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Once the preserve of locals in the know, here are the best secret shopping spots to shout about

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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.

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