(Updated January 2019) 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. Regardless of your budget or where in the DMV you reside, we’ll give you a run down on the specialty stores and a few hidden bonuses that you may have missed.
It’s Thanksgiving week and we’re thankful that Baltimore keeps bringing the vintage. One of the latest new additions to ATTIC is Cedar & Cotton.
The District’s vintage and used furniture scene has hit a rough patch over the past few years. Fortunately, some of our losses are being offset by the opening of stores in nearby Baltimore. Wishbone Reserve, which first opened its doors in 2015, is one of the more recent additions to ATTIC.
Our updated map shows the breadth of the vintage, antique and used furniture stores in DC, Virginia and Maryland (including Baltimore).
The notions of “affordable” and “good quality” might be viewed as subjective, and what we’re referring to as “unique” is a bit broader than a pure literal interpretation. So let’s start by clarifying what we mean.
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!
We’re pleased to welcome another furniture dealer from the Baltimore area, Spilled Paint Design. The store offers a very nice and eclectic mix of furniture pieces, as well as artwork and decorative objects. Styles include midcentury modern, hollywood regency, art deco, industrial and more.
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. And now we’re hoping we can have the same success and similar impact by launching ATTIC Fashion.
You probably already know this: don’t fear I-95 (except during rush hour). There are some great stores up in Baltimore. And ATTIC now showcases the furniture of one more, Sturgis Antiques.
We’re pleased to announce the addition of yet another new store, Tanglewood Works, of Maryland. The store focuses on restoring, upcycling and re-using great pieces of furniture with plenty of beautiful life left in them. At the store’s location alongside another ATTIC store, Community Forklift, you’ll find freshly painted and modernized versions of a variety of furniture that tends to lean toward the shabby chic, farm and classic Americana styles. They’ve only been on ATTIC for a few weeks and have already contributed tens of interesting items to the area’s ever changing vintage furniture and antique inventory. We look forward to what they’ll bring in the new year.