Emmaus Village Carlton attend Paris Salon 2015
Emmaus Village Carlton attended the Paris Salon at Porte de Versailles in Paris. The salon is a huge international fundraising event for Emmaus, who have a presence in Europe as well as Africa and Asia.
Attracting around 25,000 visitors and buyers and with over 2,000 companions, employees and volunteers taking part, this year saw the 16th salon. This year's theme was solidarity, a fundamental value of Emmaus. Customers who head to the salon to seek out bargains are typically low income families looking to kit out their homes cheaply through to treasure seekers hunting out silverware, fine furniture and art and those looking for vintage and retro finds.
Steve Hoskins, a companion at Emmaus Village Carlton, attended the Salon. Speaking of the event, he said: "Attending the Paris Salon was a fantastic opportunity and it was great to feel like we were making a real difference to families from across Europe. I strongly believe in the Emmaus movement and in solidarity, but what made the day so fantastic was seeing so many visitors who love Emmaus, love our ethos and love the items we sell too.
There was a great range of different items, ranging from clothing, electrics and bric-a-brac to furniture, tea pots and china. It’s amazing to think a total of 28,000 visitors came along contributing to a turnover of €630,000, which will go towards solidarity projects all over the world – and I was a part of that.”
Anything quintessentially British is coveted by buyers, stalls brimming with vintage, retro, royal family memorabilia, ornaments, fine china plates, cake stands, teapots, teacups and saucers.
Lesley, Deputy Community Leader at Emmaus Village Carlton, spoke of attending the event and said: “When I was asked if I would like to attend the Paris Salon and drive everyone there I was immediately excited and, without hesitation, said yes. I love France and I love Emmaus so the two together was an opportunity not to turn down.
“I was very glad to be a part of this trip to Paris. It made me feel proud to be a part of Emmaus and I met some wonderful and kind people – all with the common goal of doing their best for this organisation and raising money for those in need.”
Emmaus expertise was shown off at the salon including skills such as carpentry, woodworking, toy making, sewing and sculpture. Exhibits also included furniture repair work, cane-work, children's Lego workshops, up-cycled furniture, bicycles, textiles, books and music including LP's, sheet music and instruments. Street-art artists offered to customise items people bought.
Last year saw €500,000 of sales financing projects including a school for deaf children, a community radio station, micro credit and work to combat human trafficking.