Vintage Clothing + Flea Markets in Paris

Let’s take a tour through some of the greatest «not-so-new, pas-de-tout» shopping experiences across the City of Love Binge Shopping. It’s true that retail therapy releases dopamine, (which is I think something above Butter + Cigarettes on the French Food Pyramid?) but how much further this would joy spread if we purchased more second-hand items? How much more self-congratulations could we wrench from this decadent existence? I’m sure the planet and your bank account will thank you. Plus, ~Woke~.  And, leisurely shopping for vintage clothes and enviably freakish 1980s tableware is one of our national pastimes so Frenchify your closet (and pantry) with our VINTAGE DECODER…

Second-hand Clothing Shopping in Paris

 

MOOD »»» ON THE HUNT

Biev­nenue à Paris, glob­al fash­ion hub, City of Love Binge Shop­ping. Land of the Chic, Home of the Swank. You get the idea. The Thrift Stores and Char­i­ty Shops must be a blast right? Non. Désolée, mes cheries. Pas de tout. There are a few reasons…

 Rea­son Numero Un: Not only is Paris the World Cap­i­tal of luxe, but down­stream there’s a whole ecosys­tem of Fash­ion Efflu­via await­ing you. The throb­bing bio­me of fash­ion stu­dents and recent fash­ion grads and burned out for­mer fash­ion indus­try pros could fill all the sky­scrap­ers that we don’t have, but envi­sion that we do for just this metaphor. (La Defense doesn’t count — Paris is the only cap­i­tal city with it’s finan­cial dis­trict out­side the city…)

That species knows their Maje and their CoCo and their 80’s Bal­main and they are not afraid to sharp-elbow their way through the Char­i­ty Shops and Thrift stores (they DO exist: Emmaus, Croix Rouge, etc.) to pan for gold. Or to sur­vive if we are to stick with this metaphor. So what’s left at a real, hon­est-to-good­ness Thrift Store is more like ques­tion­able house­wares, rough­ly han­dled baby gear, appli­ances that work but…, etc. OUI, there is cloth­ing, but it’s not worth the weight in your checked bag. 

So…read on as we DECODE how to shop for Vin­tage Cloth­ing in Paris. 

PS: SOME DIRTY LAUNDRY » The same orga­nized crime ring that picks your pock­ets at the Lou­vre and on the Metro, and whose seem­ing­ly non-threat­en­ing young ladies harass you for sig­na­tures on peti­tions (and then cash…) used to, until recent­ly, low­er their chil­dren into the large met­al used cloth­ing col­lec­tion bins we have in every neigh­bor­hood to fish out the bags of dona­tions, which would then be picked apart on the street in the hunt for Dior. The orga­ni­za­tions that place these col­lec­tion box­es had to redesign the deposit slots…to make them child­proof. Like, «child­proof». Sigh. The good finds would be hawked to the Dépôt Ventes and Vides Gre­niers! There was one of the 1.0 ver­sions of these col­lec­tion bins on the cor­ner near a place I lived in the Canal St. Mar­tin neigh­bor­hood and I used to watch from my bal­cony as five year olds went into the box through the dona­tion slot and start­ed feed­ing bags out to their par­ents. Heart­break­ing stuff. Oui, enjoy your shopping.

Je suis une wet blanket…

«Les Friperies» — Vintage w/o the Velvet Rope

A «friperie» is some­thing sim­i­lar to what the out­side world thinks of as a Sec­ond-hand Cloth­ing Shop. It’s not an actu­al, benev­o­lent, Thrift Store or a Char­i­ty Shop (we have those but they are not real­ly worth the effort for cloth­ing as ~Vin­tage~ is an absolute­ly SAVAGE indus­try here, and those are picked CLEAN on the dai­ly by PROFESSIONALS who then *host pop-up vin­tage sales (see below for some good IG accounts to fol­low to find out the when/where) OR sell the curat­ed, worth­while pieces in their dépôts-vente shops (also see below (well, fash­ion in gen­er­al is a WHOLE THING in Paris, as you already like­ly suspected…)

A bit of is a far reach from the reg­u­lar ran­dom jum­ble you might envi­sion, how­ev­er. The friperie expe­ri­ence in Paris is more like trea­sure hunt­ing — it’s excit­ing and you’re guar­an­teed some gold by the end. It’s com­mon knowl­edge in Paris that the best Friperie’s (Friper­ix? Fripereuax? How about we do you dirty like the French did the word «SANDWICHS» ) are found in Le Marais and Les Halles Areas, although there are a few around Republique. Bon frip!

Episode — 12–16 Rue Tique­tonne (2nd arr.)

Nice Piece — 76 Rue Char­lot (3rd arr.)

Chinema­chine — 100 Rue des Mar­tyrs (18th arr.)

RAG Vin­tage — 81 Rue Saint-Hon­oré (1st arr.)

Love and Dress — 45 Rue d’Haute-ville (10th arr.)

Kili­watch — 64 rue Tique­tonne (2nd arr.)

