Friday, 13 May 2011

Grande Vente Emmaus!

We'd seen the signs for a couple of weeks... and today our curiosity got the better of us.

The Emmaus charity for the homeless seems very active in Chatellerault. We've seen sales advertised before but have never been to one. Today we were glad that we did!

The venue was a most unprepossessing place

but inside was an Aladdin's cave of goodies (and not so goodies!) and the whole thing was organised to run like clock-work.


The notice at the entrance set out the pricing structure and each person was given a large plastic bag

The hall was full of trestle tables displaying books, clothes and bric-a-brac

At the exit of these sections each bag of goodies was weighed and the cost calculated

 A system similar to cloakroom tickets left you free to leave your purchases and browse the stalls arranged around three sides of a quadrangle outside.

Again, a weighing table calculated the price

The whole event lasts for three days and judging from the quantity of items people were purchasing today, it's set to be a great fund-raiser. 

And so we left feeling very pleased with our purchases and  glad we'd made the effort to explore the signs!


Susan said...

It's a great place to get books, isn't it?

GaynorB said...

I remember the people who we bought our house from, who were returning to the UK, telling me that they had taken a lot of their belongings to Emmaus.

I always wondered what it was......... now I know!

How often are the sales held?

Jean said...

How do Emmaus get the stuff to sell? I have never seen an Emmaus shop or any where that you can take your cast-offs.
And when is the next sale ??
Questions, questions !!