An accidental city tour- Washington D.C.

11.28.2011

On Saturday we took a drive to IKEA.  I wanted to stop by a Goodwill store on the way home.  I have a confession.  I don't buy used things.  I don't go to Goodwill stores and I don't go to garage sales.  I don't know why.  I'm not skeeved out by used things.  I guess, maybe, it's because my Mom didn't shop used stores when I was growing up and I don't remember her ever stopping at garage sales.  I have wandered into thrift stores a few times and never had much luck.  But, as we were explored IKEA and refreshed our feelings of being overwhelmed by how much "stuff" we need, I asked my husband to drive us to a Goodwill store to check out the bargains to see if it really is a viable option.

We took a wrong turn and ended up in Washington D.C.  It was a pleasant surprise.  We have been so busy purchasing our home, we have not ventured out to explore DC even though it is only a 20 minute drive away.  Our little mistake allowed us to drive straight through the city and see most of the sights- without ever leaving the comfort of our car.
 
We saw block after block of colorful row houses.  A lot of the neighborhoods surrounding the Capitol were surprisingly run down but the ones that were not run down were fantastic.



The Capitol Building

Lot's of people participating in the Occupy DC movement.  We saw a couple different tent cities set up around the city center.  Lots of tents.  Lots of hippie looking twenty and thirty somethings.  Some signs. 





As we passed each massive, gorgeous building, we craned our heads to read the writing on the side of each building...  "Oh, look!  The Patent Building!  Cool!"...

The Washington Monument


Obviously a self-driven tour is a sub par way to experience DC but it was nice none the less.  It was a good reminder that we need to get out and explore our new city. 

Speaking of used crappola, we stopped by an "estate sale" yesterday.  It was close to the used car that we were going to look at (yes, not only are we in the process of buying a house but we are in the process of buying a used car too), so we stopped by- not know what to expect.  Neither of us had ever been to an estate sale.  It was awesome.  We bought a ladder (on the must buy list), dust buster (must have for keeping our hotel room clean), knit scarf, knit elf hat for Eva, adorable costume jewlery necklace, 2 paint sprayers, and a scale (because I have been obsessing about how much weight I have gained in the past few weeks).  Guess how much it all cost?  $18 bucks.  Boo-yah.  Amazing.  On the agenda for next weekend?  Estate sales.

18 comments:

  1. I LOVED this most. I'm planning a trip to DC for May. My aunt and uncle live in Alexandria, VA so they're going to let my bff and I crash there and ride into work with my uncle every morning (he's a lawyer in downtown DC). : ]

    Love love love the pics.

    And ikea is so overwelming! ha ha.

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  2. We just went to DC 2 weeks ago. :) We loved it! :) Erin

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  3. My husband visited DC in high school and I'm STILL jealous! (Even though it was before I knew him)

    Thanks for the visit! I hope you'll come find me on Facebook! (my Fitness blog has a badge!)

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  4. I'm so iffy on buying used things too...I don't even shop on ebay (except I used to buy textbooks there, but that's completely different).

    Are you guys near Ft. Meade? (I can't think of any other bases in Maryland so close to DC...I'm right on the other side of dc :) )

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  5. 18 bucks!?! I will have to check out estate sales now! And I love DC! That is so nice you get to live close by!

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  6. I think it's so cool that you can just take a wrong turn and end up in Washington DC! I went there once and loved it! :)

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  7. Ive never bought anything from an estate sale! I've never been! I guess I should go?!

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  8. Sounds like you had a great day! Thrift stores are an acquired taste, you win some and you lose some. ha ha

    http://lanachristine.blogspot.com

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  9. Krys- You are probably not going to look back and see if I responded to you, but yes we are by Ft Meade. We are staying in Columbia now but only until we close on this house.

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  10. oh nice! columbia is a nice little area! (well not little, but nice quieter kind of suburn of dc and baltimore)

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  11. Krys-
    I was goint to email you but your profile isnt hooked up to your name or something... Are you at Meade?

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  12. it should work now :) nope, i live in arlington and my husband is at ft. myer.

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  13. I love row houses and living near San Francisco, I get to see them frequently. It's the little things ;)

    I want to be able to buy things used, but I rarely do either.

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  14. I'm glad you had a chance to explore the city!
    I don't shop thrift stores or garage sales either. I just don't have the patience or the desire!

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  15. Wow, y'all scored some major deals for only $18! I would love to go to an estate sale. I've never been!!

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  16. Awesome deals! :) I'm not big on garage sales or thrift stores.. I dont have the patients. but an estate sale sounds great! :)

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  17. That sounds so much fun!! I've never been to an estate sale,but maybe I should go check one out!! Those houses are seriously gorgeous! What a fun adventure!

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