French department store Printemps has launched an operation around sustainable shopping, dubbed Recréez, Réinventez (Recreate, Reinvent).
Donate your old clothes
A clothing collection for the French Red Cross is being organized, where you can donate your cast-offs at Printemps’ Parisian flagship up until 12 May. The items collected will be sold across the Red Cross’ network of 600 shops, and the funds raised will go towards financing the charity’s social initiatives.
Printemps has also teamed up with French brand Andrea Crews to launch a capsule collection of 20 upcycled pieces created from past-season collections of Printemps’ private-label brands Au Printemps de Paris and Brummell. The collection has been made in the ateliers of Tissons la Solidarité, an association that fights against social exclusion by combining fashion, recycling and getting people back into the workforce.
Saturday 13 October in the French capital is the Les Armoires de Paris pop-up vide dressing. This secondhand clothing sale promises a host of gems. In the past I’ve found Phoebe Philo-era Celine trousers for €50 and Sezane ankle boots for €30, so make sure you swing by and grab yourselves a bargain. As always, the earlier you get there, the more fabulousness you’ll find.
On at 2 rue Bauchamont, 75002, Paris from 11am to 6.30pm. Entry is free and includes a free drink.
This weekend (16-17 June) is La Fête de la Récup’, a two-day event dedicated to sustainable and secondhand consumption.
The theme of this year’s event is La Maison du Réemploi – basically, everything you can do around the home to reuse, recycle, cut down on waste, be more green etc.
You can shop secondhand, learn how to save those jeans with a hole in them, get some ideas on how to revamp your furniture and take in a concert or two. And because it sounds like thirsty work, you can grab an artisanal beer on your way out.
On at Halles des Blancs Manteaux, 48 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004.
The month of June has arrived, bringing with it a host of secondhand shopping events in Paris. And on Saturday 2 June there’s enough going on for you to fill up your whole day with a bit of retail therapy. Feeling a bit flush after payday? Read on to find out what’s happening in the French capital this weekend.
Marupe pop-up store
The Marupe pop-up store in Boulogne Billancourt is open until 10 June, at 49 rue Gambetta. Head here for pristine preloved pieces that are bang on trend.
Les Emplettes is back with a summer edition this weekend, at 70 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud from Friday 1 June until Sunday 3 June. Don’t miss this if you’re in need of a new wardrobe for the warmer months.
Les Agaçantes braderie chic
If you’re sticking to a budget, the Les Agaçantes braderie chic on at 16 rue des Minimes on 2 June is not to be missed. Everything is priced at €5 and €10, and there’s a luxury corner with items under €30. Entry is €2 and includes a free coffee.
Violette Sauvage luxury edition
The Violette Sauvage team is hosting its first luxury edition this weekend. So if you fancy a shopping splurge, it’s on at Station (13/15 rue Pont-aux-choux) on 2 and 3 June. Entry is €3, or €5 with a glass of prosecco.
La Friperie Solidaire
If shopping secondhand for a good cause floats your boat, La Friperie Solidaire at 17 rue Chaligny is hosting a special sale on Saturday 2 June.
App-based consignment store Marupe is hosting a pop-up in the Parisian suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt from 22 May until 10 June.
So if you’ve browsed the app, liked what you saw but are yet to take the plunge, the pop-up store is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy. You’ll be able to get gems such as a pair of Jonak loafers for €80, an American Retro jacket for €95 and a Claudie Pierlot t-shirt for €35.
On at 49 rue Gambetta, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Parisian secondhand store Bis Boutique is hosting a special sale of vintage and designer items at its rue Lamartine shop on Saturday 19 May.
There will be 500 pieces to rifle through, including Manolo Blahnik shoes for €45, a Kenzo catwalk dress for €20 and an Etro dress for €16.
As you can see, everything’s as cheap as chips, so expect a big crowd in the early morning.
At 19 rue Lamartine, 75009, from 10am.
French start-up Le Cozy Corner is hosting its second flash sale on May 26.
Like the first event back in January, items on sale will come from Maison Options, a specialist in furniture and decorations hire for events. You can snap up a chandelier for the bargain price of €10, a wooden music stand for €15, and, weirdly (or not), a saddle for €40. Le Cozy Corner is also partnering with UpCycly, which makes furniture from recycled wooden palettes.
On at Ground Control, 81 rue du Charolais, 75012, 11am to 8pm.