Upcoming Events! Fashion Show & One Year Anniversary

Block off your next two weekends with two incredible events coming your way...

Eco Fashion Show TONIGHT, May 29th @ 630p

We look forward to participating in the 5th Annual Eco Fashion Show hosted by HumanKind Fair Trade. They have teamed up with San Luis Obispo’s greatest eco-friendly business to put on this annual event, including Bambu Batu, EcoBambino, Curio, Threads and more! Join us tonight at the Odd Fellows Hall (520 Dana Street, SLO). Doors open at 630p with food & drink, vendor fair and raffle before the show at 730p. We can't wait!
Purchase your presale tickets for $15 at HumanKind (982 Monterey Street) or $20 at the door.


Ruby Rose turns ONE YEAR at the Mojo! Next SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH

Can you believe we have been at our new MOJO location for almost ONE YEAR?! We love our new space and the fresh energy it has brought to our business--so we think it's time to really celebrate! Join us SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH from 11-5p for our One Year Anniversary Bash with goodie bags to the first 75 purchases, a Sally Loo's pop up, select sales storewide, and loads of new Summer inventory!

Don't forget about the Cash in the Closet pop up this Saturday, too--it's going to be a packed weekend of fashion goodness.

Will we see you there??

Junking Trail: New Stops & Old Faithfuls

The Holiday Junking Trail is this Saturday! In addition to the Early Birds, there's a few of us who have been on the Trail since its inception, the Old Faithfuls. Others are joining us for the first time, help us welcome these great New Stops:

New Stops
611 8th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Our northernmost stop, this shop is a tale of two sisters on an adventure: one beautifying hair and one peddling vintage wares. The new stop is all things vintage, handmade, foraged, and found--with a particular weakness for Mid-Century Modern, 50's kitsch, and industrial finds. Spearhead Coffee will be providing their brew and LuLaRoe will be showcasing her new Fall clothing line!

THE RUSTY NICKEL & MARTINES RANCH: 483 O'Connor Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

This five acre ranch was named The Nickel by owners George and Ann Martines' children years ago. Since they have a lot of inventory stored here from their businesses--The Antique Center and American Country Antiques--they decided to open The Rusty Nickel.  
The barn is stock full of antique and vintage furniture, old bottles, tools, remnants for refurbishing and everything collectible.
Please join George and Ann Saturday for their first Junking Trail!

Old Faithfuls

1235 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

We are working hard readying our store for the holidays and scouring for loads of new goods for you junk trailers! With Wild Poppy Goods and Odin Bois Wood Co. popping up here and some cookies to keep you from dropping, we can't wait to see you Saturday!


2087 Santa Barbara St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

For almost 50 years, Brook's 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. It's always a good time here, and even better with Orange Blossom Creative selling floral arrangements in reclaimed vessels for the Trail!


101 A West Branch, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Located in the village of Arroyo Grande, owner Ely houses all kinds of unique finds from trendy retro to antique. Find clothes and accessories, repurposed lighting and home décor, all at reasonable prices for starting your collection. Popping up on Saturday, too, is EllaDoce--selling bohemian and vintage jewelry!

For more information and maps, go to thejunkingtrail.com


Investopedia explains "Pop-Up Retail":

The term "pop-up" refers to the short-term duration of the stores, which "pop up" one day and are gone the next.


Thank you to Brooks Antiques for hosting us for our Pop-up shop! We set up in the parking lot and had a blast! 

Pop-up shops are popping up all over cities across the country--in store fronts, trucks, and trailers.
With internet shopping and advertising challenges, this has been a really convenient way of getting exposure for small businesses.

Check out a few pop-up shops we've seen!


It's Radiculous!

A few of us at The Rose have a love for the 70's. Recently and without a plan, Kathy and I discovered that we both found and brought in a variety of flashback items.


How bitchin' is that!

