7 local pop-up shops to visit this summer

From a truck to a patio, here’s where you can find new pieces for your wardrobe in the Northern Virginia region.

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While the ways in which people shop have changed drastically over the years, that giddy feeling of finding something new has stayed the same. This summer season, take it all in with these unique, one-time only pop-up shops coming to DC and NoVA. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind accessory or a handmade dress, here’s where to go to find it all.

Howluu Patio Pop-Up
June 21, 9-11 a.m.
Do you ever find it challenging to fit clunky beach towels into a suitcase? If so, turn to Howluu, a company founded by two sisters that features traditional Turkish blankets and towels. Due to their thin fabric and ability to dry quickly, the towels are perfect for family trips to the beach in the summer months. Check out some of Howluu’s newest designs for beach towels, wraps and other seasonal items right here in NoVA for one day only. // Famille: 700A W. Broad St., Falls Church; free entry

Summer Vibes: Tie-Dye Pop-Up
June 22, 9-10:30 a.m.
Head out to Herndon Old Town Hall on June 22 for a fun-filled day of creativity. Whether you’re in the mood to craft or simply want to watch as others make pieces worth buying, this pop-up event is sure to intrigue individuals of all ages. // Herndon Old Town Hall: 730 Station St., Herndon; free entry

Aria Afghanistan’s 2019 Summer Pop-Up
June 22 & June 23, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
For two days only, experience beautiful designs all the way from Afghanistan. The event will feature handcrafted jewels made from .925 sterling silver and real gemstones in a variety of forms and colors. Plus, each item purchased will come in specialty carved jewelry boxes that you can’t find anywhere else. // LaPop DC: 1847 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC; free entry

Pop-Up Show for Small Businesses
June 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Skip the mall this weekend and experience real deals at this special event featuring local businesses. Whether you’re in need of a new dress or a scarf for the colder months, this event has it all. Guests will also enjoy raffles, door prizes and several chances to win discounts on featured items. // Parkway Pawn & Gold Buyers: 13177 Centerpointe Way, Woodbridge; free entry

July 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
This July, AthenaStles is rolling back over to Falls Church via the mobile store that catches attention everywhere it goes. Athena offers a selection of products, including sunglasses, handmade bags, bracelets and more. From the bright blue design of the truck to the goods inside, the entire event is something you won’t want to miss. // Famille: 700a W. Broad St., Falls Church; free entry

D.C. Summer Pop-Up Market
Aug. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Support local artists and designers this August at Union Market’s day-long pop-up that gives guests the opportunity to mingle with the actual makers and purchase one-of-a-kind products. Whether you need a gift for a family member or simply want to shop with friends, head over to the market for a mix of items, including letterpress stationary, clothing, home decor and more. // Dock 5 at Union Market: 1309 Fifth St. NE, Washington, DC; free entry

The International Gem & Jewlery Show
Aug. 16, noon-6 p.m.
Need a staple item for your next big event this summer? Stop by America’s longest running direct-to-consumer jewelry show that hits various towns across the country. At this year’s show here in NoVA, guests can choose from items sold by local designers, pieces made by international vendors or even supplies needed for making your own shiny necklaces and bracelets. // Dulles Expo Center: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly; $0-$8

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