GREAT UNPACKING This Sunday [5 July], you had to undress to be able to wander the aisles of a flea market in Les Sables d’Olonne
“Okay, honey, what are we doing, are we going?” This Vendean couple hesitates. It must be said that the garage sale that takes place a few meters from them is unusual to say the least. This Sunday, in Les Sables d’Olonne , it is reserved for naturists . A first in Europe. “We ask you to respect our philosophy, reminds each person, Christian, president of the Vendée naturist association and co-organizer of the event. You have the cloakroom when entering on the left. You are asked to undress and keep only the mask and your shoes. “
It was Nehru Hattais, the owner of the permanent garage sale in Les Olonnes and occasional naturist, who came up with the idea just over a month ago. He submitted it to naturist associations and everything accelerated. “It was an original concept, says Ludovic Richard, president of Happy Nat , co-organizing association. And it went well with our state of mind: here, we recycle rather than throw away. We had the opportunity with this garage sale to combine business with pleasure. The date is quickly found: the first weekend in July, that’s good, it is the international day of the shirtless.
Some insulting messages…
This Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a hundred people came to hunt around in this large 600 m2 building (whose windows were obscured) of the permanent garage sale in Olonnes, created six months ago. 150 boxes, with items as different as each other (trinkets, books, clothes etc.), were installed. “I received three messages of insults on the Internet, regrets Nehru Hattais. I was told that I was filthy disgusting to do that or that it was a good way to catch the Covid-19. I just remember that the coronavirus, until proven otherwise, does not spread through other orifices than the mouth and nose… ”
This Sunday, the public is mainly made up of naturists. Like Laurine, 19, and Hugo, 20, from Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu for example. “It was really great,” they say in unison. We bought a lot of things. The atmosphere was nice because we almost know each other between members of associations. Or like Jeff, 25, “beach naturist, but not a member of an association”, who is not at all frightened when he is told that he will have to undress.
Source: 20 Minutes
Original publication 5 July, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 20th July 2020
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