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How would I translate "bring and buy sale"


Judith

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I am suggesting to one of my French organisations that we hold a bring and buy sale and coffee morning (or afternoon tea, etc, depending on time desired)  to have a bit of fun and raise some money.  I can't find a French phrase which would describe having a coffee, bringing something small to put on a table, and buying something from it etc (for those who've never been to one!). I suspect it is not something the French go in for, so there may not be a word for it, but any suggestions would be gratefully received.

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Thanks.  My dictionary translates bienfaisance as charity, which is what it is for, but not what it is perhaps?  The only other thing I get is vente de charité, which again is what it is, but doesn't give the real sense in English or something relatively small attached to  a coffee morning for example.

O well, I'll use one of the other, as the meeting is this afternoon ...

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Just found a definition and when I put it into dear old babel fish this is what came up - so that explains it for them, and they can tell me what they would call it this afternoon....

Informal sale to raise money a

charity or other organization.  People

who come to the sale bring things to be sold and buy things that other people

have brought.

 

Vente sans cérémonie pour

réunir l'argent une charité ou toute autre organisation. Les gens qui viennent

à la vente apportent des choses pour être vendus et achètent des choses que

d'autres personnes ont apportées.

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Braderie's are certainly something the french go for. I suppose the french equivilent of a car boot sale.

I have never seen a 'small scale' bring and buy sale, the trouble would be getting enough people in which is always the hardest thing about these things so that the effort of organising 'pays off'.

I have run both braderie's and 'foire aux skis'. Both slightly different, but people do go to well organised 'sales' with lots of choice, and assoc can make lots of money.
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Well, it is mainly a socialising thing with a element of fundraising ..... not second hand stuff, or large items.  It isn't intended to be a big do (it will be in my garden).  So I don't think vide grenier is right, because that is not what it is.  Anyhow, they seem quite  happy with how I explained. I am  the "responsable relations internationale" so I wanted to do something English.  They have said it would be good if we could have some English along too.....  so a chance for a bit more mixing there and so we will see what happens... thanks for all your help.

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Good luck with it, Judith! French friends and neighbours are always keen to know about and join in with anything they think might be 'English' events.

There was a lot of suspicion about a Macmillan/CSF coffee morning I held, due mainly to do with events in France concerning large amounts of money from charities. But everyone had a wonderful time, and a decent sum was also raised.

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I am so pleased to see that no-one has dropped a bombshell on you to say that its illegal to do what you are organising even for a charity, that you will need to organise permission from the prefecture 18 months in advance, etc etc etc.

Certainly the rederies organised by the communes have to abide by all the controls and restrictions and I know they have come down very hard on pariculiers that have dared to sell off their unwanted stuff., the only selling that is permitted around here is by the Trocs or Emmaus.

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And that is why we stopped our very very profitable braderie, the paper work in our dept was so 'lourd' in the end and so many restraints on us that it we volunteers simply ran out of energy.

As we had lots of money I wanted to run a raffle with the first prize of a car, but that too was interdit, first prize could only be worth a relatively small amount.
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This is simply something "entre nous".  Members and invited friends only - as would be in a typical bring and buy in England.  Difficult to see how anyone could object to that - it's for Inner Wheel, already well organised and within the rules even here in France.

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