The $10 Organizer I Brought Back from France

updated May 24, 2019
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You know that feeling you get when you’re shopping at Target? The one that makes you want to buy every single thing? Now, imagine that feeling and multiply it by 10. That’s basically what overcomes you when you go to Monoprix. It’s essentially the Target of Paris — only even better. It’s got clothing, beauty products, wine, groceries, made-to-order sandwiches, housewares, and more.

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During a recent trip to Paris, I ate Ina Garten’s favorite hot dog, and then I stopped in to a Monoprix near my hotel just to check it out. Of course, I ended up spending a few Euros on some stuff I simply just had to have. Specifically, one cute organizer bin.

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No, I didn’t need it. And yes, I can buy bins in the States. But this one was made out of this suede-like material. It was just so soft! And I loved the color blocking. I just haven’t seen bins that looked like this before. So I picked it up, figuring I could use it to organize little bags of snacks or granola bars in the pantry. It was eight Euros and easy to flatten and put in my suitcase, so I got it.

Here’s a sampling of a few other things I looked at while I was there.

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I also fell in love with this metal utensil crock for 10 Euros, but ultimately decided I didn’t need it. I only half regret my decision!

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Enamelware is huge over in France. I saw some enamel options in almost every store I went into. Just look at these patterns, which are so perfectly mismatched! I wish I could have bought a whole set, but I was only traveling with a carry-on bag and couldn’t make it work. That’s a mistake on my part!

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More dishes! Does this stuff not remind you of Target’s Threshold line? It all appeared to be decent quality and prices were just a few Euros per piece.

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I was about to leave the store (with my fabric bin) when I decided to go downstairs and check out the grocery store section (that’s a whole story on its own!). I clearly couldn’t really buy many groceries, but I did buy this microfiber sponge. I’ve never seen a microfiber sponge — usually just microfiber cloths! — so I thought it was worth picking up for less than two Euros. Stay tuned for a full report!

Have you been to Monoprix? What sort of goodies have you picked up there?