From Chanel’s strapless gown to Alexander McQueen’s yellow daffodil bag, our writers have scored amazing finds at these affordable stores.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect party dress, a gift for that one-of-a-kind gift for someone in your life, or fitness gear to kickstart your New Year’s resolutions, you’ll find exactly what you need in our tested and approved NoVA stores. Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite merchandise and vintage stores in the area.
Written by Ashley Davidson, Kate Oxibook and Kristen Schutt
Compact fashion and design studio
If you think this style has died with modern fashion, make an appointment here. It doubles as owner Shelley White’s warehouse to outfit the stars for movies (think Chris Rock for Netflix’s Rustin) and offers a treasure trove of turn-of-the-century-to-70s pieces that won’t break the bank. (While prices vary, dresses usually start at $65.) Clothes are arranged on the shelves by decade. Gorgeous 1920s beaded dresses The great GatsbyAnd there’s a selection of designer clothes like Halston. The men’s section is stacked too – shirt inspired by Saturday night feverJohn Travolta is a wonderful find. 5179-B Lee Hwy. , Arlington—KS
If its cheery mint green facade doesn’t automatically attract you, the bright and colorful clothes inside will. This consignment shop stays active on their Instagram feed (shopmintcondition), so it’s easy to get stuck in whatever you want, but do it fast! Selling items quickly. Recent finds include a black and cream Kate Spade dress for $50, a yellow daffodil Alexander McQueen bag for $370, and several pairs of Tory Burch flats for under $60. Mint Condition is family owned and operated, and it shows – the place is warm and welcoming to anyone who pops in for a look. 103 Assaf St., Alexandria—KO
Saint Anthony’s wedding
Hidden inside an inconspicuous Fairfax office building, the St. Anthony’s Bridal Hotel nearly explodes at the seams with hundreds of well-worn wedding dresses donated by brides. Each dress at this nonprofit boutique, from simple sheaths to sophisticated ball gowns, costs $250 or less, and costs just $195. The shop, which is staffed entirely by volunteers, also sells headscarves for less than $100 and offers referrals to lower-fee seamstresses for St. Anthony’s Bridal clients. Donations arrive frequently, so there is always something new to discover. 10560 Main Street, Str. 401, Fairfax-ad
Have you ever dreamed of owning a Gucci bag or attending your next party wearing a pair of Manolo Blahniks – except for those pesky price tags? Look no further than this boutique consignment store that sells designer clothes and accessories beloved by even the most discerning fashionista. Here, you can scan shelf after shelf to find the perfect look, whether it’s classic, modern, antique, boho, or sexy laminate. Prices vary wildly but fit every budget, from a collection of LBDs under $100 to a strapless Chanel gown that’s a steal for under $3,600. 1009 King Street – Alexandria-ad
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