Best Of: Vintage Shopping
You don’t develop notice-me style by shopping only at chain stores. Brooke Kao, a fashion blogger and an American University student, has assembled a standout wardrobe by shopping at vintage, thrift, and consignment stores. These are her favorites.
Best consignment prices: Frugalista, 3069 Mount Pleasant St., NW; 202-328-2135. “A store with a consignment selection and thrift-store attitude. Designer gems are scattered among the carefully organized Ann Taylor and Banana Republic pieces. Pricing is consistently cheap.”
Best vintage: Polly Sue’s, 6915 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park; 301-270-5511. “Hands down, the best vintage in the area. It’s a charming two-story space that contains clothing spanning from Victorian-era jackets to 1960s hats. Everything is affordable—you’re not going to find much over $50.”
Largest thrift selection: Unique Thrift Store, 2956 Gallows Rd., Falls Church; 703-992-6560. “Of all the warehouse-style thrift stores in the outskirts of DC, this is my favorite because it has the biggest women’s-clothing selection. You have to do a fair amount of digging to find something good. But it’s cheap and has a big selection of shoes. It’s also great for furniture, bicycles, knickknacks, and vinyl records.”