10 o’clock Friday morning saw the opening of the Braderie Emmaus at the Parc des Expositions in Poitiers. A braderie translates as a rummage sale and this is a monster of a rummage sale. Over the three days that it is open around twenty thousand people will visit the sale. The Parc des Expositions is a large round building and for this event it is filled with long trestle tables on which are piled or placed the items for sale. On entry you are offered a large plastic bag and you can fill this with secondhand clothes that are sold by the kilogram. As well as clothes there are sections devoted to books, to shoes, to china and glass, to fabrics, to furniture and to computers and mobile phones.
On Friday all goods are offered with a 25% discount off the marked price. On Saturday this increases to 50% and an even higher discount is offered on Sunday. Of course the longer you leave it the more likely it is that the bargains have been snapped up by someone else.
The next 3-day sale starts on Friday 21 September. To get a visual idea of this one have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWi8_GewYAo