I remember begging for the Chemin de Fer hip huggers and the cool ski jacket. There was no need to see the snow, you just had to have the jacket. Desert boots, Wallabee's, and music, were essentials.


This week, we rocked the striped pants with the gromet rings, the tiger flares, and the embroidered mom jeans.


I think it was '79 that I started my career at Contempo Casuals.

This was probably where the love of trends and retail started.


Rock on!

A Change of Seasons


We are forever changing the displays here, usually depending on what we have brought in or if something large has sold. It seems lately that items are moving in and out at a quicker pace.


This past week week, we brought in so much new inventory that we had to change up the entire place! Luckily, there are a handful of us that find this a fun challenge. It is similar to a puzzle to rework all of our pieces and displays and we ended up working day and night to get it just right.


What is especially fun this month, is that we have so many different categories, which covers and all of my faves! Some of them being: color, imported, textiles, lighting, clothing, art...


The Weekly FIVE

What we are serving up this week:

1. We have what we call grandmas corner--beautiful 7' curtain panels, favorite chair, pics and religious ornaments.IMG_8024

2. Keeping up with the linens--perfect chair and comfy pieces to cozy up to on these beautiful fall eves.


3. Bottles. They speak for themselves--some were filled with perfume, ink, liquid...what will you fill them with?



4. You asked and we delivered. Globes and maps are restocked.


5. These carriage doors needed to be shown--they are in excellent shape and ready for their next home.


We had a sixth but it sold. That is good news!

Art After Dark




Here in San Luis we have what's called Art After Dark. On the first Friday of every month, businesses around town host a local artist, showcase their art in store, and serve a little somethin' (sweets, treats, coffee, etc.) for the local community. We were so lucky to have Natellie Saia back for a second time around. Natellie's work is a perfect fit for us, as it mixes in effortlessly with our store.



The weather was a little chilly, but that didn't bother these guests...they just borrowed a blanket and continued to enjoy!


The beautiful music by Kendra and Nate was perfect! They came highly reccommended and rightly so! Are they not the most beautiful couple??


We have a handful of Natellie's art throughout the store for the next few months, just in case you missed the show.



Images by Jennifer Young of I ART U

Loading Fun

We talk about shopping at flea markets and the thrill of the hunt. It never gets old--anticipating, arriving, shopping, shopping, and all of the comaderie with vendors and shoppers with like interests. When we go to Alameda, we take the truck and concentrate on furniture and home accessories because, for one, there are unlimited options, and two, the loading of the truck is pretty convenient for two gals. This is where the hard work begins!


When we get to this not-so-fun part, there are a lot of things to remember to take the stress out of this step.


1. Notes! It is so important to take good notes. For us, we like to shop row by row. We make purchases and also ask certain vendors if they will hold the large items until the end of the day (which they are always happy to do as this could make or break a sale). We then write a brief list--row, space number, and how much we paid.


2. Water, water, water...and the Feel Good Bakery! Before we go, Stacy will freeze water bottles so that we have cold water all day to keep hydrated. And the bakery? It does just what it claims, it makes us 'feel good'!!


3. The collapseable carts are perfect to carry the essentials and to pack all the smalls and breakables in. The more you can fit in these carts, the better. When they are filled, we take the booty to the car to unload, then enter again by showing our stamped hand. We are then ready for more!



4. When it is time to pick up the BIG items, we head to the loading area and pick up a cart. There are all different sizes and it is important to pick the proper size (it is so frustrating to wait for a cart only to see that someone is rolling away with one that only has a few items on it). On this particular trip, we had our list and loaded row by row.


5. Once all our purchases are picked up, we head back to the loading zone. One of us will then pick up our vehicle and head back to "the zone". One of the nice "loader men" will usually flag us in, or have you wait until a space is available. Once we get a spot, we bring our load to the car and start loading. And now for the awesome part...if you need, these nice men will actually help you load! We make sure to tip them accordingly. On this trip, because there was a lot, we tipped ten bucks. He was so grateful and made an extra effort to see that everything was secure and tied down. The way I see it, ten dollars is worth it--so that my husband will not be irritated at me that I bought that last piece!

Basically, regardless of what everyone else is doing, use your manners, ask for help, and the whole experience can be totally fun! Happy Flea Marketing!



I haven't looked at the Anthropologie catalog as an inspiration/coveting catalog for quite some time. I used to, and would also look forward to Tuesdays when they would put up new sale items on their website. Lately, the clothes seem to be tailored to tall and thin gals or over the top embellished. Much to my surprise, this months catalog put a skip in my step! The colors and styling is fantastic!

Loving the shots of wood, corrugated tin, brick and cloth--such great texture. The skirt pictured looks flattering with the band of white at the top. OK, and those boots!!! Santa, I've been good!
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Love the dress mixed with fall accessories, perfect with the season change.
The textiles look so similar to the gypsy rugs that we have in!
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Oh my, oh my (times 5!)! Just when I thought I've seen the best, it gets better!!!

This is exactly how I look doing my laundry...
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Oh my, once more!
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Seriously, have you ever seen such vibrant and mixed use of color? Love!
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Amazing embroidery on leather. I hope the sale price is half of half of a half!
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These pictures and stylist have sent me to the moon!
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At Ruby Rose, we have always been a fan of linens. They play such an important part of putting a spin or detail to a room. We are committed to keeping a supply of linens year round--they are a perfect touch and change with each season. Looking forward to next months anthro catalog!


Last weekend we went to the Rose Bowl to go a boot and shoe huntin'. We knew that going to this flea in August was not a great idea, since it is at the base of the foothills on solid blacktop with no shade. Seriously. The rose bowl has a handful of different sections--the back section is dedicated to mostly vintage clothing, accessories, and lots of mid century and retro...so this is where we primarily shop. We have found that it is important for us to have a specific list on what we are looking for because it can become overwhelming.

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We found some fantastic pairs and in some very requested sizes! These are all priced between $46 and $85 and are in sizes 8 to 91/2. We are working hard to find size 10's. They are hard to find but we have the word out, so maybe next month!!

Guest Stylist of the Month: Taylor of the Little Deer

We have been a big fan of Taylor from The Little Deer for some time now. She is a fan of vintage and if you have seen and followed her blog, she has a talent for styling, accessorizing and creativity. Our mannequins were in need of some freshness for this new season, so we called on her to spruce us up. It was no suprise as to what she pulled from the racks--vintage, texture, and layers.

This vintage coat with a new dress looks so chic.

A little lacey lingerie with a chunky vintage sweater and little touches of a leather belt and a copper pin is a perfect go-to outfit.

Another favorite--a little lacey dress and beaded cardigan and a beautiful scarf for color!

What did I learn from this experience? Re-look at your inventory whether it be in the shop or in the closet. Maybe it's not an overhaul that is needed, maybe just a fresh look at what you've got, a few accessories and a lot of attitude. Thank you Taylor!

Laundry Day

As we talk to our customers, we find that that there are a handful of us that don't dread the laundry duty. Yep, you heard right. We have a few customers that have a mangle, lavender water, and little extras. Since I spend a lot of time in my laundry area, I have surrounded myself with lovelies and tools to make the chore easier. Before bringing in the clothes that have been accumulated, they are washed, usually hung dry and ironed. Here are a few snaps from the space you can find me in often...

I think of this as my laundry trophy.


This large trash can with air holes was found in texas and is perfect for the dirtys.


Salvaged lighting.


Love this California bear (a gift from kathy, love that girl).


This cart on wheels holds the goods that need ironing.


A little obsession with buttons--for any mending that we may need (OK, for me to take to Kim for mending).


Little pour bottles of water, for the iron, sprayer, etc.


I dont know where the love of tin toy houses came from, but this is a special one that reminds me of my dad.


