Paris is known for many things, its museums, its architecture, its food, its couture and lastly its romance. What is it less know for is; its hipster neighbourhoods and the multitude of vintage and thrift stores that lay hidden in different parts of Paris. Let’s dive into the world of slow fashion, which is not only good for your soul, but also, for the planet.
In the 20th Arrondissement of Paris lies this cute little pink boutique which houses not only vintage clothes from Chanel, Dior etc. You will also find a variety of designer bags and shoes by names like Nat & Nin. If you bring your own clothes, you get a 50% discount.
The names says it all, you can buy clothes here by the kilo! You can either buy it based on type i.e t-shirts, denims etc or by colour. It’s an Eco–responsible store, so you get brownie points for reducing your carbon footprint.
There are a total of three stores in Paris; one of them is close to my place, in the 13th Arrondissement. It’s located in Place D’Itale and is a really good place to buy thrifted clothes. You get dresses and jackets for as low as 4 or 5 euros. This one requires patience and some good bargaining skills as the good stuff may not always be handy.
LES PUCES DE SAINT-OUEN
It’s one of the biggest flea markets in Paris; it is open 3 days a week – Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9am to 6 pm. I would suggest going over the weekend as most shops are shut on Monday. It’s a beautiful market with cobbled roads; you have many shops selling goodies from the 20’s and the 30s. You may have to bargain to get a good price. PS, just outside the puces is a local street market; don’t forget to browse through it for some African garbs and accessories.
It’s located in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris, and is open every day of the week until 8pm. The store has an online presence as well. It stocks a lot of garbs from 60s to 90s, and the prices are quite reasonable. New stock arrives every Thursday!
Paris is filled with thrift and vintage stores, these are the few I’ve personally gone to, and are the most recommended to me by locals. On your visit to Paris do give them a visit to soak in some joie de vivre vibes of the city.