Best Antique Shopping in the Washington, D.C. Area

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Looking for some antique furnishings or unique accessories to decorate your home? The Washington, D.C. area has a variety of great shopping destinations to find one-of-a-kind items. Here is a guide to the best places to explore in the capital region.

In Washington, D.C.

  • Georgetown: The historic neighborhood has a variety of antique stores offering unique home furnishings and accessories. Georgetown is a fun place to browse for decorative items with most of the stores located on Wisconsin Avenue and along O and M Streets, NW. 
  • Weschler's Auctioneers: The only auction house located in Washington, D.C., Weschler's holds about 6 catalogue auctions each season, featuring European & American furniture and decorations, paintings, jewelry, 20th Century decorative arts, rugs and tapestries and more. They also hold estate auctions of property from many politicians, celebrities and other famous people.

    In Maryland

    • Kensington Antique Row: Antique Row, located in Kensington at Howard Avenue East and its adjacent streets, is the oldest Antiques Center in the metropolitan D.C. area. Antique Row has grown over the years to include more than 80 shops including everything from fine antiques to art galleries, to modern crafts and gifts. Find a variety of books, furniture, lighting, collectible clocks, stained glass, dolls, jewelry, and much more.
    • West Howard Antiques District: This antiques and interior design district, also in historic Kensington, Maryland, offers more than 100,000 square feet of warehouses of antiques from around the world. Direct Importers are from England, the European Continent and Asia. Professional custom design and restoration services area available.
    • New Market: This quaint small town in Frederick County was founded in 1793 as a convenient stop for travelers in need of food, lodging, and services. Today, New Market retains its charming, small town flavor with a Bed & Breakfast Country Inn, fine restaurants and more than 30 antique shops.
    • Historic Ellicott City: The historic town in Howard County with its stone and brick buildings and narrow streets has a rugged charm and an interesting selection of historic museums, antique and specialty shops and restaurants.
    • Historic Savage Mill: This 19th century textile mill, between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., has been restored to become a unique home to quality antique stores, home furnishing stores, craft galleries, artist studios, specialty shops, restaurants, banquet facilities and an authentic French bakery.
    • Downtown Frederick: Frederick is an antique haven with over 200 antique shops in an eight block area. Find a wide selection of furniture from beds to armoires, to dining tables, magnificent grandfather, mantel and wall clocks, early 20th century light fixtures, and much more.
    • Emmitsburg Antique Mall: Located in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, the antique mall includes 120 shops of antiques, furniture, coins, jewelry, books and more.

    In Northern Virginia

    • Old Town Alexandria: Alexandria is a great destination for shopping with many art galleries and antique shops that offer a wide range of decorative items including museum-quality and early American furniture and accessories.
    • Historic Leesburg: This historic district offers many fine antique and specialty shops and is an interesting place to explore. You will find a wide range of antiques and accessories.
    • New Market: This quaint Virginia town is a registered Virginia Historic Landmark in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with antique, gift and specialty shops and restaurants, caverns and a few golf courses nearby.