By law clearance sales are state-regulated in France and generally run during two periods of the year: once in summer, just before the massive exodus toward the sea and sun, and once in the winter, shortly following Christmas. Department stores, boutiques, designer outlets, and even hardware shops clear out items from the previous season, gradually slashing prices over the course of the sales period. So you can imagine the anticipation when the sales time comes around! What is the word to look for? SOLDES! If you’ve wondered how so many Parisians manage such seemingly impeccable style, now you know: even price tags on designer items can be slashed down by up to 80%.
The Soldes last for five weeks, and discounts keep increasing during that time. There are huge bargains to be made.
One interesting note is that vendors legally have to prove that everything they’ve marked down had previously been sold for its full price, and that their company had already paid for the merchandise from the manufacturers. Basically, they can’t lie about the fact that you are actually paying less… none of this “I’m going to make something slightly lower quality just for the sales and pretend I’ve marked it down 50% to get you to want to buy it.”
So dress comfortably, raise your head and charge on in with the other Parisians on the once in a life time Adventure into the world of bargain hunting in Paris!