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FLEA STYLE MAR­KET (091) 504871

Wel­come to Gal­way’s best kept se­cret! This in-door mar­ket is a thrifter’s dream with over 15 stalls for vin­tage cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories, an­tiques, books, records and even ve­gan food. It has be­come a must-at­tend event thanks to its bril­liantly cu­rated stalls and chilled out vibes, courtesy of the great mu­sic that plays as you browse. It also re­wards loyal cus­timers by giv­ing away “thrift money” to one spe­cial cus­tomer ev­ery month, in case you needed more en­cour­age­ment! Sinéad Sheri­dan hosts the mar­ket in as­so­ci­a­tion with Spid­dal’s Cot­ton Face Vin­tage shop – the event opens once a month for only a few hours. Keep up to date with their Facebook page to nd out when the next event will take place.

KATH­LEEN MCAULIFFE Green St, Din­gle, Kerry (066) 915 0644 kath­leen­m­cauliffe.com

Milliner Kath­leen McAuliffe opened her ac­ces­sories bou­tique in 2003 with her hus­band and fel­low milliner. Kath­leen McAuliffe makes all types of hats, from ca­sual con­tem­po­rary styles, to cou­ture oc­ca­sion pieces, and adorably fun de­signs for chil­dren. Though you can or­der on­line, it’s al­ways worth vis­it­ing this lovely Din­gle shop, as it also stocks jew­ellery, hand­bags and ac­ces­sories from won­der­ful Ir­ish de­sign­ers such as Chupi, Lisa Dora and Avoca.

West­bury Mall, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 671 0255 par­fumar­ija.com

Mace­do­nian-born Mar­ija As­limoskaid is a clas­si­cally trained per­fumer, who in her first few months of train­ing used mnemon­ics to help her re­call the hun­dreds of in­gre­di­ents used. In 2013 she set up Par­fumar­ija, which of­fers a space to in­dulge your sense of smell and dis­cover divine new pre­scrip­tions in per­fume. In this play­ground of scent, you will en­counter rare, imag­i­na­tive fra­grances cre­ated by some of the world’s top per­fumers pur­su­ing their un­cor­rupted vi­sion, free from the con­straints of the mass mar­keted mainstream. Par­fumar­ija in­vites you into the free-spir­ited and evoca­tive world of niche per­fume in an apothe­cary style store, with an exclusive range of men’s and women’s fra­grances.

10 Duke St, Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 671 8676 rarebooks.ie

You al­ways see peo­ple brows­ing the win­dow of Ulysses Rare Books, and no won­der – its se­lec­tion just begs to be pe­rused. Un­like many rare book shops which only stock one type of manuscript, this gor­geous shop houses a huge range of ti­tles, some feted for their rar­ity, oth­ers for their de­sign, with chil­dren’s books shar­ing shelf space with high lit­er­a­ture. Cross­ing the thresh­old, you know you’re in for a sen­su­ous treat, as you’re in­vited to feel the weight of the tomes, the tex­ture on the em­bossed cov­ers, and see dif­fer­ent type­faces danc­ing across yel­low­ing pages. Only a few books are be­hind glass, be­cause this fam­i­lyrun busi­ness is a place to buy mem­o­rable gifts for the book lovers in your life. The ser­vice is friendly but re­spect­ful, never in­ter­rupt­ing your read­ing and let­ting you lose your­self in the magic of a re­ally good book.

THE BEST OF BUDS

46 South Mall, Winthrop Ar­cade, Cork Tel: (021) 427 4783 thebestof­buds.ie

The Best Of Buds is the brain­child of Carole Hor­gan, who spent her child­hood pick­ing flow­ers and playing shop – much to the cha­grin of the neigh­bours whose gar­dens she raided! When she grew up, she be­came a high flying re­cruit­ment ex­ec­u­tive trav­el­ling all over the world – but when the re­ces­sion hit, she de­cided it was time to fol­low her dream. Train­ing with Jenny Packer in the UK, Hor­gan moved into a beau­ti­ful art deco premises in Winthorp Ar­cade, and be­gan be­witch­ing Cork city with her stun­ning floral cre­ations. The shop is a colour-filled, ar­chi­tec­tural de­light, and Hor­gan takes great care in cre­at­ing ex­pres­sive floral ar­range­ments for any oc­ca­sion.

THE OLD MILL STORES

Con­nonagh Vil­lage, Gortroe, Leap, Cork Tel: (01) 671 9266 the­old­mill­stores.ie

The Old Mill Stores in Gort­naroe is a thriv­ing in­de­pen­dent shop that oc­cu­pies one half of the build­ing – the other half is derelict, giv­ing the whole a mys­te­ri­ous qual­ity. Tom Keane and in­te­rior de­signer Claire Graham opened here nearly two decades ago and the store has since be­come a must-visit for lovers of home­ware and in­te­rior de­sign. The re­volv­ing stock sim­ply can’t be rep­re­sented on­line: you have to visit. En­ter through the orig­i­nal gro­cers, pro­ceed via the checker­board tiled kitchen, and you’ll find a room that was once a for­mal par­lour, dis­cov­er­ing cov­etable items with ev­ery step. From whim­si­cal wall art like bronze rhino heads, to light fit­tings that look like floral clouds, there’s a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion.

TINAHELY FARM SHOP Cool­russ, Tinahely, Co. Wick­low Tel: (087) 816 8457 tina­he­ly­farm.ie

At Tinahely Farm Shop, chil­dren can im­merse them­selves in the Ac­tiv­ity Barn, which has ping pong, table foot­ball and a large in­door beach. But the real at­trac­tion is the on-site tea­rooms and gift shop, where you can buy gifts and ar­ti­san foods – per­haps to take on a pic­nic to the nearby Tom­nafinnoge Wood! Tinahely Farm Shop hand­picks ev­ery item in its store, in­clud­ing Field Day’s beau­ti­ful be­spoke scented can­dles, Mella’s Ir­ish but­ter fudge from Clon­akilty, and quirky home­ware from Flamingo Bay de­signs. Their aim is to present cus­tomers with a se­lec­tion of new Ir­ish tastes, flavours and styles, so pay a visit and in­dulge your­self - or find the per­fect gift for some­one spe­cial.

The Old Mill Stores Cork

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