The cost of living in our nation’s capitol is among the highest in the country, but insiders know where to score good deals at the best thrift stores and flea markets in Washington, D.C. – Kathryn McKay

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Georgetown Flea Market

1819 35th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

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 the Georgetown Flea Market is one of the best thrift stores and flea markets in Washington, D.C., it’s only open on Sunday. The other days of the week the school is for kids.

Eastern Market

7th and C St. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 698-5253

More than 100 exhibitors from five continents display their wares every Sunday at Eastern Market. With an emphasis on unique and handmade goods, the furniture, baskets, scarves, photography, clothing and an amazing array of jewelry trend toward the unique. Unlike other flea markets, vendors here can generally be found in the same spot every week under blue and white canopies. If you take the Metro, just follow the folks in front of you for this flea market is well known as one of the best in Washington, D.C.


1702 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 667-1122

Fashionistas flock to this consignment shop on the second floor at Connecticut and R Streets in Dupont Circle looking for the perfect little black dress, interview suit or Friday night fun outfit. The fancier brands like Chanel and Louis Vutton are to the right, while more basic brands (but still designer) are on the left. You may have shopped at one of the best thrift stores in Washington, D.C., but your new lovelies will still be wrapped up in tissue and a shopping bag when you leave.

Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot

1626 14th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-8171

Twentysomethings looking to outfit their first apartments shop alongside interior designers looking for something unique at this consignment shop, which specializes in furniture, lamps and artwork for the home. The friendly woman who owns the shop, Miss Pixie, is a beloved neighborhood leader in the U Street Corridor. She has a knack for finding the whimsical and fun, which makes her shop one of the best thrift stores in Washington, D.C.