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Parisian Style: Chic Shopping in Paris on a Budget

by Paige Bradley Frost

Shopping on a budget in Paris like these women holding bags of shopping.

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No matter what brings you to Paris, chances are you plan to do some shopping while you’re here. But what if your budget was eaten up by airfare and accommodations? Pas de problème.

Shopping on a budget in Paris is possible when you go to the city's many markets.

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There are plenty of ways to score fashionable finds in Paris without breaking that stretched bank account. Just shop like a local. Here’s our cheat sheet for chic (and wearable) souvenirs on a shoestring.

Shopping on a budget in Paris, like these three girls carrying shopping bags as they walk through the streets of Paris.

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Consign here, please
If the thought of trolling the racks at Goodwill or picking through piles of malodorous cast-offs makes you break out in hives, have no fear. Paris has taken resale to a whole new level. In virtually every quartier, you’ll find several consignments shops (dépôt-vente).

We love this woman's Parisian street style, her knee-high boots and mini-dress (left). Shopping on a budget in Paris is possible when you go to thrift stores (right).

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But not all resale boutiques are created equal. Here is our curated list of favorites, each promising meticulously clean, on-point fashions from names like Isabel Marant, Zadig & Voltaire, Vanessa Bruno, Maje, Sandro and Paul & Joe at about half the retail price. You’ll also find the occasional Vuitton, Dior or Chanel bag plus pieces from coveted Paris designers like Sonia Rykiel and Kenzo.

Violette et Leonie (114, rue de Turenne, 75003) in the Haut Marais bills itself as a concept store and offers a large selection of carefully chosen, mostly daytime looks. Here you can also score great bags and barely worn shoes in a wide variety of styles and sizes. And even better is their e-boutique (featuring all the items on sale in the shop) and offering international shipping (for a fee, bien sur).

Shopping on a budget in Paris is possible during the sales, because there's at least 20 per cent off items like these tops.

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Just a visit to Les Ginettes (4, rue Sabot, 75006) makes me feel fashionable. The owner is impossibly chic and hand-selects her offerings from the fashion set of neighboring St Germain des Pres. This jewel of a shop, tucked away on a tiny side street, also features work from local artists and photographers (all available for purchase), some home decor items, perfumes and cosmetics.

Shopping on a budget in Paris is possible if you go to second-hand stores, where you can pick up some great finds like this cream jacket and old necklace.

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Having lunch at Septime in the 11eme? Stop by Le Vestiere de Yasmine at 7, rue Trousseau, 75011, for Gerard Darel bags, tops by Maje and The Kooples and unstructured looks by Isabel Marant. Yasmine personally ensures that each piece is propre, pressed and undeniably chic.

We love this woman's Parisian street style - her black miniskirt and high ankle boots.

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Stock up
If you just can’t stomach second-hand (even of the like-new variety), you’re sure to find that perfect piece at Paris’s answer to outlet shopping, les stocks. These shops carry last season’s collections at anywhere from 30 to 50 percent off. These favorites never let me down, whether for a dress for a soiree or a fun accessory to complement your look. Plus they’re all centrally located in neighborhoods with lots of fun shops – no need to trek way off the beaten path to bag a little bargain.

Shopping on a budget in Paris is possible when you know which vintage shops to go to where you can find all sorts of dresses like on this rack.

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Maje Stock, (6, rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006). Smiling saleswomen (yes, seriously) are happy to search for your size and even recommend something you might not have considered. Stylish coats, cocktail dresses and cozy sweaters are best bets here. Sandro Stock (24, rue de Sevigne, 75004) in the Marais has cool basics and trendy, colorful pieces to brighten up that black Parisian look. The racks by the dressing rooms are filled with items on even deeper discount at 20 to 40 euros. To up your Paris cool quotient, hit Zadig & Voltaire Stock (22, rue du Bourg-Tibourg, 75004). Zadig prices can be a bit steep for the quality but who can put a price on clothes that make you feel like Lou Doillon?

We love this woman's Parisian style and her simple black dress and pumps (left). A high-street clothes store selling cotton dresses and tops (right).

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Walk this way
Outside les soldes, finding shoes for a bargain can be a challenge. (Even resale lovers occasionally draw the line at previously worn chaussures.) That’s why I was happy to recently discover Via Venise Stock (116, rue St-Charles, 75015) in the heart of the 15eme. If you’re on the hunt for stilettos (Sergio Rossi, Chloe, D&G) or sweet ballerina flats (Repetto, Marc Jacobs), this shop may be worth the effort. Excellent selection of boots, flats, dressy, casual – you name it, all at significant markdowns.

