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Best of Silver Spring: Good Buys

Six good stores for crafts, vintage clothes, and more.

PollySue's Vintage Shop. Photograph by Chris Leaman.


More than 100 local artists sell their wares at this downtown Silver Spring store. The merchandise ranges from arts and crafts—hand-sewn patchwork aprons, decorative painted tiles—to fine art such as oil paintings and black-and-white photography. A portion of every sale goes to support the local nonprofit Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

8519 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring; 301-495-3425.

Living Ruff

You can spoil your dog at this pet boutique—it stocks chew toys, beds, and even strollers for pets who have trouble walking. A bakery case holds cookies, cakes, and other goodies. For pets on all-natural diets, Living Ruff carries dry and wet food that’s corn-free, wheat-free, and soy-free. The store hosts dog and cat adoption days with rescue groups.

8517 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring; 301-495-7833.

PollySue’s Vintage Shop

This two-level store carries items for men and women dating as far back as the 1880s. The place is a treasure trove for fans of vintage hats—pillboxes, fedoras, and more fill several racks and boxes. Women’s clothing, including some Mad Men–worthy dresses, are upstairs; the men’s selection of button-down shirts, blazers, and a few old tuxedos are on the lower level. Quirky accessories and retro housewares are throughout the store.

6915 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park; 301-270-5511.


Former hippies and flower children can get a dose of the past at this Takoma Park vintage store, where orange walls are plastered with retro posters and peace-and-love stickers. There’s a heavy emphasis on clothing, accessories, and jewelry from the ’60s and ’70s. Expect bold, floral-print dresses, flowing skirts, retro tees, worn-in cowboy boots, and lots of vinyl records. Both men and women can find pieces here, from good-condition outerwear to bell-bottoms.

7005 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park; 301-891-1008.

Roadhouse Oldies

Owned by a pair of radio DJs, this one-room shop is brimming with ’50s and ’60s rock, doo-wop, jazz, soul, and Motown titles, many on 45s and LPs. Looking for a CD? You can make your own here. The place has two digital jukeboxes programmed with thousands of songs; buy them for 99 cents each and burn a CD for an instant mix.

914 Silver Spring Ave., Silver Spring; 301-587-1858.

Strosniders Hardware

This outpost of the family-run chain is packed with goods for around-the-house jobs—from locks to power tools to paint. Need advice on a project? The helpful, knowledgeable staff has built a loyal following. Also stocked are kitchen gadgets, gardening supplies, pet products, and seasonal decor.

815 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring; 301-565-9150.