If you live close to Washington DC, perhaps this list from Chaney Widmer of May Richer Fuller Be will help give you some inspiration for your Christmas shopping. Chaney and I met through blogging, and I am so inspired by her creativity and craftiness! Be sure to add her blog to your blog roll.
Take it away, Chaney!
Hey y’all! I’m Chaney from May Richer Fuller Be. I live in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC, and I’m excited to share a few of my favorite shopping spots for the home. I’m big on mixing old and new, and modern and traditional pieces, so I like to shop at a wide variety of places. I love the thrill of the hunt, so flea markets, vintage stores and thrift stores are my favorite places to shop, but there’s also nothing like walking into a store full of shiny, brand new items as well :).
So with those things in mind, here are my five favorite places to shop in the DC area:
Trohv is a mecca of both new and vintage furniture pieces, home goods and gift items. It reminds me of Anthropologie, but with a local, hipster flair. There’s so much to take in and the inventory changes regularly, so if you live in the area, go often!
The shop is located in northwest DC at the DC/Maryland line just west of the Takoma Park historic district. They also have a Baltimore location, so if you’re in that area, be sure and check it out too.
2. Barn Sales
So most of these aren’t technically stores, but they’re amazing. Barn sales were a new concept to me when I moved back to DC a year and a half ago. Most of them are literally old barns packed full of vintage furniture and home items (mixed with some new items), and I love going to them. The prices are typically reasonable, and you never know what you’re going to find. They’re usually open one or two weekends a month, but some are open daily so be sure and check the schedule before you head out there since they’re about an hour away from DC. I recommend spending a day hopping between the different sales to get the full experience.
The ones I’ve been to include:
- Chartreuse and Co. in Buckeystown, MD (near Frederick, MD)
- Sweet Clover in Frederick, MD
- Old Lucketts Store in Lucketts, VA (open daily!)
- On A Whim in Lucketts, VA (open daily!)
Salt & Sundry is a curated boutique of housewares, linens, gifts, artisinal foods and vintage finds. They also carry reclaimed wood farm tables made by the shop owner’s father – cool, huh? It’s located in Union Market, a warehouse that formerly housed one of the city’s premier food markets and wholesale food operations from the 1930s to 70s. It was recently revitalized and turned into a food market once again with vendors, small cafes and pop-up shops. Salt & Sundry anchors one end of the building and is the only home goods vendor.
GoodWood hosts an eclectic mix of vintage and antique finds, and their inventory is always changing. It’s become a DC institution since it opened in 1994 in the U Street neighborhood. I’ve met the owners, Anna and Dan, and they do an amazing job curating items for their unique shop. It’s one of those places you wander through once, and then you convince yourself you need to make a second pass through because you couldn’t possibly have seen all the items the first time around. So much to see!
I did mention that I liked modern items as well, so let’s change gears from vintage to modern for this last place. Jonathan Adler’s Georgetown store is one of my favorite places to window shop. His items are a bit out of my price range, but the punchy colors and clean-lined pieces are just so much FUN. I totally dig and appreciate his crazy style. While this is technically not a DC-exclusive shop, there aren’t that many locations, so I figured I’d throw it in here.
That wraps my list of places for “Where to Shop” DC. There are so many other places to go – DC is a big place! If you’ve shopped this area and have a favorite shop or two, I’d love to know what they are. Thanks to Chandler for having me today!
Thanks, Chaney! Now, I think I may HAVE to make a trip to DC just to shop!