Shopping Secrets: Lille and Roubaix

Lille old town

Everybody knows the shopping in Paris is fantastique but for us Londoners there is no need to travel so far. Just 1 hour and 20 minutes from London on the Eurostar are the cities of Lille and Roubaix, where grand buildings hide book markets and young fashion designers are being fostered by pop up markets. Lille is also home to an annual second-hand shopping event, the Braderie, Europe’s largest and most famous flea market. Read on to discover more of Lille and Roubaix’s shopping secrets

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Shopping and Dining in Castle Market Dublin

The Harlequin Dublin

Shopaholics who have travelled to Dublin are probably already aware of Grafton Street. I know I was. The pedestrianised zone, home to luxury department store Brown Thomas and Bewley’s Cafe, is known as THE shopping street of Dublin. But on my visit last weekend I found a little enclave of boutiques, not far from the main drag, which captured my attention. The area was called Castle Market.

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Vintage Shopping in Vegas

Bonanza Gift Store

Las Vegas is well known for being a gamblers paradise; a city that requires a large bankroll to stay competitive. However, there are some shopping options to suit the stricter budget. For some budget bargains you need to get to grips with Las Vegas thrift!

Thrift shopping in Vegas has its own unique sense of style. Below are some of the places you can discover some vintage gems whilst getting around Vegas. They all have great deals on more than just your typical hand-me-downs.

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On The Market: Brooklyn Flea

Not only does crossing the bridge into Brooklyn afford you magnificent views of Manhattan but there is an event in Downtown Brooklyn every Saturday and Sunday that fans of vintage curiousities will adore. If you visit in the winter Brooklyn Flea is held at One Hanson Place, formerly the home of The Williamsburgh Savings Bank. The setting is as superb as the stock with vintage clothes, handmade jewellery and retro prints spread out amongst marble pillars under a golden ceiling.

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Shop of the Month: Blitz London

If you can tear yourself away from the tempting aromas of the Brick Lane curry houses you will find one of my favourite vintage clothes and furniture emporiums in London – Blitz. Set back off the main Brick Lane drag, you will know you are going in the right direction for Blitz when you see the giant stork. Situated in a converted Victorian warehouse on Hanbury Street, Blitz has 2 giant floors filled with well-selected vintage clothes, accessories, furniture, luggage, collectible items, books and much more.

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Vintage Shopping in the Marais, Paris

2005, The Marais, Paris

Rummage, rummage, rummage. Rifle, sort, keep, discard. Eagerly await more musty stock from the bin bag the shop owner is sorting through. Turn back to the rails and rummage some more.

I had just discovered the vintage shops in the Marais and would visit at least 1 every day of my week-long stay with a friend who was studying in Paris. That summer my suitcase came home stuffed with tea dresses, leather bags, chunky knits and thick waist belts. At less than 10 Euros per item they were all within my students budget.

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