Thrift shopping is Paris can be full of hidden treasures, vintage beauties, or well straight-up trash. It can also range from “every budget” to “out of budget” quickly and easily. Thrifting has a different meaning to different people. Some people mean they want to find high end brand second-hand clothing, some people want to find vintage styles and designers, some just want cheap clothing, and others are looking for cheap fabric bits and pieces for up-cycling or art purposes. This guide is meant to help you just want you are looking for, though the number of shops around the city is too great to fully include every single one, hopefully this will give you a good guide of where to get started.
If you are looking for home goods (such as kitchen supplies, books, furniture, games, toys, etc), please seek out a ressourcerie. You can find a list of ressourceries on the official Paris Website. Detailed info coming soon.
Let’s get started with listing out the different types of shops you are likely to encounter, from most expensive, to least expensive
- Vintage Shops
- Kilo Shops
- Second-hand Shops
- Thrift Shops – Friperie – Charity Shops
- Ressourceries – Recycleries
The most expensive type of second-hand shop you will encounter is a “Vintage Shop”. You won’t always find “cheap” things, but can you can sometimes find bargins for high-end wear. You are also more likely to find carefully curated items and a knowledgable staff who will help you find a certain style or dress you in a certain era. The type of clothes are you likely to find is high quality with durable fabrics. Don’t necessarily trust this statement though, you will still need to make you own personal judgement.
Culturetrip has a great list of Vintage Shops to check out. In addition you can check out MAD VINTAGE in the Marais. There are plenty of other small vintage shops around the city not easily searchable on google. Walking about Pigalle/Montemonte, the Marais, and the 11th arrondisement are places where you might cross a small one. Keep your eye out though!
I will preface this next one by saying I am extremely biased. I was really excited to check these out as I had been to the Goodwill outlet pound shop before where everything was $1.50 per pound, but here it is about 10 times the price of that if not more. The few things I liked and weighed just seemed too overpriced for me to justify a purchase. Find them on Google Maps. There are several locations.
I needed a way to distinguish a second-hand shop from a lower end thrift market, but also distinguishing from a vintage shop. I have also included a couple consignment stores, better known as “dépôt-vente” stores, meaning you deposit your items and once they sell you get a percentage of the payment.
Chercheminippes is a large collection of “dépôt-vente” stores in the 6th arrondisement. You will find something for every member of the family at one of these shops.
EPISODE is kind of towards the vintage side, though their main focus is to give life to second-hand clothing. They repair and wash everything they receive and make sure it passes strict quality control before being sold.
BIS Boutique Solidaire is technically a charity shop, but their merchandise is all of good quality at more than fair prices. You are supporting location projects and organizations with your purchases! Personally I find they have a great mix of both current trendy and timeless pieces, again at a great price!
For more “dépôt-vente” in Paris, check out the post by Le Dressing Ideal. You will have to translate it if you don’t read french. I recommend using Chrome and putting the “translate automatically” function on. A “dépôt-vente” is great if you are looking for higher end items that have been carefully vetted and are in great state.
Alternatively you can always search for clothing on Vinted or Leboncoin, but do beware that it is hard to judge the actual quality of items on there. They are similar to Depop or Poshmark, but much much much cheaper. I like to use it to buy basic streetwear brand t-shirts (think H&M, Jules, Tex, etc) for my boyfriend on there. I can find almost new shirts for 1 or 2 euros each!
Thrift Shops – Friperies – Charity Shops
So probably my favorite section here with the ressourceries. It’s so hard for me to justify buying expensive clothes after having spent so much time at the thrift shops. I love being able to easily update my wardrobe for under 20 bucks. I love seeing old ratty clothing and being able to give it new life. I love the search and the creative thinking behind unique and weird pieces.
Free P Star is definitely my favorite. I love searching through the 1 euro bins and finding some hidden treasure. I’ve bought so many coats and skirts here, sure they need a little fixing up, but it’s not problem for me. Their actual shop is fairly cheap as well. I found my favorite skirt there for just 5 euros! It’s a lovely chiffon maxi dress with a color flower print fabric. They have 5 locations around the center of Paris, check their website for more details.
Guerrisol has many shops all around Paris (click the link to find them all!). They are especially good for mens wear. The prices are cheap, but the quality isn’t always that great. I’ve bought several nice sweaters from there, but had to fix some holes first.
La Boutique Sans Argent, meaning “the store without money”. The concept being you bring items that you no longer have use for and you can take other items from the store that would be useful to you. It is located in the east part of Paris in the 12 arrondisement. They ask that you only bring one sack of stuff per person to give and that is it all in useable condition.
Ding Fring by Le Relais This one is the most similar to Goodwill as their mission is to prevent waste, but also help people with employment. You can find a map of their stores all around France using the map on the link provided. They take donations as well. Le Relais is part of Emmaus France, which serves to help the poor, refugees, immigrants, and the homeless. Le Relais helps their mission by helping “insert” people back into the working environment and provide jobs. There are 3 locations in Paris, one in the 15 arr, and 2 in the 20 arr.
La Friperie Solidaire is another project related to the Emmaus France with several locations.
Emmaus Boutique Solidaire is getting closer to a ressourcerie, yet they still have quite a few clothing options, though it is much more limited since you can buy quite a few others things as well including some kitchen items, disks, electrical appliances, toys and games, and sometimes furniture.
Ressouceries – Recycleries
These are probably my favorite types of shops because you can find so many hidden treasures here and not just clothing! I haven’t done clothing shopping in a while, but I have been to many ressourceries to stock up my kitchen. I am obssessed!
La Textilerie is a recyclerie, meaning it focuses on one type of object and getting it recycled or reused. Here you can buy clothing fairly cheaply, but you can also donate anything. Even un-usable clothing finds a way to be recycled and reused, whether by repairing or using the textile in alternative ways.
Emmaus Defi Boutique – Located in the the 19 arrondisment in the artsy 104 center, you can find yet another Emmaus linked store. This one is kind of the sister store to the larger store below, but you will find some of the nicer clothing here and items here, plus some books, furniture, games, and dinner wear. I found some great ski gloves here last I came for 3 euros!
Emmaus Defi Bric a Brac Riquet – About 5 minutes away from the 104 boutique you will find yourself in a warehouse looking space full of everything you could imagine. Furniture, art, clothing, sewing supplies, books, toys, children’s, everything. Cheap prices, good cause.
La Ressourcerie l’Alternative – Okay take a guess who this shop is a part of? Yep, another Emmaus brand. Honestly I don’t know why or how they are organized, but I guess each brand or type of shop serves a slightly different purpose. Here you will find about half of the shop with clothing, about a quarter of the the store dedicated to home and kitchen, plus a section dedicated to how to reuse materials to make something new. This shop is close by to me, so I like to go routinely and see what they have.
Other Website to Check Out
This is the general Emmaus website with a complete map of all the Emmaus related stores. Shop cheap, reduce waste, and support the local community.
WishUpon has a good article that explain some of the second hand shops in more detail. Check it out!