The Best of Washington 2021: Antique Furniture Stores

Antique furniture is better for the environment, it’s cooler than mass-produced stuff, and thanks to the delays caused by the Covid virus hitting retail chain retailers, it’s probably the only option if you want a sofa before Thanksgiving. Here are seven of our favorite local retailers. Bonus: they all have shoppable Instagram pages, where they post new merchandise.

Online shopping doesn’t have to be limited to big retailers. This provider of flawless Mid-Century and Danish Modern pieces sells across social media and delivers across the region. Tweet embed

An unmissable destination for the average fashionista, this store has a huge selection of American-made pieces from manufacturers like Bassett and Lane, and also gets vintage shipments directly from Denmark. (Bonus: The store’s location in downtown Frederick, a short walk from many other old sites, makes for a fun day trip.) 24 E. Patrick Street, Frederick; Tweet embed

Fans of Off the Beaten Track Warehouse—the northeastern mecca of antique furniture that closed in 2016—will be pleased to know that its owners are back with the smaller but no less exciting Adams Morgan space, packed wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with treasures. (It only opens occasionally, so check before you go.) 1830 Columbia Road, NW; @1830_v vintage.

Joanna Gaines has been cruising at this indoor/outdoor destination – it’s more of an experience than a shop – where the vibe is rustic chic. However, amid the dozens of sellers, you can also count on mid-century modern and other styles. 42350 Lockets Road, Leesburg. Tweet embed

Essentially a mid-century paradise, where walnut, teak, atomic lamps, and exquisite artwork reign supreme. Prices are reasonable, and owners can often tell you where the item came from. 10523 Ewing Road, Beltsville; Tweet embed

The 18-year-old protagonist of the U Street shopping scene is a must-have stop for anyone looking for one-of-a-kind art, a perfectly crafted chesterfield made of distressed leather, funky lamps, rugs, and other decor. 1428 U Street. North West ; Tweet embed

Photo: Evie Mages

The sprawling store is one of the few standalone spots left on 14th Street, and has always been the most fun treasure hunt in town, with well-priced pieces from just about every period and every taste. 1626 14th Street, NW; Tweet embed

This article appeared in the September 2021 issue of The Washingtonian.


Senior Editor

Marisa Cashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She oversees the magazine’s coverage of real estate and home design, and writes feature stories. She was a 2020 Livingston Prize finalist for her two-part investigation into a wrongful conviction arising from a murder in rural Virginia.

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