My Favorite Dépôt-ventes

La Reine de Sicile

60 Rue du Roi de Sicile
What you'll find: Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Alaia, and luxe designers at petit prix

Violette et Leonie

114 Rue de Turenne, 75003
What you'll find: Isabel Marant booties, Alberta Ferretti and DVF dresses, Acne jeans and Burberry jackets

Le Troc de Montorgueil

34 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002
What you'll find: Unopened secondhand makeup, well-priced Louis Vuitton jackets, Manoush dresses, and APC shirts

Gilda Vintage Quality

51 Rue du Temple 75004 Paris
What you'll find: Brocade Dior suits, fur-lined bridal capes, Hiroshima Mon Amour-style dresses

La Compagnie des Hommes

48 Rue des Archives, 75004 Paris
What you'll find: Like-new Hermès, Dunhill, Montblanc, and Louis Vuitton for the Monocle subscribers in your life

Other Recommendations 

25 Janvier: Beautiful Marais shop with a curated selection of vintage accessories alongside Yukiko's own streamlined designs.

Guerrisol: Secondhand chain with shops all over Paris; I think the ones by Sacre-Coeur and Pere Lachaise are the best.

Boutique Comete: The charming Parisian owner (by way of Brussels) of this neighborhood legend is super sweet and helpful, stocking Dior, pristine Barbara Bui, Sandro, Maje, Chanel miniskirts, Burberry coats, and Alaia skirts, with many items priced well under 100 euro. Best selection and prices (she carries both men and women's clothing) I've seen of any vintage shop on the Left Bank, perhaps in all Paris.

Madre & Figlia: Friendly mother-daughter team stock Dior jackets and Céline pants with unused Uggs, Isabel Marant, and midrange French brands at great prices. All the cool girls that go to Klay stop in and it's a nice neighborhood hangout. I talked to Patrick Fiori here once.

Cash Markers: Contemporary French labels like Isabel Marant, Sandro, Lacoste and the Kooples for men and women. Pays cash for clothes on the spot.

Le Depot Bobo: Secondhand Bonpoint, IKKS, and Baby Dior.

Vintage Bar: John Galliano wedding dresses and vintage Lanvin hats. During sales you can find Louboutins and Alaia for fifty euro.

WK Accessoires: Reasonable prices for mint-condition designers like Alexander McQueen, Céline, and Roland Mouret.

Graine de Coton: Consignment store dedicated to wedding gowns in the 15ème.

Mam'zelle Swing: Bubble-gum pink shop in the Marais with gorgeous vintage selection and retro-inspired clothes.

The Real Real: I prefer buying from local thrift stores (Emmaus by Rue Riquet is a favorite) rather than online whenever possible, and most of my designer stuff is from Goodwill or Clothes Mentor in Cleveland, and Second Chance Grandview in Columbus. Yet for specific purchases and splurges, I love this site. I've sold items on Vestiaire Collective but can't recommend them- they're shady, offer counterfeit goods, and have terrible methods and custom service.

Want to stop impulse buying? Avoid crowded vintage stores (update: BHV also has a nice, well-edited vintage pop-up section that isn't too expensive, and Rue de Villedo has a good secondhand store). According to researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, disorganized environments may contribute to impulse buys and compulsive spending. The study suggests that the sort of moth-laden chaos characteristic of Free'p'star and Kilo Shop is "mentally depleting," hampering cognitive ability. You end up with a closet full of too-big fur coats and blouses with shoulder pads, instead of clothes you might actually wear to work and live in Paris. The picks above are well-lit and tidy, so you can see and think clearly before you buy. Est-ce que je peux essayer cette Dior robe, s'il vous plaît?
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