There are few things we love more than spending a lazy Saturday strolling the streets of charming Old Town Alexandria. Brick-lined alleys, restaurants with outdoor seating (here’s a list of favorites from our dining team), the serene waterfront at the end of King Street … the list goes on. The only time we like it more is during the epic annual Sidewalk Sale event, in which some of the best boutiques in the Washington area open early and spill plenty of pretty (and heavily discounted) merch out onto the street. This year’s sale happens this Saturday(!)—so if you’ve only got a few hours to check out the sales, here are six you definitely won’t want to miss. A complete list of participating stores is available on the Old Town Boutique District’s website.
130 S. Union St.; 571-970-6324
If you haven’t yet checked out this tucked-away boutique (more details in our earlier blog post), Saturday is the perfect time to do so. Stop by for 50 to 80 percent off fun, colorful styles from the likes of Alice & Trixie and Rebecca Taylor.
127 S. Fairfax St.; 703-548-1615
Slashed prices land in the utterly affordable range of $25 to $150—think quality preppy basics from DVF, J Brand, and Milly. Yup, we will definitely be scoping this out.
The Shoe Hive
127 S. Fairfax St.; 703-548-7107
Always-friendly owner Elizabeth Todd (profiled in our Women of Fashion) is opening her footwear and accessories shop at 9 AM, and will be offering spring and summer styles at a whopping 60 to 80 percent off.
Pretty People Vintage
108 N. Patrick St.; 703-739-2522
The outdoor clearance racks at our favorite NoVA vintage spot will be filled with finds priced at $5, $10, and $15—seriously. Inside, all fall merchandise can be had for 20 percent off.
114 S. Royal St.; 703-836-6468
Find gently used pieces from J.Crew and other preppy-luxe brands on the $5, $10, and $20 racks, plus score up to 60 percent off select summer merchandise.