The centre for many worldwide major fashion houses and the home of so many fashionable and always impeccably dressed people, many visiting Paris are interested in picking up a few great items for their wardrobe while visiting the fashion forward city.Most of us cannot exactly afford to march into Louis Vuitton or Yves Saint Laurent and stock out suitcases with new designer duds, many travellers will probably look for cheaper clothing stores where they can still pick up some great fashions without spending more than they did on the entire trip.
In this article, you’ll find a few tips about shopping in Paris on a budget, and also some places where you can actually bargain on high end brands as well.
One of the best places to find screaming deals on everything from a set of plates to a new pair of shoes are the flea markets of Paris. Some of the popular flea markets are
- Puces de Saint Queen
- Puces de Porte de Montreuil
- Porte de Vanves
The epitome of bargain shopping has to be yard sales. While you won’t find any front yards in the middle of Paris, the French do have their own version of getting rid of old household items:vide-greniers– literally, “emptying the attic.”
Often taking over several blocks in designated neighbourhoods,vide-greniers feature second-hand clothing direct from the merchant, from very used to practically new.
3 .Vintage Shops:
In Montmartre, behind metro Abbesses, Chine Machine stands apart as being one of the few vintage shops in the area with a dynamite customer service and appropriately priced, funky clothes for women. Near Hotel de Ville and the Centre Pompidou is another top spot for loads of vintage shops.
4. Second-hand style at Guerrisol:
Jewellery designer Julie Schmidt, favours stylish but unfussy clothes to set off her eye-catching silver jewellery. She enjoys rummaging in the fripperies (second-hand clothes shops) on avenue de Clichy. Her favourite is Guerrisol, one of the biggest and cheapest, where a trench coat costs €10, a scarf €1.
5. True bargain hunting in Paris: Sympa
If you are really looking to super discounted clothing items, Les Magasins Sympa Grande Marques is a chain of stores in Paris that sells designer items from Etam, Naf-Naf, Kookai, Printemps and other stores for next to nothing.
While these stores don’t exactly have nice displays of outfits ensemble or make for a particularly pleasant shopping experience, it is where you can find good name-brand clothes for not a whole lot of money. Just be prepared to elbow your way through people to riffle through bins of these clothes that have been haphazardly piled to sometimes mountainous proportions. Make sure that you know your European dress size before you arrive.
Whether you’re looking for something in particular or are simply browsing until something fabulous catches your eye, Paris can be a shopper’s dream.