The word “emporium” is not an overstatement—this megastore showcases goods from 100-plus dealers in a huge warehouse. Whether you’re drawn to retro mixing bowls, antique maps, or century-old chandeliers, you’re bound to find at least a few corners that captivate.
112 E. Patrick St.; 301-662-7099.
Evangeline— A Touch of France
Step into one of van Gogh’s Provençal paintings at this shop. The turquoise, yellow, and orange walls paint a sunny tableau for an array of finds imported from Southern France, including linens, table runners, soaps, beautiful photo landscapes, and hand-painted ceramics.
115 E. Patrick St.; 301-624-5500.
Great Stuff by Paul
Looking to round out your collection of Chinese puppets? Or maybe your boho-vintage home begs for a bamboo birdcage. Whatever your whimsy, this pair of warehouse-like shops lures interior designers from across the region to an eclectic assortment of stuff, from mounds of discarded tubs and English watering cans to ornate Shanghai urns and bistro tables.
257 E. Sixth St., 301-631-5340; 10 N. Carroll St., 301-631-0004.
The Little Pottery Shop
On the eastern edge of downtown, this quaint brick shop has two levels lined with hand-thrown pottery by 120 artists, including owner Tameria Martínez. Styles span from country to contemporary, earth tones to bold hues, and everyday cereal bowls to display pieces destined for the mantel. You can also find locally forged iron, wildlife sculpture, hand-blown glass, beaded jewelry, and more.
117 N. East St.; 301-620-7501.
Proving that handmade can also be haute, owner Whitney Bingham hand-plucks one-of-a-kind arts, crafts, and wearable accessories—most made locally. The colorful and often-changing inventory ranges from delicately hand-painted ballet flats to vibrant ceramic bowls and mugs.
19 N. Market St.; 301-663-3632
Clothing and Accessories
Chic to Chic
You’ll leave Chic to Chic smiling ear to ear, thanks to the secondhand designer clothes at seriously reduced prices. On the surface, the bright and welcoming shop could be your average small-town consignment store—with a downtown aesthetic—but a closer look reveals racks of couture clothing and handbags, from Gucci and Louis Vuitton to Betsey Johnson and Marc Jacobs.
30 E. Patrick St.; 301-620-8889.
When you step inside this adorable boutique (tag line: “Where girlfriends shop”), don’t be surprised if you flash back to your grandma’s house—that is, if Granny was a glam Parisian with impeccable taste. Recently transplanted from Kensington, the shop displays a well-curated mélange of rhinestone-encrusted brooches, antique corsets, sheer negligees, flowy dresses, and beaded clutches. Goods are vintage and vintage-inspired.
153 N. Market St.; 301-694- 4911.
Bold crimson and black-and-white damask walls strike a hip note at this 12-year-old boutique. Mod Lucite chandeliers illuminate skater-chic garb by Volcom, flowy frocks by Free People, and trendy jewelry from Tarina Tarantino. Frederick fashionistas also head here for designer denim from brands such as Citizens of Humanity and Hudson Denim.
203 N. Market St.; 301-695-5700.
Venus on the Half Shell
Guys and gals born in the wrong era head to this vintage shop for throwback fashion, from skinny ties and leather motorcycle jackets to silk Chinese dresses and floral tablecloths. The selection is wide and the style spot-on. The owner finds shoes that fit today’s larger feet, including worn-in cowboy boots for men. There’s also furniture, suitcases, jewelry, and other accessories.
101 E. Patrick St.; 301-662-6213.