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Soldes: The best time to shop in Paris



The French sales period, SOLDES, is the BEST time to shop in Paris. Like many things in France, the timing of the biannual sales are regulated by the state. For 2017, the sales periods in Paris are: winter  11th of January until the 21st of February and in summer the 28th of June to the 8th of August (the dates can vary slightly in different regions of France).

During the sales period, products can be marked down 3 times: 1er démarque, 2eme démarque and 3eme démarque.  Each time, the cost of goods can be reduced to up to 70% in the third mark down.



As a tourist, the best areas to shop would be the Champs Elysées, Rue de Rivoli in the Marais, les grands magasins/ department stores (such as Printemps & Galeries Lafayette) and, my personal favourite, Rue de Saint Honoré in the 1st arrondissement. These areas have a mix of shops with French brands, chain stores, luxury brands and boutiques.

I’ve been lucky enough to be in town during the summer and winter soldes, and the bargains are amazing.  Living in the southern hemisphere is a bonus as I’m able to shop for the upcoming season!  Only con is that the shops are absolutely packed, not just with people, but with shelves and shelves of products.

img_1460edit-copyMy top tips are:

  • Be prepared.
    • Do have a look online to see what to look for.
    • Check for the shop’s opening and closing times.
    • Give yourself enough time (ie don’t be in a rush, there are piles of stuff to search through!).
    • Make sure you have your ID in case of checks in store for your credit card, as well as for the DETAXE (tax refund scheme) paperwork.
  • If you find what you are looking for, take it!
    • If you can’t find it in the store, try looking online to see if another store has it in stock, or if available online, to purchase.
  • Be efficient: lines to the changing rooms are long so make sure you take in whatever you can.
  • Dress comfortably:  flats shoes and an easy outfit to change in and out of are helpful!
  • Make sure you have enough luggage/luggage allowance to fit all your purchases 😃


Soldes By Joy Loves Paris.    Brush lettering by hand, edited with Adobe software.

For more information for dates of Soldes periods around France see: Le portail de l’Économie et des Finances

For more shopping ideas: Paris Info Site officiel de l’Office du Tourisme et des Congrès

Bonne chance! (Good luck!)





When I’m not writing I am…

When I’m not writing I am:

  • Working part time as a medical scientist. It sounds fascinating, and it is. But it’s now become more of a source of income than my main interest.
  • Being a Mum to my beautiful one year old. Every day brings a new challenge but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
  • Internet shopping. I’m kind of on a ban for now, but browsing through websites is a past time of mine. Though browsing is half the fun, the real rush is when you click ‘CHECKOUT’ and the package arrives a week later…
  • Doing chores. The usual boring stuff.
  • Watching TV. I love trashy TV, there I’ll admit it.  From reality to really bad daytime soaps, if it’s mind numbing I’ll usually give it a go… It’s not all bad viewing though as I also enjoy drama, a bit of comedy and occasional documentaries. I am a bit more selective nowadays, as my time is limited!  I’m really looking forward to the return of Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, Scandal and Once Upon a Time.
  • Indulging in something sweet. Chocolate mainly. I’m trying to cut down a bit though as I’ve been over indulging way too much lately…
  • Thinking. About what to get at the supermarket. About what to have for lunch/dinner. About what to wear. About what to blog about. About a career change.

I wish I had more time for:

  • Reading. I try to get a few pages read of magazines, books, blogs, anything really.
  • Yoga. I haven’t had the time in so long. My body and mind are aching for it. I must make time.
  • Baking. I love baking, but it’s so time consuming, well the recipes that I like to do are. I occasionally get the chance to throw together some brownies or cupcakes, but it’s not as satisfying as spending a few hours making macarons.
  • More sleep. Blogging and being a mother seems to decrease the likelihood of this.
Macarons By JoyLovesParis ©JoyLovesParis
Macarons By JoyLovesParis ©JoyLovesParis

Feature photo credit: M. Evangelista


Writing 101: Day 11

Writing and not writing

As much as we love to write, it’s important to take breaks — to live your life and have new experiences, and to reflect and recharge so you can come back to your desk, ready to hit the keyboard again. Not writing allows you to gain the distance from your words, and thus perspective, which are both needed when it’s time to edit.

What do you do when you’re not writing? How do you reset and return to this dashboard, refreshed? What do you need in your day-to-day life to maintain balance: Running? Yoga? Gardening? Painting? Cooking?

Today, publish your post in any form you wish, as long as you focus on one or all of these questions.