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In this deceptively tiny shop tucked on a side street near DC's iconic Eastern Market, patrons have been known to spend hours browsing used books. An old house converted to a bookstore holds more paper than one could ever think possible; two levels are covered floor to ceiling in literature, history, poetry, and more. Somehow the owner knows exactly where everything is, though filing systems seem barely there. And if you can't find exactly what you want to purchase, there are often a few boxes of free books sitting outside the shop.
Located on Wilson Boulevard, Current Boutique is one of the well known fashion boutiques in Arlington that also stocks secondhand clothes. Take a pick from a range of branded and fashionable clothes and accessories, as well as some of the rare and fashionable vintage designs. If you have a piece of designer clothing that you no longer use, then you can also walk in here and get a great price for it, or best of all, get a piece of trendy clothing at cheap price. Expect to stumble upon products from brands/designers like ESCADA, Diane von Furstenberg, National Costume and many more.
Gossip On 23rd is a shop that sells unusual apparel, bows, belts and shoes. Women can shop for cotton and lace dresses with eye-catching, geometric prints, flared and pleated skirts in bold colors, funky tank tops and camisoles. Pair them with a sequin hair band, trendy clutch purse, textured belt and smoking slippers for a stylish look. It also sells hand-crafted jewelry, books, fair trade products, greeting cards and gifting items. Though it stocks apparel for men and children, its collection for women is most extensive. Keep an eye out for their frequent sales.
Located in Bethesda’s trendy downtown, Mustard Seed is a unique clothing store that buys secondhand items with labels ranging from Target brand to Prada. The way it works is that customers set up an appointment and bring in their old clothing, accessories and shoes. If the store believes the items to be in good condition, they will purchase them and sells them in their cute boutique. Because of the nature of the buying process, Mustard Seed has a new collection every week. The selection, however, pales in comparison to the incredibly low prices. It is not uncommon to find a pair of designer jeans selling for pocket change. While second-hand clothing is their main staple, Mustard Seed also sells a more expensive and trendier new collection.
For those smart shoppers out there who can smell a bargain a mile away, be certain to make Tanger Outlets National Harbor/Washington DC a stop during your stay in the nation's capital. The shopping center boasts over 2,200 outlets - a number that means shopping at this incredible outlet is an all day adventure. Whether you're looking for designer clothing, toys for the kids, luggage, or furnishings for your home, you will be sure to find all that and more at this large outlet complex. When hunting for bargains has made you hungry, stop by one of the many shops offering snacks throughout the shopping center.