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Hi everyone,
I’m very happy to be joining this forum. My husband and I are among those who re-evaluated our lives and priorities this past year and have decided to retire early.
We also decided to buy a house in France (my husband is French and we both have dual citizenship) and split our time between our home in the US and a home in France. We just signed a compromis de vente for a house in the île de France region with the closing scheduled for the beginning of January.
We will be arriving in France with only our suitcases two days before the closing. We bought some of the furniture from the previous owners so that we won’t have a completely empty house, but we’ll need to make some major purchases fairly rapidly (our [4] adult children are arriving the day after we take possession of the house for a two-week stay!).
I’m hoping that you all can help save us time and money! Where, for example, should we shop for good quality bed linens (sheets, comforters, pillows, etc)? What about cookware? Is there a French equivalent to Bed, Bath and Beyond? Does the French Costco carry this kind of stuff? Or is Auchan/Carrefour/LeClerc fine?
I’m currently trying to make a list of everything we’ll need to start our new life. We already have a bank account. We’ll need to set up internet service; buy or lease a car. Any and all suggestions welcome!
Thanks everyone!
 

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You won't find quality bed linen in Carrefour, Auchan or Leclerc, though they all sell it. I buy mine online from Linvosge, which is good quality but not top of the range and I have found delivery times to be about 3 days not including weekends. Don't forget that you should wash bed linen and towels before use. Bev will be able to tell you whether Costco stocks it. Ikea usually carry stock.
 

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Hello Marnée.
You'll be spoilt for choice in the Région Parisienne :)
I like Descamps for bed linen, towels and such (there are several outlets in Ile de France) though I have bought some quite nice stuff from Leclerc in the past.
Ikea is OK but you should check sizes as their beds aren't the same standard sizes as French beds, so fitted sheets (draps housses) are usually too big. I seem to remember the same problem with different pillow shapes / sizes too.

Good luck with your move!
 

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Costco has plenty of the basics you'll need - white or silver sheets in various sizes, pillows and pillow cases, etc. The trick is going to be whether you need/can use standard European sizes or will need US size bed linens. (European is much easier to find.)

The big hypermarkets have sheets, pillow cases, comforters, mattress liners and pads and all the basics. Depends on how fussy you are about color, percale vs. cotton, thread count and such. For the longer term, take a look at La Redoute - it's an online (used to be mostly mail order, kind of like Sears in the US) shop with a wide variety of home items, furniture, etc. I resisted using them for years, but recently tried them for (what else) sheets - and find they are actually priced better (for better quality) than Carrefour and the other hypermarkets. And they deliver super fast in the Paris area.

Which side of Paris will you be on? The original Costco is south of Paris, just off the A10 in Villebon. They are opening Costco #2 in France in early November to the east of Paris. Check Accueil | Costco France for all the details. And, if you have a US Costco membership, you should be able to use it here in France while you're getting set up.

For Internet, you'll want to find out if your town/area has fibre yet or not. Fibre basically doesn't cost any more than an ADSL line, so you can base your choice on the various "goodies" that attach to the account. (And it's way cheaper than the complete Internet service in the US - or so I'm told.)

Give yourselves plenty of time and space to get set up. If the adult kids are descending on you early on, get them to help out - running errands, driving you around (in the cars they will no doubt have to rent for their stay) to set things up, etc. It's going to be hectic, but probably all sorts of fun at the same time. Holler as questions come up. We're always here, even if it takes us a little while to get back to you.
 

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We have been busy setting up house (apartment) after arriving 6 weeks ago. We live in an attic (3e étage) walk up furnished apartment in city center. We don't have a car, so we've relied on getting whatever we can at the monoprix several blocks away. They are fine for really basic stuff (hangars, shopping bags, coffee maker, toaster, light bulbs). For a bit of a wider selections, we need to take the bus outside city center and go to the Casino Géant, they're great, but you're limited to what you can carry, and take on the bus. The furnishings in our apartment were already mostly IKEA, so we've added quite a bit from IKEA.FR and have the stuff delivered. Amazon.fr can provide access to things you can't readily find. La Redoute for some home furnishings (throw rugs in our case), FNAC for tech and small appliances, and Darty for the bigger appliances (television), with free delivery and setup! I think between those merchants you can probably outfit quite nicely.
 
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