You might not need your credit card to hit the winter sales in Paris … but you’ll need your pyjamas and a toothbrush. As if spending time in the City of Lights over the holidays season wasn’t splendid enough, there is a chance to win a unique stay in a place that isn’t normally open to overnight guests. Lucky shoppers of different nationalities are in for the sleepover of their dreams on January 6 in Paris.
The dates of the large nationwide sales in France are determined by the central administration. There are just two main periods to look out for – winter (soldes d’hiver) in January/February and summer (soldes d’été) in June/July.The winter sales 2015 start on January 7 and end on February 17. Tourists and locals alike flock to their favourite labels and navigate the tempting window displays and special offers. Galeries Lafayette, for example, sees 100,000 visitors zipping through their doors on the first day of the sales.
This year there is something even more special in the air. In a joint-promotion between Galeries Lafayette and AirBnB, shoppers can win one of six sleepovers at the flagship store on Boulevard Hausmann. The evening starts at 8pm with a personal shopper consultation and measurements, dinner at one of the restaurants, and a chance to reserve any “hot items” before doors open the following day. They spend the night in comfortable beds installed for this purpose under the building magnificent signature dome. In the morning, after a French-style breakfast, shoppers will be armed with a gift card worth €200 and let loose in the glittering aisles to shop to their heart’s content.
This is the kind of experience that should guarantee some serious bragging rights and and the inevitable selfie overload for the lucky winners.
Are you joining the ranks of eager shopper for les soldes in France?
Photo ©Galeries Lafayette via AirBnB