Summer sales (les soldes)

June 30th, 2013

The summer sales are here!  This means significant markdowns in most retail stores.  You’ve missed the crush of the first couple of days (they started on June 26th) but there are still deals to be had – in a slightly less intense environment!

Let me explain – France, being fairly centralized, regulates big sales.  There’s a 6-week period in the winter (early January), ditto for summer.  And the first day is madness – think Black Friday or as one client described it ‘like being in a mob scene or in NYC on New Year’s Eve’.  She also cautioned ‘be careful what you wish for, it just might come true!’ as she escaped from the clutches of a salesperson in the Chanel clothing section!

But for those who wait there are still the 2nd and 3rd markdowns – and in a slightly less intense atmosphere!  And if you miss the summer sales think January!

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