Thrifting and antiquing in DC is 90% heartbreaking and like, 10% success. When I’m back home in Wisconsin, it’s like heaven on earth (for many reasons) but particularly for the fact that I could find a full midcentury dining set of like, six for $200. Here in DC, we sing a different song. Things are pricey and those that aren’t, go QUICK. Other than scouring Craigslist every day (a favorite pastime of mine) here are my favorite places to thrift and antique in DC. I have a few hidden spots (to keep from over picking) but wanted to share the rest since it’s easily one of my most asked questions. In no particular order, here we go:
For Your Eyes Only
One of my favorites! Located behind Union Market and also a location in Rockville, the owner Mo, has a great selection of items mostly found at estate sales. He also has a great Instagram @foryoureyesonlydc where you can scope out items before checking them out in the warehouse. I get a lot of my blue and white china there and my most prized possession, this ornate woven chair.
Address: 411 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Prices: Negotiable - Items can be on the pricier side
Mom N’ Pop Antiques
One of my favorites for glassware and random oddities, Mom N’ Pop on Georgia Ave is easy to spot (when you know where to look lol) with its colorful stained glass corner and typically open door. Just two weeks ago I snagged this adorable mint ottoman for $23. I love it so much. The owner, Bill has been here since 1986 and is just a call away when you’re looking for something specific. AKA me, calling him regularly asking if he has any colored glass pitchers that week…not kidding.
Address: 3534 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Prices: Negotiable, VERY affordable
Christ Child Opportunity Shop
Truly one of my favorite places in all of DC. The little ladies who work at CCOS are just as special as the ornate china sets in the store. This shop has mostly beautiful F-R-A-GIIIII-LAY items like delicate crystal glassware, stunning full dining sets for upwards of $2,000 but then also an occasional vintage Hermés silk scarf for $200. The silver platters and serving trays on the second floor make me swoon every time and the jewelry (if I wore it) is notable as well. I would say I leave with something from here every other visit, typically gifts for others but an occasional blue and white planter if I’m lucky enough to find one for less than $50.
Address: 1427 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Prices: Not negotiable but prices decrease in monthly increments according to the sticker. Mid-prices
Pixie herself is arguably the OG queen on 14th Street. She started the shop, originally in Adams Morgan in 1997 before moving to 14th Street in 2008. I recommend going during the week as on weekends most of the good stuff is picked over from the Saturday shopping sweep. But, there’s always something good to find here. The lamps are typically well priced and readily available. Painted dressers and tables are common at Pixies’s and the staff is always there to greet you with a smile. Vintage silver, postcards, and magazines are always stocked up.
Address: 1626 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Prices: Not negotiable (to my knowledge) Reasonable
If there was an award for “Best Smelling Store” in DC, GoodWood would take it home. This place is the coziest shop in DC and you’ll realize this the second you walk through the door. Most days when I walk into GoodWood, I’m greeted by a beautiful Chesterfield couch covered in Kilim pillows. There’s always a candle or Japanese incense burning, which naturally, I need a pack of each time I go in. Well framed art and mirrors line the walls for not a lot of loot. And, best of all, there is always at least one or two stunning credenzas for around $1,200 or less.
Address: 1428 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Prices: Not negotiable. Overall very reasonably priced, especially for larger pieces.
THIS IS IMPORTANT AND I WANT YOU TO READ THIS PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
If you are shopping at a thrift store or a Goodwill, I would STRONGLY encourage you to donate to the stores you shop from. Kind of like, “Take a penny, leave a penny” you know? Yes, you are allowed to buy what you please, but I promise you, you’ll feel better about scoring that beautiful ginger jar vase for $1.95, “a steal!” if you donated to the place you found it. You know?