One of the things I love about living where I do is being able to walk on over to the Georgetown Flea every Sunday! I love thrifting and flea markets, so having one only a few blocks away has been a treat. It runs from about 8 am to 4 pm (great for early risers as well as the after brunch crowd) and has a huge selection of classic, quirky, and just plain weird items. If you live in the DC area and haven’t been, here are some tips before you go!
1) Bring cash. In this day and age, it seems like practically everywhere you go takes cards, but that isn’t true here (at least at the stalls I’ve visited). Cash comes in handy, but if you don’t have any in your wallet, you can run across the street to Safeway (they have an ATM by the checkout area) and come right back down to keep scouring the flea. Honestly, taking out cash is a good way to curtail excessive spending, so it isn’t the worst setup in the world!
2) Ask about prices. If you don’t ask, you won’t know! Items aren’t always clearly labeled, and sometimes I’m shocked at how expensive things run, while other times I can’t believe that such adorable pieces are actually pretty cheap! The first time I visited the Flea I was appalled at how much some of the stuff cost (and even recently I fell in love with a gorgeous painting that ended up being $180…not your typical flea market price!). However, I’ve also scored a classic looking gold bamboo mirror for about $25 and found other cute items for less than $10, such as the vintage-looking French piece in the gold frame, shown above. Bargaining doesn’t hurt either.
3) Get to know the vendors. You don’t have to get to know them personally, haha. But having a sense of who is there each week can be helpful if you’re looking for something specific. For example, Julia of Modernest Home has the best selection of midcentury and chinoiserie furniture and accessories and also refinishes items. If you’re not looking for anything in particular, it’s still a lot of fun to browse, but keep in mind that generally the same people have stands from week to week, so if you’re looking for a ton of variety, you may want to check out several different fleas per month.