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    Eastern Market-GRAFKE: Original hand made Jewelry

    by zanzooni Written Nov 21, 2004

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    This is an outdoor vendor, that retails in some pricy shops, but if you come to see her here, you will get a better discount on her wares by buying directly from her. Shhhh! She's undercover...you can find her at the Eastern Market, as well as the address below.

    What to pay: Most of her items are under $100.00

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    Capital Hill Market: The only Supermarket

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 24, 2005

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    This was the only market let alone a supermarket we saw in Washington DC. So if you plan on cooking yourself make sure you know if there is a market any where near by where you are staying. If you can or are willing to cook instead of eating out which is VERY expensive just about any where you eat, you WILL SAVE a lot of money in doing so.

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    All Kinds of Hassle-Free Shopping: Abundant Choices in Washington DC For...

    by deecat Updated May 29, 2005

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    "One can buy anything with MONEY except MORALITY." Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    f you enjoy shopping, then you will love Washing DC and the surrounding area.
    Here are some of the fun places to shop:

    1.For outstanding pottery, try Appalachian Spring Shop. It's like an informal museum with quilts, carved wood, fabrics, and, of course, pottery.
    1415 Wisconsin Ave. NW

    2. If you want art by local area artists, try Addison/Ripley Galleries which are located in both Dupont Circle & Georgetown.

    3.If you like to bargain for what you purchase, try the Georgetown Flea Market. It's open on Sunday only. There are the usual flea market items, but its reputation for selling high-quality furniture, antiques, and decorative items is good.
    Wisconsin Ave. & S St. NW

    4. If you have a teenager who is looking for extreme fashions, try Commander Salamander This is definitely for the young with extreme tastes...boot, shoes, packpacks as well as clothes.
    1420 Wisconsin Ave. NW

    5. For a gourmet food store, try Dean & DeLuca which is about as luxurious as any grocery store I've ever seen. Super salad bar and fabulous ready-made meals.
    3276 M St. NW

    6. For a large mall with lots of choices, try The Shops at Georgetown Park. It's right on the canal and has clothing, shoes, electrical goods, luggage, games, home fashion products as well as a food court and several restaurants.
    3222 M St. NW

    7. For really unique gifts, try one of the many Museum Shops You can buy artwork reproductions, books, textiles, ceramics, tapestry purses, and souvenirs. Some of the best are National Gallery of Art, Museum of African Art, National Building Museum, & The Renwick Gallery

    8. For DC memorabilia and souvenirs, try either Political Americana or Made in America which are both in Union Station

    What to buy: If you are like I am and love to read, you will be thrilled with all the bookstores in the area. Besides the usual big-name bookstores, there are book sections in all the museums as well as independently-owned bookstores.

    There's a museum and book shop in the basement of Washington National Cathedral.

    Also, there's the Herb Cottage, which is in a renovated octagonal baptistry on the Cathedral grounds.

    The gift shop at the Kennedy Center has books about the performing arts and Washington in general.

    "Things-to-do" books are sold at the Smithsonian Shops

    If you want art books, stop by the Franz Bader Bookstore at
    1911 I Street

    A real "book lover's" bookstore is Chapters a few doors down from the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel on K Street.

    Perhaps Politics & Prose is most typical of DC with books and interest of local authors. There are readings, book-signing parties, and receptions held here regularly.
    Located on Connecticut Avenue not far from the UFO-style Intelsat building.

    I don't think you'll have any trouble finding good book stores here in DC!

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    Vernders on the corner: Lookin for a tee shirt or other gift?

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 24, 2005

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    Now if you have a lot of people at home waiting for their bobble you brought them home and you want to get it cheap then by all means stop at one of these corner verders. You can get 4 tee shirts for ten dollars, if you go into a store, any store you will pay minimum of $10.00 or more for one tee shirt with Washington DC on it. So shop around and look for the best quality made ones, these vernders are a dime a dozen, all over the place.

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    Sidewalk Flowers anyone?: Street Vendors

    by RhondaRuth Written Sep 12, 2003

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    I like to stop and look at some street vendor's wares. Not someone who has laid out a blanker or jacket with "stuff" for sale. But real little cart stores. Sometimes you can get a good buy!

    What to buy: This one is a sidwalk flower shop.

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    Street stalls: T-shirts, sweatshirts caps

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    I was a bit disappointed to see a large table with an open front from which T-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, hats and other casual clothes both for kids and adults were sold, right opposite to the National Archives. I expexted fancier boutiques in the heart of downtown Washington. But clothes sold here were up to a few times cheaper than those sold in museum shops.

    What to buy: T-shirts, sweatshirts or caps with wriring: Washington, DC, FBI etc.

    What to pay: Mostly average prices. 3 white T-shirts for $10 (1 for $4).

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    Street stalls: Street stalls in downtown :-(

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    I was again disappointed when I saw ugly, small street stalls in downtown, Washington. Well, this kind of commerce somewhat doesn't harmonize with downtown of the capital of the world's only superpower.

    What to buy: Sweatshirts in various colours and two versions of writings imprinted: Washington, DC and USA. White T-shirts in similar designs.

