The Braderie de Lille, the biggest in Europe, is taking place this weekend – © All rights reserved
For 34 hours, some 8,000 exhibitors will sell antiques, furniture, toys, books or clothes on 80 km of stalls, while 500 tons of molds must be sold.
"It has changed a lot, good business comes first; we feel the effects of the crisis", said Jacques Devolder, Lille, 62, who is at his 30th sale."People buy in sight what may be necessary, 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 for put on a piece of furniture", he explained in front of his stand in a main street in the city center.
After having been canceled in 2016 due to the terrorist threat, the Lille clearance sale was back in 2017 in a small area that had grown in 2018.
An important security system was put in place to oversee the event, with 3,000 police officers, gendarmes and mobilized soldiers, air assets and a reinforced rescue service.