Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria is Northern Virginia's oldest Fair Trade retailer. Located on upper King Street since 1994, it has become the preferred source for gifts and home decor for many loyal customers in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, DC and beyond.
Gallery Lafayette offers customized-framing treatments and original prints, watercolors, and gifts. Using special conservation glass and acid-free mat boards, skilled frame-ologists protect prized photographs and collectibles from the damaging effects of light, humidity, acidity, and Father Time's righteous fists for unblemished wall hanging. The average custom-framing order is around $180—combine two Groupons and frame your favorite oversized obedience-school diploma or Ken Burns–autographed placemat. Inside the gallery, customers will find an assortment of gifts featuring pen-and-ink illustrations of classic Old Town landmarks such as Captain's Row and Gadsby's Tavern. Images are magically transferred onto tote bags ($30), tea towels ($15.95), and more. Snag a set of eight note cards ($12.95) to start a one-man letter-writing campaign to rename the Route 1 IHOP to the William Howard Taft Memorial House of Pancakes.
Verdigris Antiques & Interiors sells high-quality antiques and vintage decorations from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Packed inside a converted row house in Old Town, Verdigris lets antiquers and vintage votaries hunt through aisles of treasures like great apes hunting for tree trunks where they can hang their hats. Look for a bargain among the wide array of items under $80, such as a set of six vintage Florentine barware glasses for $68 or a black glass dresser box from the 1930s for $55. If the thought of so much merchandise to sort through sounds overwhelming, peruse the online inventory, which showcases more expensive collector's items such as a 1960s mod Italian plastic dome table lamp ($275), a pair of late-19th-century Victorian slipper chairs ($450), and a midcentury tete-a-tete garden bench ($985).
Listed in the Washingtonian as one of DC's top tile providers, Architectural Ceramics employs trained design consultants to flesh out customers' skeletal designs, creating individualized bathrooms, kitchen back-splashes, fireplaces, and more. Stop by to browse through 25,000 samples with tiles ranging in price from $5 to $40 per square foot, depending on the collection. Oceanside Glasstile ranges from $30 to $40 per square foot, and Sonoma Tilemakers from $20 to $30. Architectural Ceramics's showrooms also feature green options, created by artisans using natural and recycled materials whenever possible. Its consultants stand by to develop prospective redecorators' ideas with conceptual drawings and work hard to make design dreams come true, except for those that involve live bear-skin rugs.