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Washington, D.C. is a great place to spend many Jackson ($20), Grant ($50) and Franklin ($100) bills at a plethora of unique shops throughout the district but if you are looking to escape from tourists and the political crowd, take a short Metro or car ride to Alexandria, Va.
Founded in 1749, this suburb features a wonderful mix of both old world flair and groundbreaking, new ideas. 10Best has waked along the cobblestone streets of Old Town and perused the paved sidewalks in the City to discover the best spots to add amazing finds to your home or give unforgettable gifts to loved ones.
Folks will find half of our list can be found on King Street – the main area of Old Town which features a mile of locally owned shops, outdoor cafes and restaurants. For home décor, check out Red Barn Mercantile for both antique and new products. If you are looking for good recommendations on children's books, Hooray For Books has a knowledgeable staff and hundreds of titles.
Other amazing shopping finds include Mint Condition – a designer consignment boutique allowing you to 'keep up with the Joneses' without the heavy price tag and The Shoe Hive, a place that would make Carrie Bradshaw make room in her closet.
Get ready to use those charge cards or stop at the ATM because Alexandria is a great place to shop til you drop.