Les Emplettes edition noël

Les Emplettes is back with its last pop-up vide dressing in Paris before the end of the year.

At the preview event tonight there were some great pieces on sale: a green leather jacket from the Chloè main line for €380, a Louis Vuitton chunky knit for €80 and a Guess black faux fur jacket, also for €80.

Also of note were the Claudie Pierlot classic parkas that are always sought after, the Balanciaga skirt for €65 and the Guess cold shoulder sparkly jumper for €40.

There’s also some new clothing pieces and new accessories-the leather coin purses for €5 would make a great stocking filler.

At 7 rue Bachaumont. 75002 from 15-17 December, 10am – 8pm


Chine Machine in Montmartre

Chine Machine is one of those seriously cool vintage shops that also stocks a good range of secondhand contemporary pieces from brands including Sandro, Surface to Air and Sessun.

Of notable mention is the shop’s selection of shoes on sale- from Lanvin to Gucci via Walter Steiger.

Some of the preloved pieces I saw during my visit to Chine Machine’s Montmartre outpost (it has another shop in the 10th) included an Alpaca-mix grey American Vintage cardigan for €25, a pale pink Acne sweatshirt for €25 and a pair of trousers by The Kooples for €15.

I didn’t buy anything for myself this time, but my friend bought a €20 leather jacket and a pair of Cole Haan leather and suede boots for €30.

At 100 rue des Martyrs, 75018

Violette Sauvage at Kube Hôtel

This weekend (9-10 December) is the Violette Sauvage blogger and fashionista vide dressing at Kube Hôtel in Paris’ 18th arrondissement.

I went yesterday and while it’s €3 to get in, the entry fee is definitely worth it. Blogger vide dressings always rate highly on my agenda as there is usually a great selection of items, many of which are new with tags and from recent or current collections. Which of course is great if you need to buy someone a gift and want to look generous (although to be honest I usually just buy presents for myself).

Some of the good deals I saw yesterday included a brand new with tags The Kooples silk dress for €40 instead of €278 and a Patricia Blanchet bag for €80 instead of €295. And not cheap but utterly fabulous was a brand new with tags Acne jacket for €900.

So what did I buy? A pair of jazzy Adidas shorts (I have vague plans to become a fitness fanatic in the New Year) for €5 and a Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt that is very Chanel/Cher Horowitz for €20.

At 1 Passage Ruelle, 75018

Marcel – A dépôt-vente in Butte aux Cailles

Despite having lived in the area for a number of years, I didn’t stumble across this wonderful shop until recently.

Marcel sells preloved clothing, shoes and accessories, as well boasting homeware items and section for those aged 0-14.

It’s not the cheapest overall, but there is a wide selection of brands – from Monoprix to Maje – so there is something for every budget.

I particularly liked the Maje suede jacket for €154 that I recently posted on Instagram, and a black and white Michael Kors dress that was around €60.

At 10/10 bis rue de l’espérance, 75013 Paris

Violette Sauvage’s blogger and fashionista vide dressing

If there is one secondhand clothing sale in Paris that I’ll be sure not to miss next month, it’s the Violette Sauvage blogger vide dressing on 8-9 December.

Held at Kube Hôtel in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, the event is set to feature around 30 bloggers, fashion journalists and designers.

So get ready to snap up some blogger favourites and fashionable frocks at bargain prices.

But if you can’t wait until then to get your fashion fix, Violette Sauvage is hosting another vide dressing on 2-3 December at its popular stomping ground, Paris’ Palais des Femmes.

Les Armoires de Paris at Grand Marché Stalingrad

Location, Location, Location. Les Armoires de Paris continues to organise secondhand clothing sales in some of coolest places in the French capital.

After setting up shop at urban farm La Recyclerie earlier this month, and at Fondation Good Planet in the Bois de Boulogne last weekend, Les Armoires de Paris will be at Grand Marché Stalingrand this Sunday.

Grand Marché Stalingrand is described as the new bastion of food and design in the east of Paris, which means you can shop until you drop and then refuel with a pizza. What’s not to like?

On Sunday 26 November, from 11am to 8pm
Grand Marché Stalingrand
6-8 place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, 75019

Les Emplettes pop-up vide dressing

Les Emplettes is back again with another pop-up vide dressing this weekend, and with the temperatures dropping in Paris it’s the perfect time to hunt down your new winter coat or stock up on some cashmere.

Expect as always lots of secondhand and preloved clothing pieces, from The Kooples to Claudie Pierlot.

At 64 rue de Turenne, 75003, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November, from 12-7.30pm