vintage clothing & curios

A Quiet Afternoon at the National Gallery

November 21, 2014

If we’re going to gush about our favorite D.C. haunts, we’re going to have to call-out the National Gallery of Art.


D.C. is unique in that the Smithsonian thinks it important to have all these amazing museums clustered about, all free of charge. We agree. The National Gallery is one of the best, renowned not just for its gratis status, but because it actually has some rad stuff: da Vinci icons, Whistler portraits and even a Vermeer for good measure. There are two buildings, connected by one of D.C.’s most-photographed underground landmarks: Multiverse. There are seriously so many nooks of great things it’s hard to even hash it all out here.


If you’re ever in need of inspiration and low on cash, the National Gallery should be your destination. To us, one of the best things to do is look at the details of the old paintings — preferably the old Italian stuff. It’d be impossible not to get thousands of new ideas for clothes or jewels or just living your life like someone for whom a closetful of Valentino is a normal thing.

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The best time to go is during a weekday to avoid the crowds — but even on the weekends, there’s calm to be had. And if you have even a passing interest in movies — even think that moving pictures “are pretty cool,” then don’t sleep on the NGA’s film program. Everything’s free and usually either rare or foreign — a heady mixture.

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We Love Upshur Street (& Its Newest Bookstore)

November 14, 2014


Please help us welcome Upshur Street Books, the newest kid on the D.C. book block.

The new bookseller is now open (after a successful crowdfunding campaign) on Upshur Street NW, a thriving little section of Petworth. We expect great things from USB because after being open for only a handful of days (seriously!) they’ve already got a hearty fan following and full calendar of literary events.

The book shop is now one of many excellent reasons to trek out to Upshur. In case you forgot, there’s also:

Domku, our favorite Petworth place to get Slavic / Scandi food.  An Upshur standby since 2005, its charming interior is so cozy, and probably the best setting ever for gorging on pierogi and pork schnitzel.

Petworth Citizen & Reading Room, sister to USB, a cool café/bar/literary salon.

Crane & Turtle, another new eatery, focused on the intersection of Japanese and French food (mmm.)

Annie’s Hardware, a rad woman-owned supply source.

Willow Fashion, a great resource for affordable new wares.

Corehaus DC, a place to make all your industrial vintage décor dreams come true.

Welcome Upshur Street Books, can’t wait to buy things from you!

Go to The National Arboretum Right This Minute

November 7, 2014


The National Arborteum feels kind of like D.C.’s best-kept, in-plain-sight secret. Located in the city’s Northeast quadrant, it’s tucked away in an otherwise residential community — you’re driving through a cute little neighborhood dotted with homes and then bam: this amazing national landmark.


The grounds are expansive and there are sections dedicated to basically everything (dogwood, conifers, ferns.) There are historic ruins as a centerpiece — a place where many a happy couple have posed for wedding pictures — and an amazing bonsai and penjing display. Oh, and did we mention it’s free to visit?


The Arboretum is the best because even when it’s busy, it’s a quiet, serene place. People are seemingly more respectful when in a natural place like this (it’s a borderline holy experience, for real, especially for plant lovers.) Since the grounds are so big and it’s kinda far from public transit, we recommend getting there by car. There are several places to park and walk around if you’re feeling adventurous, but there is no shame in doing a lazy look-through — getting a piping hot chocolate from nearby Big Bear and then driving slowly through, enjoying nature from the comfort of your heated car.


While everything is beautiful, there are some highlights: the herb garden and, of course, the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. The herb garden is an unassuming space designed to simply educate about the diverse uses of herbs (historical medicine, fragrance, industry.) The Bonsai Museum is basically the ultimate zen, the perfect retreat from the already perfect Arb. They have miniature, human-pruned trees that date back to the 1600s! That’s living history, people. Prepare to be blown away simply thinking about the bonsai nerds of yesteryear carefully tending to their perfect specimens. It’s okay to get a little misty-eyed in the presence of these wonders.


The National Arboretum is basically heaven, so if you haven’t gone yet, change that immediately.


Vote for Us in Express’ Best Of!

September 5, 2014


Vote for Us in Express’ Best Of!

We’re thrilled to be nominated for Express’ Best Of Washington. Thank you for all your support past, present, and future…truly means the world to us! Servicing our customers with a carefully curated collection hand-selected specially for you has become a favorite part of our business. We wish to provide our clientele with exquisite vintage infused with a genuine sense of discovery for years to come. Local love lasts.

