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Vintage, handmade and emerging designer markets abound this holiday season

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Be a holiday hero by shopping at one of the many markets popping up around D.C. “By supporting these markets versus shopping at department stores, you’re supporting local business and buying products that aren’t mass-produced, which people appreciate the thought of,” says Virginia Arrisueno, founder of DC MeetMarket and, new this year for the holidays, Parcel Market. Here is a list of our favorites, grouped by their offerings.

Christmas past

Vintage wares

Holiday Hang Out

For its inaugural holiday market, Meeps — the teeny vintage boutique that sells fashions from the ’60s and on — is upping its festive clothing game. In addition to delightfully outdated sweatshirts from the ’80s and Starter jackets, “we’ll have lots of ugly Christmas sweaters and plenty of party dresses,” says co-owner Cathy Chung. You’ll also find contemporary gifts from local vendors, like art from illustrator Elizabeth Graeber and knitwear from Warm Distractions.
Meeps, 2104 18th St. NW; Fri., 6-9 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; 202-265-6546,

Also try: Rock ’n’ Shop
This long-running garage sale-like market will feature 30 to 40 vendors selling records from bygone crooners, old toys, books and clothing as well as handmade crafts made locally.
The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Wed., 8 p.m.; 202-667-4490,

Christmas present

Contemporary products


This eclectic market, now in its fourth year, includes handmade wares from more than 75 local vendors, including D.C.-themed letterpress cards from Grey Moggie Press, barrel-aged maple syrups from Langdon Wood and soaps from Lather Craft. The day’s programming includes nonstop screenings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Christmas ornament crafting, cookie decorating and a gift-wrapping station.
Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; Sun., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.;

Also try: Alexandria’s Holiday Market
Ceramics, jewelry and European-inspired foods abound at this debut market. There will also be live musical performances and photo ops with Santa.
300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria; Fri.-Sun. & Dec. 19-23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;

Christmas future

Emerging designers

Parcel Market

This new waterfront market is a peek into the future of D.C. style, with fashions from up-and-coming District designers like Native Danger menswear and Matine’s modernist leather clutches, above. “We wanted to create something outside of the traditional market that was more elevated,” says Arrisueno, who curated the selection with her husband, Kelly Towles. The bazaar also includes music from local DJs and an ice skating rink.
Canal Park, 200 M St. SE; Fri., 5-9 p.m., Sat., noon-9 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m.;

Also try: Cady’s Alley Bazaar
Five emerging designers set up pop-up shops in a spacious showroom. Look for luxury menswear from Ikkon and contemporary clothing and jewelry from StyleCable.
3330 Cady’s Alley NW; through Jan. 4, Tuesdays-Thursdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day;