Thursday, July 3, 2008

What We Could Use: A Thrift Store

I'm going to start a new series: What We Could Use, posts about things that would be useful/nice/cool/fun in the neighborhood. The first one is a thrift store.

There are a few around - there's the Georgia Avenue Thrift Store at Georgia and Quackenbos (best street name in DC), Martha's Table at 14th and W, which always seems to be closed, a smallish one on Mt. Pleasant Street, a mediocre one at 14th south of U, and those kind of pricey vintage places on U Street. But a big, close one would be cool - it could serve the whole area. I'd go there both to buy and drop stuff off.

Anybody else want a thrift store?

13 comments:

Matt said...

Great new posting series.

I'm hoping for a quality bookstore.

Andrew said...

good call. I contacted Olsson's awhile about, but now they're bankrupt. Look for that to be the second installment of the series!

Mary said...

The one in Mt Pleasant is anything BUT a dollar store.

+1 for a book store

Anonymous said...

Book stores don't make any money and generally are short lived unless they own the real estate. Everybody likes to browse around book stores and drink coffee - but then they get their books from Amazon.

juneo said...

+1 on the thrift store
and a big +1 on Quackenbos being the best street name in the city

Ken said...

a thrift store would be nice -- but please not a dollar store! I would definitely love a bookstore. Amazon is OK and I buy a lot of books through them, but I still love a bookstore that I can actually go to and touch the book. we really need a good hardware store in Columbia Heights. Where does one go to for these items? And how about a good movie theater?

Andrew said...

hey ken, try pfeiffer's hardware in mount pleasant, it's a good spot

bogfrog said...

Have you tried the Mom and Pop thrift store at Georgia and Newton? Heard good things about it...

muddiboots said...

A bookstore and a hardware store would be awesome. The hardware store in Mt. P is great, but it's hard to justify walking for 20 minutes when you just need 2 nails. I go to Target for some of that stuff now, but I'd much rather buy local!

Anonymous said...

Somewhere to get a quality haircut, a bookstore, and most importantly a row of cafes/restaurants along the walkway adjacent to the stone plaza (Parisian style). Now that the Heights has proven that outdoor seating can be done successfully, and it appears the city is going to actually move forward with some new plans for the plaza on 14th St., this space would be perfect for people-watching/coffee drinking/beer sipping. I know it's a bit of a stretch considering there are already some tenents in place, but a guy can dream, can't he?

top* said...

hmm... what could columbia heights use...

how about less people trying to make columbia heights a hipster neighboorhood and more people who liked it the way it was? maybe instead of a new thrift store or bookstore, how about living in a neighborhood where they're already there...

Andrew said...

a thrift store isn't necessarily a hipster thing. What else do you think we shouldn't have?

Shannon said...

Thrift store! Just a cheap place to shop, and also a place to donate items when you clean out your closet.