Thrift and consignment shopping is a fantastic way to find some fantastic clothes or other items without paying full price, which is a great thing in any economy. While you might have to be prepared to dig around for the best deals, I always come away from a nice bargain looking great. Everyone knows about the basic stores, Goodwill and the Salvation Army, so I’ll discuss some others.
3069 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Near Columbia Heights Metro
In large part, this place has brands like Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and more for amazing prices (roughly $4 – $7 each)! There’s also some higher-end clothing mixed in. This store is by far my favorite in DC. There have been reports of employees who sometimes snicker at customers, although I haven’t experienced it personally. For me, that would be a minor inconvenience compared to getting loads of great clothes on the cheap.
Georgia Avenue Thrift Store
6101 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
This lovely place in Brentwood also sells brands like Banana Republic, J. Crew, and Ann Taylor for wonderfully low prices. Sometimes you’ll have to look hard for the best deals, but they’re always there to be found. There don’t appear to be fitting rooms, which is a drag, but the store also has some kitchen appliances, furniture and books, which makes it a great stop for whatever you need or want.
American Rescue Workers Thrift
1107 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
American Rescue in the H Street Corridor can seem like a dingy place, but it’s great for dirt-cheap merchandise. With perfect plates at $0.50 apiece in addition to clothing and other miscellaneous items, this is another fantastic place to go if you’re really trying to get by on a budget.
Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot
1626 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
This furniture store is more expensive than the other locations I’ve mentioned, but they still offer good deals on much of their stock. Miss Pixie’s offers loads of quirky and character-rich tables, chairs, lamps, you name it! Even when I don’t have the money (or space) to buy anything, I love to look around because it’s so much fun! And everyone here is so sweet! I’ve met only the loveliest people here.
Second Time Around
3289 M St NW
(between N 33rd St & N Eton Ct)
Washington, DC 20007
Second Time Around in Georgetown is pretty well organized and has a great selection of clothing from serious designers down to Forever 21. Typically, they’re more expensive than Frugalista or Georgetown Ave., but still significantly less than the price of new clothes. They also tend to carry lots of fun jewelry and other accessories, so go check it out!