Top 5: Tips for Shopping the Old Town Boutique District Scavenger Hunt

Strap on your shopping shoes for Old Town Boutique District’s 7th Annual Scavenger Hunt! From September 18-20, dozens of Old Town Alexandria’s independent boutiques will open their doors to visitors in search of unique fashion finds, food and wine, home goods and more, including the chance to win gift certificates and merchandise from participating retailers.

To join the scavenger hunt, download a Boutique District Passport or pick one up at any participating store the days of the event. Hop on the free King Street Trolley and take your trip “around the world” of Old Town’s diverse shops to fill up your passport with stamps from each boutique you visit. Shopaholics, alert: visitors who complete their passport cards by end of business Saturday will be entered to win a Grand Prize package of more than $3,000 worth of gift certificates and store products. May the odds be ever in your favor!


1. Grab free goodies


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Good news: Christmas comes early to King Street for scavenger hunt participants! Stop by your favorite stores to snag free gifts (while supplies last—so hop to it!) including kitchen gadgets, dog toys, children’s games, tasting samples and more before you even pull out your wallet. And don’t forget: you’re going to need a big bag to carry all that swag.


2. Get special promotions 

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In addition to free gifts, some stores will offer hunt members exclusive sales and promotions. That’s right, even if you don’t manage to visit all 33 participating boutiques for a chance to win the Grand Prize package, you can still pick up some great deals. Now what’s keeping you from that handbag you’ve been eyeing?


3. Bring your friends

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What’s more fun than shopping? Shopping with your friends, of course. After all, your girlfriends make trying on clothes a lot more fun—and they’ll give you an honest second opinion. Or if you’re a mom with kids in tow, be sure to stop by Hooray for Books for children’s books, games and puzzles. Visitors on a leash, drop by The Dog Park and Fido just might come away with his own prize.


4. Fuel up

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We all know shopping gives you an appetite. Why not stop in at some of Old Town’s delectable eateries to refuel and relax between stops? Start with some coffee at Misha’s, then don’t miss out on the legendary brunch at Union Street Public House, where you can get discounts based on the number of stamps in your passport. Once you’ve shopped till you dropped, finish your day with a glass of wine at GRAPE + BEAN.


5. Instagram and win prizes from your favorite stores


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If you can’t get enough of your favorite boutiques, Instagram them for a chance to win even more prizes with the Find Your Treasure Instagram contest. It’s simple: find your favorite item at each boutique, take a photo and post it to Instagram with #OldTownHunt and the store name. Prizes range from gift baskets to $100 gift certificates; winning photos will be chosen by boutique staff. What’s not to #love about that?


Learn more about the Old Town Boutique District Scavenger Hunt, including store hours and locations and contest details here.

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