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hobijack
« on: September 19, 2003 08:34:31 PM »

Thought I might post a couple of my fave thrift stores near the DC metro area and accessible via metro.

-Deja New Thrift Store (near Bethesda metro station): clothes selection not that great but I've found several planters and kitchen stuff

-Prevention of Blindness Thrift Store (near King Street metro in Alexandria, VA): great overall selection

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snoopendous
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2003 07:12:56 AM »

Thanks! Isn't there also a second hand clothes store in Bethesda called Mustard Seed or something like that??  There is also a second hand consignment shop in Dupont called Secondi which is not all that cheap but I have found a few things there anyway.  But really it is somewhat expensive, and I have found things at the Ann Taylor loft store further down the street on sale at a better price than at Secondi.  
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2003 04:13:56 PM »

There is advertised a big rummage sale on Connecticut avenue at this Church that is in between the Dupont Circle and woodley metros -- across the street from where the Washington Sports club and the Bucca Di Beppo restaurant is, if you know Connecticut ave.  The rummage sale is I believe on October 25.  I don't belong to the church but I attended the rummage sale last year.  They basically had these huge piles and piles of clothes stacked on top of one another -- indeed it was a true "rummage sale" but the clothes were really cheap -- like $2 per skirt or shirt, and with a bit of ingenuity the clothes, many of which were a bit old, would look nice.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2004 04:59:53 AM »

There's also a Goodwill on Duke Street in Alexandria, it's on the west side of the freeway (At least, I think it's west- just go the opposite way of going to oldtown). I've found good-priced antique furniture there, and there's lots of neat old stuff behind a counter you can't get to (dammit!)

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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2004 04:20:51 AM »

there is also either a goodwill or salvation army on Glebe Road in Arlington, although I have never gone in there to shop - just dropped stuff off there.  there are some thrift type stores selling used furniture on 14th street, kind of across the street from the Home Rule store, although I think that these stores are more expensive than they should be.  probably cheaper to drive or walk around and hope to find stuff that people are throwing out.
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2004 04:50:31 PM »

hi my name is denis trying to find some help  for buying women close my size large you now
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2004 03:42:29 PM »

My favorite thrift store in the area is Value Village in Langley Park -- it's HUGE, very cheap, and always has something good (clothes, home decoration stuff, boxes, bedding, books, games...).  It's not easy to get to by Metro, but it's easy with a car -- it's just on 193 between Riggs Road and the university.  There's also a medium-sized Salvation Army near there, on New Hampshire Ave. just south of the 193/NH Ave. intersection.  

My favorite secondhand store is Glad Rags in Takoma Park (Carroll Ave. and Ethan Allen Ave.), but it isn't particularly cheap.  However, they have great stuff, and they sell crafty jewelry -- Jody might be amenable to taking work on consignment.
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2004 05:13:30 AM »

Just to add...there's a small but really nice thrift store in Arlington, in the Westover neighborhood (on the border of Arlington and Falls Church) on Washington Blvd.  I can't remember the name of it, but it is near Lebanese Taverna and a bunch of other stores.  Got some great clothing and a few other things there the other day for a really low price!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2004 06:31:45 PM »

There are a couple more vintage style thrift stores in Tacoma Park walking distance from the metro. Polly Sue's (I think that the name) is my favorite, on Carrol Ave a few doors down from the bead store. I want to through a costume party every time I go in there just so I have a reason to by a pretty dress. My husband found a complete pink suit there with a frilly pink shirt and everything to wear to a prom party.
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2004 02:55:52 PM »

Thanks! Isn't there also a second hand clothes store in Bethesda called Mustard Seed or something like that??  There is also a second hand consignment shop in Dupont called Secondi which is not all that cheap but I have found a few things there anyway.  But really it is somewhat expensive, and I have found things at the Ann Taylor loft store further down the street on sale at a better price than at Secondi. 
Yeah, Mustard Seed is in Bethesda; it's really close to the metro station. It's not really a thrift store though--they are really picky about what kinds of clothes they sell--they have to be fashionable, etc. It's not that cheap either. A tee-shirt might cost $5-8. They also sell thrift shop clothes with jacked up prices. Tongue  Half of the store is devoted to new clothes also.  I like Deja New, I've found some nice stuff there.
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2004 06:48:24 AM »

i go to Meeps Fashionette every once in a blue moon...it's in DC on U street...dang! i just checked out the website! looks like they consign for local designers! (awesome!)

