that created the detailed surrounding for us. it was the most peace I've felt in awhile, and the most fun I've had, ever. We know that this isn't everyone's dream or desire. But I was so inspisred coming back from our wedding to make sure to tell others that they have permission to have whatever kind of day they would like. Whatever suits them best as a couple. However they can show love to their guests in their own way.


Weekly Six: 9.9

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: Bubbling over with rare vintage bamboo and kitch, this little aquarium will house your exotic fish and adventures untold. Little Nemo will thank you.



2: How lucky to have not one, but TWO sets of these modern blue and gold glasses?! Bring the luck home and celebrate with a refreshing beverage (or two).



3: A tisket, a tasket, an embroidered woven basket. The size of a hat box and capacity of Mary Poppin's carpet bag, this purse will happily tote all of your essentials, and then some.



4: Taking a walk on the wild side? The right pair of boots is what you need! For the adventurous one with foot size 7.5.



5: A chandelier of old needs a life anew. A true diamond in the roungh--it's slender, yet full of statement, this chandelier hangs in perfect balance.



6: Marlo Thomas and Mary Tyler Moore approved, this oh-so-sweet vintage dress pairs well with beauty and class. You will be that girl and so much more.


The MoJo Flea is Coming Back!

Many have asked, and now we have it on the schedule!

The MoJo Flea is scheduled for September 26, 9a-4p.




This year, our neighbors--Left Field and the Antique Center--are co-hosting with us and we have a fun select group of venders joining us for the day. It will be a perfect day to grab a friend and come on down to the MoJo.

Weekly Six: 9.2

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: So much bedazzlement! Each of these beaded clutches exudes class, making any night out that much fancier.



2: Deep red, bronze and ornate detailing--words too rich to imagine all in one lamp. And there are two! 



3: Did you know Steve Martin writes books? He does, and this one's making us swoon with laughter. A great read full of short snips of humor to keep a skip in your step.



4: This wicker is as down to earth as can be. Fold and unfold wherever you may roam, be it lawn, sand or concrete.


5: Belts and buckles and buckles and belts--we have a whole slew of leather belts with impressive buckles awaiting adoption. Which one gets to come home with you?


6: Indian summer flats for school, work and play. Where would you be without them??



Weekly Six: 8.26

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: Dun dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun dun dun dun. Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuuun, dun dun dun dun. There is something about a rocking horse that never gets old.






2: Taming wild locks are these barrettes' specialty. Have your pick between beaded or leather, you can't go wrong. 





3: A small momento from a road trip past or to come, these little pocket knives will come in handy when you least expect it.



4: There is just something wonderful about these vases--striking a perfect balance between large and small. And for a walk to pick out the perfect flower...



5: This wicker side table makes us want to twist and shout! It may be small, but it will have a mighty impact on your decor.



6: This American Rag tunic is so full of delicate detail--feeling free will be the least of your worries!




Weekly Six: Back to School Edition

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: Animal, vegetable, or mineral? Flowers, reptiles, or fishes? These sweet books will keep your brain prepped and interest peaked discovering more about nature.




2: You may have to use your classroom beakers for chemicals and reactions, but at home you can experiment with all sorts of uses for them. Here are some of our hypotheses: a flower vase, decanter, or a terrarium? 



3: Have a seat! Everyone needs a thinking chair, and this one will keep you comfy and full of good thoughts.



4: Bring some vintage flare to your first days of school--California jeans, they're undeniable.









5: New year, go something new. Maybe try out for the swim team! Make quite a splash poolside with this floral swim cap.



6: Is your lunch packed up? Your boots tied tight? Make your morning less complicated with these Cole Hann zippered black booties. Hope you're a size 7...



Preppin' for School Again

He said, "Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
-Roald Dahl

photo cred: online image

A new school year is sneaking up on summer--and though late nights and lazy days begrudgingly fade into homework and schedules, there is some sort of exhilaration in getting back to school. The new outfits, new school supplies, hoping for the right teachers and best classmates, so much anticipation and wonder surrounds that first day. And in this time, whether you are heading back to school or remembering those days, it's best to go into it believing in magic, and absorbing what's ahead with glittering eyes and willingness to learn.

And if the year doesn't shape up the way you hoped, there's always day dreaming to get you through. Happy Friday!


Weekly Six: 8.12

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: Hats off to these beauties! One black and tan to keep the rays off and feeling cool. Bold rosettes? Or leather trimmed? Whatever your fancy, we've got you(r) (head) covered.






2: All day, macrame. Keep your wallet and keys safe and not sorry with this sweetly draped purse at your side.



3: "Oh, give me a home?" This buffalo's roam called to us, and now he's looking for a new range, er, table.





4: All green with envy from your friends' blankets? The tides have turned--though these blankets are green, you'll be feeling much better wrapped up in one of these wool wonders.



5: Shiny, stoic, vintage--this myrtle-wood lamp is just gorgeous. You'll be leaving the light on a little bit longer.



6: As vibrant as can be, and in such good condition, we couldn't help but grab multiples of these beautiful rugs! Each pattern a little different, but equally unique.





Photographer Takeover

Calling all photographers!



