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By Ella Mitchell, Staff Writer • April 22, 2024

D.C. thrift stores to score clothing, accessories and furniture

Be sure to give these shops a call before you visit to learn about their COVID-19 precautions, which may include limits on hours or the number of shoppers allowed at once.

Finding sustainable alternatives to retail clothing, furniture and electronics isn’t difficult if you look in the right places.

You can find clothing to fit your style at second-hand shops, and your wallet likely won’t hurt as much as retail shopping. Here’s a list of some thrift stores in D.C. to guide you toward some affordable steals.

For women’s fashionable finds

If you’re looking for designer items, head to Fia’s Fabulous Finds. The establishment is a boutique-type thrift store for women that sells clothing like Kate Spade coats, Gucci heels and designer handbags, according to the store’s Instagram. Fia’s Fabulous Finds doesn’t only sell designer items – if you want even better deals, you can check out the store’s “bargain basement” that offers $10 and under items, according to a few customers on Yelp. Make sure to visit the store’s Instagram and Facebook pages, where you can browse new arrivals or participate in online sales.

806 Upshur St. NW 

For ’60s, ’70s & ’80s vintage

Check out Meep’s Vintage to find true 20th-century pieces, costume wear or accessories. Established in 1992, the store offers a selection of vintage clothing guaranteed to add some spunk to your wardrobe. You can scroll through its Instagram to get a feel for its pieces, including 1960s slip dresses or 1970s Levi’s flared jeans. You can also visit the store on Depop, a website that allows customers to shop from second-hand vendors online.

2104 18th St. NW

For vinyls and graphic tees

At Joint Custody, music and fashion do not exist without one another. You can grab that oversized graphic tee you were looking for along with a new record to add to your music collection. The store prides itself as the “home for the strange and freaky” – you can easily find soul, funk, jazz, reggae, rock and any other genre you can think of at Joint Custody. You can see for yourself why Joint Custody tags itself as “freak emporium” on its Instagram or website.

1530 U St. NW

For furniture

If you’re looking to add some hand-me-down furniture pieces to your place, Miss Pixie’s won’t let you down. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, shopping at Miss Pixie’s is currently only available by booking an appointment on its website. You can bring up a party of four to the store for a private shopping experience for 30 minutes. Check out its Instagram to see its most recent stock.

1626 14th St. NW

For exclusively designer buys

A great place to find second-hand designer items is Reddz Trading in Georgetown. You’ll find brands like Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton at this high-end resale store. Since Reddz Trading resells designer brands, the prices may be a tad bit steeper compared to other second-hand shops, but if it’s the designer look you’re for, you’ll find it at Reddz Trading. The store sells a range of shoes, handbags, clothing and accessories. You can scope out their stock on its Instagram or check out its website.

1413 Wisconsin Ave. NW

For a one-stop shop

If you’ve ever shopped at a large department store like Marshalls or TJ Maxx, shopping at Unique Thrift might be second nature to you. Unique Thrift is a large department-store-like thrift shop big enough for you to browse for hours. You can score everything from oversized jeans to trendy second-hand handbags at this thrift store. Besides selling men’s and women’s clothing, you can also find handbags, furniture and hardware at Unique Thrift.

2956 Gallows Road, Falls Church, Virginia.

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