For furniture hunters, “shop local” doesn’t mean figuring out whether the Ikea in College Park is closer than the one in Woodbridge. D.C. is home to dozens of unique shops that range from quirky vintage to sleekly upscale; some offer personalized design services, and many will deliver already assembled pieces to your living room. “Shopping local allows you to find really unique items that aren’t mass-produced,” D.C.-based interior designer Danielle A. Gray says. “You can walk into a local antique store and purchase a vintage lamp that ends up being a gorgeous conversation piece.” If you’re new in town — or you just want an excuse to send your couch to the curb — here’s a look at some local options. Prices vary at each business based on the piece and factors such as customization.
1428 U St. NW
Walking into this cozy shop is like falling down a bohemian Alice-in-Wonderland hole: Globes, vintage cigar boxes and knickknacks are crammed in every corner and piled atop every farmhouse table. And the collection is always shifting, co-owner Anna Kahoe says. She and her husband, Dan, bring in 60 to 100 pieces of vintage and antique furniture each week; stop by on a Thursday or Friday afternoon to see what’s new. “We move the entire store around to accommodate the truck full of inventory, so you get to see new living rooms or dining rooms, and that will help you figure out what you like and how to make artful, unique rooms,” Kahoe says. Plan on nabbing things like a set of velvet chairs or a 19th-century chest of drawers.
Goldsborough Glynn Classic Furnishings & Finds
3746 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md.
Going for a stately vibe? This Maryland antiques shop helped furnish “House of Cards” — its furniture and accessories have appeared in the White House and Russian Embassy sets of the Netflix series. “It’s all about the classic — traditional, well-built furniture — and the finds: an unpredictable, constantly changing trove of treasures for your home,” says Margaret Goldsborough, who owns the shop with her sister, Susan. She especially touts their dining room pieces, small tables, lamps, mirrors and Oriental rugs.
Hudson & Crane
1781 Florida Ave. NW
The urban design studio offers plenty of customization. “You can make something that’s exactly your style, both in comfort and look,” co-owner Lyric Turner says. Most pieces have a cash-and-carry option, which means you can take them home that day — unusual at most shops — and there are six interior designers on staff. If you choose to avail yourself of their wisdom, the initial consultation fee goes toward your first purchases. “Our goal is to help every person who comes in understand that working with a designer can be accessible and affordable,” Turner says. “A lot of people have it in their heads that designers are only for the rich and well-heeled, or for older people who have ‘arrived.’ Our aim is to completely dispel that myth.”
Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot
1626 14th St. NW
Local window-shoppers know Miss Pixie’s well: The Logan Circle boutique features vintage and antique finds from area auctions; a new haul arrives every Wednesday. Owner Pixie Windsor rattles off a list of staples, including art, mirrors, lamps, dishes, outdoor furniture and silverware. “Things move fast,” she says. “And we have a great — and cute — delivery team.”
3342 M St. NW
The Danish retailer specializes in modern metal, glass and upholstered furniture. Tim Machenaud, who owns the Georgetown franchise, says each piece can be personalized to shoppers’ preferences. For example, one of the 10 different sofas available “can be made in 20 different combination sizes, [with] three types of arms, 120 fabrics and leathers and 15 types of legs” to choose from, he says. BoConcept focuses on living, dining, sleeping and working spaces, and doesn’t offer kitchen cabinets or bathroom fixtures.