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The secret’s out: The DMV has one of the most happening vintage scenes around. Washingtonians' insatiable appetite for sharp duds and gorgeous homes means that local boutiques, antique shops, and thrift stores are chock-full of one-of-a-kind pieces that can (usually) be had for a song.
If only you had a personal coach on hand as you contemplate those pretty china plates or that fur-trimmed swing coat, right? Your wish has been granted: We've got insider intel from six local vintage pros on how to spot amazing finds, no matter where you're browsing — or what you're hunting. So, as you peruse flea markets and end-of-season yard sales, keep this handy little cheat sheet within reach. Now, to do some stylish scavenging!
Photographed by Audrey Melton.