OK, the exchange rate isn’t good, it takes about $1.44 US to buy one euro,
BUT you can still have fun shopping in Paris.
The trendy Merci concept store in the third arrondissement has only been around
for a couple of years but the merchandise has completely changed since the last time I was there.
It’s fun to browse everything from clothing
|my little mademoiselle, Alie|
I love chairs.
And there are affordable things to buy like these cute creamers and
these cotton dish towel rolls that are perforated like paper towels but washable.
I bought two easy to pack rolls to take home as gifts.
The Porte de Vanves flea market still has some deals to be found.
The flea market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 am to noon. Try to get there early.
Prices are negotiable.
My friend purchased the antique wooden tray above on the left.
I bought the little pitcher for two euros and the silver soup ladle was twenty euros.
This toile tray was only three euros.
I also bought this vintage Chanel silk scarf.
In France, counterfeiting products is a huge crime (ha! not like in Chinatown in NYC)
and they save forever for the real thing and go for quality over quantity.
My point is, I am pretty sure the scarf is authentic and the quality is beautiful BUT
there are a couple stains that the dry cleaners could not get out (any suggestions?).
C’est la vie. The pattern is busy enough, they are sort of hidden.
It is not the time for sales like in the summer and the big department stores are not
offering a 10% tourist discount anymore, but
we still had fun shopping at the Galeries Lafayette Gourmet.