Holiday Fun and Great Bargains at the Biggest American Bazaar in Paris

Holiday Fun and Great Bargains at the Biggest American Bazaar in Paris

AAWE Bazaar
Handicrafts at AAWE Bazaar

It’s the biggest and longest-running bazaar in Paris, organized by the city’s American community. The 42nd annual AAWE Bazaar and new Winter Festival is a mind-blowing one-day rummage sale and holiday festival spread out over three floors of the American Church, which is located along the Seine River in the 7th arrondissement.

If you have never attended this community event organized by American women, you’re in for a surprise. Not only can you pick up early Christmas presents at a bargain, you’ll also be contributing to the circular economy and supporting women’s and children’s charities. It’s impossible to walk out empty-handed!

AAWE Bazaar: cookies
Photo courtesy of AAWE

This year, the extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10 am to 6 pm. The day before the big event, an army of 200 plus volunteers will receive a truckload filled with bags and boxes stuffed with generous donations collected at a storage depot outside of Paris. The call to clean-out-your-closets-and-give dates back to a time when braderies did not exist in Paris.

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Bargains books, clothes, toys and Santa!

There are rows of racks and tables filled with gently-used designer clothing and accessories. Almost an entire room is filled with second hand English books to choose from. Bookworms can take home several classics or bestsellers for the price of one new book.

New this year will be a special room dedicated to holiday crafts and games for children, including cookie decorating, reindeer games, and… a special visit and photos with Santa Claus (be sure to reserve your spot online in advance!) Parents will love the fact that kids can fill up a bag full of toys and games which other kids have loved and outgrown for the price of one new toy.

AAWE Bazaar: Christmas handicrafts
photo courtesy of AAWE

Handicrafts and Home Baked Goodies

It’s hard to resist the original handicrafts on display, especially when you learn who made them. There’s a dedicated group of women who meet almost every week throughout the year to lovingly hand make the Christmas cards, decorations, tea cozies and placemats.

Throughout the day, an American Café will also be serving up chili, hot dogs, salads and a scrumptious selection of home-cooked American treats — all lovingly made in AAWE volunteers’ kitchens. So, if you’re craving carrot cake, brownies, pecan pies or peanut butter cookies, this is the place to be!

AAWE Bazaar: baked goods
Photo courtesy of AAWE

A Community Affair

This is a community gathering open to the public. The event has earned the backing of solid sponsors who provide attractive prizes for the Tombola. Proceeds from the Tombola help fund the Charitable Donations coffer which is used to make donations to local, national and international charities with specific emphasis on women’s and children’s causes. Over the years, AAWE has raised more than 100 000 Euros for French and global charities supporting women and children. And, when the bazaar is over, all of the remaining clothing, products and food are redistributed to local and overseas charitable associations.

So, when you buy something at the bazaar you’re not only contributing to the circular economy, but also to a greater good. Now isn’t that a wonderful way to start getting into the holiday spirit?

AAWE Bazaar
Photo courtesy of AAWE

AAWE Winter Festival and Bazaar 2018

AAWEDate: Saturday, December 1, 2018
10am – 6 pm
Location: American Church in Paris, 65 Quai d’Orsay, 75007
Entrance fee: 2€ per adult. Children under 13 free.

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Have some gently-used books or clothing that you’d like to freecycle? AAWE is accepting gently-used women’s clothes, fancy women’s shoes and boots, accessories, baby wear, toddler outfits, children’s clothes & shoes, winter coats & ski wear (all ages) toys, games, books in English and French, coffee table books and men’s wear, suits, “smokings”, sweaters, shoes, and ski and jackets.

Drop Off Location & Dates:

Location: Une Piece en Plus – 114 rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris
Metro: Malesherbes (line 3), or Marceau (line 2)

Thursday, November 15: 1pm – 3 pm
Saturday, November 17: 11 am – 2 pm
Monday, November 19: 1pm -3 pm
Saturday, November 24: 11 am -2pm

RSVP by email to Rosemary Cheylus with details of what goods you will bring, and your arrival time. Email:



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