You know what I love more than shopping in Paris? Shopping during the Summer and Winter Sales in Paris! The Paris Sales is my favorite time of the year… in fact, I get a little giddy just thinking about it. That’s because Paris shops are only able to discount items in their store twice a year!
If you’ve been following my website for a while, you know I love a good sale! Which is why today, I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about the Summer Sales in Paris and Winter Sales in Paris, When they take place this year, and how to score a double whammy discount by coupling the Summer Sales with the VAT TAX Refund!
Imagine receiving up to 70% off retail price, plus the 13.4% VAT TAX Refund with Wevat…such incredible savings. Welcome to the Paris Winter / Summer Sales 101 Guide!
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What are the Summer and Winter Sales in Paris?
If you’ve done research on Paris in the Summer, you might have come across something called the Summer / Winter Sales in Paris (Soldes in Paris)! Personally, it’s my favorite time of the year and I’m going to tell you why. However, you may be wondering what exactly are these Sales you speak of?
In Paris, the Government regulates when brands can put items on sales. This is very different from the US, where the store / company gets to decide when they want to place items in their stores on sale. There are 2 times of year that the Government allows Sales to take place in the city. The first time in the Winter and the second time is in the Summer!
One thing most people don’t realize about the Sales in Paris is that every type of store in Paris is on sale…from luxury brands, to jewelry brands, even to gourmet food shops go on sale! More about this below! The best part, you will see brands have savings up to 70% off retail price.
It’s very rare to see a brand have a sale outside the designated sale time, this is due to the fact there is a fee associated with and endless amounts of government paperwork to even apply. Most brands find it’s not worth the effort.
When do the Summer Sales in Paris Start in 2022?
You may be wondering, when do the Summer Sales in Paris Start in 2022?
The Paris Summer Sales are from June 22, 2022, to July 19th 2022. That means you have exactly 27 days to enjoy the Sales this year! Every year the dates change slightly. With that being said, I will continue to update this space to inform you of the most recent Summer Sale’s dates every year.
When are the Winters Sales in Paris in 2023?
The next Winter Sales will take place in January 2023. The good news is the dates have already been announced! The Paris Winter Sales of 2023 will occur on January 11 – Feb 7th 2023!
The Winter Sale and Summer Sale both last 27 days! The Winter Sale in Paris is a great time to shop, because all the items that didn’t sell over the Christmas season get marked down.
What Stores are on Sale During the Paris Sales?
The best part of the winter and summer sales in Paris is that even luxury brands participate in the sales!
The most popular luxury brands that participate in the Summer and Winter Sales in Paris are… Balmain, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chaumet, Chloe, Celine, Dior, Loewe, Louboutin, Louis Vuitton Fendi, Gucci, Givenchy, Goyard, Hermes, Maje, Muglar, YSL, and Many, Many, More!!
With over 60,000 stores in Paris, Paris is one of the most iconic places to go shopping in the world! With that being said, the most popular department stores to shop at during the Paris Sales Season are Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, Bon Marche, BHV, The Paris Outlet Mall: La Vallee Village. If you are not sure where to go shopping during the Paris Sales, then I definitely recommend you walk around one of these department stores to find some great deals.
It is important to note, that the luxury brands don’t mark down their iconic pieces for the sales. So, I wouldn’t count on a Louis Vuitton Neverfull being on sale, but other items from Louis Vuitton that aren’t their iconic pieces could definitely be part of the sales! Can you see why I look forward to these Summer Sales in Paris every year?
Can you receive the VAT Tax Refund during the Sales in Paris?
The best part of the Winter and Summer Sales in Paris is, Yes, you can receive the VAT TAX Refund! I call this a double whammy, not only do you get the benefits of the sales in Paris, you can also claim the VAT Tax refund if you spend over 100 Euros at one store / department store!
Now can you see why I always tell people who are traveling to Paris in the summer to go shopping, to plan their trips around the Summer Sales?! Below is a short guide on the digital VAT Tax Refund process called Wevat works while shopping the Summer Sales in Paris!
I highly recommend you download Wevat Tax Refund App and complete the Signup process before shopping! (No need to carry around a passport, no paper forms, in chat app to answer questions, and the best part is a 13.4% refund!) Have fun shopping and enjoy all the Summer Sales in Paris
With Wevat If you spend over 100 Euros your entire trip to France you qualify for the VAT TAX refund. Make sure you request your invoices at every store you shop at! In French, this is referred to you as Facture. After you receive your invoice / Facture from the sales associate, use the in-app camera to take a photo of the invoice directly in the Wevat app. Once all your shopping in Paris is complete, you will generate a digital tax refund barcode that you will use to scan at your departure point from Paris (Train Station or Airport).
Ask for a “facture” (Invoice in French) addressed to Wevat Click the Wevat mascot on the app homepage, where you will see our request on an invoice screen. Show this screen to the store staff, where it has Wevat’s info.
You can also search the store where you can see the invoice examples for facilitating your request invoice process.
Please do not mention tax refund form, otherwise they will issue you a paper tax refund form from a traditional tax refund company.
FYI: Tourists have their right to use their own tax refund provider, and stores are obligated to provide invoices upon request.
Tips for Enjoying the Winter and Summer Sales in Paris
I have 4 simple tips and tricks for being a successful shopper at the Summer Sales in Paris
Go Shopping on the first day if you are looking for something specific
Download the Digital VAT Tax Refund App called Wevat before shopping
Towards the end of the Sales, some stores offer additional discounts
If possible, Schedule your Summer trip to Paris around the sales (Or winter trip)
Most importantly…have fun! The Sales are a great time to find some amazing discounts in Paris!
Recap Summer and Winter Sales in Paris Guide 2022
In short, I always tell people visiting Paris, if you can time the Summer or Winter sales with your trip to Paris you will be able to find some incredible deals! Couple the deals with the Vat Tax refund and you might even be able to pay for your entire trip with your savings!
For example, let’s say you go shopping during the Summer Sales in Paris and a bag costs originally 1500 Euros and it’s on sale for 50% off, making the bag 750 Euros. After that incredible savings, you receive an additional 13.4% VAT Tax back, which is roughly another 100 Euros off. So that 1500 Euro bag is now priced at 650 Euros.
This year the Paris Summer Sales take place from June 22, 2022, to July 19th 2022! The Winter Sales for 2023 will take place from January 11 – Feb 7th 2023! You will find savings up to 70% off retail price! If you have the flexibility and can travel during the summer sales dates, it’s definitely worth it and one of the best times to go shopping in Paris! Have you ever been shopping in Paris during the Summer Sales or even the Winter Sales?
Sincerely Petite in Paris,
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