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SUNDAY

Went to Pottery Barrel—or one of those stores—the other day to buy a lamp, but I wanted to plug it in first to give it a look with the light on. Scanned around, holding the prongs of the plug out, and asked, “Where’s the outlet?” The clerk replied, “Leesburg.” Then, for some reason, realized how tiresome all these insta-antique stores are becoming. Problem is, with Washington’s wealth and affectations, it’s hard to find places around here that sell the genuine older furnishings at prices that won’t put you on a diet. But it’s a safe bet that at the Art Deco Society of Washington’s 18th Annual Exposition of the Decorative Arts, you’ll be able to round out that set of maize-colored Fiestaware, find the elusive Bakelite bracelet, or pick up a classic chrome toaster. Many of your favorite items from the first half of the 20th century will be on view and for sale starting at 9 a.m. at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $10. (202) 298-1100. (Bradford McKee)