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!