Best Shops For Antiques & Collectibles In Washington, D.C.

January 25, 2011 5:51 AM

GoodWood strives to sell hip and affordable antiques. (Credit:

Antiques are little bits of history. Every item in an antique store is something that has a story to tell. Shopping for antiques is more than just a fun way to spend a Saturday; it’s also a way to get in touch with history. Stop by one of the best shops in Washington, D.C., for antiques and collectibles and find your perfect piece of history. – Amy Gardner McNeal
goodwood Best Shops For Antiques & Collectibles In Washington, D.C.

GoodWood strives to sell hip and affordable antiques. (Credit:


1428 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-3640

In the heart of the District, GoodWood has attracted a cult following of local antiques enthusiasts for a very good reason: It’s fabulous! The store is carefully arranged, without any of the dusty, junk shop feel you sometimes get from an antique shop. New items arrive all the time, giving the place a dynamic look. Thoughtfully chosen furniture, art and decorative items, all at reasonable prices, make it a great shopping experience. The accessories, like books and jewelry, make it a great place to shop for gifts. You’ll have a hard time leaving without finding something you must take home. Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Capital Antiques

5122 MacArthur Boulevard NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 966-4887

If you’re in the market for exquisite 18th-, 19th- and early 20th-century furniture, Capital Antiques should be on your list. In addition to the gorgeous and well-preserved furniture, Capital Antiques also has a large selection of sculptures, paintings and lamps. Be sure to check out its collection of 19th-century Middle Eastern brass and enamelware. This classic, high-end antique store has a huge selection of unique home furnishings, including beautiful accessories like 18th-century carved wall brackets. With so many beautiful things in an elegant atmosphere, it’s a treat for collectors and historians alike. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Millennium Decorative Arts

1528 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-1218

For the mid-century modern enthusiast, Millennium Decorative Arts is the go-to destination in D.C. This well-organized shop in the U Street corridor is chock full of fabulous things that you will want to take home. The pricing is very reasonable, and the staff is friendly. It is a particularly good place to shop for beautiful teak tables and interesting chairs. Millennium also has a great selection of decorative accessories, like lamps and bar ware. The stock turns over quickly, so don’t leave anything you like behind. The staff is happy to help you find the perfect piece to bring some “Mad Men” style to your place. Hours: Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.