Bring on Les Soldes !

The summer sales period in France begins this Wednesday, June 24 at 8 AM and lasts until midnight on July 28. Thanks to the magic of the interwebs, I will be on my computer ordering things for the apartment instead of dealing with crowds at stores. Thank goodness for LaRedoute and 3Suisses !

These huge sales are only allowed twice a year in France, once in winter and once in summer. They both used to be 6 weeks long, but as of 2009, they are both 5 weeks long, and the extra two weeks of sales can be chosen by the stores themselves as long as they are finished at least one month before the official 5-week long sales begin.

Word is, however, that the national sales periods are on the way out and eventually stores will be able to decide independently when they have all their sales. Interestingly enough, it is the DGCCRF, a.k.a who David works for, that decides all this.

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  • http://toutesdirectionspourlafrance.blogspot.com/ L

    Toulouse tested a spring sales period this year (by special permission; I think the new law concerning extra sales periods). It wasn’t the stores that decided, but the prefecture. From what I remember from La Dépêche the results were lukewarm. People didn’t really get that there were sales in April.

    Ls last blog post..Are those polka-dots?

  • http://toutesdirectionspourlafrance.blogspot.com L

    Toulouse tested a spring sales period this year (by special permission; I think the new law concerning extra sales periods). It wasn’t the stores that decided, but the prefecture. From what I remember from La Dépêche the results were lukewarm. People didn’t really get that there were sales in April.

    Ls last blog post..Are those polka-dots?

  • http://www.dtkd.fr/ Finanas

    huuuuh sales ! Until 28 july ? Ouch ! It’s gonna be short for me since i’m going home 22 xD

    BTW, very good website you’ve got here ! I’m french and wanted to learn some swedish basics. I tried some german tests and failed… huhu seems like 5/6 years of german have been forgotten !

    I’ll follow your blog, still funny to see how foreigners see your country ;)

  • http://www.dtkd.fr Finanas

    huuuuh sales ! Until 28 july ? Ouch ! It’s gonna be short for me since i’m going home 22 xD

    BTW, very good website you’ve got here ! I’m french and wanted to learn some swedish basics. I tried some german tests and failed… huhu seems like 5/6 years of german have been forgotten !

    I’ll follow your blog, still funny to see how foreigners see your country ;)

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Yay! I can’t wait… I only have 2 days of les soldes before going to Scotland for a couple of months, so I’ll have to battle with the crowds during the first few days!

    Kims last blog post..Two great surprises!

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Yay! I can’t wait… I only have 2 days of les soldes before going to Scotland for a couple of months, so I’ll have to battle with the crowds during the first few days!

    Kims last blog post..Two great surprises!

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com/ Andrea

    Wow…imagine that… stores being able to decide “for themselves” when they want to have sales…what a concept!

    Ok, sarcasm about France for the day? Check.

    I’m glad you told me about this. I was going to go to Paris tomorrow to go shopping – might as well wait another day!

    Andreas last blog post..Will my house blow up or cave in?

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com Andrea

    Wow…imagine that… stores being able to decide “for themselves” when they want to have sales…what a concept!

    Ok, sarcasm about France for the day? Check.

    I’m glad you told me about this. I was going to go to Paris tomorrow to go shopping – might as well wait another day!

    Andreas last blog post..Will my house blow up or cave in?

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    I don’t remember it was so complicated! I’m too North American now, I demand low prices all the same :lol:

    Zhus last blog post..National Aboriginal Day

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    I don’t remember it was so complicated! I’m too North American now, I demand low prices all the same :lol:

    Zhus last blog post..National Aboriginal Day

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

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