5 Can't-Miss Vintage Housewares Vendors at Eastern Market

Our favorite destinations for textiles, paintings, furniture, and more.

By: Erin Keane Scott

For seekers of the unusual when it comes to furniture and housewares, Eastern Market is one of the best stops in the District. The weekend ahead looks perfect, weather-wise, so slather on the SPF and experience what can amount to a treasure hunt for touches of antique charm, from vintage linens to salvaged ceiling tiles.

Antique and Vintage Linens

Photographs by Erin Keane.

Noemi Thompson scours estate sales and auctions to stock her booth for Saturdays at the market. Garden-party-perfect floral-edged tablecloths share space with printed hankies and napkins that can double as quirky art pieces with the touch of a good framer. Look for embroidered tablecloths from $36 to $150 and handkerchiefs and napkin sets from $4 to $6.

Vintage Bling

For the past 22 years, Vintage Bling has been setting up shop at the market on Saturdays. It's hard to miss the large selection of antique armoires, side tables, and mirrors next to an even larger selection of vintage and estate jewelry. The owner, John, claims to have sold more than 250,000 pieces of furniture and says you can find a Vintage Bling purchase in every home on the Hill.

Jentz Prints

From pretty pages pulled from entomology books to cigarette cards and old stamps, Ullrich Jentz's booth is flush with pieces that are the perfect size for that gallery wall you've been working on. We especially love the varied maps of DC that provide visual aids to the growth of our fine federal district.

Architectural Antiques

Owner Bob Muller salvages tin ceiling tiles, door fixtures, and grates from buildings in New York, and brings them to the market on Saturdays and Sundays. His wares fill a whole corner of the market with colorfully crafted mirrors and tile murals that scream shabby chic.

Neighborhood Furniture and Antiques (N.F.A.)

Jim Moran is a relative newcomer to Eastern Market--he started toting his refinished antiques down from Clarksboro, New Jersey, last September. Moran says he's started catering to the younger crowd by using French chalk paint on many of his vintage finds, which range in price from $125 to $375. We're swooning over a console made of iron and wood reclaimed from a Pennsylvania barn.