As you know, we love collaborations, especially with creatives in our own neighborhood. We are looking for local photographers to take over our Instagram for a week--we want to see Ruby Rose through your eyes. Whether it be an item of clothing, a blanket, or piece of furniture from our shop that inspires you--borrow it, create a photoshoot using the item, and showcase your talent on our Instagram for an entire week. From still life to editorial to fashion to something entirely your own, what will your imagination do with a little local vintage?



Interested?? Email us at rubyrose805@gmail.com for more information. 

Weekly Six: 8.5

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: We have a lot of purses, bags and sacks around the store, but this is THE Sak. This leather wonder doubles as backpack and purse, friend and wingman.



2: A wonderfully weathered rocker, rocking' out. Its smooth moves are just waiting for a porch and some friends to share its rhythm with.

3: Time to make a statement with your rings. We have one for almost every day of the week, whether it be eagle, owl, or ruby. 


4: I love you, California. Let this life sized poster inspire your innate patriotism in our great state–and make that pesky empty wall a little more attractive.


5: Sheer jumper dress? Yes, please. This golden hour dress is waiting for its golden girl–is this your golden ticket?


6: Wicker fan chairs, at your service. And they are quite the pair these, too–a sight for sore eyes and weary legs.



Weekly Six: 7.29

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: This hat's style is tops! Green corduroy mixed with leather logo, Brixton keeps your head cool along with your look.




2: We see the light! With this candelabra, your space will shine with ambiance day and night. 


3: A modern pendant lamp the likes of which has never been seen! Alternating glass and wood panels, combined with its shape, makes this a statement wherever it hangs.


4: A trifecta of amazing pottery makes quite a triple threat to your decor. Handpainted and not-too-heavy, you'll be finding any excuse to steal a cookie and sneak a glance at their beauty.


5: Neutral chair for anything but neutral days. A great addition to an interior that needs a little cozy without more color.


6: A plaid picnic, will travel. This set comes complete with tupperware and thermos--good company not included. Snatch this picnic bag/basket, pack it and pick up a friend along the way!


SLO Farmers' Market Cookbook Launch

Our local writer, photographer, and designer–and Ruby Crew alum!–Kendra Aronson launched her Kickstarter campaign TODAY to fund self-publishing printing costs of her SLO Farmers’ Market Cookbook!!!



Kendra Aronson—local writer, photographer, designer, and self-publisher—launched her Kickstarter campaign TODAY to fund The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Cookbook. Get a preview of what's inside below–then don't forget to pledge support while gaining some great rewards, too!




Simple Seasonal Recipes & Short Stories from the Central Coast of California.
The cookbook features 196 pages of 60 seasonal recipes and 40 short stories. The recipes are organized by seasons (15 recipes per season) and are sub-divided into five categories: breakfast, light bites, lunch, dinner, and dessert (3 recipes per category). The latter part of the cookbook features short stories, interviews, and profiles of farmers, food artisans, and farm-to-table chefs. In the spirit of a creating a collaborative community-driven cookbook, the majority of the recipes are provided by the food growers and crafters themselves to showcase the true taste of the Central Coast. Participants and contributors include: Artisan, Bautista Farms, Big Sky Cafe, Cal Poly Organic Farm, Domingo Farms, Eclair Bakery, Ember Restaurant, Esther’s Garden, Foremost Wine Co., Good Tides Bakery, Jensen Lorenzen (formerly Chef of the Cass House), Julia’s Juices, Little Red Hen Bread, Los Osos Valley Organics, Luna Red, Mama’s Meatball, Mama’s Preserves, Meze Wine Bar & Bistro, Mt. Olive Organic Farm, Native Herbs & Honey Company, Negranti Creamery, Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Old San Luis BBQ Co., PC Cattle Co., Peppercreek Family Farm, Red Barn Farm, Righetti Ranch, Rinconada Dairy, Robin’s Restsaurant, Rutiz Family Farmstand, Sally Loo’s, Scout Coffee Co., Seaside Cafe & Bakery, SLO Creek Farms, SLO Grown Produce, Sweet Pea Bakery, Thomas Hill Organics, and Y. Hayashi & Sons Farm.

Her goal is to raise $12k by August 27 to cover the up-front printing costs. Kickstarter is an online funding platform to help bring creative projects to life; financial supporters who back Kickstarter projects are offered rewards in exchange for their pledges. Rewards for the SLO Farmers’ Market Cookbook Kickstarter campaign include pre-orders of the cookbook, market tote bags, market maps, and more. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform; to make this cookbook a tangible printed reality please visit slofarmersmarketcookbook.com to pledge your support.

Weekly Six: 7.22

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: Wrap yourself (and your home) in velvet and flowers. This tasseled throw has weight and drape--and some stunning color, too.





2: With the temperatures climbing, it's just too hot to work! Time to find a breezy porch and take up your new hobby: painting and drawing. We've got the how-to's on the subject...

3: Don't forget your dollars and cents for rides and funnel cakes--the fair is up and running today! Snag one of these coin purses before you head up.

4: This Free People dress has structure and swing--and pockets. A great summer dress to keep you looking cool under the sun--also works with boots for the fair!