MAD Vin­tage – 66 Rue Saint-Denis (1st arr.) / 41 Rue de Riv­o­li (1st arr.)

Free’P’Star – 61 Rue de la Ver­rerie / 20 Rue de Riv­o­li (4th arr.)

Hip­py Mar­ket — 41 Rue du Tem­ple (4th arr.)

Guer­risol — on the way low­er end, loca­tions through­out the city, most­ly East

Kilo shops — Clothing Sold by Weight 

Sim­i­lar to friperies, kilo shops are all about max­i­miz­ing what you can get with your spend. Regard­less of label or look, the price of an item is based sole­ly off its weight. Scat­tered around these relaxed 80s vibe out­lets are scales for the con­ve­nience of cus­tomers. High­ly pop­u­lar across the main cities of France, kilo shops offer a dif­fer­ent approach to sec­ond-hand shop­ping with grow­ing demand. The abil­i­ty to pur­chase more for less helps envi­ron­men­tal­ly too, with reduced unwant­ed cloth­ing going in the trash and keep­ing it in lov­ing wardrobes instead. Style is com­plete­ly sub­jec­tive, which is why kilo shops are a great way to keep cir­cu­lat­ing fashion. 

Kilo Shop — 69–71 Rue de la Ver­rerie (4th arr.)

Kilo Shop — 125 Bd Saint-Ger­main (6th arr.)

Kilo Shop Kawaii — 65 Rue de la Ver­rerie (4th arr.)

Kilo Shop — 10 Bd Mont­martre (9th arr.)

Kilo shop — 23 Rue du Faubourg du Tem­ple (10th arr.)

Kilo Shop — 8 Bd de Magen­ta (10th arr.)

Kilo shop BIS — 67 Rue de la Ver­rerie (4th arr.)

Kilo shop — 25 Bd Saint-Michel (5th arr.)

Curated Vintage AKA «Dépôt Vente»

The oth­er wave of vin­tage shop­ping is through a more curat­ed, exclu­sive expe­ri­ence. Loved by Parisian fash­ion­istas and fash­ion edi­tors alike, these prici­er hubs for vin­tage lux­u­ry are sure to return a delight­ful treat. If you look hard enough, you can find Her­més scarves for under €100, Celine bags for under €500 and even Louboutins for under €50. AND beau­coup lust­ful­ly unique pieces NOT in these price ranges…Beautifully organ­ised and aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing, these shops are extreme­ly pop­u­lar – no surprise!

Pret­ty Box — 46 rue Sain­tonge (3rd Arr.)

Mood: appoint­ment only, bébé. Come back next time. 

Vin­tage Sys­tem Shop — 17 rue Bar­bette (3rd arr.)

Mood: Freaky and chic fam­i­ly affair

Dépôt Vente ‑14 Rue de la Tour (16th arr.)

Mood: Big Bang for your buck

Opu­lence Vin­tage — 107 Rue Reau­mur (2nd arr.) / 3 Rue Jean du Bel­lay (4th arr.) 

Mood: vin­tage design­er handbags

Mono­gram Paris - 6 Rue de la Tremoille, (8th arr.) 

Mood: if you get stressed out by over crowd­ed rails, vis­it Mono­gram for an organ­ised clos­et feel.

La Marelle Paris - 25 Gal Vivi­enne (2nd arr.)

Mood: with­out a big online pres­ence, you can grab some­thing unique­ly French that no one else has.

Cor­ner­luxe Paris — 45, Avenue Bosquet (7th arr.) / 6, Place Moro-Giaf­feri (14th arr.) / 84, Avenue Mozart (16th arr.)

Mood: afford­able Hermès…

Thanx god I’m a VIP — 12 Rue de Lan­cry (10th arr.)

Mood: Parisian insid­er approved

En voiture Simone — 43 Rue Char­lot (3rd arr.)

Mood: every­day chic

Retro Chic — 57 Rue Con­dorcet (9th arr.)

Mood: pris­tine con­di­tion Chanel bags

Val­ois vin­tage — 8 Rue des Saus­saies (8th arr.)

Mood: rare, col­lec­tors pieces

Les Mer­veilles de Babel­lou — 18 Rue Paul Bert, 93400 Saint-Ouen

Mood: a trea­sure box of Guc­ci, Dior, Lagerfeld

Pop-up vintage fashion 

Most­ly online, these brands quite lit­er­al­ly pop up from time to time, to allow cus­tomers to get a feel for the cloth­ing and also the brand. This style of shop­ping cre­ates excite­ment and attach­es a sense of worth to cloth­ing that reg­u­lar on demand high street stores don’t have. By wait­ing for the announced pop-up to search for new good­ies, you’re prob­a­bly going to make more mean­ing­ful pur­chas­es. That means actu­al­ly buy­ing stuff you need, rather than just want. (Although a shiny new thing isn’t all bad every once in a while).

