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Second hand buys in Solidarité 06 are literally cheaper than chips

Second hand buys in Solidarité 06 are literally cheaper than chips

Habitat be damned. For authentic French fashions look no further than Nice’s second-hand emporiums.

Many Riviera rental properties are Ikea-identikit, a trend that won’t change when the Swedish furniture giant opens its latest branch by Nice airport in 2016. But for those prepared to rummage, the castoffs from our French cousins – from distressed dressing tables to porno chic chaise longues – are effortlessly à la mode.

With €500 in hand we hit three second-hand megastores. Our mission? To add Gallic flair to our fictional pied-à-terre for the price of a Habitat chair. Week 2: Solidarité 06

In a line: Beware, this stock was literally given way

Design: Car boot chic

Deal of the day: Yves Saint Laurent men’s trench coat (€16)

Dud of the day: 1990s plastic tray adorned with scene of Red Square and BMW 3-series (€1)

Details: 30 rue Bonaparte

Description: Where car boot castaways go to die. This two-floor charity store takes stock from all-comers. It will gladly take your house clearance goodies too – it’s all in a good cause. But in the piles of junk there are bargains to be had. With a bit of selective purchasing, glasses, clocks, lamp stands and cups can add a vintage touch to any Nice pad.

Solidarité is particularly strong on ex-hotel linen, with piles of fine white sheets (€5) to rifle through. Basic homewares are also a bargain. Café-style cup and saucer sets (from €3) offer budget bistro chic. Bizarre buys stock the remaining shelves. If you need a second-hand baby bath (€15), a set of authentically dented pétanque balls (€5), or even a Paris edition of Monopoly (€2), this is the place to come.

The buys:

Le Creuset pan €5

3 complete sets of white bed linens €45

Mirror-topped occasional table €12

Kerplunk board game €2

Grand total: €66 (dropping €500 here would buy you the entire store)

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