Washington, D.C.’s shopping scene is a varied and rich one. Yes, we have the hot boutiques and big-name labels, but we also have a healthy vintage and consignment shop scene. From U Street in the heart of the District to King Street in Alexandria, Virginia’s Old Town, bargain-hunters find a treasure trove of “gently used” fashion gems that inject fresh style into any wardrobe. Here, a few of our favorites.
Hardcore vintage alert! Theater and Hollywood costumers look to this Northern Virginia go-to for pristine 1950s tweed suits, Gatsby-era cocktail frocks and Swing-worthy skirts. Gals aren’t the only ones getting in on great deals; throwback guys could spend an entire afternoon going through Amalgamated’s extensive collection of work shirts, ties and jackets. Weekends only, noon-5 pm.
Shop it: 5179B Lee Highway, Arlington, Virgina, 703.517.7373
Carmen Lopez’s fashion empire (four shops plus an online boutique) gives bargain-hunters plenty of stock to dig through. Cubicle mates find a veritable treasure trove of work wear from Hugo Boss pencil skirts to Theory blazers and Kate Spade cardigans. Trendy pieces include flirty dresses looking for a second go-round to affordable new pieces—all “current” to you.
Shop it: 2601 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia, 703.528.3079; 1809 14th St. NW, 202.588.7311; 1009 King St., Alexandria, Virginia, 703.549.2272
In-the-know stylists head to Krista Johnson’s well-edited Georgetown boutique for luxury brands at deep discounts. Culled from all over the country (plus Paris!), her racks are filled with high-end brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Shop it: 3231 P St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202.333.1598
The spinoff to Berkeley, California-based threads recycler Crossroads Trading Company feels like an upscale boutique—and it is, for luxury labels. Inside, find Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang and Chanel, plus J. Crew and Tory Burch. New pieces also make it into the racks.
Shop it: 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202.627.2711
At this subterranean style den, trend-setting guys and gals dig up cool duds, jewelry and accessories (cat-eye sunglasses!) from the 1930s to today. They even score art, housewares and gifts.
Shop it: 1510 U St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202.483.0260
Ann Fox’s treasure trove is chockablock with baubles culled from estate sales. In her second-story digs, mid-to-late-century bracelets, Asian and African beaded necklaces, and vintage Chanel earrings dangle enticingly from hangers and displays. Open weekends only.
Shop it: 1520 U St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202.797.1234
Fun-loving thrifters get their fix at this down-to-earth Adams Morgan storefront, which features youthful throwbacks like concert tees and summer frocks from the 1960s to today. Meanwhile, the store’s more sophisticated big sis Treasury offers a well-chosen selection of pieces from silk georgette dresses to ostrich feather fascinators.
Shop it: 2104 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202.265.6546
A second-generation consignment shop owner, Toni Henderson stocks her bright and fun Old Town shop with day-to-evening Diane von Furstenberg dresses, Proenza Schouler “it” bags and other pristine must-haves.
Shop it: 103 St. Asaph St., Alexandria, Virgina, 703.836.6468
As a style guru since the 1970s who hung out with the likes of Cher and Andy Warhol, Wendy “Red” Ezrailson knows a thing or two about strutting your stuff. And it shows at both outposts of her popular wardrobe exchange, where deal-seekers hunt the well-stocked racks for Helmut Lang leather blazers, Lela Rose cocktail numbers and more. Check her Instagram feed to score coveted Hermes handbags and Christian Louboutin pumps the minute they come in.
Shop it: 7801 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Maryland, 301.656.7333; 1413 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202.506.2789
Bargain-hunters hit this sunny Dupont Circle mainstay for high-end labels including Burberry, Theory and Chloe. Items arrive daily with the discount getting deeper the longer they stick around.
Shop it: 1702 Connecticut Ave. NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C., 202.667.1122