Few days of the year are as conflicting as Black Friday. On the one hand, getting a great deal is an undeniable thrill; on the other, the thought of scrambling through the retail fray can be enough to make even the most eager shopper stay in. Thankfully, lots of local boutiques are offering discounts and in-store promotions that will help you score amazing finds on the cheap without spiking your anxiety levels. Considering that some shops are even offering in-store refreshments and free gifts with purchase, you might even leave more relaxed than you came.
Enjoy 20% off at all Current Boutique locations on Friday; head to the Alexandria location if you want to get an especially early start, as doors will open at 6 a.m. Current's other four locations open at 10 a.m.
Locations in Arlington, Alexandria, Bethesda, and Logan Circle; see addresses here.
From 9 to 11 a.m., take 40% off dresses, 35% off tops and denim, and 15% off accessories. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the discounts drop to 35% off dresses, 30% off tops and denim, and 10% off accessories.
1626 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-338-5398.
Thread at Union Market
For those who love the one-stop shopping of a mall but want to support local businesses and small designers, Union Market is hosting Thread, a mega pop-up on the second floor that will include men's and women's clothing and accessories, home goods, and beauty products. Vendors will be offering food and drinks, and the agenda also includes art installations and a concert by The Walkmen. Can't say that about Black Friday at the mall.
Union Market, Dock 5, 1309 5th Street NW; no phone.
For the Black Friday shopper who loves to hunt for bargain-priced vintage, Treasury is offering a "buy one item, get 20% off a second item" deal, (discount applied to lower-priced item) as well as a 50% discount on several shoes in the store. Think amazing jewelry, cocktail dresses, and cool menswear staples.
1843 14th Street NW; 202-332-9499.
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Black Friday, select merchandise will be marked up to 60% off. Bonus: Shoppers can enjoy morning mimosas and afternoon cocktails as they shop ‘til they drop. And if that wasn’t enough, each purchase comes with a free pair of earrings. Sweet!
2439 18th Street NW; 202-621-9225.
If you're a Black Friday-phobe, let Charm ease you into it. Starting Monday, the entire store is 15% off; Tuesday is 20% off; Wednesday, 25% off; and Friday is 30% off. (Note: Discounts only apply to full-priced items and sales are final.)
2910 M Street NW; 202-298-0420.
1701 Rockville Pike, Suite B-9, Rockville; 301-770-4218.
South Moon Under
Head to any South Moon Under location to save 20% on all full-priced merchandise and an additional 25% on sale merchandise (excluding final sale items).
All South Moon Under stores. For locations click here.
Enjoy Black Friday savings at the likes of Drybar, Lululemon, Amethyst, and Sassanova. Click here for a list of participating retailers and offers.
Various locations at Bethesda Row, 950 Elm Street, Bethesda; no phone.
On Back Friday, save 40% on everything in the store from 9 to 10 a.m.; from 10 to 11 a.m., the discount is 30% off. The rest of the weekend, take 20% off all purchases.
7114 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda Row, 301-664-9242.
Old Town Alexandria
Participating Old Town Alexandria stores will open at 6 a.m. and offer initial discounts of up to 30% off. At 8 a.m., the discount drops to 20% off, then to 10% off at 10 a.m. Click here for a list of participating retailers.
Various locations in Old Town Alexandria; no phone.
On Friday, several Mosaic District retailers, including Bellacara and Langford Market, will be offering deals. On Saturday, shoppers who spend over $50 at participating stores will receive a limited-edition canvas tote, while supplies last.
2910 District Avenue, Fairfax; no phone.
Snag a 40% discount on everything in the store (except jewelry) starting Friday through Sunday. On Cyber Monday, enjoy a 50% discount on items on the store's website from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; take 40% off online purchases from 2 to 4 p.m.
1557 Potomac Greens Drive, Alexandria; 703-519-5242.