Violette Sauvage vide dressing at La Cour du Marais

This weekend is the Violette Sauvage vide dressing at La Cour du Marais on Paris’ rue des Archives. You’re always guaranteed to find some great stuff at these events, and today was no exception: I spotted a red Sandro dress for €60, a Gucci-esque embroidered Zara skirt for €10, and a gorgeous Sezane grey and black polka dot mini skirt for €35. Emphasis on the mini, sadly, as even for a Brit it was just too short. So what did I buy? If I had size 5 feet I would have bought the Sezane leopard print trainers and the Claudie … Continue reading Violette Sauvage vide dressing at La Cour du Marais

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 … Continue reading Guerrisol opens new shop in Aubervilliers

Dressing Avenue: The Airbnb of luxury

If you’ve got a special event coming up but your budget is more Primark than Prada, or you’re still feeling guilty about that fabulous dress you splurged on and wore just once, then French start-up Dressing Avenue might just have the answer. Launched in July 2016, Dressing Avenue positions itself as the Airbnb of luxury. Thanks to the site, you can rent out what you don’t wear, and hire what you want to. From Chanel to Chloé, the clothes, shoes and accessories made available for hire are rigorously checked by a stylist, and the authenticity of items are guaranteed by … Continue reading Dressing Avenue: The Airbnb of luxury

eBay teams up with InstantLuxe for eBay Luxe

eBay has teamed up with to launch eBay Luxe, an e-shop dedicated to the sale of secondhand luxury goods. eBay Luxe will see secondhand luxury items sold on eBay via InstantLuxe (an online platform dedicated to buying and selling pre-owned pieces and owned by French department-store chain Galeries Lafayette), meaning that when you make a purchase, your item is guaranteed to be authentic. From bags to bracelets, brands on offer include Cartier, Céline and Chanel. Continue reading eBay teams up with InstantLuxe for eBay Luxe

Weekend vide dressings in Paris

There’s no shortage of secondhand shopping opportunities going on in Paris this weekend. Saturday 13 May is the Les Agacantes braderie chic spéciale luxe at Galerie Joseph, 7, rue Froissart, 75003. The event is on from 11am to 7pm and entry costs €2. Expect to see the likes of Kenzo, Sandro, Claudie Pierlot and Maje for just €10 and €20. This event comes hot on the heels of the success of a previous edition last month, so is definitely worth checking out. If this doesn’t satisfy your shopping needs then the first May edition of Les Emplettes kicks off today and is on until May 14 at 10 … Continue reading Weekend vide dressings in Paris

Cosy in cashmere – Emmaüs fashion finds

This week’s fashion finds are some of the best bargains I’ve had this year, and all are courtesy of French solidarity movement Emmaüs. The pink cashmere jumper with glitter hem and cuffs is a new favourite, and has already received lots of compliments – bought for €2 at the Emmaüs kilo shop on Paris’ Rue Quincampoix. The black United Colors of Benetton cardigan with pearl buttons was snapped up at the same shop, also for €2, and the brown heeled lace-up brogues from Portuguese footwear brand Tatuaggi were bought from a different Emmaüs outpost for €4. Continue reading Cosy in cashmere – Emmaüs fashion finds

A visit to La Cloakroom dépôt-vente

La Cloakroom in the Bastille area of Paris is the kind of dépôt-vente that looks like a high-end boutique. Clothes are nicely spaced on the rails, everything is in perfect condition, and the space is light and airy. It’s been open for about a year and a half, and according to the girl who runs it, does well as there are no other dépôt-ventes in the area. From Balenciaga to Ba&sh, La Cloakroom has a great selection of on-trend pieces from some of the hottest labels around. Prices are quite reasonable too, with something for every budget; an Oasis tartan top was €15, a … Continue reading A visit to La Cloakroom dépôt-vente

A visit to Bis Boutique Solidaire

Bis Boutique Solidaire is a Parisian secondhand shop with a difference. One, it’s cheap for Paris, and two, its concept revolves around the social and solidarity-based economy. In other words, buy from Bis Boutique, and you’ll be getting a fashion bargain while helping others. Bis Boutique buys items wholesale from associations in Paris and Ile de France, allowing these associations to finance their actions in support of deprived populations. It then sells, recycles or gives clothing to partner associations. Since 2012, Bis Boutique Solidaire has helped over 100 people by employing and training them, enabling over two-thirds to find work … Continue reading A visit to Bis Boutique Solidaire

Les Agaçantes braderie chic March 2017

Les Agançantes has announced the next date of its braderie chic in Paris. Taking place on March 11 and 12 in an 850m2 showroom, the event promises new and secondhand clothes, bags, shoes and accessories priced at €5 and €10. Entry is €2, and includes a free coffee. I’ve been to this event a couple of times before, although this will be the first time it is hosted in a new, bigger venue. Be prepared to queue, and I’d advise getting there well before it opens. At these prices, the best things get snapped up very quickly. But, be warned–as stallholders can only sell items … Continue reading Les Agaçantes braderie chic March 2017