Tourist at Home: Antiques Hunting

Chris and I spent the day in D.C. last Saturday trying out a new-to-us self-guided walking tour app called GPSmyCity. We downloaded the Washington D.C. version on my iPhone and selected the Antiques Hunting Tour 2 since I’m always on the lookout for vintage cameras. We ended up discovering some fun shops that we might not have otherwise visited!

Our tour started off in the Logan Circle area and the first stop brought us to Miss Pixie’s, full of the most interesting knick-knacks, furnishings, and used books.


My favorite find was this bin full of old film prints! I looked through it for a good ten minutes or so before I had to pull myself away. Some of the photos were marked on the back with names and dates while others weren’t marked at all, leaving me to wonder who these people were. I wanted to buy the whole lot (prints should have a home!), but at $1 per print it would have added up to quite a bit. And I don’t even have my own prints super organized, so maybe I should start with that project instead.


Next on the tour we stopped into GoodWood on U Street. I could have wandered around in here for quite a while, perusing the beautiful furniture and unique objects. And oh how I wish we had room in our tiny house for more furniture! I’m not sure what I would do with a shelving unit full of outstretched arms, but the display intrigued me and made for a good photo.


Legendary Beast sits on top of a comic book store also on U Street and it was the third stop on our tour. We only popped in for a moment since we were running short on time, but I’d love to go back and pour over the decades worth of fun baubles. It’s a small store, but it’s packed to the brim with vintage jewelry.


In addition to discovering antique shops, thanks to our self-guided walking tour we stumbled upon CakeLove and self-guided our hungry selves right into the shop. Holy sugar fix in a portable container, Batman. Is cake-in-a-jar the new cupcake?! Or has this been a thing for a while and I’m just now hearing about it? Either way, it’s an amazing treat and it hit the spot after wandering around the city. I highly recommend the Salty Caramel.


Our afternoon also included plans for visiting two of the local breweries so we had to cut the tour short and miss the last couple of stops, but we can easily pick up where we left off next time. And there are several other walks in D.C. that I’d love to do in the future, not to mention tons of other cities I’d love to tour with GPSmyCity. We found the app to be simple and intuitive, and effective for navigating around the city. I think one of the stores may have closed since the Antiques Shopping 2 walk was created (or else we were too hopped up on cake to find it), but we loved the ease of finding everything else. I’ll definitely be downloading apps for each of the cities we’re visiting next year!

Thank you to GPSmyCity for providing me with a complimentary code to try the app. The thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own.

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  • Jessica Del Vecchio - What fun! I love Good Wood but I don’t think I’ve ever checked out Miss Pixie’s – it looks awesome and I will definitely be hitting it up soon! This app looks really fun and a great way to explore.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Jessica, you’ll love Miss Pixie’s! I wonder if you’ll want to take home all of the prints like I did.ReplyCancel