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.

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

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.


Na­tion­wide, facebook.com/Faughts-Record-FairsIre­land-2137956586­428874

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 folk­ster.com

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 Homestreet­home.ie

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 0406 facebook.com/pg/Jen­nyVan­der-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 4779 facebook.com/LucysLoung­eDublin

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 mealys.com

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 9428 facebook.com/miss­daisy­blue

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 pub­li­cro­mance.com

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 reillysan­tiques.ie 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 0759 facebook.com/Rhine­stonesJewe­llers-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 siopaella.com

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 spice-vin­tage-lim­er­ick.busi­ness.site/ in­sta­gram.com/spice_v­in­tage_lim­er­ick/?hl=en

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 the­store­yard.ie

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 tolav­in­tage.com

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?

The Store Yard



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