{eco style} vintage paris: for the thrifters at heart

Friday, April 7, 2017

i've been perusing some of paris's best vintage boutiques + thrift shops. this, eco boys + girls, is the way to pre-loved {aka, pre-worn or gently used apparel}. here we go, being green made easy:

chine machine
buy, trade or sell at chine machine. expect a rad selection, a line for the fitting rooms, and crowded quarters on top + bottom floors {because they know where to find the good stuff in paris}

montmarte // 100 rue des martyrs, 75018  // 01 80 50 27 66
second location // 10 rue des petites ecuries, 75010 // 01 77 17 03 62

vintage system
the owners of pretty box {a swanky, by-appointment-only vintage boutique that opened in 2002} have now brought us vintage system. expect a quaint atmosphere + unique items scoured from far ends of the earth. 

le marais // 17 rue barbette, 75003 // 09 80 79 95 05

mad vintage
expect ample room to stretch out at mad vintage {this place is extra large}, a well-organized selection of every possible style of clothing you can imagine {arranged by color, style + season} and no waiting in lines for the dressing rooms. this is a place you'll score at. every single time.

le marais // 66 rue st denis, 75001 // 01 40 39 06 14
le marais // 46 rue st denis, 75001 // 01 49 27 09 44
le marais // 139 rue saint martin, 75004 // 01 44 59 38 18

paris favorites
there's a wide selection of second-hand garb + pre-loved gems to go around. i've offered a few of my faves above, but locals have favorites that they rave about boldly + brazenly. the people have spoken:

l e   m a r a i s   i s   c a l l i n g
vintage désir
looks like a hair salon, acts like a vintage shop. don't mind the "coiffeur" sign out in front. they know what's going on inside this svelte venue. vintage landslide within. 
le marais // 32 rue des rosiers, 75004 // 01 40 27 04 98

kilo shop
choose, weigh, take away. verrerie locale: someone with a passion for organizing is in charge over yonder because this is one mighty tidy shop. mix of new labels + vintage labels. big space, big selection: beautifully + systematically organized {with super signage}. saint germaine locale requires imagination: put your latent anthropology skills to work by digging for a would-be treasure; don't expect fancy digs there. ready, set, thrift.
125 boulevard saint-germain, 75006 //  01 43 26 00 36
69-71 rue de la verrerie, 75004 // 09 67 13 79 54
39 boulevard saint-michel, 75005 // 01 43 54 15 03

staff is fantastique here: they are multilingual, multitaskers + multifriendly {i just made that word up}. verrerie locale is jam-packed with great vintage finds + eager vintage hunters on the prowl in this slender space, and they mean business. be strong, the selection is worth it. itsy bitsy upstairs space hold more bins with more treasures {priced as marked}. keep your eye out for the bin at the front of the shop filled only with $1 finds. only the brave may approach this highly-trafficked area.
52 rue de la verrerie, 75004 // 01 42 76 03 72
61 rue de la verrerie, 75004 //  01 42 78 00 76
20 rue de rivoli, 75004 // 01 42 77 63 43

a r o u n d   t o w n
something old, something new. this sizable space mixes threads from new designers with vintage treasures. 
64 rue tiquetonne, 75002 // 01 42 21 17 37
this dutch vintage apparel chain has finally landed in paris. the folks at episode want you to "be responsible + get used."  i suppose we can acquiesce. 
12-16 rue tiquetonne, 75002 // 01 42 61 14 65

these vintage menageries came highly recommended by a fellow lover of rummage sales + antiques, and now i'm in, too. clothes, books, toys, furniture: everything vintage under the sun in one place, and on many dates. check schedule + locations for some of that antique lovin'.

remember, eco friends, only shop when you really need something, and try finding a pre-loved piece at thrift shops + second-hand stores. otherwise don't shop at all: get outside + explore this great, green planet of ours. 

until next time, stay green dear hearts! 

{images by f+d}

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