|This is the friperie where Tori and I shopped, a former hair salon.|
Isn’t that a cute word? I think we should all start calling our local Goodwill, Salvation Army, vintage shops and any store where secondhand items are sold, friperies. It just sounds better to the ears than “thrift store”.
Don’t you agree?
Last month while we were in Paris, my stepdaughter, Tori, and I took a shopping excursion while my husband stayed behind in our hotel room and rested. She convinced me to explore a few of the friperies. Tori loves secondhand shopping even more than I do!
The friperie shops that we went to in Paris are much different than the thrift stores where I live. It was plain to see that the items had been carefully culled and only the best pieces make it onto the floor.
The racks are well organized and the items are all in good condition. Absent are the musty odors so common with secondhand shops around here and there is usually some loud, cool music playing in the background.
The Parisian friperie shops remind me of the 1980’s vintage clothing boutiques on Haight street in San Francisco where I used to buy nearly all of my clothes in my late teens and early 20’s.
Tori and I visited a couple of friperies before we found our favorite, pictured at the top. It was a busy day and the shop was tiny with only one fitting room that had a long wait. We had limited time so we picked out a couple of things we liked and took our chances that they would fit us.
Tori bought a dusty-rose colored mini-dress that is adorable and fits her perfectly for 10 euros and I found a floral skirt and this striped top, each for 5 euros. Remarkably, everything fits!
The weather has been fickle lately. Spring season always is. One minute it’s hot out, and the next it’s drizzling. Then an hour later it’s cold and windy. I wore this leather jacket I bought in Italy last spring and carried my Skully Persolé Chic Shade™ that protects me from both rain and sun.
And it’s so stylish and unique…
that I get loads of compliments whenever I carry one. They are such great conversation starters!
I kept the jewelry simple with this outfit. No watch, no earrings, no necklace. Just a bracelet by Metal Pointus….
and a black leather wrap-around ring I bought in Paris at COS.