http://www.meepsonu.com/
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2004 01:01:45 PM »

i go to Meeps Fashionette every once in a blue moon...it's in DC on U street...dang! i just checked out the website! looks like they consign for local designers! (awesome!)

http://www.meepsonu.com/
Ahh! That store looks awesome! I must try to go there this weekend! (when I get a break from studying.  Undecided )
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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2004 01:50:25 PM »

Meeps is way overpriced.  I'm not such a fan.  Same with Nana's, which is right down the street. 

Good if you like vintage clothes and don't mind paying a premium for them. 

If you want good thrift though, you have to go to the suburbs. 
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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2004 05:56:44 PM »

I don't really like vintage clothes, but i do like their accessories. (cards, earrings) I think i may try making one of those tie cuffs they have on there...  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2004 05:30:46 AM »

Tie cuffs?  You mean, a necktie that is worn as a bracelet?

My old (EVIL) roommate used to work there, and I make and sell wrist ties online as well as at a local market.  I gave her one as a present, and I'd be willing to bet she took it in and showed them, and instead of giving me the commissioned work, they probably just had an employee hack off a bunch of nasty old ties. 
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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2004 08:37:05 AM »

actually, i usually end up at meeps when i need a little inspiration/funkiness...don't get too much of that in the burbs unless it's a consignment store. New to You is okay (consignment store in Falls Church) http://www.newtoyou.net/index.asp
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« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2004 11:22:32 AM »

does any one know of any good thrift stores near marymount university, which is out in arlington va off of north glebe road..i know of one..but i am looking for more..that one has things ever now and then..i was looking to go tomorrow..so if anyone knows of any great thrift stores, salvation armys, all that good stuff..give me a holla!


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« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2004 06:30:37 PM »

a bunch near arlington are mentioned on this thread.. the one near the laverna tavern which is in westover (near swanson middle school) and New to you is really close.. t heres also a good will near 7 corners (in the section with target)
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2005 12:48:20 PM »

My favorite thrift store in the area is Value Village in Langley Park -- it's HUGE, very cheap, and always has something good (clothes, home decoration stuff, boxes, bedding, books, games...).  It's not easy to get to by Metro, but it's easy with a car -- it's just on 193 between Riggs Road and the university.  There's also a medium-sized Salvation Army near there, on New Hampshire Ave. just south of the 193/NH Ave. intersection. 

My favorite secondhand store is Glad Rags in Takoma Park (Carroll Ave. and Ethan Allen Ave.), but it isn't particularly cheap.  However, they have great stuff, and they sell crafty jewelry -- Jody might be amenable to taking work on consignment.


yesss i agree with all of this!
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2005 04:38:19 PM »

Wagging Tails in Rockville (benefits Mountgomery County animal shelter).  Excellent stuff!
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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2006 10:44:18 AM »

There are some awesome thrifts in Laurel MD - there is a Village thrift on 198 just beyond the intersection of 197 in Laurel, on 450 in Lanham there is a Value village.  There is a Value Village in suitland across from Andrews airforce base. There is also a Value Village in Clinton off of Branch Ave.
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« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2006 05:59:11 PM »

I have a national directory of charity thrift shops that I hope you'll find useful.

http://www.TheThriftShopper.Com
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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2007 11:39:33 AM »

My favorite thrift stores in Northern Virginia are:

Yesterday's Rose on Main Street (9960 main street in Fairfax): I have found so many great clothes here, tons of furniture, suitcases... I make sure I go every time I visit my parents.  I have been going there since I was 12 or so Smiley  Also they have special deals: Thrifty Tuesday and Thrifty Thursday... one day is 50% all clothes, one is 50% off housewares and the like