5: Sometimes, you just need a break. Set up shop and take a breather just about anywhere with these vintage green folding chairs. Or add a few seats at your backyard BBQ for more friends!


6: A little turquoise and silver to get you gussied up for fun evening at the Mid State Fair. Just don't let it dangle in the goat pins. 



Customer Spotlight: Darling Magazine

A few weeks back we received a phone call from Natalie Hemmati, inquiring about borrowing items for a photoshoot. It wasn't until midway through the conversation she mentioned she styles for Darling Magazine--one of our favorite publications! It wasn't hard to say yes, and hosted them for a while at our shop one Sunday. We are still pinching ourselves, and can't wait to see the final photos! Here, Natalie shares how she discovered us and why she found inspiration:

Ruby Rose is not only a vintage store gem in SLO, it is one of my favorite vintage boutiques in Southern California. I first visited Ruby Rose en route to Cambria. My friend and I decided it would ease the long drive if we popped into secondhand shoppes along the way. I was instantly drawn in by the incredible window displays. Once inside, we were greeted by the lovely Kendra who helped us decide on what prized items to purchase. If you have had the pleasure of visiting Ruby Rose, then you already know how unique and cozy the decor is. The interior is very rustic, yet soft and inviting.

Behind the scenes on set for the Darling photoshoot (photo cred: Natalie Hemmati) 
My most recent visit to Ruby Rose was a few weeks back. I was styling an editorial for Darling Magazine and was in need of both men and women's wear. My aim is to always utilize interesting one-of-a-kind pieces; and to pair those items with more conventional pieces. I knew the trek would be a lengthy one, but my mind was made up...off to Ruby Rose I was to see what treasures I could find for the shoot. Being in Los Angeles, it is natural for other Californian's to assume we have the best and latest fashion at our fingertips. Whilst this is true, with anything, you must keep in mind familiarity becomes redundant and boring, and new items are always more exciting and fresh. 

As always, the trip was a successful one. Thank you so much to the wonderful ladies at the shop. I am so grateful and cannot wait to visit again.

Weekly Six: 7.15

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: A dress to frolic in the day and step straight into the night. Its lightweight, flowy fabric lends perfectly for these warm days & not-too-chilly evenings.




2: Someone else did all the work for you with these worn leather bags--if only they would do that with all your new shoes, too. Choose your own adventure, and then choose from a weekender duffel, over-the-shoulder satchel, or dark leather daypack.


3: Buy new glassware, but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold. Complete with ice bucket, these sets of leaf-gilded glasses are all shapes and sizes, so you can keep your friends, however old (or new) they are.


4: Denim and Dingo?? These vintage boots are brought to you by the seventies--and still looking they did walking into Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's concert in 1970.


5: Weighted for use with just about anything, these blankets transform from comforter to picnic blanket to keeping cozy on the couch--without loosing style or comfort.


6: Tool chest turned treasure chest--this old toolbox is just perfect for organizing all your jewels. Reminds us of the old Caboodles, only heartier.



Customer Spotlight: Christina Lilly

We met Christina when she sauntered into our shop, and were excited to see what she came up with when she borrowed a beautiful dress for a shoot. The photos are just stunning! Today, Christina Lilly shares how this shoot came together on her trip way out west, along with her best shots....

As a photographer from the East Coast, I wanted to put together a shoot to capture some of California's best. I already had the pretty face and the location. I just needed to find the right piece to photograph my model in. Ruby Rose came highly recommended from a friend, who happens to be an interior designer. I take her recommendations pretty seriously. She has impeccable taste. I walked into Ruby Rose on a mission to buy some housewares maybe, but I was not thinking about my shoot. I thought maybe a vintage rug or some antique jewelry.


Then I saw this beautiful 1920's, peach, silk chiffon dress and my shoot popped right back into my mind. I knew the dress would translate into any decade. I generally aim to read timeless in my photography. It would be perfect. This was the last item to tie things together. I loved the muted tones of the beach and the cliff side and the dress blended right in with the color palette. The earthy tones and the golden California sun played well against my model Ashley's dark hair and green eyes. The flapper style dress floating on the wind made for some stunning shots. Sometimes it's a little dress that can inspire an entire shoot. You never know what you're looking for until you find it, and Ruby Rose was perfect for that.










Weekly Six: 7.8

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: What's green, comfy, and leather all over? This chair--with an extra deep seat for curling up nice and cozy. 



2: We've found the fountain of youth--or at least a fountain that makes us feel youthful. Either way, this blue-washed sculpture is ready for some waterworks!


3: Do you prefer the left ORE the right one? These vintage wooden ores are ready to row--time to head the summer cabin and get out on the lake. Don't forget your fishin' pole.


4: Summer weddings to attend, or simply need to get out? Try this sweet number on for size--a great dress for just about any occasion.


5: This is the only kind of snail you want in your garden. Made with a detachable shell and with perfect patina, this little guy is a novelty find.


6: Ready for a cloudy camping morning or dawn patrol, these thermoses have your back. Keep your tea and coffee pipping hot, making getting up so early a little more worth it.