Second Hand, Paris
After an afternoon of record hunting CROCO DISC turned out to be our last stop.
What a pleasant surprise to be welcomed in this loaded shop.
It may look like a worn dusty shop, but the knowlegeable tenants are very happy to dig the rarest records from somewhere in the building.
I already had a good hunt that day, but the records I got here just were awesome!
BTW There are 2 shops and I was most pleased with the left one (Rock and Pop).
Tu - Sa: 11AM - 7PM
What to pay: Average prices
Le Silence de la Rue is a record store aimed at the DJ's. There are many records with a North African influence next to the main stream albums.
It's interesting to explore this store. The items for sale are well selected and of high quality.
Business hours: Mo-Sa 11AM - 7PM
What to buy: Records
Boulinier is probably the most popular second hand books and music shop.
I spend some time on the first floor, where cases loaded with 45 RPM vinyl were waiting for just 50 Euro cents.
What to buy: Vinyl.
What to pay: from 50 cents per item.
Have you ever discovered a used bookstore, browsed the shelves and said to yourself "OMG, I can't believe they have this!!!!"?
Well, that's what spending an afternoon at Tea and Tattered Pages is like. If Shakespeare and Co. is just too darn crowded with backpackers for you, come here for your English language fix. It's been around for 20 years and somehow I never made it here until recently. The shelves are stocked with great books, the manager is friendly, and they even serve tea. The prices are more than reasonable and I really couldn't believe what interesting books they carried. It seems to me this is a one-off kind of place, so if you see something you like, buy it as it may not be there tomorrow.
What to buy: English language books on every possible subject in every possible genre.
What to pay: Very reasonable!
Depot Vente stores are shops that sell second hand and last year's designs which may be new. There are some beautiful stores in Paris carrying Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Yves Saint Lauren, etc. You will find garments and accessories that are in excellent condition in many of these shops. The clothes are greatly discounted, but not necessarily inexpensive.
L'Embellie is just one of a number. There are two locations.
What to buy: Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Louboutin, Yves Saint Lauren, etc.
Expect discounts of up to 50% on last year's collections from such artists as Valentino, Thierry Mugler, John Galliano, Chanel, Versace, and many more. New clothes with labels intact. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm.
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What to buy: Eat, shop, ttavel etc
A nice little shop with 4 floors of trendy modern designer wear discount clothes. For both men and women this place has it all.
What to buy: The pull overs, coats and T shirts are original in design and good quality. The designs may not appeal to all and I have noticed that in seasons they are either really good or really aweful. Pre Xmas they were good and in the Spring when I went they were terrible.
What to pay: about 6 euro for a pull over and about 40 euro for a coat.
This vintage store is in the 15th about 3 blocks from the Eiffel Tower. I stopped in and found that the owner was extremely nice and spoke English. She had a wonderful selection of designer clothes, shoes, and accessories. Some of the labels were Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Hermes, and Gucci. I saw a pair of never worn Gucci shoes that I hadn't seen around since 1980 or so.
This place is packed with designer brands. Helmut Lang, Valentino, Accessoire, just to name a few. They have men, women, and children's clothes and shoes as well as some household items They seem to specialize in unusual clothes, not conservative. It really is packed so you have to have patience.
A tiny shop in central Paris, but also a cave of wonders.
It's smaller than Shakespear & co., but it only makes it easier to find a good book to read on a sunny café terrace or in the Luxembourg.
The owners are nice and always happy to help you choose. If they don't have the book you're looking for, they'll give you directions to all the English bookstores in Paris.
What to buy: ummm.. books.
What to pay: An average of 5€ for a paperback.
Sorry, I don't remember the name, but you will find it! It is a small second hand clothes shop in the trendy street of the Marais Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie. Besides the original old clothes, the shop has a wonderful old cellar/vault!
Boulevard Saint Michel, which runs from the Latin Quarter up to Notre Dame, has several shops selling fashionable and attractive clothing at extremely cheap prices. My wife found three great tops and a skirt for under 25 euros, and myself a jacket and some combat trousers. So if you fancy something a bit different to London style, head here and you could find a real bargain!
Gibert Joseph is probably the best Paris music store with a very wide selection.
There are some second hand records, but the majority of the music are CD's.
Business hours: Mo-Sa: 10AM - 8PM
When you want to see where the rich people shop, just walk from La Madeleine to the Obelix via rue Royale. All the big names are present.
What to pay: Top dollars