Secondhand Fashion in the DC Area

You’ve probably been hearing the term “fast fashion” buzzing around your social media and news outlets lately but what is it and why is it harmful?

One of my favorite blogs, The Good Trade, states that β€œFast fashion utilizes trend replication, rapid production, and low quality materials in order to bring inexpensive styles to the public.” These tenants of fast fashion are equally harmful to both the environment and the people involved in its production. Check out what The Good Trade has to say about the industry here!

I live in the DC area and have spent the better part of the last year exploring all the thrift, consignment and secondhand stores the District has to offer! I’ll try to focus on just a few stores today that are totally worth the trip in (or out!) of the city!

1. Buffalo Exchange-

This consignment store is one of my favorites in DC. First of all, its in an amazing location nestled on 14th street and surrounded by other interesting shops and bars. The store may be small but oh is it mighty! They have a great selection of bags and shoes, as well as a great mix of retro tees, upcycled garments, and rare vintage finds. If I’m looking to add a little spunk to my wardrobe this is the first place I would go!

2. Current Boutique-

Current Boutique has locations in DC, Arlington and Alexandria. I live in Old Town and have been consistently consigning with CB for over a year. Their staff is friendly, helpful and extremely well dressed (duh). They have a wonderful mix of high-end items and everyday work clothes. I would say that the prices range anywhere from $10-$200 depending on what you’re looking for. I have found jeans, dresses, work shirts, and even ball gowns just at their Alexandria location. Current Boutique has also ramped up their online presence and many of their items can be seen on their website!

3. REDDZ Trading- (Georgetown)

Georgetown is one of the best places to go shopping in the DC area… if you have the money! I… do not have the money. But I stumbled across this consignment store a few months ago and have made my way back multiple times since! First thing to note: they have an amazing greeting dog at the front counter so make sure to stop by and say hi before you start paroozing. This is a great place to go if you want designer brands that have been well-cared for but without the designer price tag. You can find all sorts of brand name items (especially jewelry!) but at a fraction of the price.

4. Remix Recycling Co.-

Maryland is flooded with awesome secondhand stores. If you’re fro Maryland or venturing that way- check out Community Forklift, they don’t sell clothes (hence why they aren’t included in this list) but I can guarantee you won’t regret it! Okay, back to clothes! Remix Recycling Co. is located in Bethesda, MD and was previously named Mustard Seed. This store is a little smaller than some of the others but it makes the list for it’s insanely reasonable pricing. If you want to consign with them then you’ll have to call and make an appointment first!

5. Frugalista-

Located in Mount Pleasant (North of Adams Morgan) this shop boasts great prices and a wide variety of styles. If you find yourself at the National Zoo this summer then you should definitely make time to swing by this unique store. They frequently have unbeatable sales and the staff is very friendly. This is a great place to go if you need a new work outfit or if you want to re-vamp your staples.

BONUS: DC Thrift Crawl!!!

Anna Sanders is behind this wonderful event that took place in DC April 6th. The Crawl combines food, drinks and what they call “dope vibes” but what I call “dope finds”! Yes, you are right- April 6th has already passed us- BUT- Anna hopes to host more events in the future so be sure to follow them on Facebook & Instagram, stay up to date with the newest trends and hottest deals on the DC thrift scene.

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