A visit to Guerrisol in Kremlin-Bîcetre

Located in the Parisian suburb of Kremlin-Bîcetre, this Guerrisol outpost is just a few doors down from Come On Eileen. I’ve always found this particular Guerrisol to be more miss than hit, but for the first time yesterday I visited on a weekday, and saw that for one group of people who had got there before me, this secondhand shop was most definitely a hit. “I’ve got an Isabel Marant jacket and a Sandro skirt,” said the Mum, pointing to her overflowing basket. “And I’ve got a Gerard Darel jumper and a Tara Jarmon blouse,” said the daughter. Meanwhile, I … Continue reading A visit to Guerrisol in Kremlin-Bîcetre

A visit to Vestiaire Collective’s Parisian pop-up

French luxury resale website Vestiaire Collective has opened a pop-up shop at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental hotel. The pop-up is running from Dec 13 – Dec 22, with prices ranging from €100 – €30,000, according to Vogue. Given that I regularly drool over the designer pieces on Vestiaire Collective (and because it’s not every day that I get to go to a five star hotel), I had to go and check them out in real life. Even though the designer items on display were ‘preloved’, they looked entirely unused. A leather Saint Laurent jacket, a Chanel bag, a beautiful beaded dress that I … Continue reading A visit to Vestiaire Collective’s Parisian pop-up

A visit to Eileen dépôt vente

I’ve never seen anything quite like Eileen. This dépôt vente in Paris’ 5th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Jardin des Plantes, is popular with university students on a budget. It’s something of an institution, and has been going since 1983. Gilles, the owner, is very friendly, although not quite as friendly as his dog, who spent a good few minutes sniffing at me excitedly. ‘You must either have a dog or a cat,’ said Gilles perceptively. Ah, that explained it. He could smell the moggy on me. There are rails of clothes in Eileen, but there are also piles … Continue reading A visit to Eileen dépôt vente

Once Again online secondhand store

Today I’m talking about Once Again, a French online secondhand store that aims to make fashion accessible while promoting the reuse and recycling of unwanted clothing. You can send your unwanted clothes to Once Again and they’ll pay you cash and sell them for you. This is a great idea for anyone looking to do their bit for the environment and who doesn’t want the hassle of listing things online. And for those of you who are buying, delivery to a Point Relais collection point is free when you spend over €50 Seen Pair of purple and grey Vans €15.95 … Continue reading Once Again online secondhand store

A visit to Violette et Leonie

Parisian secondhand concept store Violette et Leonie is, in a word, fabulous. Laid out like a boutique, it sells secondhand Carven, Louis Vuitton and The Kooples in pristine condition. I used to go to this dépôt-vente (consignment store) years ago when it had two shops (on rue du Poitou and rue de Saintonge), and bought a Kenzo bag with my first ever Parisian paycheck, so I can’t quite believe it’s been in its new premises for two years and I hadn’t set foot inside until last weekend. Although, given the amount of things I wanted to buy, this has in hindsight … Continue reading A visit to Violette et Leonie

A visit to Come on Eileen in Kremlin-Bicêtre

Come on Eileen in the Parisian suburb of Le Kremlin-Bicêtre is surprising on two levels: 1) it’s expensive and 2) it’s got very good secondhand clothes. Walking past, you might dismiss it as a pile-it-high-sell-it-cheap vintage store, so it’s hard to believe that these crowded rails are hiding mint condition Karen Millen, Ba&sh, The Kooples, Sandro, Eric Bompard etc. Be prepared to rummage, though. If you’ve got a fair bit of money to spend you could pick up a lot of pieces in here. And if you’re on a budget, look no further than the tables in the centre of the … Continue reading A visit to Come on Eileen in Kremlin-Bicêtre

A visit to Les Emplettes

Les Emplettes is a great concept on the Paris secondhand scene. A pop-up used clothing store that usually runs for two to three weeks a few times a year, Les Emplettes never pops up (excuse the pun) in the same spot twice. You can take your clothing cast-offs in the run up to an edition and Joëlle and Tania will sell them for you, taking a commission that is generally lower than that taken by other dépôt–ventes in the French capital. If you take your clothes to sell, you get invited to the preview evening where you can browse the items for sale and avail of … Continue reading A visit to Les Emplettes

Emmaüs launches online boutique

French charity Emmaüs has today launched an online boutique, Label Emmaüs.You can shop furniture, deco, books…. and of course fashion. Prices are reasonable, and the money raised is all for a good cause. Seen Black leather knee length skirt €15 Black leather Longchamp bag €50 Long purple satin evening gown from Dressit €22 Vintage snakeskin handbag €80 Bought Nothing yet, but I’ll definitely be checking back as more pieces are added for sale       Continue reading Emmaüs launches online boutique

Shopping Solidaire

This weekend I’ll be shopping brand new for a change, as I’m not only passionate about finding bargains, but also about giving something back and supporting good causes. Returning for its 37th edition, the now infamous Grande Braderie de la Mode is taking place from December 9-11 in Pantin, just outside of Paris. The event is organized by the association AIDES, which works to support people affected by HIV, AIDS or hepatitis. Many fashion designers including the likes of Balmain, Christian Louboutin and Sonia Rykiel come together for the Grande Braderie de la Mode. Shoppers can snap up pieces from recent … Continue reading Shopping Solidaire

A visit to Friperie Chic

For such an unassuming location, Friperie Chic in the Parisian suburb of Asnières-sur-Seine is one dépôt vente that is harbouring some seriously stylish second-hand pieces. You do need to rummage through the tightly packed rails, but chances are you’ll come up with a hidden gem. The lady who runs the store is very nice, too. Spotted Red Sando skater dress – €60 Blue Maje wool coat with leather pocket detail – €140 Chanel bag – €1,500 Black, unused Michael Kors tote – €180 (already sold when I went) Black Louis Vuitton bag – €600 (also already sold, most likely to … Continue reading A visit to Friperie Chic