Vintage Paris

– By Andrea Mestrovic –

Vintage Lady Dior

Once upon a dream, I stepped into a world of salacious Pucci dresses, 1960’s Coco classic contrasting-trim suits, and a sea of colorific Birkin bags – slightly used or previously loved, whichever you prefer.  All oddly affordable, by affordable I mean semi-reasonably priced, but still not quite recession-ized.

It takes a special breed of shopper to conquer consignment shopping. For most people, it is a long day and a long way to small, stuffy spaces, digging through non-branded oldies with meager goodies.  So when I planned my consignment shopping tour in Paris last Spring, I RRR’d (researched, read, reviewed) before dedicating one whole valuable day to just vintage.

There are a million consignment stores, or dépôts vente, in Paris.  If you are a tourist, you can’t possibly hit all of them. But among all those that carry remarkable art, old dusty books (I came across an early edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” for €720) and antique furniture, there is one that is undeniably a must-visit.  Reciproque is the city’s leading dépôt vente located in the upscale 16th arrondissement.  It is a treasure, composed of six storefronts in a row, on 89-101 Rue de La Pompe.  Reciproque was founded by the rosy-cheeked, curvy and fabulous Nicole Morel in 1978.

Vintage Louboutin flats

When I stepped into Reciproque for the first time, it felt like a designer reverie. Rows of Chanel suits, Versace gowns, walls of Louboutin shoes, Marni accessories, LV luggage and all at prices that were approachable to an everyday out-of-the closet shopaholic with limited resources. But amidst all the Galliano damask, D&G prints, rich furs and red soles, I was barely acknowledged and most definitely judged by the three brusque sales associates.  Luckily, I RRR’d before my journey to Parisian vintage, so I knew that if I attempt a greeting in French, they might resort to a barely-there sour smile and assist me to some degree.  (My research suggested that to get anywhere in this store, you need their help.)

After spending a day at Reciproque, we (my two equally blond, equally blown-away girlfriends and I) walked away with a Chanel color-blocked knit dress (880 USD), Hermes 1957 Brides de Gala scarf (150 USD), Christian Louboutin black embroidered satin Venise flats (199 USD) and a Lady Dior cannage black quilted lambskin purse. (745 USD)

Consignment shopping requires patience, time and persistence.  Not every trip will be successful, but on this occasion, we triumphed.


Reciproque Dépôt Vente
89-101 Rue de La Pompe, 16e.
75116 PARIS – (Métro Pompe)
Tel. : 01 47 04 30 28
Tuesday to Friday 11am to 7pm &
Saturday 10:30am to 7pm

 

 

 

 

Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic, Andrea has sure-footed instinct for discovering fab finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic

 

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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on http://oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea