Emmaus Gloucester attend Paris Salon 2015
Emmaus Gloucestershire attended the Salon at Porte de Versailles in Paris over the weekend of 13-14 June. This annual vintage and second hand fair brings together communities and groups from across the movement to raise awareness of the work it does and raise essential funds for projects. In its 16th year, the Salon Emmaus features clothes, furniture, books, bikes, electrical goods, vinyl, crockery, games, household linen and brings together 150 Emmaus stores from around France and Europe,
Gloucester headed off to France with a van packed full of bric-a-brac to the Salon where Parisians sought out bargains displayed across the vast 22,000m2 floor space. Anything quintessentially British is coveted at the salon so they made sure plenty of fine china plates, teacups and saucers were on offer.
The event was themed around solidarity, helping others less fortunate, a fundamental value of Emmaus. Customers included low income families looking to kit out their homes cheaply through to bargain hunters seeking treasures such as silverware, fine furniture and art and those looking for vintage and retro finds.
Rob Gould, Logistics Co-ordinator, Emmaus Gloucestershire said: ‘It was great to work alongside Emmaus Oxford. It’s always tough, hard work but it was great to go home knowing we had raised 5,000 euros for Emmaus solidarity projects’.
Last year saw 18,000 visitors and €500,000 of sales. Projects financed by the sale included a school for deaf children, a community radio station, micro credit and work to combat human trafficking.