From a strapless Chanel gown to a daffodil-yellow Alexander McQueen bag, our writers scored amazing finds at these bargain shops.
Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect party dress, a gift for that impossible-to-shop-for person in your life, or fitness gear with which to kick off your New Year’s resolutions, you’ll find just what you need at these tested-and-approved NoVA stores. Here, we round up our favorite consignment and vintage shops in the region.
By Ashley Davidson, Kate Oczypok, and Kristen Schott
If you believe that style died with modern fashion, make an appointment here. It doubles as owner Shelley White’s warehouse for outfitting the stars for films (think Chris Rock for Netflix’s Rustin) and offers a treasure chest of pieces from the turn of the century through the 1970s that won’t break the bank. (While prices vary, dresses typically start at $65.) Attire is arranged on racks by the decade. The gorgeous 1920s beaded drop-waist frocks are straight out of The Great Gatsby, and there’s a designer selection with attire from the likes of Halston. The men’s section is stacked, too—a shirt inspired by Saturday Night Fever’s John Travolta is one groovy find. 5179-B Lee Hwy., Arlington—K.S.
If its cheery mint green facade doesn’t automatically draw you in, the bright and colorful clothing inside will. This consignment shop stays active on its Instagram feed (@shopmintcondition), so it’s easy to snag what you want, but do so quickly! Items sell fast. Recent finds include a black-and-cream Kate Spade dress for $50, a daffodil-yellow Alexander McQueen bag for $370, and several pairs of Tory Burch flats for under $60. Mint Condition is family-owned and -operated, and it shows—the place is warm and welcoming to anyone who pops in for a look. 103 S. St. Asaph St., Alexandria—K.O.
Tucked away inside an inconspicuous office building in Fairfax, St. Anthony’s Bridal is nearly bursting at the seams with hundreds of worn-once wedding gowns donated by brides. Every dress at this nonprofit boutique, from simple sheaths to couture ball gowns, is priced at or under $250, with most costing only $195. The shop, which is entirely staffed by volunteers, also sells veils for under $100 and offers referrals to a seamstress who discounts her fees for St. Anthony’s Bridal customers. Donations arrive frequently, so there’s always something new to discover. 10560 Main St., Ste. 401, Fairfax—A.D.
Ever dreamed of owning a Gucci bag or strutting into your next party wearing a pair of Manolo Blahniks—except for those pesky price tags? Look no further than this boutique consignment shop selling pre-loved designer clothing and accessories for even the most discerning fashionistas. Here, you can sift through rack after rack to find your perfect look, whether it’s classic, trendy, vintage, boho, rebel, or sexy siren. Prices vary greatly but fit every budget, from a collection of LBDs for less than $100 to a strapless Chanel gown that’s a steal at just under $3,600. 1009 King St., Alexandria—A.D.
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