. . . gone holiday shopping at Bruce Variety. The five-and-dime days were spent years ago, but perusing these overstocked aisles is priceless -- especially at Halloween. If you're trying to turn yourself into someone else, they've got the perfect something to do it: from fake beards and clown noses to viking helmets and nerd glasses. Fright Night party planners will find candles, confetti, stationery and streamers. Even everyday needs are covered -- can openers, corkscrews, boxers and briefs -- along with that perennial must-have: the rubber chicken.
If you can't find the item you're looking for in the aisles of Bethesda's Bruce Variety, it might just be hanging behind the checkout counter.
(MICHAEL DIBARI JR. FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
6922 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, 301-656-7543
Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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