Mood­bor­de

Mood: lucky girl syndrome

Adjace Paris

Mood: the cool­er old­er sister

Caba Paris

Mood: straight out­ta the sixties

Relique Vin­tage Store

Mood: that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Lemon­curd

Mood: sweet but salty with a whole lot­ta spice

What’s Up

Mood: tat­toos, music, artists, oh and there’s cloth­ing too!

Le Cha­peau Magique

Mood: OTT, bedaz­zled and bejeweled 

Frusques Vin­tage

Mood: 90s vibes & noughties prices

Reborn Stock

Mood: rock n roll but add some color

Brit­ney Market

Mood: Y2K 

OhMyFrip!

Mood: ‘wak­ing up your wardrobe, (with love)’

Now, for the Objects — Brocantes, Vide-Greniers, and Marché aux Puces

A favourite meeting place for les Frenches, marchés (food markets), brocantes (flea markets) and vide-greniers (garage sales, even though a garage isn’t really a thing here) are home to pretty much everything you can think of. From fashion to flowers and carpets to candelabras, Paris has over 90 different popup markets! Captivating all antique and vintage lovers, these markets are absolute gold mines for decorative accessories and some are even solid sources of unique clothing you won’t find anywhere else. 

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen 

By tak­ing a few extra steps down from the Sacré-cœur, you’ll find your­self at one of the most extrav­a­gant flea mar­kets in the world. Rife with trin­kets, jew­el­ry, orig­i­nal art­work, vin­tage clothes, the list goes on. Dat­ing back from the 19th cen­tu­ry, Saint-Ouen was the first fash­ion flea mar­ket of its time and brings around 2,500 sell­ers from Sat­ur­day to Mon­day. It’s known as one the best and biggest in the world of its kind. The vari­ety from stall to stall is unlike you’ll have ever seen, but the gen­er­al mood focus­es on art-deco from every peri­od and at high and low prices. Expect high­er stan­dards from this muse­um-like arte­fact that is Saint-Ouen.

Side note: head there on a rainy Mon­day. If it’s less busy you might be able to score some bet­ter deals.

ADDRESS: Avenue de la Porte de Clig­nan­court (18th arr.)

HOURS: Mon 11a-5p;  Sat & Sun 9a-6p 

MÉTRO: Porte de Clig­nan­court (line 4)

PRICE: €-€€

Vanves Flea Market (Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves) 

Locat­ed in the 14th arrondisse­ment, Vanves flea mar­ket is home to over 400 stalls on a week­end. It’s more hid­den in the South­ern part of Paris and offers a more laid-back alter­na­tive to the famous Saint-Ouen. Away from the cen­tre, you’ll find less tourists and might be able to get bet­ter prices with less hag­gling. Round off your trip with lunch at one of our favourite restau­rants: Arthur & Juli­ette for a deli­cious croque mon­sieur or Le Jer­obam for French cui­sine and a great onion soup.

ADDRESS: Avenue Marc Sang­nier / Avenue Georges Lafen­stre (14th arr.)

HOURS: Sat­ur­day and Sun­day 7a-2p

MÉTRO: Porte de Vanves (line 13)

PRICE:

Les Puces de Montreuil 

Per­haps the less attrac­tive broth­er to St-Ouen, Montreuil’s flea mar­ket still offers some awe­some gems, all at bar­gain prices. From vin­tage cloth­ing to 19th cen­tu­ry fine cut­lery and every­thing antique you can think of. But don’t be fooled by the ini­tial price. Hag­gling is all part of the French flea mar­ket process. Don’t be afraid to say « trop cher! » a few times and argue a low­er price. Bonne chance!

ADDRESS: Avenue du Pro­fesseur André Lemierre (20th arr.)

OPEN: Sat­ur­day & Mon­day 7a‑7:30p

MÉTRO: Porte de Mon­treuil (line 9)

PRICE:

Pop-up Brocantes in Paris 

Through­out the year you can find Bro­cantes, also trans­lat­ed to nomadic antiques mar­kets – pop up with all sorts of dia­mond in the rough. End­less bric-à-brac, should we say. Le Marais area hosts Bro­cantes often, some­times last­ing a few hours or even across a full week­end. You just have to try your luck, but you can also check the Bro­cantes cal­en­dar on the Vide-Gre­niers web­site to access lists of sales

Pop-up Vide-Greniers

Lit­er­al­ly trans­lat­ing to ‘emp­ty the attic’ in French, these garage-like sales are way more casu­al. Nor­mal­ly, reg­u­lar peo­ple and fam­i­lies sell stuff they’re try­ing to get rid of in their neigh­bor­hoods. Some­times you can find taste­ful antique fur­ni­ture, books and old cloth­ing. More often than not, you have to be will­ing to view the items as projects. They need a bit of TLC or a lick of paint. But one man’s trash is anoth­er man’s trea­sure as they say! Bro­cabrac Paris and Points de Chine are great web­sites to check before plan­ning your trea­sure hunt. ps. Prime time for Vide-Gre­niers in Paris is dur­ing Spring time. 

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