Thrift and vintage clothing shops are fabulous places to look for unique items, but they can also offer great bargains. When on a budget, it’s best to consider affordable fashions. The nation’s capital has are varied styles and types of vintage stores, and we’ve found the best the area as to offer.
Hours: Mon – Sat 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
If you live in or around D.C. and love vintage style, you must go to Meeps. Meeps is a well-known and loved vintage boutique offering everything from classic pumps to vintage clothing for women and men. The boutique offers findings from local designers and nationally-renowned couture trendsetters. This is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a new outfit for fall, winter or a new vintage-funk look.
House of Eloise Vintage
House of Eloise Vintage is one of the best online vintage stores based in D.C. The unique collection of pieces like cocktail rings and pencil skirts ranging from the 1940s to early 80s will have you glued to your computer screen. The House of Eloise is perfect for the fashionista who has vintage on the list of her must-have closet collection.
Hours: Weds 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Thurs – Sat 12 p.m.– 7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Another fabulous vintage-inspired store is Junction Vintage, located in the main thoroughfare of U Street. The store carries anything worth loving again. Forget what you think is trendy; head to the Junction and find modern and refined pieces for both day and night. Don’t be afraid pick up your next scarf, pair of pumps or layered necklaces from the Junction.
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Hours: Sun – Thurs 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Everyone who knows vintage has heard of the popular Annie Creamcheese in Georgetown, conveniently located on M Street. Annie Creamcheese is a vintage store with a bit of fabulous and a dash of funk. The customers visiting the store are just as unique—engaging and fashion forward, yet old souls with a desire to reach back to what’s considered outdated and make it new again. You can spend all day in this store, as Annie Creamcheese is a brand in itself, where modern and vintage clash in one central place.
Hours: Mon – Tues, Sat 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Weds – Fri 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Secondi is located in the famous Dupont Circle, which is well known for its shops, food and great meet-up spots. During your next lunch break, stop into Secondi, a roomy boutique packed full of vintage goodness, ranging from one-of-a-kind suits to classic handbags and clutch purses. Mix and match the contemporary pieces with the vintage-inspired wear Secondi offers for a unique look. Save the date: Secondi hosts sales in February and August every year, so get ready to score big.
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Monica Byrd is a fashion blogger and style maven living in Washington, D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.