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English translation: an extensive and varied inventory [or a mixed-bag inventory]

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French term or phrase:un inventaire de Prevert
English translation:an extensive and varied inventory [or a mixed-bag inventory]
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12:36 Nov 6, 2007
French to English translations [PRO]
Marketing - Textiles / Clothing / Fashion
French term or phrase: un inventaire de Prevert
I understand the meaning of this term - a mixed bag of items - but am not sure how to translate it in this sentence...

"produits dignes d'un inventaire de Prevert"

Toute idee bien appreciee
Laura Robertson
France
Local time: 03:45
an extensive and varied inventory [or a mixed-bag inventory]
Explanation:
an inventory worthy of a museum
an inventory worthy of a curiosity shop
an inventory worthy of a pack rat
an inventory worthy of a collector of...
etc

Without more of the sentence, all anyone can do is throw out ideas because we don't know what is being sold. More of the ad would provide better idea of the tone of the ad, although we do get some idea from the phrase that you give. Depending on the tone, you could use "a mixed-bag inventory." Or you could elevate the speech by saying "an extensive and varied inventory." If you wanted to retain the original sentence structure, IMO, you would need to select a substitute for Prévert because, while I studied his works in college, I can say the average US person with a typical public school education won't know who he is. I've added a references for a number of phrases based on the "an inventory worthy of..." phrasing to start you off with some ideas :-)

It costs money to keep claims, he advised. And time can be wasted in managing too many properties rather than devoting attention to prospecting.
He used to keep **a mixed-bag inventory.** Now his leans more toward a balanced diet of gold and lead-zinc-silver properties.
http://north-land.com/ypa/poyear_1998.html

The inventory I am picking up is a mixed bag lot of about 15K books from a book store that has closed down.
http://www.amazonsellercommunity.com/forums/thread.jspa?mess...

Extensive Inventory
4Wheel Drive Hardware now has 7 distribution centers across the USA. Our shelves are jam packed with everything you need for your Jeep; from bumpers to tires to soft tops. With over 30 million dollars in inventory, if you need it, we've got it!
http://www.4wd.com/aux_incl/extensive-inventory.aspx
• Janus Galleries' extensive inventory
Janus Galleries carries fine art from the 19th and 20th centuries--antique and contemporary paintings from American, European, and Russian Schools--impressionism, ...
www.janusgalleries.com/main_inventory.php - 14k - Cached

A typical network can have a number of product types. Each and every product like say, a printer can be from a different manufacturer. Maintaining such a heterogenous inventory can get out of hand if it isn't tracked properly. ServiceDesk Plus allows you maintain a clean and neat catalog of your **varied inventory.**
http://manageengine.adventnet.com/products/service-desk/inve...

Well Read is a small bookshop with an ever changing and **varied inventory.**
http://biblion.co.uk/bookstores/Well_Read.html

A map will be used to catalogue the **inventory of a pack-rat.** New data will be added to the map frequently, but it will rarely be accessed again.
https://www.cs.duke.edu/~ola/courses/cs2/test2spring98.pdf

Commercial lots are for player shops. If you're a bit of a pack rat you can open up a shop to sell your rare and valuable items.
http://www.ogreisland.com/guides/fullguide.aspx

pack rat (who saves everything) paperassier (syndrome)
pack rat nm rat à queue touffue
http://www.wordreference.com/enfr/Pack rat

There are shops that are archaeological digs of vertigo-inducing disorder, crawling with cats or noisy with the racket of birds, and others as neat and quiet as any library, with displays and **inventory worthy of a museum.**
http://citypages.com/databank/21/1042/article9157.asp
• Etsy :: queenie71's Profile
... to selling, I have an **inventory worthy of a moderate sized warehouse** spread throughout my home. ... ( Yes, the show was in November, and the boxes show no ...
www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5068255
Osprey Media. - Northumberland Today - Ontario, CA
Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce. Port Hope Economic Development ... tables in the shade (and an inventory **worthy of the many campers and day users** ...
northumberlandtoday.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?...&classif=

or finally entering a genteelly old-fashioned Kitchen Supply store, one with an inventory **worthy of a Williams-Sonoma**, where under the cautioning eye of a town matron, Grace purchased a soup ladle or two.
http://www.epinions.com/content_99181760132

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Note added at 6 hrs (2007-11-06 19:08:32 GMT)
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Perhaps I should also state that you could use either extensive or varied. You don't have to use both.

