In this time of crisis, should we still be treating ourselves to beautiful clothes which will complete our beloved wardrobes? The answer is yes – and at incredibly low prices! But where? How? When? How much? Do not fear, bargain hunters: here is our selection of trendy, bohemian and vintage Parisian thrift stores.
NUMBER 1 FOR THRIFT STORES IN PARIS: GUERRISOL
There are a few of these around Paris. Although the shops themselves are not very attractive, they are full of great things. Prices start at 3 euros, and for this low price you can leave with top brands including Maje, Sandro, Mango, Zara, Camaïeu, Promod, Etam, the list goes on!
Shoes generally cost about 10 euros, and at this price, brands such as André, San Marina, Minelle, Tamaris and Comptoir des Cotonniers will be up-for-grabs. Sometimes you will also find a pair of Converse or nice leather boots for the higher price of around 20 euros. Also available are bags, scarves, wallets, and even books. For male shoppers there are ties, trousers, polo-shirts and shoes to choose from.
- Very low prices
- Stores nearly everywhere in Paris
- Fantastic bargains (A 100-euro pair of San Marina shoes for 10 euros!)
- Open on Sundays
- You have to really look through everything to find the best items
- Getting the best deals comes down to luck and going on the right day – it might be worth sussing-out when the new deliveries arrive so you have the pick of the bunch
ADDRESSES OF GUERRISOLS IN THE PARIS AREA:
64 Avenue de Fontaiebleau, 94270 Kremlin-Bicètre
19 Avenue de Clichy, 75017 Paris
45 Boulevard de la Chapelle, 75018 Paris
17 Boulevard de Rochechouard, 75009 Paris
96 Boulevard Barbes, 75018 Paris
47 Boulevard Barbes, 75018 Paris
Guerrissol stores are open 7 days a week from 10:00am until 7:30pm, however on delivery days the shops tend to open closer to 11:00am.
KILO SHOP – THRIFT CONCEPT STORE
An original concept, when making purchases the customer does not pay based on the price of the items, but by their weight, as is done with fruit and vegetables. Prices are around 30 euros per kilogram for dresses and around 20 euros per kilogram for t-shirts. Kilo Shops tend found in to be in pleasant and popular areas.
Positives: found in nice areas, different approach to retail
Negatives: again, you have to have a good look and be sure not to miss anything
THERE ARE 2 KILO SHOPS IN PARIS:
- Marais: 69 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris
- Saint Germain des Près: 125 boulevard Saint Germain, 75006 Paris.
BY FLOWERS – BOHEMIAN AND VINTAGE THRIFTICNG
In this more boho-style store, with a bit (or a lot) of patience you can find some truly astounding bargains (top designer brands for ridiculously low prices) among the vintage clothes. A friendly atmosphere reigns over the shop, with good music to soundtrack your thrifting experience, a welcoming staff, and even the possibility to haggle!
Here you will find pieces from the 1940’s to the 1990’s. Stock includes designer coats between 40 and 50 euros, dresses for 15 euros, heels for 20 euros, silk scarves for 5 euros, leather belts at 10 euros as well as vintage homewares such as lamps and suitcases.
If, for any reason, you are not successful in your search for that dream item, no problem: By Flowers is in a lovely area, so why not go for a stroll or find something in the many boutiques of the Abbesses area.
Positives: Lovely setting, good music, friendly staff, beautiful wares at unbeatable prices, arrivals of new stock nearly every day, you might bump into a famous face!
Negatives: Again, it’s down to you to hunt through the items if you want to find the best deals
Address: By Flowers, 86 rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris
- Mondays, 2:30pm – 8:30pm
- Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00am – 8:30pm
- Sundays, 2:30pm – 8:30pm
For addicts of vintage fashion, have a wander of the Vanves Flea Market – it’s worth the detour! The fabulour selection of bric-a-brac makes for some great finds!
CULOTTE – PARIS’ VINTAGE JEWELER
It only needed to be thought about and then they did it. The two managers of this thrift shop, Yasuyuki Nakazono and Minako Ito sell clothes, but their main focus is jewelry.
Here you will find pieces inspired by the most beautiful jewelry of yesteryear costing between 5 and 10 euros. You will also find accessories from handbags and wallets to 70’s belts and influences of the Japanese culture which is so dear to the founders.
In a nutshell, you are almost certain to leave this shop with an item that your friends and colleagues do not have!
Address: 7 rue Malher, 75004 (Métro stop Saint Paul)
- Mondays, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
- Tuesday to Friday, 12:30pm – 7:00pm
- Sundays, 2:00pm – 7:00pm
LA PETITE FRIPE: MODERN AND VINTAGE THRIFT
I have chosen a thrift shop which is a bit different from the ones before, a bit pricier, but offering a rich vintage collection. In this store you are sure to uncover truly original pieces, so why not pick up something a bit out-there to complete your wardrobe or to give as a gift?
Located at the most fantastic of fantastic addresses in Paris, this boutique is cited in nearly every Paris tourism guide – we can only recommend that you pop in.
There will be interesting items all around you: on coat hangers, on the floor, and above your head. Fans of vintage glasses will be delighted: pairs from the 70’s are sure to tempt you. The shop may be cramped but you are certain to find some treasures. Good luck and happy digging!
A bit about the manager Hassan, pictured above, who in a short space of time made a name for himself in the area and now has a loyal clientele. In the beginning, he hunted many a bargain and, with a bit of TLC, restored the furniture and clothes he had bought.
After this project, Hassan decided to make a living of it, and now La Petite Fripe has turned into a great personal success. When his coffee machine is working, he is sure to invite you to have a drink with him, otherwise, he will share his passion for vintage items.
Positives: Vintage lovers will be thrilled, lots of treasures to be discovered, beautiful leather bags, and crazy prices
Negatives: Certain pieces can be expensive, lots of stuff… all over the place
Address: 118 rue Oberkampf, Paris (11th arrondissement) Tel: 01 49 23 40 92
Métro: Menilmontant or Parmentier
- Tuesday to Thursday, 1:00pm – 9:00pm
- Saturdays, 3:00pm – 9:00pm
- Sundays, 3:00pm – 9:00pm
ADÖM – NO-SWEAT THRIFTING
A thrift shop located inside a tiny premises but well-kept. The items are well-organized and sorted into categories. Thrifters of smaller stature will be overjoyed to find petite sizes available, and when it comes to style you can find everything from classic to vintage, from marinières to flares and from velvet to leather.
Address: Adöm, 35 rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris
- Monday to Saturday, 11:00am – 8:00pm
- Sundays, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
FRIPES AND KETCHUP
The Montmartre thrift store with the essentials: silk scarves, bohemian printed dresses and rock n’ roll leather jackets – they have it all!
The modern décor and factory style makes for a pleasant visit.
The items are carefully selected and organized in the creator’s own way to create a vintage-chic paradise!
Address: Fripes and Ketchup, 8 rue Dancourt, 75018
- Sunday to Friday, 2:00pm – 8:00pm
- Saturdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 8:00pm
LES PUCES DE SAINT OUEN
Literally translating as “The Saint Ouen Flea”, this is flea-market style thrifting. Several shops flog their vintage clothes at the Marché Dauphine (Dauphine Market) on stands such as Falbala or Foxystand.
The Puces de Saint Ouen opens Saturday to Monday from 10:00am – 6:00pm.
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