If you’re looking for used items, you have a few choices :
Emmaüs and Ding Fring are no-holds barred thrifting - you definitely need time to sort through the junk to find the gem.
Friperies are the kind of stores where they’ve done the sorting for you, so you save time, but of course, these places are a little more expensive.
Consignment stores, or dépôt-ventes are a possibility, but I usually steer clear of most of these, because they tend to be over-priced. My one exception is in the 16th district : if you’re looking for luxury vintage like Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Chez Nicole Morel (Réciproque) is the best place to go. There are several stores, and then rooms and rooms just filled with clothing, racks extending out as far as the eye can see. A dream come true !
And for “the ultimate guide to vintage shopping in Paris” consult the Vintedge.
340, rue des Pyrénées, 20th district
39 rue Labrouste, 15th district
Come on Eileen Friperie
16-18 rue des Taillandiers, 11th district
40 rue de Rivoli, 4th district
Chez Nicole Morel (Réciproque)
92-101 rue de la Pompe, 16th district
The most time-saving shopping is at the grands magasins, or department stores. Here are my go-to addresses.
52, rue de Rivoli, 4th district
Le Bon Marché
24, rue de Sèvres, 7th district
Maje is one of my favorite brands, and can be found all over the city, including in the department stores listed above.
Nice Things is from Spain, but has three stores in Paris.
119, rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd district
60, rue du Commerce, 15th district
60, rue Tiquetonne, 3rd district
Here are a few local, independent boutiques in eastern Paris.
Zazou Bara sells wonderful gifts : tiny handmade notebooks, custom-crafted handbags, and they even have a smoothie bar !
13, ave. du Père Lachaise, 20th district
by mutation has beautiful hip clothing and shoes from current designers.
30, rue Etienne Dolet, 20th district
For beautiful children’s clothing and fabrics you can order on line, go to World of Wonder.