After items are washed and ironed, they hang here until I can get them to the shop.


This little winnebego is just too cute--it keeps inspiring the road trips.


A little corner of the desk. Hmm, why didn't I take a pic of the whole desk? Messy!


Just hanging around drying...


You've Got Mail

I am one of those people that talk about the 'old days' and memories. It's the simple things, for instance, snail mail. I am as guilty as the next--I haven't sent a birthday card in years, I barely get out a holiday card. Last week, the mailman shouted out to me, 'Hey, you've got something!", probably because I ask him all the time.



It wasn't just a letter, it was a package, to me! It was a lovely put together package! It took some thought and time, I'm sure. This put a skip in my step all week long and brought back a good ol' feeling. I will remember how awesome this felt to be on someone's mind and I will pay it forward.


Thank you Kristen, you are awesome!

What's in store? (The Weekly NINE)

We're switching things up a little bit. I've picked three of my favorite things in the shop to feature this week and have asked Kim and Jennifer to also pick three things they love. Here at Ruby Rose we are a big fan of differing tastes and styles and we always love seeing what our customers and employees are drawn to. Wishing you a good week! -S.

Stephanie's Picks:

Who doesnt get lost in a globe? Where we've been, where we're going...where is that place in the news? History lessons........

I love this very old, fragile frame, combined with the beautiful drawing. It feels like tradition and history. (bottom left)

This matador and his expression (above right)...love his clothes and stance. There's a lot of story in a little package.

Kim's Picks:

This set of chairs--I like that they look beautiful yet awkward to sit in, but in actuality they are very comfortable.IMG_2779

Sometimes you find yourself liking something...just because someone else loves it so much, it makes you happy too (Stephanie loves this little roadrunner).IMG_2776

How can you not be obsessed with buttons? They are miniature pieces of art work that you can wear on your sleeve.IMG_2795

Jennifer's Picks:

Rugs AND Blankets (and more). How can you deny the beauty of this color and texture? I'm also in love with the muted color textiles as well...IMG_2701IMG_2728IMG_2713

Macramé! You have to see these pieces in person...beautifully knotted texture, amazing beads (and even bells), and pleasing patterns--so much love put into these "handmades". Amazing to touch and ridiculously easy on the eyes.
images by Jennifer Young of I ART U

Getting to Know Her...

We are highly anticipating this coming Friday. We wanted our customers and blog readers to get to know Natellie a bit so we decided to ask her a few questions. Her work will be showcased at our store for Art After Dark this Friday, August 5 from 6-9 PM. Come and check out the amazing talent, shop around, enjoy small bites (and coffee and lemonade!), and hang out with the coolest people in town. Can't wait to see you!


RR: Natellie, we want our customers to get to know you. Can you answer a few questions?

NS: Yes ma'am I'd be glad to...

RR: How would you describe your work?
NS: I would describe my work as capturing objects that I love and words that make me smile.

RR: Who inspires you?
NS: Natalia Fabia, her work is absolutely amazing.

RR: When you are not creating, where would we find you?
NS: Sally Loo's-Duh!

RR: What can you not work without?
NS: I absolutely can't work without music, there has to be something playing in the background, or else I start singing--which, since I work ourtside, the neighbors aren't too fond of.

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RR: What is at the top of your bucket list?
NS: Seeing the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

RR: What would we be suprised to know about you?
NS: People would probably be surprised to know that I play college basketball.

RR: Thanks for your time Natellie, can't wait to see your pieces on Friday!!


Glamping Part II

Camping? Glamping? Call it what you want, just do it!


We have been camping for years and love it for so many reasons. Keep reading to see why...

1. It is the only time that relaxation becomes a priority. Reading is at the top of the list.1123

2. The meals are amazing. We have the best camp cooks!

3. To see the kids do anything but watching videos, texting, computering is amazing!

4. There are so many ways to make memories.

5. And last but definitely not least, the sunsets.