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Why have all the Troc's closed down?

Posted by rabbit-390317 - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by one4all-436374 - 3 years ago

Antiques are generally found in the Brocantes or proper Antique shops, Brocantes are basically just used furniture or other unwanted household goods. Both IMHO have their share of absolute junk !!!

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Posted by fredbloggs2 - 3 years ago

As now well known the bottom has fallen out of the Antiques market and everyone just buys IKEA now ...  so Antique dealers are just going under ... Thats life folks ...

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Posted by one4all-436374 - 3 years ago

Well according to their web site La Trocante are still trading in several outlets in Brittany !!


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Posted by astoria - 3 years ago

These closures happened in th UK.over 20 years ago.

Every town showed established Antique and Second Hand shops, now gone /  empty. (the banks never considered the Antique / Second hand business, as a favourable thing to back anyway)

The reason for the closures then, was the start of the numerous large Antique Fairs being held every day of the week.

 This is the Trend here now, (you only have to look in the Aladin or Brocante trade Mags)  or the  'little Yellow book'.  Why stand in a shop or warehouse all day, with huge overheads and with maybe 20 to 30 people  coming through the door, when you can trade with your stock ,at a 1 DAY FAIR /Fleamarket or other, as a Commercial Trader,  with the possibility of  hundreds of people coming through during the day.  Some of the larger commercial fairs have thousands of people through, over 2 or 3 days.

People now,  can also sell there own 'private gear' on line e.g ebay,  without the need for the Trocs selling it for them and taking commision.

I think this is the reason why so many establishments are closing, (selling second hand or new,) and just trading on the markets, a much cheaper option.

 Cheers, early bird.



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Posted by le salvager - 3 years ago

Still 3 in Rennes and 3 in Nantes.