Salvation Army (6528 Little River Turnpike in Alexandria): I have found lots of great clothes here, but more importantly, I got some of my favorite vintage shoes are from here!  I wear a 10, but I still manage to walk away with at least a pair each time.
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« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2007 02:48:48 PM »

My favorite thrift stores in Northern Virginia are:

Yesterday's Rose on Main Street (9960 main street in Fairfax): I have found so many great clothes here, tons of furniture, suitcases... I make sure I go every time I visit my parents.  I have been going there since I was 12 or so Smiley  Also they have special deals: Thrifty Tuesday and Thrifty Thursday... one day is 50% all clothes, one is 50% off housewares and the like

Salvation Army (6528 Little River Turnpike in Alexandria): I have found lots of great clothes here, but more importantly, I got some of my favorite vintage shoes are from here!  I wear a 10, but I still manage to walk away with at least a pair each time.

I think Yesterday's Rose does half off clothes on mondays.
Smiley Leave it to craftsters to go to a thrift store to buy things when they're half off. I'll be talking to a friend and tell them its half off clothes at the thrift store, and they all think I'm cheap, haha.
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« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2008 07:05:13 AM »

A little known of thrift shop in Alexandria is located in the church of St. Clement Basement, A lot of people from the church donate Designer stuff and its real cheap.
it open Saturday mornings, and some Fridays, but if you call the church office at  (703) 998-6166, some one will gladly give you the hours it open.
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« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2008 07:45:05 PM »

I recently read an article in a university paper about thrifting and found the following recommendations (granted, it was Georgetown's paper, so they might be more expensive than I imagine, but the author seemed down-to-earth?)

Adams Morgan:
Junction Vintage (on U St.), Meeps (already mentioned), and Smash!Records

Georgia Avenue:
L&N Thrift (supposedly a little cluttered), and Georgia Ave. Thrift Store (highly recommended in the article for an assortment of items and cheap prices)

M St: Annie Cream Cheese  (This is the only one I've been to. It's more vintage than thrift, if you ask me.  Not specifically cheap but neat stuff.)

Hope this helps!
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« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2008 06:06:44 PM »

Snoopenda, yes, the Mustard Seed is right off the Bethesda metro stop. Once you exit the station (through the elevator, not escalator), you turn right, walk a block, and the store is on your left. They have a really awesome selection of second hand clothing and shoes, and it's super cheap, like $6 or $7 for a really cute top. They have men's clothes, too, though not nearly as much as the women's selection of course. They also have a rack or two of vintage stuff--mostly old housedresses and bright summer dresses. Last but not least they have local designers jewelry and newer clothing (which can be pricey, but very cute, too).

And if you're looking to sell back some clothes, be warned. They only take clothes in exceptional condition. One tiny hole, stain, or fade and they'll throw it back at you. Also, since the clothes are so cheap, you get no more than $5 per item you sell (at most, in my experience). But overall, the place is great and you can do some serious shopping for only $50.

And my ultimate recommendation would be the Georgia Ave Thrift Store on....Georgia Ave, about 2 or 3 miles north of Columbia Heights. I forget which bus goes there, but it will drop you off right in front of the place. HUGE selection of clothing, books, homes stuff, etc. Also, they sell bundles of scrap fabric for $1 or $2 a pop. It's heaven for crafters!
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« Reply #27 on: September 01, 2009 11:41:28 AM »

Being a Marlyander and working off of 16th and L I know the frustration of sometimes not knowing where the closest consignment, re-sale/thrift shops are so I put together a directory for all of us and have an iPhone application coming soon for you savvy shoppers.

http://www.garagesalestracker.com
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« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2009 11:44:23 AM »

http://www.garagesalestracker.com/store-search.asp?lc=sb_lnk#
Being a Marlyander and working off of 16th and L I know the frustration of sometimes not knowing where the closest consignment, re-sale/thrift shops are so I put together a directory for all of us and have an iPhone application coming soon for you savvy shoppers.

http://www.garagesalestracker.com
http://www.garagesalestracker.com/store-search.asp?lc=sb_lnk#
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