A visit to Guerrisol in Kremlin-Bîcetre

img_7457Located 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 had precisely nothing, but it would probably have been a different story altogether had I arrived an hour earlier. I hung around as they held up items of clothing and rejected them one by one – a Ted Baker pink silk top with a mark on the collar, a Zadig & Voltaire jumper with a hole under the arm, a Sandro wool and cashmere jumper with discoloration on the sleeve… Because that’s the thing about Guerrisol, you really have to look carefully at the clothes before you buy, as no refunds are offered and a lot of items have marks on, or holes in, or are in poor condition.

For my part, I saw a great white blouse with Peter Pan collar and black ribbon tie that I loved at first sight…until a closer inspection revealed that it had previously been owned by someone with a serious sweat problem. All was not lost, however, as I did end up buying a navy French Connection cardigan with white cut out detailing for 5 (if you are having difficulty picturing what this garment looks like, I posted a photo on Instagram).

So my advice when it comes to Guerrisol is go early, go during the week, and don’t forget to look closely at every piece of clothing you are thinking of buying.

Guerrisol
64 Avenue de Fontainebleau, 94270 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre

 

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