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Vintage shopping guide

Find yourself a second-hand steal at these fashionable treasure troves

Britta Jaschinski

For unique style without the credit card bills, hit Paris's vintage boutiques. Rockabilly leather, '50s glamour dresses, retro sunglasses and much more will get you a slew of afforable new looks in no time, or you can simply lose happy hours rummaging through the racks, rails, baskets and piles of clothes, accessories and knick-knacks. These are all of Time Out Paris's pre-loved pleasure palaces...

GoldyMama

Finding well-presented vintage clothes that have been washed, ironed and don’t smell like dirty underpants is possible – GoldyMama is the proof. This small boutique in the heights of the 20th has retro treasures aplenty and makes an original spot for gift hunting. 1950s skirts, 40s suits, empire dresses, wacky 70s tops and multi-era accessories line the walls. The choice is as vast as the shop assistants are helpful. Then, once you’ve tried on half the shop...

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20th arrondissement

Omaya vintage

The sort of shop you wished you could keep a jealously guarded secret – but Omaya vintage is well known. Opened by two brothers in 2010, it attracts its share of obsessive fahionistas: from Parisians collecting armfuls of leather boots to punks come to pick up a pair of DMs at €40. If some pieces are more contemporary, the majority of the stock comes from the ’70s and ’80s; military and denim jackets, woollen jumpers, t-shirts and more are all thoroughly organised and ranged on hangers...

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11th arrondissement

Episode

The Etienne Marcel neighbourhood isn’t exactly known for its good value boutiques – rather, it's full of hip designers and specialist addresses, to the great displeasure of penniless fashionistas, who still come here for window-shopping and better inspiration than you can get from the department stores. The opening of the so-called friperie Kiliwatch a few years ago rubbed it in rather by selling second hand garb at vastly inflated prices. Nevertheless, the rue Tiquetonne is where the Dutch chain Episode chose to open its Parisian branch in 2009...

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2nd arrondissement

La Petite Fripe

A firm favourite among Parisian vintage lovers, who are drawn to the jolly red frontage and little iron chairs set out on the pavement. Once inside, it’s hard to know where to start – hunting along the rails, rummaging in the hampers, flipping through the pieces hung on the walls and even suspended from the ceiling between disco balls and celebrity masks of Barack Obama and Elizabeth II. Elsewhere there are piles of vintage telephones, démodé mocassins, ’60s sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts. Depending on what’s in stock, you could pick up a fox fur scarf...

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11th arrondissement

Mamie

Need to rent an outfit for a retro fifties party? Looking to splurge on a pair of aviator sunglasses or a ‘bibi’ hat? Then head to Mamie. Don’t be fooled by its tiny storefront decked out in pastel colours: inside, the shop has three levels, each filled with treasures from the 30s to the 60s – hats, jewellery, glasses, handbags, miniskirts, military jackets and polkadot dresses. There’s also good news for foot fetishists, with the basement entirely devoted to shoes. Everything here has been unearthed by the shop’s colourful owner...

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9th arrondissement

Iglaïne

Don’t make the mistake of calling Iglaïne’s wares ‘second hand’ in front of the owner – here it’s all about vintage and heritage pieces rather than charity shop rejects. So you won’t find dresses for €2 but a whole range of styles from 1900s bodices to ’70s/’80s blouses, sometimes for as much as €400. Big names hang on the rails – Balmain, Laroche, Lacroix – and carefully-preserved rare pieces are on display, principally intended for use by stylists and costime-makers. Mortal fashion-lovers, come here to splash out for a special occasion...

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1st arrondissement

Free 'P' Star

Late-night shopping is fun at this Aladdin's cave of retro glitz, ex-army wear and glad rags that has provided fancy dress for many a Paris party...

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The Marais

Rose Bunker

You don’t need a time machine to step back into the past – not when you’ve got Rose Bunker at your doorstep. This retro bric-a-brac shop is jam packed with formica tables, old dial phones, psychedelic lamps, flowery vases and a myriad of other objects from days gone by. As well as furniture, jewellery and knickknacks, there’s a recycled materials section and vintage clothes...

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Montmartre and Pigalle

Mon Amour

Sandrine Arnone and Narumi Hérisson have set themselves up in the Marais exhibiting designer pieces collected from all over the world. A pair of shoes by Yves Saint Laurent, an oriental clutch bag from the 1940s, an old dress made by a designer in their youth… all this and more can be turned up by the dedicated rummager. You can also learn the art of wearing vintage by visiting Sandrine and Narumi’s blog; friends and clients regularly serve as models on their shoots...

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3rd arrondissement

Bric-à-brac Emmaüs

The Emmaüs bric-a-brac store is hidden in the heart of the 104 cultural centre, a great little address where you can mix with hip-hop dancers and cultural performers to bargain hun in a boutique done out like someone’s apartment. The atmosphere is welcoming, and the stuff on offer more or less well organised. At the back of the main room there's a little library with books, CDs and vinyl, on top of endless rails of clothes, shoes, furniture and other bits and pieces. Everything is dirt cheap: books for €1, around €10 for a jumper. The opening hours are pretty random and it can get rammed, but you never leave empty-handed...

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19th arrondissement
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