by Zahai Bürgi
The term originates from France, where in many cities the residents annually place their accumulated and in the screeds reigning makeshift tucked "not simply wegzuwerfendes" in front of their houses on the street – to a mostly right Unorganized Flea Market.
Two old-town residents, Ursula Scherer and Ursula Adamek – who remain remembered as indispensable and well-known for creative event initiations – discovered this tradition on one of their travels and brought the vide Grenier over 15 years ago to Bern. The silently supported the idea immediately, and took over the patronage of the flea market, which is held annually in April in the justice and Kramgasse. The two defamatory ladies have now set to rest and left the organization to US successors.
The "tube", as we also say in Bern's central arcades, offers space for about 130 sales tables in the two lanes-ideal that no stand roofing is necessary here even in rainy weather. In advance – and to make you a little drooling – a few impressions of the vide Greniers 2014 and 2017.
All residents of the lower old Town are allowed to participate, all of whom operate a business or an office or a service and all members of one of the five bar located below. The now increasing run on the existing places – in the lower Old town there are around 4000 residents and several hundred business people! – led to the fact that the organisation and coordination (and sometimes a simple mediation!) has become more and more important. A leaflet with the traditionally grown sales rules is available and always from 1 February together with the registration form from the homepage of the United Old Town Bar (Val) www.altstadtleiste.ch Available for download.
Yes, and now Beatrice and I are already sorting out our households again, because both of us will be running a sales stand on April 28th – I before the "Hüsler Nest" in the Kramgasse and Beatrice before the loading of logs! We are looking forward to seeing you now!
If you are one of the eligible persons and you want to be part of it, we advise you to "conquer" a place as soon as possible in the traditional way (see rule sheet) and from 1 February under firstname.lastname@example.org (or by mail to me: Zahai Bürgi, Post Alley 59, 3011 Bern).
We will also continue to report on the events to everyone else at this point. Meanwhile: Spring is coming soon – craps out – that's good!