For some people, vintage shopping in Paris means buying a second-hand Chanel bag or Hermès scarf from a high-end resale boutique.
But you know, we don’t give a shit about high brands, and all it matters is your experience, and what you really like! So, yes Paris has inexpensive second-hand clothing shops where you have to dig through piles of cast-offs to find a vintage treasure.
Take a look at some handful of top good value addresses where Parisians go for a wallet-friendly vintage fashion shopping spree:
1 – Free’P’Star
Addresses: 52 Rue de La Verrerie, Paris 4è / 61 Rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4è / 20 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4è
Open: Mondays to Saturdays 10h-21h and on Sundays 12h-21h
With three locations all within five minutes walking distance of one another in the Marais, this annoyingly named boutique (a franglais play on the French word fripe, which means “second-hand clothing”) is a favorite for men and women’s clothing and accessories. Always mobbed and packed to the gills with stock at low prices. They don’t buy clothes from customers on site or sell merchandise online, so the only way to hunt for vintage gems is in person.
2 – Kilo Shop
Address: Rue de La Verrerie 69-71 / 125 Blv. St. Germain
Open: Mondays 14h-19h45, Tuesdays to Saturdays 11h-19h45, and on Sundays from 14h-19h45
If you’re looking for clothes by the pound, head to Kilo Shop, with a flagship in the Marais and another location in the 6th. Like Free’P’Star, they don’t buy on site. You can weigh your own pile of vintage loot on scales provided throughout the store. The per kilo price of clothes is indicated by colored buttons and the goods here are organized into racks by type making for a slightly less chaotic shopping experience.
3 – Vintage Désir
Address: 32 Rue des Rosiers, 75004
Open: Mondays to Sundays from 11h-21h
Located in the site of a former hair salon, this great inexpensive vintage shop is often mistakenly called “Coiffeur Vintage”. The store is tiny and cluttered with new arrivals daily. Dresses start at 10 Euros. We advise you to check out Vintage Désir during the week or in the evening. And when you are done shopping head for the best falafel in Paris a few doors down the street, at I’As du Fallafel 😉
4 – Guerrisol
Addresses: 64, Av. de Fontainebleu 94270 Kremlin – Bicètre / 19, Av. de Clichy 75017 Paris / 45, Bd. de la Chapelle 75018 Paris / 17, Bd. de Rochochovart 75009 / 96, Bd. Barbès 75018 Paris / 47, Bd. Barbès 75018 Paris
Open: Mondays to Sundays from 10h-19h30
With six locations, this Tunisian bargain depot is a classic down-and-dirty destination for vintage lovers to rummage for clothes, shoes, and accessories. Be prepared to dig and meet old, young, broke students, fashionistas, so almost everyone.