Les Soldes


In France “les soldes” (sales) only come twice a year and are very heavily regulated by the state. Outside of these specific dates – two weeks in the summer and two weeks in the winter – stores are not allowed to put merchandise on sale unless under very specific circumstances (bankruptcy or liquidation, for example).

Believe it or not, I am not a rabid shopper. I was in my teens and early twenties, but that got beat out of me with the advent of children and having to try to shop with a two year old in tow, as well as having to start to pay for boring things like groceries, a mortgage, gas, etc.

Now I shop mainly to decorate the gites, and that, I must admit, is a heck of a lot of fun. Especially on days like yesterday.

For many months I had been lusting after a gorgeous and HUGE hand-made Venetian mirror in one of my favorite boutiques in Beaune (called Colour & Tendance – just across from the Place Madeleine). I knew it would be perfect in the apartment, but, sniff, it was about twice the price I was willing to pay for it.

When “les soldes” began last week I went to see if it had been reduced. It had, but only a measly 15%.

Then when I was back there yesterday, trolling for the perfect light fixture, I looked up and had a religious moment – the price of my mirror had been reduced by 50%. I swear I could hear angels singing.

So now my mirror is waiting in our basement, and in a week or so it will be hanging on one of the walls in the apartment. I haven’t decided exactly which one yet, but that is another one of the fun parts.