The Sesame book store offers 50,000 second-hand books

For more than 60 years, 34, cours de Chazelles has housed a bookstore, today it is the oldest in the city.Sesame is making a success of its used books and the sympathy of Virginie Pidoux, the owner of the institution.

At 34, cours de Chazelles, in the shade of green screens, the Sesame bookshop has been held since the 1950s, thousands of books from floor to ceiling and a colorful bookseller."She arrives, she finishes a pie lemon, ”her husband warns me.For Virginie Pidoux, the owner of the premises, who lives above, a few steps are enough to reach the bookstore.

Since its reopening in May, one observation: “I have nothing to complain about, she explains, we have kindly made up for the two months of closure.” And even without the Inter-Celtic Festival: “There are a lot of tourists and I felt that people would want to get some fresh air and read.”On average, 100 sales per day and a stock of 50,000 books regularly renewed,“ the bookseller is working well ”; like the used book market.Exporting to the Internet? Virginie Pidoux has thought about it but prefers to keep her business on a city scale.

A neighborhood bookstore

During confinement, after sorting in her personal library, she offers free books in front of her bookstore.The operation was successful and little words stuck in token of thanks: “A person even came to offer me a bouquet of flowers, it touches me deeply ! "Between Sunday garage sales and donations from associations, the bookstore always seeks to satisfy its customers:" We run to the right, to the left for them.

Make your passion your job

“What is funny with the history of this bookstore is that no one has the same”, laughs Virginie Pidoux, “Lorient residents pass by, come and tell us their piece of history.” A puzzle that goes back to the years.50: the owner of a hardware store dies, his wife transforms it into the Terre Nouvelle bookstore-stationery.Arrived 24 years ago in Lorient, Virginie Pidoux's family first took advantage of the bookstore as avid readers.At the head of the bookstore that then bears his name, Roland Fiévez is getting old and suggests that Virginie Pidoux take over the bookstore."And why not? ".A project in Brazil comes to intervene for a time but the bookstore comes back as obvious." We had to set foot in the stirrup ", then Virginie Pidoux took over the place.More than a book in hand, each person leaves with the thunderous laughter of the boss in mind.

Posted Date: 2020-08-24

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