Say what you like, but when you think of Parisian women, the first thing that comes to mind is their chic style. French women are always polished in seemingly effortless ways, and they have a certain je ne sais quoi women all over the world envy. Naturally Paris is a fashion capital with well-regarded clothing stores at nearly every street corner. However, French style is not just the product of so many great choices. The secret to their wardrobe also lies in the vintage fashions unearthed in some of the best thrift stores in Paris. The result is a well-coordinated and subtle blend of the contemporary with the timeless.
A treasure trove of top-notch vintage fashions can be found in rue des Rosiers. Vintage Désir is easily the most popular and, therefore, busiest thrift store in Paris. In the heart of the Marais, in the 4th arrondissement, this small boutique (also known as Coiffeur Vintage by the sign out front, which has never been changed) is always full of shoppers, and it’s easy to see why. There are dresses at €10, shoes, bags, and hipster-style checked shirts for as little as €5. And don’t forget about hats! You won’t believe how many vintage options are before you at such wonderful and unbeatable prices. Goods arrive daily, and the assortment is vast. You need to shop often, roll up your sleeves, and, above all, take some time to rummage to find the best options.
Initially, you may hover on the sidelines, eyeing the clothes from a distance, because it’s hard to know where to begin. The choices seem overwhelming. But, then, finally, you decide to throw yourself into the deep end. You head towards a rack, hesitantly at first, but then, suddenly, relishing the experience. It feels like exploring your granny’s attic in search of a forgotten treasure. This is where you find the piece you’ve always dreamed about. And, of course, you want to come back for more.