Shopping & Style

Best Bargain Hunting in Washington, D.C.

January 25, 2011 5:30 AM



With so many free memorials and museums to visit in the nation’s capital, why pay a lot when you shop here? Beyond the Smithsonian museums (no tax!) for touristy stuff, the best bargain hunting in Washington, D.C., can be found in consignment shops, flea markets and stores off the beaten path. You never know what you’ll find! – Kathryn McKay

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Georgetown Flea Market

1819 35th St. N.W.
Washington, DC
(202) 775-FLEA

It may seem as if every spare inch of outdoor space at Hardy Middle School in Georgetown is covered with vendors selling everything from sterling flatware to sofas. Since 1972, shoppers have been poking around this flea market trying to score the best deals on the coolest stuff to wear, display or collect. But buyers should take note – while some of the best bargain hunting in Washington, D.C., can be found here, the market is only open on Sunday. The other days of the week, the school is for kids and their activities.

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Good Wood

1428 U St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-3640

Good Wood is known as one of the hippest and best places for bargain hunting in Washington, D.C., especially if you’re interested in mid-century modern furniture and decorative arts. Husband-and-wife team Dan and Anna Kahoe keep the merchandise moving as they bring in new goods every week. And if you don’t find something for your home, you just may find something to wear, as they also carry quality vintage clothes and jewelry. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

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Eastern Market

7th and North Carolina Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 698-5253

From preppy to funky and everything in between, Eastern Market is where locals and tourists alike go for the best bargain hunting in Washington, D.C. Dozens of vendors sell handmade arts and crafts, black-and-white photographs, antique furniture, leather goods and loads of jewelry. And if you need fortification before you ready for refreshments, you can wolf down anything from blueberry pancakes to crab cakes. Keep in mind: Weekends bring out the most vendors and the most crowds.

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Dupont Circle
1702 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-1122

If you’re standing on the corner of Connecticut and R Streets at Dupont Circle and don’t look up, you could miss one of the best places for bargain hunting in Washington, D.C. Women in the know shop at Secondi for clothes and shoes. Once you climb the stairs, the higher end designer merchandise is to the right, and the more casual, but still quality name brands are on the left. Chances are the prices you’ll pay are less than marked. The longer a look has been in the store, the lower the price. Sales are frequent, and the saleswomen are friendly. Open seven days a week.


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