Posts Tagged ‘sales’

Summer sales are coming!

June 23rd, 2014

The big summer sale period in France is about to start!  With dates regulated by the government, this year’s summer sales run from June 25th (this Wednesday) until July  29th, 2014.  Most retail stores participate in some way – including higher-end brands.  And surveys suggest that over 80% of the French plan to participate!  Some spend the days and weeks leading up to the start scouting the stores for treasures, the better to pounce on Day 1.  Others prefer to wait until the initial crush


Winter Sale Time!

January 13th, 2014

These days there are sale days here and there throughout the year in France but the big events are still the twice yearly sales (January and July), with dates set by the government.   The big winter sale started in Paris on January 8 and run until February 11.  Virtually all retail stores (but especially clothing – in all price ranges) will have serious markdowns.  If you’re starting your sale shopping now you’ve missed the first crazy week.  But don’t despair – there are still


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


It’s not too late – winters sales still on!

January 30th, 2013

While the winter sales started on January 9th they continue until February 12th 2013.  There are still bargains to be had, especially since the merchants have made their 2nd markdown.  Virtually all retail stores participate, even relatively high-end ones (OK, it’s not going to help you if you’re shopping at Harry Winston for jewelry!).  You still see people all over Paris with lots of shopping bags – proof that there are still deals to be had!  And if you miss the winter sales, plan on


Les soldes!

January 20th, 2012

France, being very centralized, regulates sales in stores.  While stores are allowed a certain number of ‘sale’ days of their choice, the dates of the really big sales (6 weeks long), summer and winter, are fixed by the government.  Winter sales this year run from January 11th through February 22nd.  Virtually every store has some items available at major markdowns, often 50 or 60% or more. If you plan a trip to Paris in mid-January you can take advantage of the sales and, at the