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Well, it took my long enough to finally find this fashion/interior deco mecca, but la Grisette found it, and boy did she ever! For someone who could live in an Anthropologie store, it was tough not having an equivalent in Paris… until Merci.

A concept store that resembles a trendy oversized loft, Merci houses what I would love to be my closet, full of Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, YSL, and purses by Jérôme Dreyfuss.  The lower level has sections dedicated to men’s and women’s wear, including  a small jewelry section with up and coming designers, and a perfume counter. I recently got my hands on a wonderful new Annick Goutal for Merci scent called “Eau du Sud”, I love it because it’s incredibly fresh and not just a rehashed sickeningly sweet designer scent! The place is a vrai regal for the Parisian fashionista!

But then, it gets better with its upstairs level featuring amazing furniture and furnishings that range from a very organic style to a more colder modern feel.  Light fixtures, couches, tables, shelving, you name they have it, and you’ll probably want it. The only holding you (said me) back…are the prices. But that said, Merci is “charity store” in that it donates %100 of the profit to a charity that helps women and children in Madagascar, a country that suffers from intense poverty. So NO GUILT on the purchases!!

Going just go for the experience is definitely worth it, even if you don’t plan on buying anything. They have a really cozy café with all kinds of fancy teas and cocktails, which you can enjoy while getting your daily dose of people watching !



Need an apartment in Paris without the hassle of fighting the crowds? Maybe a gently used microwave or washing machine?

Little known (but quickly starting to become better known) site called Le Bon Coin is the site for you. While everyone knows about Craigslist and Kikiji (now Ebay), Le Bon Coin still has a local feel to it and some killer deals. My current intern recently found an excellent apartment for a great price, something she wasn’t able to do on Pap.fr without running against the clock to squeeze in a visit only to find that the price has gone up and that fifty other people were waiting to visit it.

Le Bon Coin can be used to search for anything, anywhere in France as it lists all the regions, including the overseas ones.

Happy Bargain Hunting!!

http://www.leboncoin.fr/

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