Vote for TREASURY as Best Vintage Store and all of your other hometown faves here!

Treasury Welcomes New Designer: Warm Distractions Knitwear

August 21, 2014


Treasury is home to a brand new line of handmade knitwear from local designer, Warm Distractions. These lush designs are made from 100% sustainably grown bamboo yarn sourced in New England and hand-knit in the District.


The founder of Warm Distractions, Mia Lopes, also manages our sister store, Meeps. She fell in love with knitwear design during her time in New York and Milan, where she honed her craft. Mia is excited to bring a fresh look to the D.C. scene. Check out the pieces below:


Cia is modeling a semi-sheer, drop stitch tank-top with double knit straps and crochet linked hem, $75. The bamboo knit provides a silky texture and a simple, luxe drape. Styled with Treasury’s 1960′s printed shorts $36 & retro sunglasses $72


The collection uses basic shapes with thoughtful detailing — like this chunky inside out seam. The pieces are modern, versatile, and wildly comfortable.

To be worn: Day to evening with one’s own creative styling


This slinky V-Neck top fits any body with its relaxed waist and high-low hem. The thick tubular hemline is reflected in the back strap for a sleek, peek-a-boo pop. $119.


An essential layering piece, best dressed over a tonal fabric for fall or vibrant strappy top during warm-weather seasons. We used a lacey bra-let for an added textural effect


Follow the process on Instagram @warmdistractions


S/S 2014 Lookbook

June 1, 2014

We’re proud to share our newest lookbook, featuring two fave local music types of ours, D. E. and Baby Alcatraz. Follow the link for more photos…



New Hours at Treasury!

We’re instating new hours at Treasury! Please visit us during the hours of:

Monday – Wednesday 12pm – 7pm
Thursday – Friday 12pm – 8pm
Sunday 11 am – 6pm

Style Shots: Stefanie

May 3, 2014

1950s gym jumper with Asian style asymetrical buttons. Perfect for springtime romping


Congrats, Patrice! We love our customers :)

April 22, 2014

We received a lovely email from our loyal customer, Patrice. She purchased a vintage gingham dress at Treasury for her engagement photo shoot and as you can see, it looked perfect!

Thank you for sharing Patrice! We hope to give you more knock outs in the future.

From her album:

Thank you for Voting us Best of DC + 20% off Sale

April 16, 2014

Thank you for the honor! And to really show our thanks, we are offering 20% off vintage clothing and accessories at Treasury for the next week!

The Treasury family is beyond thankful to our loyal customers and fans who helped vote us the BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE in the Washington City Paper’s Best of 2014 poll. We are also overjoyed to announce that our sister store MEEPS came in second place. This is the third year in a row that Treasury has received this accolade and we couldn’t be any prouder. We will continue working hard to make the best vintage treasures and fashion available to you and we thank you again for your appreciation.

And thanks to Washington City Paper for hosting a killer Fete…great tunes, great snacks and great drinks! But most importantly, a killer photo booth:

Valentine’s Gift Guide

February 7, 2014

We can’t believe it either – Valentine’s Day is next Friday! Here are our picks for unique vintage gifts to make your valentine swoon. Also, just in is a selection of essential designer pieces from Prada, DVF, Armani, Cacharel, Kenzo, and more. We hope to see you soon!

1960s pocket squares, hankies, scarves, bow-ties, skinny ties, lady ties – $5-24

Sterling silver rings, 1960s-, $36-$235

Lithics charm necklaces made from vintage objects, 1950s- , $45-$145

Silver bracelets, 1960s- , $45-$75

Local Zines by our favorite creative geniuses, $9-$10

1980s brass ID/charm bracelets including men’s, $16-$18

Vote for Treasury in City Paper’s 2014 Best of DC!

January 27, 2014

In 2009, we set up shop in the U Street/14th Street NW corridor with only our hearts to guide us towards our dream. Since then, we’ve watched our neighborhood grow, our colleagues blossom and our fans multiply.

And our dream has come true! You voted Treasury the “Best Vintage Clothing Store” for two years in a row and we’ve been working hard to maintain our reputation by continuing to offer you stunning and unique treasures. From the finest turn of the century dresses to the slickest 1950s sports jackets, from antique jewels to leather goods, we hope we can help you find that one-of-a-kind item that will make you smile for years to come.

Please vote for Treasury and your fave neighborhood small businesses in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2014 here!

We are still doing 30% off vintage clothing and accessories in-store, so come on by to snag that special something you’ve been eyeing while it’s still available!

