Yesterday, I visited "merci", a new store that just opened its doors in the 3° arrondissement in Paris.
What's interesting about that, you ask? Well about everything about this store is!
merci is a concept store as well as a charity shop. Not a regular charity shop, though. I would rather describe it as an up-market (and dito priced) charity store given the fact they sell vintage items as well as designer items, clothes made by "des jeunes créateurs", used books in a "café bouquiniste", home and kitchenware and furniture. At merci, you can find flowers, fragrances and jewelry as well ... The "charity" part kicks in at the level of the seller, as all profits go to a fund to help kids in Madagascar and the staff consists of volunteers. An ambitious but beautiful project given the recession we're in.
With its 1500 square meters the store is quite big and organized over three floors. Just the location - a former fabric factory - and the way everything is displayed makes this store worth a visit - and I'm sure once there you'll be able to find something to your taste...
Just know that every euro cent spent will go to a good cause...
merci is located at 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris - Métro 8 - Saint-Sébastien-Froissart. You can read more about merci here.
pictures taken with permission from the merci store manager