Friperie Find from Paris

Do you know what the French call a thrift shop?
A “friperie”
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!

I wore my €5 top with a pair of Gap red skinny pants, my new COS bag, pointy-toed pumps and a black leather belt made in Sonoma.

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.

Have you ever thrift shopped, I mean “friperie- ed”, on vacation before?
If so, did you find anything special?
Please tell me about it. I love a good friperie story.
And don’t forget to enter to win this stunning, functional, and super chic Persolé. Go here to find out how. The lucky winner will be announced this Wednesday morning!
Have a rich day!


  1. April 7, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    Love the word “Fripperie” – might even make me want to go in. Great tee and would love to see the dress.
    Continue to love the Persole too. I did try in Florence, Italy last summer, but the shops were very smelly, overcrowded and dirty. It looked like their were very cool things, especially leather goods in there, but I just couldn’t do it, especially with my husband pretty much glaring at me through the door!

  2. April 7, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    You look lovely, I especially like your red pants!

    Blue Hue Wonderland

  3. April 7, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    Love the word! Ill add it to my list of favorite french words, along with pamper mousse and parapluie!

  4. April 7, 2013 / 5:18 pm

    Love this post! You look absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to see you smomma! (Ps cute leather ring;)

  5. April 7, 2013 / 5:18 pm

    Glad your choices worked out for you. So stylish too! I love the word, I will try to incorporate it in 🙂 have a great week! Shauna {}

  6. April 7, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    I love this new word! Great finds, too. I try to thrift shop wherever I go. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

  7. April 7, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    @Kathy Bill was back at the hotel so Tori and I had a couple of hours of non-judmental shopping freedom!
    It was wonderful! But we had to go fast.
    I would not have thrift shopped if it weren’t for Tori egging me on. She really wanted to find a great dress for prom but no luck. Instead she found a darling dress. When she wears it, I will be sure to take her photo.
    Next time I go to Italy, I definitely want to check out a friperie…wonder what they call them in Italy?
    xoxo, A

  8. April 7, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    @Ann Wood Thank you, Ann! These pants are a great fit…and, might I add, my husband’s favorite!

  9. April 7, 2013 / 5:59 pm

    @Tori MayCan’t wait to see you too!
    And I want to get photos of you in your pink Paris friperie dress…we lucked out with our finds!
    xoxo, Smomma

  10. April 7, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    @Shauna I am going to try incorporating it too, it’s so much better than “thrift”!
    Hope you are well!

  11. April 7, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    @Patti I need to friperie shop every time I go out of town…whether my husband likes it or not!
    It’s such a great souvenir to return home with.

  12. April 7, 2013 / 6:03 pm

    A hunred years ago I bought a pair of blue tapered pants in a tiny second hand antique/clothing store in Grasse. You look far better in your lovely find than I did in those pants!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  13. April 7, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Yes, friperie sounds much better. And I like the idea of the shop making the choicest items available devoid of the usual musty thrift store scent. This is a very nice post. MUST HAVE UMBRELLA. 🙂

  14. April 7, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    I totally agree, friperie sounds so much better and its so much fun to say. To tell you the truth I usually only go friperie shopping when I’m out of town. It’s the best way to find treasures, (I guess you could call it treasure hunting). Your outfit post is very stylish, I’m loving your new COS bag and of course your Persole.

  15. April 8, 2013 / 1:07 am

    Tres Chic! Fabulous outfit put together. Paris really knows how to make everything sounds/looks so chic and out of this world 🙂 Must go on a hunt too the next time I visit!


  16. April 8, 2013 / 1:42 am

    Great little find and I LOVE your red trousers.You look lovely in that outfit. Please show a pic of Tori’s dress.

  17. April 8, 2013 / 3:15 am

    Hi there! The French have such lovely ways of phrasing, friperies is so nice!! You look really fabulous, I’m adoring this look and those red skinnys are gorgeous!!

  18. April 8, 2013 / 6:01 am

    I do love that word…maybe it would entice me to go into thrift stores more often if they had a different name!

    Cute t-shirt and the whole look you put together looks great! Love that bag.

