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Each week, Buy D.C. will highlight shops and items you can only find in the D.C. area, curated by Kaarin Vembar, owner of personal shopping and wardrobe editing service Closet Caucus.

If you live in D.C., there’s a good chance you strive to avoid the city’s more touristy offerings. But you’re missing out on some serious swag. Here’s some fun merch locals rarely encounter.

That’s How Rough Riders Roll

Take a bath while brushing up on history with this Theodore Roosevelt rubber ducky.

Historic duck, $.99. Washington Welcome Center. 1001 E St. NW. (202) 347-6609.


D.C. is the only place where a donkey graphic on a breath freshener product makes complete sense.

Democrat mints, $3.49. Honest Abe’s Souvenirs. 506 10th St. NW, 2nd floor. (202) 783-1003.


Remember when astronaut ice cream was all the rage? Now petrified dinosaur food is the souvenir de jour.

Dinosaur food, $6. National Museum of Natural History. 1000 Constitution Ave. NW. (202) 633-1000.

Witch, Please

Take home these socks from the American History Museum and recreate the Wizard of Oz scene where the house falls on the Wicked Witch of the East.

Wizard of Oz socks, $12. National Museum of American History. 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. (202) 633-1000.

Commander in Chubby Cheeks

Need a quirky baby shower gift? This onesie will inspire presidential confidence while representing your D.C. home.

Baby onesie, $9.99. Old Town Trading Post. 128 King St., Alexandria. (703) 739-8877.