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Note added at 5 days (2007-11-11 18:27:48 GMT) Post-grading
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You're welcome, Laura, and thank you :-)
Selected response from:

Claire Chapman
Local time: 21:45
Grading comment
Many thanks
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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an extensive and varied inventory [or a mixed-bag inventory]


Explanation:
an inventory worthy of a museum
an inventory worthy of a curiosity shop
an inventory worthy of a pack rat
an inventory worthy of a collector of...
etc

Without more of the sentence, all anyone can do is throw out ideas because we don't know what is being sold. More of the ad would provide better idea of the tone of the ad, although we do get some idea from the phrase that you give. Depending on the tone, you could use "a mixed-bag inventory." Or you could elevate the speech by saying "an extensive and varied inventory." If you wanted to retain the original sentence structure, IMO, you would need to select a substitute for Prévert because, while I studied his works in college, I can say the average US person with a typical public school education won't know who he is. I've added a references for a number of phrases based on the "an inventory worthy of..." phrasing to start you off with some ideas :-)

It costs money to keep claims, he advised. And time can be wasted in managing too many properties rather than devoting attention to prospecting.
He used to keep **a mixed-bag inventory.** Now his leans more toward a balanced diet of gold and lead-zinc-silver properties.
http://north-land.com/ypa/poyear_1998.html

The inventory I am picking up is a mixed bag lot of about 15K books from a book store that has closed down.
http://www.amazonsellercommunity.com/forums/thread.jspa?mess...

Extensive Inventory
4Wheel Drive Hardware now has 7 distribution centers across the USA. Our shelves are jam packed with everything you need for your Jeep; from bumpers to tires to soft tops. With over 30 million dollars in inventory, if you need it, we've got it!
http://www.4wd.com/aux_incl/extensive-inventory.aspx
• Janus Galleries' extensive inventory
Janus Galleries carries fine art from the 19th and 20th centuries--antique and contemporary paintings from American, European, and Russian Schools--impressionism, ...
www.janusgalleries.com/main_inventory.php - 14k - Cached

A typical network can have a number of product types. Each and every product like say, a printer can be from a different manufacturer. Maintaining such a heterogenous inventory can get out of hand if it isn't tracked properly. ServiceDesk Plus allows you maintain a clean and neat catalog of your **varied inventory.**
http://manageengine.adventnet.com/products/service-desk/inve...

Well Read is a small bookshop with an ever changing and **varied inventory.**
http://biblion.co.uk/bookstores/Well_Read.html

A map will be used to catalogue the **inventory of a pack-rat.** New data will be added to the map frequently, but it will rarely be accessed again.
https://www.cs.duke.edu/~ola/courses/cs2/test2spring98.pdf

Commercial lots are for player shops. If you're a bit of a pack rat you can open up a shop to sell your rare and valuable items.
http://www.ogreisland.com/guides/fullguide.aspx

pack rat (who saves everything) paperassier (syndrome)
pack rat nm rat à queue touffue
http://www.wordreference.com/enfr/Pack rat

There are shops that are archaeological digs of vertigo-inducing disorder, crawling with cats or noisy with the racket of birds, and others as neat and quiet as any library, with displays and **inventory worthy of a museum.**
http://citypages.com/databank/21/1042/article9157.asp
• Etsy :: queenie71's Profile
... to selling, I have an **inventory worthy of a moderate sized warehouse** spread throughout my home. ... ( Yes, the show was in November, and the boxes show no ...
www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5068255
Osprey Media. - Northumberland Today - Ontario, CA
Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce. Port Hope Economic Development ... tables in the shade (and an inventory **worthy of the many campers and day users** ...
northumberlandtoday.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?...&classif=

or finally entering a genteelly old-fashioned Kitchen Supply store, one with an inventory **worthy of a Williams-Sonoma**, where under the cautioning eye of a town matron, Grace purchased a soup ladle or two.
http://www.epinions.com/content_99181760132

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Note added at 6 hrs (2007-11-06 19:08:32 GMT)
--------------------------------------------------

Perhaps I should also state that you could use either extensive or varied. You don't have to use both.

--------------------------------------------------
Note added at 5 days (2007-11-11 18:27:48 GMT) Post-grading
--------------------------------------------------

You're welcome, Laura, and thank you :-)

Claire Chapman
Local time: 21:45
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PRO pts in category: 331
Grading comment
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  -> Thank you, helene :-)
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