Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sold at the Paris Soldes!
Shoppers beware! The bi-annual Paris Sales (Soldes) are off and running. This annual late June-July period of markdowns is to be found in boutiques both luxe and quotidian. Sales in France are regulated and are always 'on' in January and in this summer season. Shopping at prized stores like Hermes can resemble a rugby scrum in the early days as particularly coveted goods are snapped up early before they disappear. The shops along the rue de Rivoli and rue St. Honore are generally jammed as are the Grands Magasins. But, don't be deterred. If you love a particular line of fashion or accessories plunge in and score a few treasures. Or, wait a few days and shop when the initial excitement abates a bit. Signs in shop windows will give you an idea of the scope of the discounts available. Bon chance. Oh, and this season's sales run through July 28.