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Where to go for the best in retro chic

Ireland is a country steeped in history, so when it comes to shopping for oneof-a-kind antiques or timeless fashion pieces from yesteryear, you are spoiled for choice.


CLAREGALWA­Y MARKET Claregalwa­y, Co. Galway Tel: (086) 876 2386 claregalwa­

A hit with budget antique-hunters and anyone who loves a good rummage sale, Galway’s favourite indoor and outdoor market takes place every Sunday from 10am5pm. Alongside new and second-hand goods, you’ll find antique memorabili­a, furniture, china and silver.



Specialist­s in vinyl, spanning almost every era and music genre. Hosted in hotels around the country and organised by Patrick Feeney, they cater for all tastes.

FRANCIS ST. Dublin 8

Dublin’s very own antique quarter is located in the heart of the city’s historical Liberties area, on a charming, vibrant street – near Christ Church and St. Patrick’s cathedrals – where art galleries and auction rooms meet. Among its dozen-or-so antique shops are some of Ireland’s best, including Johnston Antiques, O’Sullivan Antiques, Patrick Howard Art & Antique, Connaught Antiques and Oriental Rugs. For art deco specialist­s visit Michael Mortell or Niall Mullen Antiques, while Timepiece Antique Clocks on nearby Patrick Street has a vast array of Irish grandfathe­r and mantel clocks.


9 Eustace Street, Dublin 2 & 27 Patrick Street, Kilkenny Tel: (056) 770 3312

An affordable, street style-inspired vintage store geared towards the young, risk-taking fashionist­a, Folkster sells everything from uber-glamorous sequin dresses to rough and ready military jackets. Dublin’s Folkster was initially meant to be a pop-up, but its eclectic boutique blend of vintage, contempora­ry fashion, and interiors has captured many hearts. With stunning costume jewellery, delightful flapper designs and a beautiful bridal section, as well as modern pieces, each handpicked by the owners, we can’t get enough of this gorgeous fashion chest.


294 Harolds Cross Road, Dublin 6W Homestreet­

Tel: (01) 5370085

Founded by Laury Poisson and Ed Donnelly, Home Street Home is an absolute gem of a homeware and furniture store, based in Kenilworth. With a particular focus on sourcing unique handcrafte­d pieces, over 80% of Home Street Home’s stock is made from recycled materials and every piece is ethically produced. Many of the pieces are complete one-offs. From trunk-style sidetables to industrial pieces reclaimed from vehicles and tractors, there is a potent vibe – perfect to match the hip, eclectic interior design trends of today. But they also offer wonderfull­y comfy textiles, from patterned cushions to sheepskin rugs. One to visit for any lover of design!


50 Drury Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 677 0406­r-1962057537­44367

Ireland’s oldest and best-known vintage store, Jenny Vander is the glamtastic stockist of everything from beaded Victorian jackets to ’50s party dresses.


11 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 677 4779­eDublin

One of the quirkiest and most adorable vintage shops in the country, this treasure

trove is chock-a-block with affordable, gorgeous finds, from dresses and local DIY designs to second-hand books and vintage housewares. Lovely owner Lucy has a story for every item and a haggle for every price... so bring your banter.

MEALY’S Castlecome­r, Kilkenny Tel: (056) 440 0942

As any long-time collector will tell you, half the fun of antiquing is battling it out in an auction house like Mealy’s, which has been perfecting the art of selling vintage pieces since 1934.


51-53 Patrick St, Cork

Tel: (021) 427 9428­lue

Situated in the English Market in Cork City, this charming two-floor boutique is brimming with beautiful, one-off pieces lovingly curated by owner Breda Casey. With both men’s and women’s clothing on offer, you’ll find everything from breathtaki­ng ball gowns to scarves, ’60s Americana poolside loungewear and ’70s rain coats.


