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 of clothes on the floor. And that, really, is half the fun. Rummaging through a great mountain of stuff, not knowing what you might unearth, really appeals to the bargain hunter in me. Although it might not look like it at first glance, this shop really is a treasure trove. You can find good stuff in here, provided you have the patience to look.
Grey Zara knit dress €5
La Petite Française black and silver skirt €5
Naf Naf silk and cashmere short-sleeved jumper €5 (no, I didn’t know Naf Naf did silk and cashmere blends either)
Pink cashmere cardigan €10
I would have bought the skirt if it had been my size, as these retail for around €79. I’ll definitely be paying regular visits to Eileen in future in the hope of finding something fabulous at a rock-bottom price.
53 Rue Monge, 75005, Paris