Vintage and Thrift Store Shopping in Nice

Caprice mannequin holding 'open' signIf vintage, discount designer labels, and second-hand chic is your thing, you’ve come to the right place!

In Old Nice, you’ll find an array of vintage and thrift boutiques all conveniently gathered along two main parallel streets, rue Droite and rue Benoit Bunico.

Start with Caprice Vintage at 12 rue Droite.  Hands down the number one vintage shopping address in all of Nice, Caprice is sought out by retro-loving fashionistas worldwide, hoping to find a unique piece of French chic to take home… in fact, 80% of her clientele is foreign!  Madame Caprice selects each piece personally, focusing on the 1920’s through the 50’s, and looks for unique or excentric items of quality, not just luxury labels.  She loves the magic of an item with a story, can tell you the fabulous history behind every piece in the store!

Right across the street you’ll find Emmaus, a tiny store with a big heart, filled with bric-a-brac and just one rack of clothes/purses/hats near the back, but definitely worth a quick look.  This store is part of a France-wide operation, started by Abbe Pierre, a Mother Theresa-like figure that created Emmaus to help the poor and homeless.  In a converted convent in the hills above Nice, Emmaus houses and feeds 40 formerly homeless, who collect, sort, clean and repair the donations, and then man the stores.   7 rue Droite, open afternoons only.

Continue on rue Droite until you get to the church, then look right: La Belle Epoque Vintage is tucked into the square, Place du Gesu.  Sanela speaks better English and German than she does French, and opened the store 5 years ago to feed her passion for vintage fashion finds.

Now try rue Benoit Bunico…

Stepping into the trippy Hippy Market is just one big hilarious flashback from the 60’s and 70’s, with music and memories to match, and clothes that are a blast from the past: cut off jeans, peasant blouses, bell bottoms, Keds high tops, vintage aloha shirts, macrame purses, tie dye… it goes on and on, just like the summer of love.  3 rue Benoit Bunico

Just up the street from Hippy Market is Bubulle Cafe, a Kid Café that doubles (triples) as a organic restaurant and a thrift store for kids clothes.  Moms take note: this place is awesome!   3 rue Benoit Bunico

Keep going and you’ll find O’Chineur at 8 rue Benoit Bunico.  The French verb chiner means antique bargain hunting, and Laure’s consignment boutique lives up to its name.  It may be tiny, but Laure keeps it stocked with lots of well-chosen variety.  What sets her apart?  The price!  Afternoons only.

Now keep going and turn right after the pizza stand.  Brok Antikart is mostly about antiques and vintage home furnishings, but there are a couple of clothes racks for special vintage wearable finds, plus lots of glamorous hats, sumptuous purses and unique accessories woven through the antiques. Virginie is an artist in her own right, and it shows in her stylish items and creative displays.  5 rue Place Vieille

Port area

au bonheur des cocottesAn adorable boudoir of style, Au Bonheur des Cocottes mixes fab one-of-a-kind dresses and accessoires among the furnishings and curios, creating displays that are little works of art in themselves.  It’s worth going to her website for her gallery of photos alone! Pure inspiration.  10 rue Lascaris

Frip in the cityJust off Place Garibaldi down rue Cassini, Frip’n the City trades in second-hand chic and funky fashion collectibles.  A thrift store mainstay in the newly hip Petit Marais neighborhood for over 5 years, Laure’s motto is “Frip is chic!”   10 rue Cassini

 

Downtown Nice

Downtown Nice, the fashion gets serious, with several resell boutiques that only deal in the best of the best.  These prices for second hand clothes might shock the uninitiated, but are absolute steals for those that love designer labels.  Clientele: mostly French.

Andrea T Luxe is an impeccably run modern consignment boutique, that deals exclusively in top-end in-style designer duds.   I brought in a Calvin Klein black sheath cocktail dress from the 80’s, and they turned it down! 2 rue Blacas

Pomme Glamour  More high-end modern designer labels with matching high-end discounted prices… but locals can pay in 4 payments with no interest.  Check out their latest acquisitions on their blog or like their Facebook page for updates.   37 bis rue Marechal Joffre

Mademoiselle is a mix of modern classics and retro-glamour, specializing in vintage and designer deluxe.  41 rue de France behind the Negresco and the Musee Massena.

From high-brow back down to low-brow…

Bozar Vintage specializes in denim and Americana, and is one of the few that has a decent selection for men. behind Nice Etoile, tram stop Jean Medecin

Abi 06 run by Secours Catholic (The Catholic Aid Society) behind Nice Etoile Shopping Center is like the French Goodwill.  It looks and smells like a normal thrift store, but since many good Catholics families give their designer cast offs to help the poor, you can sometimes find amazing designer treasures for a pittance.

Chez Vega  Louise runs a second-hand store with 30 years of history in the neighborhood. 13 rue Biscarra Marie, behind Nice Etoile

And finally…

Monaco!  It is a well-kept secret that a second-hand shop exists in Monaco… in fact it is so successful, that now there are two!  With consignments from Monaco’s socialites, you can only imagine the eccentricities, excesses and designer delirium that you will find at Le Dressing 2 rue des Orangers +37797 70 45 60 and 1 rue Princesse Florestine.

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