SOURC­ING MA­TE­RI­ALS

Living France - - INSIGHT -

• The main French DIY stores are Leroy Mer­lin, Bri­co­rama, Gédi­mat, Brico Dépôt, Wel­dom, Mr Bri­co­lage, Bri­co­man, Cas­torama, BigMat, Point P and Bri­co­marché.

• Res­sourcerie.fr lists a net­work of re­cy­cling cen­tres where you can pick up cer­tain used ma­te­ri­als, such as win­dows and tiles, etc.

• Leboncoin.fr is an on­line sec­ond­hand shop used by in­di­vid­u­als and pro­fes­sion­als to buy and sell all sorts of prod­ucts, in­clud­ing used build­ing and home ma­te­ri­als. You can search by lo­ca­tion and prod­uct cat­e­gory.

• Em­maüs (pre­dom­i­nantly fur­ni­ture) is a net­work of char­ity shops set up by Abbé Pierre es­sen­tially to pro­vide more af­ford­able prod­ucts for poorer com­mu­ni­ties, but which is open for all. Could be worth a look for fur­ni­ture and fit­tings.

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