The shopping landscape in Ireland has changed. Recession-friendly shops have sprung up all over the country in recent times, be it a swop shop where you can clothes swop, a designer consignment store where you can buy or sell nearly-new designer clothes or dress hire shops, where you can hire a dress for a black tie event, wedding or a special occasion.
What to do with those designer pieces in your wardrobe that you no longer have a use for? There are ways to make your money back through designer consignment shops, who will sell your clothes for you, taking a cut for themselves. Even if you’ve nothing to sell, they are great places to shop for high-end designer pieces at a fraction of their original price.
For swop shops, your clothes don’t have to be designer, but certainly should be in good shape or only worn once. Swopshop in Dublin’s Temple Bar is making waves in this area and post their newest items to their Facebook page, encouraging users to “pimp their wardrobe”.
Save your used clothes for charity shops.
Here’s a list of shops in Ireland and online where you can sell your clothes or swap them for new items:
Online consignments stores
Preloved designer handbags, dresses, shoes and coats from Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Tod’s and Manola Blahnik.
Netrouge stock Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Louboutin, Paule Ka, Burberry, Vintage, Marchesa, Gucci, Christian Dior, Oscar de la renta, Jenny Packham, & delivers nationwide & worldwide.
4 Cook Street, 1st Floor, Cork.
Specialising in new and nearly new designer labels with labels including Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo, Versus by Versace, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana; Naphisa are on Facebook, online at http://www.thefashionshed.com/
Next To New Fashions
Southside Shopping Centre, Togher, Cork
021 496 6490
The Pre-loved Boutique
8 Maylor Street, Cork
021 427 9282
Dublin and County Dublin
Cari’s Closet Dress Hire
www.cariscloset.ie 11 New Street, Malahide, Co Dublin. Tel 01 8457593
Dress rentals range from €30 to €250 for a three day rental. Cari’s Closet offers a temporary alterations service which means you get the perfect fit. Dry cleaning is included in the price of all dress rentals and we can also provide a courier service all over Ireland so you get the dress you want delivered straight to your door. Brands offered to customers on hire include Herve Leger, Alexander Mc Queen, Roland Mouret, Badgley Mischka, DVF, Sass and Bide, Jovani, Sherri Hill, Michael Kors, Louise Kennedy and Monique L’Hullier.
Upstairs, 24 Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin
01 288 4872
Covet (designer dress hire)
Top Floor, Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin 2
Vintage and designer dress hire.
Couture For Hire (designer dress hire)
14 Duke Street
Designer dress hire from Roberto Cavalli, Marchesa, Jovani, Terani Couture, Victoria Beckham Inspired and Badgley Mischka and a selection of hats for hire. They are having a big sale on Saturday 18th May from 10am to 6pm with Terry de Havilland shoes reduced from 549 to 199.
Designer Clothing Exchange
2 Trimbleston Ave
Booterstown, Co Dublin
01 260 6070
Frock n Fabulous (dress hire and rent a hat)
no.4, 57 Main Street Dundrum, Dublin 14
This online designer dress and hat rental company, have a showroom in Dundrum, Dublin. You can hire a hat from leading Irish milliners Aisling Ahern, Edel Staunton, Fiona Mangan, Edel Ramberg and Sarah McGahon or hire a dress by Rachel Gilbert, Jennifer Rothwell, Niamh O’Neill and Roberto Cavalli.
New To You
3 Convent Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin
01 285 1980
10A Grattan Crescent, Dublin 8
01 454 4889
These guys take in old or dull furniture and give it new life from comic books to family photos to old newspapers. Preloved style also customises furniture.
Rare Clothing Company
53 Dawson St, Dublin 2.
Rare stock stock top brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Michael Kors, DKNY, Rock & Republic, J Brand, COS and French Connection. All items are professionally dry cleaned before they reach the shop floor and we have new stock coming in daily. Rare trade in items and offer 3 options:
1- Credit for their store, choose from a wide range of stock all 50-80% off RRP. If you wish to take a credit note there is no expiry date.
2-Cash, we pay you up front for your items so no waiting until they sell.
3-Rare Anywhere Credit, this is something than no other retailer is doing. This credit allows you to purchase an item(s) from any other store. For example, you have €50 off this credit and you want a bag in Brown Thomas for €250. We then go and get your bag for you and you can collect it in our store and pay the balance to us. We are your very own personal shopper.
