Nearly two million people are expected this weekend in Lille on the occasion of the great
Braderie, gigantic annual garage sale, which began Saturday morning in a festive spirit and high security. For 34 hours, some 8,000 exhibitors and sellers will sell antiques, furniture, toys, books or clothes on 80 km of stalls, while 500 tons of
molds must be drained.
"It has changed a lot, good business comes first; we feel the effects of the crisis, "said Jacques Devolder, 62, Lille, who is at its 30th sale. "People buy in sight what may be needed, even for the future, without necessarily needing it right away. Since this morning, what I sold is useful: chairs, clothes, shoes … While thirty years ago, we sold trinkets or pat in the eye to put on furniture. "
After having been canceled in 2016 due to the terrorist threat, Lille's clearance sale was back in 2017 in a small area that had expanded in 2018. An important safety device was put in place to frame the event, with 3,000 police officers, gendarmes and soldiers mobilized, air assets and a reinforced rescue service.