Thrift Alert: Dublin’s best charity shops

There’s nothing better than getting your fashion fix while also doing a good deed. For years I’ve shopped in charity shops and am still amazed by the bargains. We’re talking brand new items with tags on, designer and leather handbags and beautiful vintage clothing.

Enable Ireland

This is one of my favourite charity shops with branches in Phibsborough, George’s Street, Capel Street, Camden Street, Finglas and Thomas Street. Enable Ireland have a good selection of items from workwear to children’s clothes and shoes. 100% of their profits go to funding disability services.

My best recent bargain from there has to be these black patent loafers which were brand new with a €70 sticker but sold for just €20. For more of my Enable Ireland bargains, check out my Charity Shopping Haul post.

I also found this lovely brand new Missguided playsuit in Enable Ireland’s Phibsborough branch. I got so many compliments when I wore this and it was only €4!

Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society shops tend to be quite small but I always enjoy browsing around. I’ve found some good stuff in their Rathmines, Phibsborough and Capel Street shops. The Rathmines one is the most attractive and in general Rathmines charity shops tend to be of a very high calibre!

Oxfam (George’s St)

Oxfam have several stores around Dublin but their George’s Street store is the jewel in the crown. They have both ladieswear and menswear, vintage and a dedicated bridal section with many brand new and designer wedding dresses from sizes 6-22. Brides on a budget, look no further! Oxfam’s profits go to alleviating poverty in third world countries.

I bought these black leather shorts for about €4 in their Stephen’s Green store.

Another gorgeous bargain was this Versace-esque silky bomber.

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Scarf print bomber jacket, Oxfam.

St. Vincent de Paul

SVP are dedicated to helping those living in dire poverty in Ireland and assist thousands each year. Their George’s Street store is a must visit for any thrift shop maven. I’ve seen Versace and Moschino items here and they even have their their own vintage line.

I bought this oversized denim jacket and this cropped red shirt in their Phibsborough branch. (These are both Penneys items but I was on a strict budget at the time!) The jacket was brand new with tags, €8 and the shirt was about €4.

 

Respect (Stoneybatter)

And now for one slightly off the beaten track, the Respect shop in Stoneybatter is one of the most amazing charity shops I’ve ever been in. It looks quite unassuming but is one of the best for a genuine bargain. Among the items I’ve bought there include a black leather DKNY backpack for €6, a €2 Longchamps bag and a red leather American Apparel skirt for €10. I’ve also picked up some great vintage belts here. Respect support people with intellectual disabilities so it’s a really worthy cause.

Macro Shop, Macro Community Centre (North King’s Street)

I love shopping here as the Macro centre gives back to the local community. It also pays to shop here in winter, I recently found real Levi’s cut-offs and a red suede effect H&M skirt for €2 each! Their community centre provides services such as free legal aid, citizen’s information and advocacy to the local residents.

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I later found this skirt for €2!

There are other second hand shops around such as the Second Abbey on Abbey Street which has an incredible selection of clothes, homewares and bric a brac. In some senses, it’s more of a museum!

In general, I prefer to shop in a registered charity shop where possible. That way, you can be sure your purchases or donations always go to a genuine charity. If you want to detox your wardrobe, these shops always welcome donations of clean clothing and shoes.

Do you shop in charity shops? Leave me a comment and let me know if I’ve missed any good ones. Hope you all had a good new year and enjoyed this post.

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Edel

 

 

Parklife- Casual outfit in Phoenix Park

Last week I had a few days off so it was the perfect time to chill out and soak up the sunshine.

This outfit post is from one evening I was enjoying a stroll in Phoenix Park. As you probably all saw in the last post, I love round sunglasses.

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I’m also wearing a gorgeous cream beaded jacket which I bought in Stradivarius.

It’s embellished with loads of beads and tiny mirror details and normally I only wear it out but I thought I’d wear it with a casual outfit for a change.

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I love pastels so I teamed this pale pink round neck t-shirt from Penneys with my lilac Romwe rucksack. The round-neck style is really 90’s!

This t-shirt is not quite full length, it’s slightly cropped. American Eagle ripped jeans completed the look!

I actually have these jeans for years and just added more rips myself. If you’d like to try DIY ripped jeans, click here for my tutorial.

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 This outfit has a lot of elements, tribal, pastels, embellishment and colours.

However, I think it worked for the sunny day, the gold beads on the jacket compliment the gold on the t-shirt perfectly! With an outfit like this, I didn’t need any additional accessories.

When I looked back at our photos, I noticed a “face” in the clouds in the background of one! Do you see the face?!

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Hope you liked this outfit post, I love showcasing my own personal style and hopefully will have more of these to come.

PS I couldn’t resist a picture of my bargain of the week, a leather DKNY rucksack I bought at charity shop for €4! It’s been getting some love over on Instagram! Coming soon to an outfit post near you 😉

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Edel