Long before AMC’s Mad Men exposed it to new fans, sleek midcentury modern (MCM) furniture captured the attention of the stylish and made its way into tens of thousands of homes. In fact, it’s so popular that there are entire stores dedicated to the style of furniture in DC, Baltimore/Maryland, and Virginia. So if you’re one of its fans — new or old — read on to learn about the best stores the area has to offer.
The notions of “affordable” and “good quality” might be viewed as subjective, so let’s start by clarifying what we mean. ### Affordable Furniture For the purposes of this post, what we mean by “affordable” is furniture that someone with a typical rental apartment, condo or their first single-family home might want to consider. The stores we list below rarely sell anything for over $1,000, the majority of items are a few hundred dollars, and some pieces can even be had for around $100.
Our updated map shows the breadth of the vintage, antique and used furniture stores in DC, Virginia and Maryland (including Baltimore). (Updated March 14, 2017) Click on the map markers to see the name of the store, then follow the link to see some of their recent inventory. Alternatively view a text listing of the locations on our stores page.
The Washingtonian recently ran a quick round up about beautiful nightstands and the best places in DC to find them. ATTIC was first on their list! Citing ATTIC as a place to find both the “perfect” and “unusual”, ATTIC appeared alongside many well-known established national furniture retailers including Room & Board, Restoration Hardware and Jonathan Adler.
Six months ago we launched ATTIC as a way of highlighting small, local, independent furniture stores and dealers. We did it to make shopping with them easier and to help them thrive in a city that is rapidly changing and undergoing tremendous development. We’re proud of what we accomplished with ATTIC. It has led to tens of thousands of dollars of confirmed sales at stores throughout the DMV and helped raise the profile of vintage furniture as a wonderful home furnishing option.
Just weeks after ATTIC’s initial soft launch, we’ve confirmed our first sales connection. The lucky shopper, Yvette Crocker of DC, spotted this vintage birdcage on ATTIC, a Featured Item from Mom N Pop Antiques on Georgia Avenue in Petworth. Excited with her purchase, she notified us at ATTIC. She reported that she purchased a large mirror during her visit to the store as well.