Do your eyes widen at the site of acrylic? Does your closet hold a collection of pieces from your mom, your grandma, and possibly even your dadâ€™s old wardrobe? Can you replicate the latest fashion trends just by rummaging through treasures at the back of your closet? Do you wear those clothes to your professional job?
If you answered â€œyesâ€ to any of these questions, chances are youâ€™re a vintage junkie. Lucky for you, thereâ€™s an elemental store that caters to the inner-most fashion dreams of the true vintage queen: Bows & Arrows. Indeed, this place, decked out with its fluffy cat idols and ultra-hip recyclables, could easily double as a museum of fashions gone byâ€”and come back again. Filled with age-old classics ranging from fluorescent, poke-a-dot housewife dresses and faded cowgirl boots to 80s sunglasses and authentic stirrup leggings, this shop will make you drop to your knees and thank the style goddesses. If thrift stores were ever trendy, Bows & Arrows takes the lead.
Bows & Arrows opened two years ago. In fact, theyâ€™re holding an anniversary sale this Second Saturday, November 14 with 25% off everything! With prices already ranging from $5 to $30, you wonâ€™t want to miss out on these savings. They’re located at 1712 L Street in midtown, and will stay open till 10 pm. Festivities will include live music by Rip Wavez, Lite Brite, and Musical Charis with featuredÂ art by Jairus Tonel.
For anyone whoâ€™s not a vintage shopper, Bows & Arrows will make a convert out of you. I challenge you to grab a copy of the latest fashion magazine, tear out a picture of your favorite outfit, and bring it in to the store. Iâ€™m betting youâ€™ll find most, if not all, of the pieces needed to recreate the look. As the saying so aptly goes, everything old is new again. This was never truer than at Bows & Arrows.
The creativity oozing from Bows & Arrows will draw in anyone with the slightest inkling for verve in their wardrobe. The staff even sews new, one-of-a-kindÂ garments from vintage fabrics, creating gorgeous, sexy pieces that would sell for hundreds of dollars in the retail stores. Yet here, youâ€™ll find them for about $30.
Additional props go to the staff for their ability to turn you into a fashionista. If you fall in love with a funky piece of clothing, but just arenâ€™t sure how to turn it into something wearable, theyâ€™ll hunt to find you the perfect matching pieces. Youâ€™ll walk out with an ensemble fit for the runway.
So, head out to Bows & Arrows this Saturday. Itâ€™ll pierce your heart and make you fall in love, too.