Happy New Year with a Winter Sale!

January 10, 2014

Happy 2014! We’re so grateful to begin our 5th year in one of DC’s best neighborhoods and for your continued support. We’d like to say THANK YOU with a Winter Sale – 30% off of vintage clothing and accessories! There’s plenty of amazing vintage and designer finds to warm up your wardrobe and we’re still adding new items weekly.

Best wishes,


Versatile kicks for every occasion (clockwise from top): Robert Clergerie suede peep-toe heels, sz 6.5, $65; Charles Jourdan suede platform heels, sz 6.5, $68; beatle boots, 1960s, ~sz7.5, $110; Bandolino ankle boots, sz 10, $75; Ann Demeulmester pointed-toe loafers, sz 9.5, $165; Manolo Blahnik burgundy oxford heels, sz 7.5, $165; Joan & David nude suede heels, sz 8, $65

Neutral lids to keep the heat close (from left): western hat, 1960s, $56; Liz Claiborne, 1980s, $48; Handmaster western hat, 1950s, $72

Jackets for our unpredictable days (from left): Members Only leather jacket, 1980s, $115; LL Bean plaid flannel-lined jacket, 1950s, $95; Dryback hunting jacket, 1950s, $85; suede shearling jacket, 1970s, $75

Bags to sling/bike/go with: Black leather bucket bag, 1980s, $42; tan large leather tote, 1980s, $68; Turkish kilim cross-body, $65;Baggu cross-body bucket bag, made in nyc, $140

New Issue of The Runcible Spoon

December 23, 2013

The latest edition of The Runcible Spoon zine is aptly titled the Cheap Issue (Fall/Winter 2013-2014). It mixes budget eating tips, recipes, anecdotes, comics, and musings to help make your leftovers palatable, your scroungings fruitful, and class up your budget-constrained holiday entertaining!

Urban foraging tips (it’s free!)

Runcible Spoon (Volume 3 Issue 12) $7.

New Elizabeth Graber Zine at Treasury!

December 15, 2013

We’re happy to showcase the latest and greatest from local artist Elizabeth Graber.

In her new zine, Elizabeth illustrates “Farmers Markets of D.C.”

We LOVE Elizabeth’s illustrations and the guide is also a useful directory to DC’s huge farmer’s market scene!  She even includes a mini-zine of an illustrated tomato sauce recipe.

She’s also created two mini zines; “Stylish People” and “Stylish Pets.” We love them as imaginative stocking stuffers made by our fave local illustrator!

Swank Opening Reception Tonight 6-9!

December 12, 2013

We’d like to remind you that the opening reception for Swank is this evening featuring Lithics by Treasury.  The event is from 6-9 pm at Wild Hand Work space. We are excited to be included in this stellar line up which also freatures: digdogdig, Eilisain, giantLION, NMC Jewelry, Saint Clair, UDOP, and Young Frankk, SWANK is a ten day Holiday Jewelry Shop at Wild Hand Workspace.

Curated by Wild Hand’s Victoria Milko and Morgan Hungerford West, SWANK will feature gorgeous merchandising, with each cuff, necklace, and earring integrated into a large-scale, shoppable wall installation.

Glittery, sparkly, and holiday-gorgeous, SWANK will be open daily between December 12th and 22nd. Please join us for the opening reception (and refreshments!) on Thursday, December 12, from 6PM-9PM.

Wild Hand Workspace is located at 716 Monroe St NE, Studio 8, part of the Monroe Street Market – a 20 second walk from the Brookland/CUA Metro stop on the Red Line. The Wild Hand is the shared studio space of photographer Victoria Milko and Panda Head’s Morgan Hungerford West.

The daily hours will be posted on the Wild Hand’s FB page. SWANK will also be open during the Yelp Totally Bazaar on Saturday, December 14th.

The Perfect T-Shirt

December 10, 2013

There is nothing like slipping into your favorite vintage band t-shirt with the buttery soft, paper thin feel only age and dedicated wear can add to it. Maybe you tossed your old Pink Floyd shirt and regret it. Maybe you were at this very early 90′s Kenny G concert tour? Come check out our collection of vintage band tee’s before they’re all gone.

And there is nothing like the excitement of finding that hilarious t-shirt that vaguely echo’s or perfectly nails that inside joke you and your best friend share. Need more gift inspiration?   We’ve got that classic vintage “Virginia is for lovers” shirt for your friend Virginia who lives in Virginia.  Our Rock Pile Gym shirt is pretty great for all gym addicts or your super skinny little brother.  And who wouldn’t love this South Park shirt that echo’s appreciation for itself?

