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The Hungry Nomad: Vintage Shopping (Paris, France)

August 17, 2011

Vintage Shopping (Paris, France)

Shopping in general is not one of my favorite pastimes but I do make a few exceptions. One is foreign grocery stores. How I love all the unknown foods, in interestingly designed packages and all the exotic smells. The other exception I make is for thrifting. I adore the idea of all the stories that lay behind vintage items, re-using and newly loving these pre-loved objects and I simply like the styles, prints and shapes of bygone eras. In France they take vintage shopping to an all new level. Here a few of the very best second-hand clothing stores in Paris, thanks to my good friend there who introduced me to them!

Retro-Chic is a lovely little store to browse clothes from the 40's to 80's, with a nice mix of accessories (silk scarves, sunglasses, bags), affordable vintage and true gems by Chanel, Lanvin and Gucci. Most in tiny sizes, women's clothes only. 

Retro-Chic can be found at: 
4, Place du Marche Sainte Catherine
Metro St Paul

FripesKetchup is a store we ran into by accident, and is much more minimal in look and collection than most of the other vintage stores. Definitely more a 80's vibe here but I've also seen some older pieces. They mainly sell clothes, but also some accessories. Definitely affordable and a wide range of sizes. Women's clothes only.

FripesKetchup can be found at:
8, rue Dancourt
Metro: Abbesses or Anvers 

Mamie and Mamie Blue are two stores by the same owners. I have honestly never seen a store so fully stuffed with vintage clothes, accessories and shoes. You can find things as old as from the 1900s as well as relatively new stuff from the 80's. Take out some time in your schedule to rummage through it all and you are bound to find something worth your while. Lots of cute vintage children's clothes and a large men's section as well.

Mamie can be found at:
69 and 73, rue de Rochechouart
Metro: Anvers

Mam'zelle Swing
Mam'zelle Swing has the sweetest store owner I've ever met in Paris and a great collection of mainly 50's and 60's clothes in all sizes and at very fair prizes. Women's clothes only. 

Mam'zelle Swing can be found at:
35, rue du Roi de Sicile
Metro: St Paul or Hotel de Ville

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