Linen & Rust is full of items both antique and new that have what owner Jamie Haynes calls a collected style. It contains a selection of items that reflect an easy and relaxed, but totally modern, lifestyle. Everything has a contemporary feel, even the vintage items.
Haynes originally opened the store in 2014 in Arrington, but moved it to Murfreesboro recently.
“My husband’s job moved here, and we decided to buy a house here, then I found this cute building,” said Haynes. “It just seemed right to move it all to one place…It was a pretty easy transition, as I already had a lot of customers from Murfreesboro.”
Located in the old Haynes (no relation) candy store building on the corner of Lytle and Front streets, the store is filled with vintage furniture, clothing, home décor, and items handcrafted by local artisans – like jewelry, pillows, and signs.
“Our top-selling items are candles, framed signs with quotes, and pillows,” said Haynes. “And then clothing does well, women like clothing.”
Many of her customers bring their daughters shopping with them; young ladies who are not quite ready for their own homes, but like Linen and Rust’s clothing and locally made jewelry.
“Two of our top-selling clothing lines are ‘Easel’ and ’Before You’,” said Haynes.
Easel is a contemporary women’s clothing line with a decidedly vintage feel, using lots of linen for summer and velvet for winter designs. They make everything from dresses to outerwear. Before You is very 1970s, with a slight hippy-chic styling that is easy and comfortable. Both lines fit well with the stamped metal earrings, pendant necklaces, leather wrist wraps, and bracelets that Linen and Rust offers.
“One of our other big sellers is a locally made coffee,” said Hayes. “It is surprising, but it has done really well. It is called Fox and Goat, and it comes in whole beans and ground versions.”
For those wishing to DIY a piece of furniture, Linen and Rust is an authorized retailer of Junk Gypsy and SHABBY CHIC chalk and clay paints.
Everything about the shop is inviting, from the black and white exterior to the curated clothing collections in subdued colors, to the soft over-sized linen pillows. There is a decided farmhouse esthetic, but most items in the store are timeless and would look good in any home from traditional to contemporary.
They have recently added some basic items available for sale online, and their Facebook page presents the newest items in the store. If you love their esthetic, sign up for their newsletter, just say yes to the pop-up when you log into their website.
Murfreesboro’s downtown is becoming a great place to shop local and find unique and one-of-a-kind items, Linen and Rust is no exception.
Linen & Rust
401 Lytle Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Hours: 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday