Designer Clothes for Less at La Pièce de Moli


To reach La Pièce de Moli, a new vintage resale boutique in the 12th, pass through one courtyard, follow a hallway to a second, and enter the pale blue doorway on the left. The shop is hidden—and you have to wonder how people find it.

But word travels fast, especially when new items arrive twice a week, the staff are smiling and helpful, and prices start at 9€.

The 9€ rack changes daily, so you’ll be smart to check back often. And while you’re there, browse designer goods (Balenciaga, Vanessa Bruno, Agnès B, Calvin Klein and more) on nearby racks: dresses and suits, casual skirts, pants, tops and vests, coats, all organized by color. And bien sûr, boots, shoes, bags, and jewelry to complete the outfit.

Open Wed – Sat, 11-7:30. Enter at 94, rue du Fbg Saint-Antoine; 85, ave Ledru-Rollin; or 20, rue Saint-Nicolas. M: Bastille or Ledru-Rollin.

Fabrice Bijoux on rue Bonaparte

Of the two Fabrice boutiques on rue Bonaparte, I knew the larger one, had stopped in often and admired their gorgeous clothing. But the jewelry shop, a multi-layered, multi-colored sliver of a shop a bit nearer the Seine was a recent – and welcome – discovery.

Multi-layered because bracelets, necklaces and pins are displayed at every level from table to ceiling. Glittering woven bracelets cozy up to vintage-looking resin bands and metallic beads on stacked hangers made from wood and steel. And don’t think you’ll get away with just one bracelet! They are meant to be worn together in groups of 3, 5 or 7.

Necklaces hang in multiple strands; many are collars, made from an exquisite layering of contrasting pearls that range in size from beads to small balls (and are surprisingly light).

Some necklaces incorporate pins, but the selection of stand-alone brooches is dizzying. They are attached everywhere you look – bright resin flowers on pillows, sophisticated, bejeweled metal sculptures on black velvet.

Plan to spend time here – trying pieces is encouraged, and the owner puts pieces together in original and stunning combinations.

Images et Portraits

There is a lot of good photography in Paris. But only one place, Images & Portraits, specializes in found photographs. This sliver of a shop in the Marais is a collector’s dream, with thousands of images, all original and uncredited.

Framed photographs occupy the top third of the shop’s white walls. Beneath them are bins of images, sorted by subject and size. Some shots have recognizable subjects (the Eiffel Tower, Princess Di), but most are vintage portraits of anonymous individuals and groups – and images are interesting and evocative.

Prices are reasonable, too. A Kodak snapshot from the 80s might fetch a few euros. Matted and framed works, and larger images, cost up to 130 euros.

And while you’re there, make an appointment to have your picture taken. The shop doubles as owner Fabien Breuvart’s portrait studio – and his work is excellent.

Mate Mon Sac for Designer Bags and Bangles

Dreaming of a designer handbag at a reasonable price? A high end piece of jewelry for a special event?

Check out Mate Mon Sac (Look at My Bag) – an innovative business model, and a treasure trove of new and vintage accessories for sale and for rent.

Owner Maud Fourier-Ruelle, a 35 year old Parisienne, spent the last 12 years working as a buyer for top fashion houses, including YSL and Sonia Rykiel. Her new web-based boutique is brimming with gorgeous wares, and she makes it easy to find what you want.

Search by type of product, shape, event, budget or designer – and if you’re not sure what would go best with your wedding dress or evening gown, email or call Maud and she’ll advise (she speaks fluent English).

Items can be shipped (call to get a price to delivery outre mer). Or pick up your bijoux at Maud’s office in the 7th.

On my wish list? A sparkly pink Sonia Rykiel vintage ring, 100 euros; a silver embossed YSL bag, 495 euros to buy or from 45 euros to rent for the week.