Love to shop but not to spend? We may have a solution for you.
There are so many vintage and consignment boutiques in Washington, DC, that you’re sure to find something fabulous without breaking the bank. Plus, shopping consignment and vintage can be a great way to breathe new life into your clothes and maybe help with the whole recycling/environment thing the world seems to be having a problem with.
We’ve rounded up five of the best boutiques in DC to get you started. Make sure to give us a shout-out for the recommendation and tag #FrayLife if you find yourself browsing the racks at any of these very cool spots.
Current Boutique now has several locations in the DC metro area, which makes it super easy to shop this store no matter where you’re located in the DMV. Its tagline, “preloved gems for fashion lovers,” rings very true throughout all its locations. The selection tends to include upscale brands, and if you were hoping to find a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans or a Kate Spade dress, this may be the place.
The boutique is very selective about what it sells, so you can rest assured knowing that the pieces are truly gently used, of high quality, and most likely still in season. If you love fashion but aren’t a big spender, Current Boutique is a winner.
Fia’s Fabulous Finds
Fia’s is a superfun vintage boutique that’s been around for decades. Here, you’ll need to dig to find that perfect item, but when you do, it’s so worth it. Being a small business owner, Fia herself is also around a lot of the time to answer questions and give styling advice.
It also hosts a fabulous event every Friday during which you’re allowed to fill a bag of clothes/accessories/ whatever you can get your hands on for only $35 from its basement selection. That’s a whole lot of clothes and a really fun activity to do with friends! Check out the details for the next one here.
Secondi Inc. is located in Dupont Circle, right on bustling Connecticut Avenue. The shop itself is on the second floor of an adorable row house that you may not notice right away from the street. This is where you go to find a pair of vintage Manolos or a Chanel bag, and the whole vibe is very luxury orientated. Think old glamour about Secondi. It has everything from ball gowns to accessories, and the sales associates are very helpful in assisting you on your search.
If you need an outfit to impress, check out this boutique.
Ella-Rue is just adorable. All the shops in Georgetown are charming, and this little store only adds to the beautiful aesthetic. A lot of the pieces here are very feminine, but if you’re looking for a dress to wear to a wedding or out with your girlfriends or on a special date, you’ll find it here.
There is also a sale section downstairs that is a must-visit. You’ll need to search through everything for a bit, but the prices will definitely merit the hunt. This shop has been known for some rare finds, and that one-of-a-kind bag or shoe may be just around the corner. The shop rotates clothing seasonally, so you’ll also never be looking at anything too old or outdated.
Clothes Encounters DC
Besides having a really clever name, Clothes Encounters DC is filled to the brim with gently used, high-end women’s clothing. It’s located right across the street from where Eastern Market happens every Saturday and Sunday morning, making it the perfect last stop after browsing everything outside.
You can expect to find brands such as Rag and Bone and Diane von Furstenberg readily available here, and new selections come in every day.
If you’re actually looking to sell some of your clothing before buying a bunch more, all these boutiques offer a range of options. Some will allow you to consign, which will pay you a percentage of what it sells for. It is your responsibility in most cases to follow up with the store, so make sure you take notes on what you’re giving away.
Other options may include immediate cash or store credit to shop at the store. Cash options tend to be the lowest, but if you want the money now, they’re the fastest. Consigning is the most lucrative, but you have to wait. Trade-offs, right?
Did we list your favorite shop? If not, let us know what it is in the comments! And make sure to let us know if you visit any of them and what you think about shopping vintage. We wish you all the best finds!
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