    We were going to go for a walk this a.m. and then I was going to wash my car. Woke up to drizzle and wind…so much for those plans!


  19. April 8, 2013 / 6:08 am

    Totally loving your look! Tre chic ensemble!

  20. April 8, 2013 / 6:24 am

    @spashionistareport That’s what I love about friperie items…the memories last! I may not hold on to the items for ever but I will keep the experience for a lifetime.
    Did you keep those blue pants?

  21. April 8, 2013 / 6:42 am

    Beautiful post! I know where I’m going the next time I’m in Paris! I always appreciate your tips!

  22. April 8, 2013 / 8:06 am

    We were there last summer and I enjoyed all the shopping. Great word:) and wonderful picture of you both! Your red pants are perfect as are your accessories!


  23. April 8, 2013 / 8:43 am

    Adrienne, I kept them for ages just for sentimental reasons but eventually I let them go. They had an odd pucker at the waist that looked terrific on my 24 year old body but terrible on my 50+ curves! 😉

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  24. April 8, 2013 / 9:32 am

    You look very French chic in your breton stripes and cropped red jeans!
    Fripperies – doesn’t everything in English sound better in French?
    Seeing this post brought back memories of touring fripperies in Paris when I was younger! What fun and I got some things I absolutely adored from them and a couple I still have to this day. So you’ve inspired a post Adrienne!

  25. April 8, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    Great purchase and you styled the striped T-Shirt so well!

    I bet you had a wonderful time together and it was fun exploring all friperies!!

    Lady of Style

  26. April 8, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    Not a Paris fan .. but I love France and I love the chic French ladies.
    You look just like one of them – great combination.
    I love striped tops, dresses … skirts.

  27. April 8, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    Adrienne, I have been following your Paris trip on facebook and looks like you had a awesome time. I love that you got to experience thrifting in Paris and “friperie” is such a cute word. I have thrifted on vacations. The best story was when I was thrifting in Boston and I was interview for an article the paper was doing on why people are thrifting more these days. You look smoking in your red skinnies and I love the accent on the zippers.


  28. April 9, 2013 / 5:12 am

    I love the pink Persole and checked out their website. Amazing umbrellas. I especially liked the blue/Hermes. I tried to “like” your facebook site, but I couldn’t get in to it. I did “like” the Persole facebook site.

    I envy your trip to Paris. How fortunate to be enjoying such a lovely trip at this beautiful time of year.

  29. April 9, 2013 / 5:57 am

    You look so great in the striped top and red pants. And that Persole is so cool. Now I want one! Also, I love that picture of you and Tori just outside the shop, you both look wonderful. XO, Jill

  30. April 9, 2013 / 6:54 am

    Thrifting in Paris…what a dream! Love all your finds too. xo H

  31. April 9, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    I’ve seen “friperie” used by Austen-esque authors, in English dialog referring to a lady’s accessories, or items of exclusively female interest! Now I get where it comes from!
    You look fabulous, ‘course. How cool to bring home a real Breton stripe from your trip. What a sense of the appropriate you have! Glad you had fun, and I really enjoyed all the pics.

  32. April 9, 2013 / 5:45 pm

    Friperie it is!!! Love the ring and bracelet. I totally visit friperies on vacation whenever possible!!! I’ll be hitting up some in NYC in a couple of months 🙂
    So cool your daughter is into second hand shopping. Fingers crossed my girls are into it when they get older.
    Becky 🙂

  33. April 9, 2013 / 10:21 pm

    Look at me, living in France and not knowing what a friperie was! I’m very happy to add it to my vocabulary 🙂

  34. April 10, 2013 / 6:51 am

    I love this outfit, Adrienne. Its so chic and easy.

  35. April 12, 2013 / 4:13 am

    Thought you’d like to know I loved this outfit so much I’ve included it in my Top Five Favourites for the week. Stay stylish!


  36. April 13, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    I love that word! It trips off the toungue.

    You styled the stripes well. There’s a casual sort of air yet you still seem put together.

    On another note, both you and your step-daughter are gorgeous! Oh my goodness.

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