If you want to look like a Parisian, then you need to invest in well-cut black pants and jackets like this woman's outfit.

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Once you’ve mapped out your Paris shopping plan, a word of advice: Choose wisely. One or two great pieces (a perfect winter coat, a timeless bag or those fabulous boots you just can’t find at home) will go a lot further than a dozen little items destined for the back of your closet. In the words of Coco Chanel, “Fashion changes, but style endures.”

Shopping on a budget in Paris is possible when you wait for the sales like these two women walking along a shopping street at nightfall in winter.

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Related links:

  • ParisInfo gives you a list over some of the biggest shopping centers in Paris
  • The best areas for shopping in central Paris? LucalLux shares their best tips
  • Many shops in Paris are completely closed on Sundays but L’Internaute.com have found a couple that are still open, see the full list here

Written by Paige Bradley Frost for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Paige Bradley Frost

Paige Bradley Frost, a Los Angeles native, moved back to Paris with her young family in 2011 after first living and getting married there in 2000. A lover of French style and cuisine, she spends her days scouting and writing about the city's gems when not chasing after her two young children. Her articles about parenting, culture and lifestyle have appeared on NYTimes.com, the Huffington Post and various other publications. She blogs about her Paris experiences at http://parisdejavu.blogspot.com. View Paige Bradley Frost's Website

25 comments on “Parisian Style: Chic Shopping in Paris on a Budget

Bobby a déménagé juste à coté au 11 rue Oberkampf, on a aussi fait un nouveau site web – http://www.bobbyparis.com
A bientôt,
L’équipe Bobby

Men’s shops and stores of this kind would be appreciated.

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C’est beau, simple mélange de tout ce que vous portez avec votre beauté naturelle, j’aime le style de celui-ci

Thank you for this post! Fantastic!
Any related info for a fashionable tween who loves consignment shops?

Thank you for including addresses. Sometimes I read about some little shop and it doesn’t say where it is. To make matters worse, if they have no website its impossible to find out where they are.

Carin Olsson (HiP Paris)

Glad you liked it Marion!

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the new brand of H&M is great also for fancy and well cut clothes, shoes and cosmetics at a good price. & Other Stories

marion chocolat et vieilles dentelles

and a very parisian brand. Sonia Rykiel, the second line Sonia has an outlet store, rue d’Alesia in the 14th. 50% off all year and more during the sales.
Also the Rodier outlet store in the same street with the new collection of the smart designer Emilie Luc Duc

Carin Olsson (HiP Paris)

Thank you Marion for your kind suggestions!

Problems solve! Now I don’t have to worry about the bills or worst getting broke, this post is really a budget saver for me. I can finally do some shopping without compromising the quality and brand when your in a tight budget. Great post!

I wish I’d known about some of these last week when I was in Paris!…I’ll just have to remember them for next time!…xv

Carin Olsson (HiP Paris)

Yes, now you have to come back soon again!

Polly-Vous Francais

Great list ! Thanks.

I also like Cherche Minippes (depot vente)on rue du Cherche Midi and, just around the corner, Le Mouton a Cinq Pattes (mark-down designer apparel). Great for anyone taking a break from shopping at Le Bon Marche.

Carin Olsson (HiP Paris)

Thank you for the tip!

I love that sign, “20% Off Everything”. Warms your heart doesn’t it?

Bookmarking this post!
Too bad I didn’t know about these Maje stocks!
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So glad you like it. The toughest part of writing the post was choosing which shops to feature. (There are so many great ones.) Happy shopping!

this was so helpful. thanks xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

I was waiting for this kind of post! Love it and thank you!!

Hana xx

I need to go back to Paris ASAP!!! I didn’t know there were Maje and Sandro stocks!!!
I can’t thank you enough for this post!!!
xx,
E.
http://www.theslowpace.com

Carin Olsson (HiP Paris)

We’re happy you liked it!

This is exactly what I needed since I wanted to get the good deals when in Paris. I will keep referring back to this in the coming weeks 🙂

Your Friend, Jess

Carin Olsson (HiP Paris)

Hi Jess! We’re so happy you liked the post.

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