Before one trip to Paris, I researched vintage/thrift shops. I was curious what second-hand treasures could be found in Paris.
I was in for a treat.
A messy, packed, slightly overwhelming, incredibly cool treat.
Free'p'star is a vintage shop. I believe they have three location in Paris. All within easy walking distance to each other...but one is more than enough! My favorite is the one located at 20 Rue de Rivoli, 75004.
Here are my tips for making Free'P'Star work for you...
1. Have a patient husband or travel companion. My husband and sons waited patiently outside while my daughter and I dove into the world of Free'p'star. The stores are not spacious. The racks are jam-packed. There is really no place to stand if you aren't part of the digging. There is certainly a patisserie close-by, send the non-shoppers for a snack.
2. It helps to know just enough French to make an easy purchase. By easy, I mean you don't have to ask for a different size or color. You just know how to ask the price, pay the money and say, 'Merci and Au Revoir'.
3. Go with a goal, but be open to a surprise gem. I went in for a belt. I saw a super chic French girl days before my first Free'p'star visit. She was wearing a distressed, tan leather belt with light blue jeans, booties and a chunky sweater. I wanted her look! I just didn't have the belt. My goal was to find a similar belt. Honestly, I could have left the store with a dozen similar belts. So many great options. In the end, I chose my favorite. It was 5 euros. I still wear it all the time. I am transformed into a chic French girl every time I put it on:-)
4. Consider buying leather. In addition to belts, Free'p'star has an incredible selection of leather jackets, handbags, wallets and shoes. All splendidly broken-in. Spend some time and get lost in the space...you are sure to out with a treasure. And that treasure is even more valuable once you are home and can share your Fs ree'p'star story. Très chic!
It requires a bit of patience and dedication to the hunt...but their are gems to be found.
Thanks for reading. More tomorrow.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,