I have a few favourite destinations around Limerick and Ireland for all things thrifty and D.I.Y. which I have listed below. I’ll keep adding them as I find them and will only list places and events I have visited myself!
Adapt Charity Shop, Sarsfield Street, Limerick
Open Mon-Sat, 9:30-5pm, (061) 319 086
While I rate all my local charity shops fairly high, trekking through them all on a regular basis, the team at this charity shop have made an added effort to their shopping experience, with easy to browse merchandising and an eclectic lighting display. They know good design, which reflects in the stock, and regularly post updates on their social media so you don’t miss out on the good stuff.
The Antiques, Art and Vintage Fair, various locations.
Visit website for event timetables and entrance fees.
I made regular trips to this event at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dublin before pitching my own stall selling vintage fashion. This fair started out selling just antiques, so generally the vintage goods here are of a much higher quality (and price!) than the average thrifter might expect. Haggling is expected though so head there after 4pm and get ready to strike a deal or two!
Ballysimon Car Boot Sale, Ballysimon Roundabout, Limerick
Open Sundays 8am-2pm. €1 entrance fee, kids free.
Only five minutes drive from my house so I am a regular visitor. This market has a strong ‘one-off’ trader contingent which usually garners great vintage bric-a-brac finds. Outside you’ll find more vintage and second hand homewares and second hand tools and hardware, while inside is mostly clothing and toys. Get there early as I get my best finds before 10am.
Clondrinagh Indoor Market and Car Boot Sale, Ennis Road, Limerick
Open Sundays 9am-3pm. Free entrance.
Thankfully, most of this market is indoors and since a recent expansion, hosts a large number of permanent traders, some of who specialise in antique homewares. This market is also great for everyday items like toys, DVDs, clothing etc. but I did pick up my Mid Century fireside chair and atomic oval coffee table here for the princely combined sum of €50, so I regularly visit in the hope of finding similar vintage treasures.
Dublin Flea Market, Dublin Food Co-Op, Newmarket, Dublin
Open last Sunday of every month. Free entrance.
I started visiting this market when I lived locally in the grand old Dublin 8 and even then it had its energetic atmosphere and sense of congeniality. Years later I pitched a stall for their renowned Christmas Cracker market – it is possibly the closest you will get in Ireland to the original Marche aux Puces flea market in Paris. You’ll find vintage, thrift, handicrafts, art and more, all lovingly curated/made by the stall holders themselves.
Lucky Lane, Catherine Street, Limerick
Open Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm.
An eclectic cavern of second hand bric-a-brac, furniture, fashion, books and memorabilia, as well as locally made handicrafts and food. The space is old with high ceilings and stone walls, and reminds me of Camden Market’s stables in the old days, before corporate got their hands on it. As always these charming places are carried by the personable staff, so expect to finds lots of personality, as well as bargains, in this city centre space.
The Milk Market, Limerick City
Open Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 8am-3pm and Sunday 11am-3pm
This historical venue is home to many different shops and events, the most famous being the Saturday morning Farmers Market. But there are various thrift and vintage traders present sporadically on the Saturday morning.
Oxfam Home, Francis Street, Dublin 8
Open Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30, 01 412 0555
Right in the middle of Dublin’s Antiques Quarter, this dedicated interiors charity shop is also just doors from a former employer, so I spent many a happy lunch hour browsing its large range of furniture, kitchenware, bric-a-brac and art. Don’t expect to find anything of major resale value though-the multiple antiques dealers on the street will have got there before you.