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Best Places for Handmade Accessories in Washington, D.C.

July 1, 2014 8:00 AM

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Dr. Seuss once said “why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Handmade accessories are a great way to stand out from the crowd. Crafted with heart and soul, each piece is a one-of-a-kind treasure. Find your one-of-a-kind at one of these best places for handmade accessories in D.C.

Wake Up Little Suzie
3409 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-0700
www.wakeuplittlesuzie.com

Whether you’re looking for fun and festive jewelry, unique home decor or something cute for the kids, Wake Up Little Suzie has the best handmade accessories for you. This independently owned gift shop features accessories collections by many artists including Alexis Bittar, Jennifer Bauser and Philippa Roberts. Choose from a wide variety of handmade handbags, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, folk art, housewares and dolls. Wake Up Little Suzie also features handmade toys for babies and kids, office and desk accessories, glass vases, and hundreds of other things you never knew you were looking for.

Proper Topper
1350 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 842-3055
www.propertopper.com

Liven up your wardrobe with handmade accessories from Proper Topper. The chic shop features a variety of things including jewelry, men’s and women’s hats, kid clothing, toys, books and gifts. Pick up a pair of beautiful cufflinks, try on a double bow lampshade hat hand-blocked from Milan straw or slip on a simple hammered brass bar bracelet. Proper Topper also features handmade puppets, greeting cards, candles, soap, bath salts, bubble bath, home accent pieces and kitchen accessories. Don’t forget to check out the collection of fashionable women’s clothing including blouses, skirts, party dresses and sweaters.

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Tabletop
1608 20th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7117
www.tabletopdc.com

For retail therapy that’s far away from the mall, head to Tabletop where you will find brightly colored handmade accessories for you and your home. Check out the gorgeous collection of earrings and necklaces or the modern collection of coasters, pillows, serving trays and other goodies for your home. Tabletop was founded in 2003 by a trio of individuals who had a hard time finding well-designed and affordable gifts all in a beautifully decorated store. The vibrant shop also features cookware, travel bags and toys for kids.

Ginger Root Design
1530 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 567-7668
www.gingerrootdesign.com

For handmade gifts that also help save the planet, check out Ginger Root Design. The shop features one-of-a-kind items handmade from recycled materials including cuff links, necklaces, lady ties and ascots. Recycled materials include cigar tube liner, bottle caps, weather window screens, brass and damaged silk. What started off as a tailoring business, and continues to do so by appointment, Ginger Root Design demonstrates the beauty of handmade, eco-friendly gifts. The shop also offers a weekly special called About a Dress, which features an old dress that has been restyled to fit today’s fashion standards. Each one-of-a-kind dress is sewn together by Ginger Root Design.

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Chocolate Moose
1743 L St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 463-0992
www.chocolatemoosedc.com

Although it sounds a lot like a tasty dessert, the Chocolate Moose features a wild selection of handmade accessories and gifts. Add some pizzazz to your outfit with a multi-colored beaded cut-out necklace, a beaded cuff bracelet or a pair of fabric multi-colored earrings. The Chocolate Moose also features an eclectic collection of housewares, kid accessories gag gifts, kooky clothing, magnets, greeting cards and tacky toys. Check out the kissing chimp salt and pepper set or the Tetris nightlight. The shop also features sweet treats including gourmet marshmallows, chocolate turtles and Belgian chocolates.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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