At this new addition to the vintage promenade that is U Street, Yvette Freeman sells lovingly refurbished, reasonably priced 20th-century estate-sale furniture and industrial signage. Recently spotted: a pair of cowhide-covered director’s chairs for $525.
Recycling-minded seamstresses Kristen Swensen and Erin Derge transform secondhand ties and fabrics into profoundly cute ascot-esque accents and bloomer shorts. They'll also redesign your most unflattering garments (yes, heinous bridesmaid dresses, this means you).
Marlene Hu Aldaba, who also owns designer footwear spot Hu's Shoes across the street, has created here a gorgeously spare spot filled with the designer pieces to match: Proenza Schouler striped peplum jackets, hot pink Alexander McQueen minis—it's the perfect mix of youthful and classic.
It's only open on weekends, so plan accordingly; this vintage jewelry trove is worth it. What looks like chaos—jumbles of necklaces, piles of rings—is actually an amazing gallery carefully organized by style and era. Find everything from '20s emerald earrings to ornate Renaissance-revival cuffs to '70s disco bling.
All rocker, all the time: With racks of sleeveless tunics, slinky slit-knee cigarette trousers and a soundtrack blaring the latest from bands like Bombay Bicycle Club and Gauntlet Hair, ex-DJ/owner Lori Parkerson will have you updating your wardrobe and iPod simultaneously.
This brick-walled shop pulls off the "vintage fused with new stuff" concept with a mix of thrifted sweater coats, R.P. Miller striped T-shirts and art deco rings from Lithics—and the fastidiously organized lineup offers a pleasant reprieve from the cluttered feel of neighboring vintage shops.