Ding Fring fashion showi

Parisian secondhand shop Ding Fring played host to a stylish secondhand fashion show last Thursday. Models sporting bright colors and bold prints were sent down the ‘catwalk’, and the ‘see now, buy it now’ philosophy meant you could purchase the up-cycled outfits straight after the show.

The event was organized by Le Relais Val de Seine (which sorts, recycles and resells donated clothing, runs the Ding Fring shops and is part of solidarity movement Emmaus France) in partnership with designer Anaïs DW.

The fashion show was followed by champagne and snacks, and of course some shopping.

I bought an H&M dress for €9 and a top from L’Edito Paris (the private label line of department store Printemps), which is rather Gucci-inspired and was pricier at €18, but it’s all for a good cause, right? Also spotted was a suede fringed IKKS jacket, a pair of black patent Chie Mihara heels and a brand new with tags Paul & Joe shirt.

Ding Fring, 340 rue des Pyrenées, 75020


Love & Dress – modern vintage

love&dress.JPGRecently opened secondhand shop Love & Dress in Paris’ 10th arrondissement is a great mix of modern secondhand pieces and unapologetic vintage.

It’s quite small, but packed with some real gems. My favourites were the Jil Sander top at €45 and the brand new Acne skinny jeans for €60. Apparently I was the second person that day to try and unsuccessfully shoehorn myself into a 25-inch waist….

Also of note is the shoe selection – from red patent Repetto flats to a leopard print creeper-style pair, everything is in excellent condition, on-trend and reasonably priced.

You’ll get a great welcome from the staff here, and the shop regularly plays host to events. In February, for example, it welcomed French association Astérya, for an evening around the topic of how to dress in an eco-responsible way.

Love & Dress, 45 rue d’hauteville, 75010

Guerrisol opens new shop in Aubervilliers

Last week, secondhand clothing chain Guerrisol inaugurated a new store in Aubervilliers, just outside of Paris.

Guerrisol can’t be beaten on its prices – if you want a whole new wardrobe, you can get one here for very little outlay. You do have to rummage though, and make sure you check the condition of items.

During my visit I spotted a pair of Minelli black leather shoe boots for €5, a blue Cos strapless dress also for €5, and a Falke top for, yep, you guessed it, €5.

On the more expensive rail (we’re talking €10), there was a silk dress from The Kooples (which did have a button missing but you could replace them all if you’re handy with a needle and thread) and a pair of Isabel Marant for H&M jeans.

And behind the counter there were two Christian Dior silk scarves for €40 each (I posted these on my Instagram).

Although I came away empty handed, this shop is so big you will almost certainly find a gem when you visit.

At 111 avenue de la république, Aubervilliers. Metro: Quatre Chemins (line 7).

Parisian secondhand clothing store Bobby

Bobby on Paris’ Rue Réaumur is one of the French capital’s secondhand clothing stores that should be high on your agenda.

Service aside, this two-storey shop has a lot going for it. It’s in a cool area (I recommend you go to Matamata Coffee Bar afterwards to refuel with a cappuccino and avocado toast), is bright and airy and has a great selection of preloved pieces on sale.

There are a lot of clothes on the rails, and while this increases the chances that you’ll find something to take home with you, it can be rather overwhelming.

Secondhand items spotted during my visit included a Sezane stripy top for €28, brand new with tags Geox black heeled boots for €80 and a brand new Chanel foundation for €22.

For me the standout piece was the Mary Katrantzou x Disney x Colette sequin jumper for €200 – pieces in this collection (launched in November 2017 at Parisian concept store Colette, which has now closed) seem to have started at around €560 when new.

At 89 rue Réaumur, 75002

Chercheminippes – A Paris institution

Chercheminippes is something of a Paris institution when it comes to consignment stores.

It has a total of seven shops on the chic rue de cherche-midi in the French capital’s 6th arrondissement: one for babies and children; one for teenagers; a menswear shop; a homeware treasure trove; a women’s footwear and accessories store; mid-to-high-end women’s designer fashion, and high-end women’s designer fashion.

So whether you’re in the market for a Hermès bag, some new cushions or a pair of J brand jeans, chances are you’ll find it at Chercheminippes. There’s also a good selection of (unopened) skincare and cosmetics – great if your budget is more like Asda but your tastes are Armani. I have in the past bought Chanel nail polish from here for about half the retail price.

Preloved pieces spotted during my visit include an Equipment silk shirt (at €95 it’s more than double the price of that seen at dépôt vente La Cloakroom but still around 70% off the RRP), A canary yellow American Retro coat reduced to €177 and a Christian Dior trench coat for €695.

At 106-124 rue de Cherche-midi 75006

La grande braderie de Mona – My Little Paris

Mona, the pop-up co-working space created by My Little Paris, opens its doors one last time to the public today to sell off all the furniture and accessories that have graced the space over the last three months.

Despite arriving at 10am on the dot, the big queue snaking up the street suggested that most bargains would be snapped up before I even set foot inside. And indeed, the retro typewriter, velvet chairs and most of the inspirational quotes sported sold stickers or had been reserved by the time I got to them.

As expected, the big ticket items were slower to sell. If I had a fabulous Parisian apartment capable of accommodating a large sofa (and €1000 to spare) I might have been tempted to splash out, idem for the rather pricey but fabulous rugs.

What I really wanted was the printed Estée Lauder quote (“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it”), but someone else sadly got there before me.

There were, however, lots of Louise Roe vases, a large variety of plants and a fair few cushions still for sale so it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

On until 7pm at 118 rue du Turenne, Saturday 30 December.

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