Best solo-date activity: Georgetown Flea Market

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At the entrance of the market you’ll see a variety of clothing and jewelry pieces, but as you make your way to the parking lot you will find paintings, books, records and furniture.

Location: 1819 35th St. NW

Readers’ pick: Georgetown flea market

Whether you need a self-care day or just alone time, the next time you need a break from Foggy Bottom, take yourself on a date to the Georgetown Flea Market to browse through thrifted finds, antiques and art.

The market is about a 10-minute D.C. Circulator bus ride from campus, located right across the street from the Georgetown Safeway. This outdoor flea market is packed with vendors displaying their goods, and the entrance starts near the bus stop and extends to fill an entire parking lot.

Blend into the crowd of antique-enthusiasts while you enjoy your solo date – pop your headphones in, browse through racks of clothes and tables of trinkets and without anyone to interrupt your shopping session.

Before you begin buying, take a stroll through the entirety of the market to scope out which vendors you want to score some finds from. At the start of the market, you’ll see a variety of clothing and jewelry pieces, but as you make your way to the parking lot you will find paintings, books, records and furniture.

The vendors are friendly and sometimes willing to negotiate prices, but even without a discount, you can still feel good about shopping sustainably. Whether you are looking to step up your apartment decor, or enhance your personal style, the flea market has you covered.

Vintage mirrors, paintings, lamps and posters all make for unique and stylish additions to your living space. Sift through the racks of clothes to find hidden gems from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s like graphic t-shirts, patterned pants and pearls that will help elevate your wardrobe. The selection is great for finding statement pieces like denim and leather jackets, frilly, colorful blouses and one-of-a-kind shoes.

Even if you aren’t looking to purchase, the market is still a great place to find style inspo. You can even make a day of the outing, taking the bus halfway and walking the rest, stopping to treat yourself with a coffee and pastry at one of Georgetown’s many coffee shops or popping into one of the many storefronts that line Wisconsin avenue.

While having a significant other can be great, you certainly don’t need a partner to enjoy a date to this lively and full flea market.

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