27 Drury Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 679 1211


A whopping three floors of modern and vintage fashion housed in a cool, girly space on Dublin’s Drury Street. Run by Ruth Ní Loinsigh, the focus is on emerging Irish designers with a floor dedicated to independen­t labels. Down in the basement, you’ll find an Aladdin’s cave of super-wearable vintage garb from the ’50s to the ’80s.


52 Abbeygate Street Upper, Galway (091) 568771 publicroma­

A small shop with great nds. Public Romance doubles as a unique contempora­ry shop on the ground oor, exclusive to Galway, with hand-picked ‘60s to ‘90s vintage clothing upstairs. They have a fantastic collection of ’90s sportswear, so men and women alike can bring back those shell jackets and tracksuits we loved so much! Public Romance also stock statement pieces such as sparkly sequined tops and crochet bralettes, making it the perfect place to nd a summer festival out t. But with a wide range of eclectic pieces, it’s the perfect spot to nd pieces that will add interest to your existing wardrobe.

REILLY’S ANTIQUES Prosperous, Co. Kildare Tel: (045) 868 650 reillysant­ An Irish antique gem for over 30 years, Reilly’s carries over 2,000 items of stock in a 10,000 square foot premises, specialisi­ng in Edwardian mahogany, Victorian burr walnut and Georgian mirrors.

RHINESTONE­S Tel: (01) 679 0759­sJewellers-3314039238­81843

Home to a century of jewellery, Rhinestone­s is one of Ireland’s finest treasure troves, stocking a huge range of antique, vintage and modern pieces, including early Victorian brooches, Edwardian keepsake lockets, Venetian glass beads and one-off ’60s studio creations. Best Of Ireland absolutely loves it! Rhinestone­s’ stunning collection of jewellery ranges from antique to modern, reflecting art, fashion, history and romance, and ensures that all tastes are catered for. The carefully curated pieces are also unique, each holding their own special history and story. The personal nature of Rhinestone­s’ jewellery makes the beautiful pieces feel even more special, and it’s the perfect place to pick out striking jewels that can celebrate and commemorat­e a special occasion, show a loved one you care, and make new memories that will last a lifetime. SIOPAELLA

Tel: (01) 558 1389

Now with four stores in Dublin, this vintage and consignmen­t store is going from strength to strength! Siopaella aims to recycle clothing and make designers resale hassle-free. Featuring a stunning collection of clothes, shows and handbags – all in fantastic condition – it’s the place to go if you’re looking to snap up designer duds without the original price tag! Siopaella are completely focused on quality and highfashio­n. Check their website before bringing in items to sell – they have handy guidelines about what they’re looking for each season, with designer bags always in high demand.

SPICE (085) 120 6791

Vintage shopping has become an invaluable part of Irish fashion and retail, and 27-yearold fashion lover and entreprene­ur Gracie Collier saw a niche for a vintage shop in Limerick. Spice was born – aka Special

People In Creative Energy! Initially aimed at students, Spice now stocks all kinds of gorgeous, beautifull­y curated vintage clothes and accessorie­s, allowing people from all walks of life to spice up their life! The shop is as playful, vibrant and energetic as the owner, specialisi­ng in one-off pieces.


Kea-Lew Business & Retail Park, Mountrath Rd,

Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Tel: (057) 868 0088 thestoreya­

The go-to destinatio­n for architectu­ral salvage and antiques, the Store Yard supplies props for TV and film. With everything from furniture and mirrors to lighting, art and sculpture on offer, you’re guaranteed to find an item you love.


10 Fownes Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 01 5582612 tolavintag­

This trend-led vintage shop reworks vintage pieces to make them more wearable and current. They carry designer nds for a fraction of the price, from the likes of Yves Saint Lauren, Supreme, Moschino and Valentino. There are also more affordable pieces and Tola is particular­ly good for nding classic fashion pieces from the

’80s and ’90s, such as shell bomber jackets, annel shirts and tracksuits. Throughout the year Tola holds kilo sales too – what’s not to love?

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