vintage clothing & curios

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,

Treasury

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:

 

Completed:

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.

 

The Gentlewoman: Autumn & Winter 2013

September 18, 2013

Treasury has added The Gentlewoman (Autumn/Winter 2013) edition to our literature section! Featured in its 300-page spread are interviews with the always stylish Martha Stewart, French actor and Cannes Palme D’or winner Léa Seydoux (shown on the cover) and celebrated portrait painter Elizabeth Peyton, among others. Inside, you can find well-written articles and exceptional B&W photography on autumn fashion trends, modernist design, high-fashion hiking in Iceland, and layering 101. Come by and pick up a copy to inspire your fall fashion! The Gentlewoman quarterly magazine is $14.99.

Vote for Us in Express’ Best Of!

September 16, 2013

We’re honored to be nominated for Express’ Best Of Washington. Vote for TREASURY as Best Vintage Store and all of your other hometown faves here! Thank you for your support over years…it means the world to us!

FALL 2013

September 4, 2013

Fall items coming in daily…

Carolina Herrera crop keyhole sweater, 1960s wool circle skirt, Miu Miu patent flats, 1960s skinny leather belt

Trez Love on Refinery 29

August 7, 2013

We love the My Stylist column by Carla Cabrera, a woman with infinite style wisdom. We’re stoked she put some of our recent beauties into the feature!

Summer Sale Continues

July 8, 2013

Welcome back from vacay, DC! we’re continuing our 20% off sale just for you, including this crucial Jean-Paul Gaulthier 90s bodysuit and versatile+comfy Andre Assous wedges. And we still have a stellar selection of designer shoes (Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Surface to Air) in sizes 7-8.

Julia<3

Ride in style at the 2013 Seersucker Social!

June 27, 2013

We have tons of beautiful, ready-to-roll vintage items for the upcoming Seersucker Social on July 7th, RSVP with Dandies & Quaintrelles to get your ticket!

Treasury is offering 20% off clothing and accessories if you mention the Seersucker Social, now through Sunday, June 30th!

Check out some pieces to complete your look:

1940s two-piece skirt suit, Lisa Battaglia sun hat, Chanel scarf, and accent belt.

Ferragamo T-strap sandals, wing-tip loafers, and assorted men’s and women’s accessories.

Vintage Belgian wool cycling jersey with back panel pockets.

 

Lovely New Designer Arrivals in store now!

June 21, 2013

We have a beautiful new collection from the estate of one of our own style icons, Elsa. If you are in the 7-8 foot size range, we have many shoes for you! Think footwear from Chanel, Surface to Air, Chloe, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada and Manolo Blahnik; clothing from Jil Sander, Lanvin, Gucci, Prada, Etro and Fendi–all with a unique sense of color and pattern. Any questions, please feel free to give us a call.

Here are a few of our faves, modeled by the lovely Julia and Jackie. Thanks to our neighbor Room & Board for letting us use their patio area.

Prada dress, Celine belt/necklace

Chanel “Camellia” sandals

Lisa Battaglia straw hat, 50s dress

Louis Vuitton patent wedges

Chloe python gladiator sandals

Style Icon: ELSA

June 12, 2013

We met Elsa Pack and her daughter Penelope through about a year ago when they started bringing in items from Elsa’s exquisite wardrobe. Elsa herself could work a silk headscarf like we’ve never seen and exhibited a grace and strength we can only strive to achieve one day.  Elsa devoured fashion and collected both vintage and designer through her decades in and around DC. We’re honored to have met her and are so sad to hear that she has passed from cancer. She was such a force that we had no idea how bad her illness was during her numerous visits to our shop. We’re lucky to be able to pass along some of her beautiful collection through the coming months and to share their special provenance with our customers.

Here are some pics from vintage Elsa and a more recent photo. We are still in awe.

Style Shots: Katelin

June 10, 2013

Katelin was in town from NYC  for the One Million Bones Project and stopped in to scoop up a handful of coveted vintage summer hats. She’s also a talented jewelry designer!

 

Summer Fun in Floral

May 31, 2013

The heat is upon us, but not to worry! Pairing light fabrics and a sunhat will keep you from melting away.

Here’s a Victorian camisole, antique cocoa hat, and flowing silk floral rose skirt, polished off with a mirrored cameo necklace (detail below):