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Paris Journal - In Search of Vintage Chanel

Anything Chanel just enchants me.  Whether it's Chanel No. 5, which I've worn for many decades now, Chanel handbags, scarves or earrings, I just adore them.  Most of what I own, I've purchased at estate sales and consignment shops, and from a few reputable Chanel dealers on EBay, and they are all (except for the perfume) vintage.

So what better place than Paris to add to my collection?  Hmmmm.

I began with a consignment shop off St. Germain that had some so so stuff at prices that would make Needless Markup blush.  Beautiful, authentic, but I'm in a consignment shop because I am looking for a bargain!  So adieu!

Then, with my friend, Annie, I found vintage Chanel heaven in the flea market.  The owner was a serious collector, and she didn't seem to want to part with any of her lovely merchandise!  And while some of it was vintage, a lot of it appeared to be quite new, and again at prices found at the Chanel mother store on Avenue Montaigne! 

Then, my friend and former client, Jan del Monte, took me to a group of consignment shops where she lives on Rue de Cherche Midi, called Chercheminippes.  There are six shops all owned by the same people, and I scored, not with Chanel, but with two gorgeous Hermes scarves and a Christian Lacroix that will be a wonderful addition to my wardrobe. 

Consignment shop shopping here is not as much fun as it is in New York or Washington, where you can find things that were used once or twice, and then sent off.  In Paris, the women have fewer items of clothing than most American women, but everything is equisite.  And they tend to buy and wear classics that they hold onto for years, so by the time they are finished with it, it's a little too far gone to recycle.

So like real estate in the United States, the demand for vintage Chanel is also price dirven, at least in my personal market place!

Comment balloon 10 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 24 2009 06:23PM


I understand completely.  I am addicted to Gucci bags. 

It's a blessing and a curse.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Pat, how much fun you are having! I don't have an addiction to any brand, probably for the best, LOL. I am addicted to other things :D

Sounds like such an absoloutly wonderful dream vacation! Any plans for the ballet?

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat ~ So much fun to fun to read about your Parisian vintage shopping - and great pictures. Sounds like a wonderful trip.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat-It is great that you are keeping us posted on your trip. Blogging in Paris. Life in 2009. Ain't it great? <SMILE>Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

I can't tell you how much I am loving reading your Paris adventures.  I was a French major in college and planned to work and live there.  Got sidetracked with marriage and kids, and have always regretted the lost opportunity, but not as much as I have been grateful for having my wonderful children.  I am enjoying France vacariously through you.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 11 years ago

My wife would be all over this kind of shopping. Looks like you are having a great time.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Thnaks for sharing your vacation with us!  I am having fun following your trip. ~jen

Posted by Jen Anderson (Exit By the Bay Realty) over 11 years ago

"So like real estate in the United States, the demand for vintage Chanel is also price dirven..."

Hi Pat... however, unlike real estate, it doesn't sound like it's difficult to find good comps for vinatge Channel!  :)  Glad to see  that you are having such a wonderful vacation! :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

Glad to see you are still enjoying grand Parie! -- all the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Pat - what a journey you are having, from fish to almond cookies, to Chanel and Hermes. Thanks for sharing it with us. So how was you b-day dinner?!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 11 years ago