Dublin is a city full of vintage: beautiful Georgian buildings with colored doors, Victorian pubs full of history like the Palace Bar or The Long Hall, famous writers, old lighthouses on the cliffs. You can breathe vintage everywhere in Dublin, and the city is full of vintage and antiques shops, local vintage and handmade markets to check out if you are around.
First of all there is a regular Flea Market in Dublin that takes place on the last Sunday of every month in The Co-op on Newmarket square but I couldn’t visit it as it didn’t fit my dates. I spoke with some local vintage lovers who told me that it is easy to find cool bargains there and that it is worth a visit. If you love vintage also check the Pure Vintage Fair to know their dates because I’ve been told great things about this event. Don’t forget also to check Smithfield Market Fair with regular events in Dublin: I had the chance to visit their Valentines’ Market Fair and I loved it! It was well packed but the stalls (mostly vintage and handmade) were lovely and I couldn’t resist buying a few items.
When in Smithfield Square don’t forget to head to Dublin Vintage Factory, one of the most famous vintage shops in Dublin. It is quite small but I am sure that you will find your bargain like I did: a black velvet playsuit for ten euros during their vintage kilo sale.
Speaking of great vintage shops one of my favorites was Harlequin in Castle Market: two floors of great vintage clothing and accessories full of bargains! This is exactly the kind of shop that I love: full of things everywhere and with this sweet atmosphere that only true vintage shops can have…definitely a must visit (consider spending some time in there!).
A few steps away, in Drury Street, you can find Om Diva, a lovely colorful shop with vintage clothing mixed with designer, accessories and quirky jewellery. I had the chance to get their 10 euro-dress-offer and I got a lovely vintage dotted dress (but I would have bought at least 5 if only they fitted!!).
Other interesting addresses: Tola Vintage in Upper Fownes, one of the most interesting areas in Dublin (don’t forget to check online their kilo sales, maybe you get the chance to find them when you are there – I didn’t unfortunately!); Nine Crows in Lower Ormond Quay one of the quirkiest vintage spaces around!
If you are in Dublin during the weekend, head to a small pop-up store called A store is born, opening only on Saturdays, that is worth a visit for its wonderful selection of night velvet or sequined gowns and silk kimonos.
Other shops that I couldn’t visit but strongly recommended from local vintage lovers: Lucy’s Lounge, Jenny Vander (I saw the window in Drury Street and it looked amazing!), Tahiti Vintage and The Third Policeman.
A few last tips: if you love retro inspired pieces for modern pinups just have a look at Retroshop Dublin in George’s Street Arcade; thrift lovers, you can’t miss Siopaella in Crow Street and Temple Lane…the best designer at fair prices! For charity shop lovers, you will always find a bargain at Oxfam in Lower George Street (or Oxfam Books in Parliament Street).