Royal Hibernian Way, Dublin 2
01 672 5870 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruby Ruby is a designer consignment store which sells on products for others at a cut. “Spring clean your way to cash” is their strap line – five simple words which hooked me in immediately. My sisters paid a visit, one buying an amazing Chloe black blazer and the other a mink coat!
Siopaella (swap boutique in Dublin)
9 crow street, temple bar, dublin 2, ireland
Tel 086 840 7825
Run by Ella de Guzman, Siopaella specialises in the buying, selling, swapping and consigning of designer men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, handbags and shoes. They are unique in Dublin in that we are the only place that has the three options available (to buy, swap or consign both men’s and women’s wear). Florence Welsh bought a dress here on her last trip to Dublin!
22 Seafort Avenue,
Tel. 01 269 1110
This is the best-kept secret in Dublin with Sandymount’s well-heeled popping in to buy second-hand goods such as Prada and Gucci.
Crow Street Bazaar, 7 Crow Street, Dublin 2 (just off Dame Street, behind the Foggy Dew)
Tel 01 657 87 02
They say that any reasonably fashionable and wearable item of clothing can be swopped, providing it is in immaculate condition. Swopshop also accepts certain jewellery, belts, hats etc. Unfortunately they cannot accept: worn footwear, lingerie, or piercing jewellery. Like for like swops cost €5 – €10 with “upgrade” swops costing €30.
Stock Xchange Designer Swop Shop
21 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
01 202 0720
Wear It Again Pre Loved Clothes
Baggott Street, Dublin 2 (Opposite Tesco)
The Designer Circle,
Bridle House Farm, Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath, Co. Meath
Elizabeth Nazum offers a wide range of new and nearly new ladies designer clothes, shoes and bags at a fraction of their original cost.
Rathnally, Trim, Co. Meath
046 943 72 47
Ennis, Co. Clare
Situated above the Vodaphone shop in Ennis, Encore sells amazing ‘preloved’ clothes and handbags. It looks like a boutique when you walk in and is a real treasure.
Designer Swop Shop
The Bridge Mills, Galway
091 562 882
Attic Swap Shop
Derron House, Dublin Road, Maynooth, Co Kildare
01 601 6725
Celbridge, Co Kildare
Tel: 01 654 4358.5
Dublin Road, Naas, Co Kildare
045 875 383
1st Floor, 9 Dublin Road, Bray
01 286 9916
Deja Vu in Waterford sells on all accessories for clients. You decide the price and when it sells you receive 70% of the sale price! Currently they have Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Burberry and much more in stock. Facebook (DejaVuWaterford) or call 0863347650 for more info.
The Style Exchange
Based in Waterford/South Kilkenny – also offers a swapping service. Credits are awarded for clothes submitted and these credits can be spent on items in stock….if you use your credits wisely, you can update your wardrobe for as little as the €5 flat swapping fee. The Style Exchange operates an appointment system so as to be totally discreet. A sample of items can be viewed on Facebook through ‘The Style Exchange’ page. Tel 087 6165440 for more detail.
41 William Street Upper, Limerick
061 317 471
The Ivory Closet
18 Shannon Street
Stocking great designers such as Rachel Gilbert and Catherine Malandrino, since opening in August 2010, they have received an amazing following nationwide and furthermore from celebrities around the globe. Vogue Williams,Pippa O’Connor and Rozanna Purcell to name but a few. The Ivory Closet have also been featured throughout many television programmes such as Come Dine With Me Ireland, ICA Bootcamp, The Saturday Night Show, The Late Late Show and Love/Hate.
James Street, Westport
Deja Vu is a sister business of Netrouge.com. Deja stock highend Designers, Vintage Gowns, Wedding Dresses, Day & Evening Dresses & Jewellery as well as a large selection of designer bags. Deja Vu also do a rental section for vintage and designer dresses.
Pre-loved Designer Kids’ Clothes
It’s Nearly New – Pre-Loved Baby Gear
Dublin’s First Baby and Kids Consignment Shop.
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Twice Smitten offers stunning boys’ and girls’ couture, for 0 to 12 year olds, from designers & high street stores such as Chloe, Bonpoint, Catimini, Ralph Lauren, Timberland, Boss, Gap and more – from at least 70% less than retail prices. Twice Smitten’s next sales event will take place on Saturday, May 18th, from 10.30am to 3.30pm at St. Paul’s Parish Centre, Silchester Road, Glenageary, Co. Dublin. 10% of the days profits will be donated to Oxfam. The event will feature over 1,200 flawless pre-loved clothing & never worn before items.
If you know of any others, please share them with our readers by adding them to the list via the comments below. Thanks!
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