Secondhand Behemoth

Emmaus is the closest thing to Paris has to a Salvation Army or Goodwill chain. It’s an organization that helps people get back on their feet, and their social enterprise component is a handful of secondhand stores. One of the largest, if not the largest of those stores is Emmaus Defi at 40 rue Riquet in the 19th arrondissement. It is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting at 1:30 in the afternoon. emmaus 1 - 1Today it was mobbed! And for good reason. It;s got massive armoires, sofas and other furniture, most for under 100 euros. The clothing is clean and in good shape, and there’s plenty in the under-5-euro range. A second Emma’s Defo store, at 104 rue d’Aubervillier, opens next week, on August 30.