Truth be told, we'll be more than a little sad to see District Flea come to a close at the end of this month. But, for now, we're focusing on the positive: the awesome vendors that have captured our hearts (and stomachs) and will keep us coming back 'til closing day.
Since we're officially DF experts after our fifth consecutive weekend visit, we've compiled a guide for a perfect day of pounding the pavement. These are the spots to get insanely good cookies, pristine men's vintage, and gorg handmade jewelry. Looking for the tastiest sandwich on the block? It's here. The perfect cup of coffee? Done and done. These are the booths you can't miss, and you'll want to visit them as often as possible before November 30. Don't worry about looking like a stalker — they're just that good! Click through to meet the flea vendors who will ensure you have the best Saturday ever.
Photographed by Audrey Melton.
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We're big fans of local brand Saint Clair jewelry and its stand is something like an art installation. A stunning array of the handmade creations — which are both rustic and glamorous — adorn burlap and branches and tempt us to add to our collection. Plus, the owner's adorable black lab pup is usually in attendance.
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Although this Arlington-based pickling company sells products at Union Market and other local farmer's markets, the brother-sister owners of Number 1 Sons make specialty grilled cheeses with kimchi, sauerkraut, and dill pickles exclusively for District Flea. Translation: Get one while you still can.
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The guys from design collective Search & Rescue Squad dress to impress. Though they sell impossibly cool vintage furniture and clothes, the best part about the stand might just be the vendors themselves. The seven members have effortless and inspiring personal style that gets our stamp of approval.
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We have a secret to share: D.C.'s own Uncle Chip's peanut butter cookies are the best we've ever had. Go taste-test them and see if you disagree!
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Vigilante Coffee is a local roaster that has been a hallmark of the flea. It might be chilly this month but the cold brew iced is worth it!
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So, you know that a doughnut and croissant is a cronut, but have you heard of a duffin? It's the combination of a doughnut and muffin (naturally), and Philly-based vendor Home Shoppe sells apple-cider duffins to die for. (The hoagies are also amazing.)
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Home Shoppe co-owners and lovebirds, Emily and Erick, create the prettiest display with hand-illustrated cards, stamped tablecloths, and paper flowers. They also have an adorable lifestyle blog with recipes and DIYs.
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And, for the mac daddy of desserts, Room 11's bakery Paisley Fig is an absolute can't-miss. Tasty cakes and cookies will lure you (and with good reason), but insider tip: The guava turnover is a standout. It might not be the most obvious choice, but you won't regret it!