The annual Bayeux Braderie is timed to fit neatly into the middle of the month long summer sale period. As with most matters in France, sales too are ruled by legislation and paperwork and shops may only hold full sales during specified dates (normally January to early February and late June through to the end of July). So the Braderie is just one more opportunity for shops to capitalise on this and display their goods out on rails, trestle tables etc along the length of the High Street. Also a chance to sell off shop fittings and sometimes personal goods (such as the four cane chairs which we felt were just too good a bargain to miss!) All these sit side by side with more typical market stalls which have been set up specially for the two day event. A real mixture then of market, vide grenier and summer sales – a shopper’s delight.