Lithics by Treasury at SWANK Jewelry Pop-Up Shop

December 8, 2013

Treasury’s line of Lithics jewelry will be featured at SWANK, a seasonal pop-up jewelry shop at Wild Hand Workspace from December 12th-22nd. Come by the opening reception on the evening of December 12th to get first dibs on one-of-a-kind Lithics like our clay bead necklaces or the coveted powder-coated silver re-cast rings.

Gifting has never been easier, especially with these hand-stamped boxes:

Gifts Galore

December 5, 2013

With a little over two weeks left before Christmas, it’s the final countdown for the gift giving season.  Don’t stress, we’ve got plenty of thoughtful gift ideas to keep you in the gift giving spirit.  Whether your looking for something practical or something practically priceless, look no further than Treasury.  Stop in for statement necklaces, power cufflinks, vintage tie clips or something out of the ordinary like a pony hair wallet, Victorian glove clip or lipstick mirror.

Fur lined leather gloves, 1960′s Leo belt, lipstick mirror, Victorian glove clip

Vintage silk scarf +
Gold fish, Lithics by Treasury, 60′s articulated owl statement necklaces

Silver cigarette case, Lucky Horseshoe ruby crystal cufflinks

Apartamento: Issue #12

December 2, 2013

We have the newest issue of Apartamento in stock at Treasury! The latest edition of this well-crafted import interior design magazine features interviews with actor Rose McGowan, artist Jim Kone, and musician Genesis P-Orridge, among others. $19.95.

Black Friday Sale

November 27, 2013

Treasury is closed on Thanksgiving, but stop by post-holiday and enjoy buy one get one at 20% off* and 50% off of most shoes. Get your vintage treasure shopping done early! We have lots of new accessories in shop – hats, shoes, scarves, ties, handmade jewelry and more…

We will be open Friday 11/29 and Saturday 11/30 from 12pm-7pm and Sunday 12/1 from 12pm-6pm.

Happy Holidays!!

(20% taken off the lower priced item, jewelry is excluded from the sale)

Turkish Engagement Ring

November 19, 2013

The origin of this puzzle ring is as mysterious as the technique to solve it. Some sources say it dates back thousands of years to Asia and made its way west on the Silk Road. This style of gifted jewelry gained notoriety in the Middle East and Turkey as an engagement ring or harem ring. While they can have up to 12 bands, this Sterling silver 4 band ring is currently in store, see if you can solve the puzzle!

Unsolved Turkish engagement ring:



On Flora Zine

October 12, 2013


New zine freshly cut and on the literature shelf at Treasury! On Flora created by Alison Baitz is a pictorial “perzine” (personal zine) featuring film photography of area florist shops and flowers. Professional printing gives life to these quality color prints, and the clean minimalism lets Mother Nature speak for herself. Come by and leaf through a copy while they last!



Alison Baitz is a freelance writer and editor based in Laurel, MD. Her other projects include Runcible Spoon- a DIY compilation zine on food- also available at Treasury. She writes for Elle, Lucky Magazine, and Refinery 29 among other trusted fashion publications.


Figa Talisman necklaces

October 11, 2013

The figa, or mano fico, as it’s known in Italy, with its roots in African mysticism, was originally used as a fertility symbol. The pendent also appears in Brazilian and other South American traditions as a protective talisman against the evil eye and other nefarious forces- much like the Jewish hamsa, or Islamic hand of Fatima. The gesture made by the hands historically and culturally has several meanings. Depending on what country you’re in, it’s “good luck” or something more offensive (due to it’s erotic origins.) Here are two styles of the figa talisman mounted on chains, available at Treasury.

carved bone and stone figa pendants.


1940s Style Shot

September 30, 2013

This gorgeous 1940s tiered silk dress belonged to the estate of the family of the father of Anne of Green Gables author L.M. Montgomery. With delicate, swirling teardrops on a navy plane, it is embellished with a lace trim on the slip. It was acquired from an estate on Prince Edward Island during Treasury’s recent trip up the northeast coast. The Anne of Green Gables series takes place on the island, Montgomery’s birthplace. While her novels preceded this particular era of fashion, it captures the style popular in her later years. Size small, $138 as is. Felt cloche, suede belt, and 1930s-era clutch sold separately.