    What to pay: 10$ per 4 white T-shirts.

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    Maine Avenue Fish Market

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    The Maine Avenue Fish Market is considered one of the last real (non-touristy) vibrant areas of Washington, DC. Here on floating barges several feet below street level, you will find an amazing array of fresh, steamed, or even live seafood, particularly crabs. There are about 10 vendors and maybe two or three eateries. The shops are a little run down and they sit under the shadow of the I-395 bridge and next to a yacht club and new high-rise, high rent condos.

    Parking is limited. From the Washington Monument, walk south toward the Jefferson Monument until you hit Maine Ave. Follow Maine under the Hwy 1 bridge, the railroad bridge, and the I-395 bridge.

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    Street stalls by Renwick Gallery: The cheapest T-shirts

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    It's likely that you would like to buy a small gift from Washington, DC. If you want a T-shirt both for your kids or for adults these street stalls set up steps away from the White House, on a corner of 17th St NW and G St. NW offer quite good variety and the best price I've found in downtown DC.

    What to buy: T-shirts (with the Capitol building for example).

    What to pay: Take 5 T-shirts (white or colour ones) and pay $10. You get 3 or 4 and exclusively white T-shirts for $10 in street stalls closer to the National Mall.

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    Eastern Market -- June 2009 reopening!

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Eastern Market should not be confused with an Eastern market that sells Asian items. No, this Eastern Market is named after its location in the city, not the source of its goods! Eastern Market has been in continuous operation since 1873, and the building is a national historic landmark. The structure was heavily damaged by fire, and after a long-term rehabilitative effort, it reopened in June 2009!

    Here you will find breads, meats, cheeses, produce, fish, and even a small, but busy restaurant called the Market Lunch. Because the main market building burned in 2007, the market has a temporary layout. In front of the historic market building is an open air farmers' market under a green canopy, and it features fruits and vegetables. Around the canopy and just to the north are numerous artists selling a little of everything, mostly arts and crafts. Across the street from the old market hall is a temporary "East Hall" that houses all of the shops that were formerly in the main building. And next to the East Hall is a large school parking lot that is used for various stands and flea markets on the weekends.

    This market is located at North Carolina Avenue and 7th Street SE on Capitol Hill. It is about seven blocks from the Capitol Building and just one block from the Eastern Market Metro (Orange and Blue Lines).

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    Street stalls: On a street in downtown

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    The street stalls in my picture stood in Independance Avenue very close to the National Museum of the American Indian. I have probably never see such street stalls set up in the heart of touristy downtown anywhere else in the USA. It seems that the Federal City or their citizens are less strict about general look of "shops" located in downtown than in all other "state cities" I already visited.

    What to buy: Films for your camera or batteries. Sweatshirts in various colours and versions of writings imprinted, for example: Washington, DC, USA, US Special Forces, Pentagon.

    What to pay: 10$ per 3 white T-shirts (go to the stalls by the National Archives to buy 4 for the same price).

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    Street stalls, Independance Ave.: The best choice - gifts and T-shirts

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    There are a few street stalls which sell some clothes, mainly T-shirts, sweatshirts and baseball caps in downtown Washington. But these ones located in Independance Ave. (back to the National Air and Space Museum) offered the best choice which convinced Chris (balfor) to buy a few T-shirts just there. Well, they always offered T-shirts for incoming presidential elections (of George Bush and John Kerry), some funny T-shirts for kids and other small gifts like plastic mugs and "toy space monkey" at price at least twice lower than in the museum store.

    What to buy: T-shirts for kids, youths and you. For a kid the one with the US national flag and the writing imprinted: Future President, Washington, DC. More in my next pictures.

    What to pay: Four white T-shirts per $10. One colour T-shirt $6 - $10.

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    Kiosks by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Military badges

    by gosiaPL Updated Jul 10, 2006

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    Shopping wasn't on my list of things to do in Washington D.C., but if you are a collector of military badges (or whatever these pins are called), the kiosks by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are just for you - you'll find them right away if you approach from the Lincoln Memorial's side.

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    South Moon Under: Shopping in National Harbor

    by GracesTrips Written Mar 4, 2009

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    National Harbor is located in Maryland but minutes away from DC. It's actually a new development across the Potomac River and it's beautiful. The Gaylord Resort & Convention Center along with a few other hotels are there. There's retail stores and nice restaurants in the area, too.

    I really enjoyed this particular store, South Moon Under, because they had unique, good quality women's clothing at a reasonable price (not cheap though). They also have online shopping if you want to check it out.

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    Pentagon City: Mall

    by PierreZA Written May 18, 2008

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    This shopping Mall is easily reached with the Metro (Blue Line, Metro Stop: Pentagon City). It has some great shops, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Macys, Armani Exchange, Bailey Banks & Biddle, Banana Republic, Guess, J. Crew, J.Jill, Kenneth Cole, Movado, Sephora, Sony Style, . and many more. As with most Malls, there are also many eateries to choose from.
    Mon to Sat 10:00am - 9:30pm
    Sun 11:00am - 6:00pm

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