There would be many exciting experiences to look forward to while you are on your Musee D’Orsay tour. The top of them is vintage shopping in Paris. There is no shortage of vintage shops in the city of lights; sometimes the volume of such shops is too overwhelming.
Before you go
Before you hit the streets of Paris for your vintage shopping, it is suggested that you always take the time to create a list of what all you are looking out for. You can find some of the styles you would like to look for or emulate.
Your shopping doesn’t need to be digging through piles of clothes to find the matches to what you are looking for. There are plenty of shops in Paris that does hard work and curate their selection for you.
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The store is run by a former nightlife organizer; the store has racks that are color-coordinated to the extreme. Every product from this vintage shop is of very high quality; most of their collections are ready to wear right from their racks. The shop is open from Monday to Saturday from 2 pm to 8 pm.
This store might be on the high end of your budget, but their selection and organization pay it off. You can expect to pay between a hundred to three-hundred Euros for a single product from this shop.
Rode Market Vintage
This shop specializes in haute couture pieces from the lines of Celine, Dior, and Chanel. It is very well organized which gives you an impression about it as a high-end boutique.
The owner of this boutique collects the pieces from major cities from all around the globe –New York, Berlin, London, Paris, etc. Therefore, there are a lot of diverse fashions to check around in the shop.
The stocks of this shop are constantly filled which makes you want to visit often. They are open from 2 pm to 7 pm on Mondays, and from 12 pm to 7 pm from Tuesday to Saturday.
La Mode Vintage
The owner of La Mode Vintage is a veteran fashion designer, so you can forget about coming across a need to repair or restyle the piece you find there.
You will have to be prepared to spend more on the high-quality products and designer pieces you find here. The organization is key with higher-end shops like these which make the shopping experience more relaxing and easy for you. The shop is open two days a week from 10 am to 7:30 pm – Friday and Saturday, and the wait for these days is worth it.
You will have to enter the store with an open mind and be prepared to do some digging. Unlike big department stores, their pieces tend to be one of a kind with pieces that you know you won’t see others wearing.
The Kilo Shop
The idea behind the kilo shop is to sell their clothing by weight using a color-coded system, although they sell products individually as well.
The prices are of different tiers which makes availability of products for every budget. For example, choosing items that fall under the 10 Euros per kilo tier and purchasing 2 kilos of clothing will only set you back 20 Euros. The concept is behind this is unique; you might never come across a boutique that uses this type of system in Paris city.
Tilt Vintage has a few locations throughout the city of lights. The boutique is in the 6th arrondissement and is located not too far from the Luxembourg Gardens. It is clean, open, and filled with racks of vintage designs waiting for you to explore. There is a lot to choose from the many pieces available there. But, you wouldn’t be getting a suffocating feeling. Tilt has also bridged the gap between vintage hunting and online shopping; they now also have an online shop which makes it easy for the Parisians.
For the thrift expert
Along with the curated vintage fashion stores in Paris, several second-hand shops in Paris are worth checking out.
It has a more second-hand shop feeling than all the other stores. The prices of their products are excellent, and if you are willing to do some digging in the store with an open and relaxed mind, this would be one of the best choices for you.
For most Parisians, this is a go-to-to spot for oversized sweaters and also cool looking button-up shirts. Their prices may vary from 3-15 Euros.