Vintage Shopping Tips

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As a vintage shop enthusiast, I am both happy and a little sad about the vintage kilo sales that have now become common place in Dublin city. Started by the ladies at Folkster a few years back, Tola Vintage and the likes have now jumped on the bandwagon – and why wouldn’t they? – and seem to be having monthly kilo sales around the cpuntry. My happiness stems from the fact that I can go into a warehouse full of vintage – OK, its not 1920’s beaded couture that is going to be passed down as an heirloom – and poke around for hours on end, coming out with three dresses, two tops and some sort of mohair ensemble for the grand total of forty quid. Deadly. The sad part is that the way we look at vintage has changed and these kilo sales have had an impact on some of the beautiful vintage stores in the city who charge full price for all their pieces. Prices that millennials are not willing to pay as they have had cheap, easy access to ‘vintage’ clothes since they started shopping. Urban Outfitters has feed this attitude also, vintage has become ‘fast fashion’. UO sell ‘vintage’ army jackets and sequins tops, old Levis, and wax jackets. To those vintage collectors who are looking for the perfect 1020’s flapper dress with exquisite beading and a brilliant history, this is not vintage. It’s street style at best, with old clothes rather than vintage clothes. But is that being pedantic? Isn’t old vintage? With the exception of old high street – if I go to one more flea market where someone is selling an old Penneys dress as vintage I am going to scream. That is most certainly NOT vintage. I guess it is open to interpretation and I don’t think anyone who is into this fashion is going to complain about getting a few bargains for twenty quid a kilo!

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So here are our WEARIT/dublin top five tips for when you are heading to your next vintage kilo sale:

  • Bring an IKEA bag to carry all your stuff – they sometimes have them there, but they go fast
  • If its pack and there are elbows at dawn, grab what you can, pile it into the IKEA bag and then find a spot to try on and edit
  • Look out for snags and damage – this stuff is going through the wars at a kilo sale
  • Watch what is on the floor – it might sound a bit gross but when people are doing point two, and editing the load they have picked up, they tend to throw what they don’t want on the floor
  • Don’t panic – there is no need to head to these events at 9am. They replenish all day so you can pick up some great items throughout the day
  • Have fun – you can pick up some really wild pieces at these sales so go for it and have fun!

Happy shopping!

 

Top 5 Vintage Shops in Dublin

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We all know the vintage craze has been around for as long as, as, slice bread? Well, maybe not. Unless people in 1928 – yes, I Googled ‘when was slice bread invented’ – wore clothes from the 1880’s and called them ‘vintage’. Anyway, you get the drift, vintage is cool.has been a trend for some time.etc. etc.

But lately, in Dublin, vintage kilo sale events have started popping up all over the place. The lovely folk at Folkster, started the ball rolling and have hosted several, excellently organised, kilo sales in Dublin and their native Kilkenny. I have been to the events in both cities, and have always purchased great finds. And at €20 a kilo – that’s 3 to 4 items of clothing, depending on weight – it is worth the queuing and general rummaging around in the crowded warehouse.

Now, others are cottoning on to the trend and this Saturday, Tola Vintage – a great store in Temple Bar – are hosting a kilo sale in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane. On April 26th, Hunt & Gather will join forces with Dublin Vintage Factory and host their own sale in Hangar, Temple Bar. Great venue name, by the way!

This surge of vintage kilo sale action prompted me to name some of my favourite vintage stores in the capital. We all love them, and don’t want to see all this kilo madness take away from some great stores, with owners who have a passion for old, beautifully made pieces. In fairness, you won’t find many exquisite and unique pieces of vintage that are available in these five stores at a kilo sale, with hundreds of rails, and even more people.

Here’s my pick – in no particular order:

Om Diva

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LOVE IT. This store is great for many reasons. Firstly, if you are looking for something colourful, fun and unique for your Saturday night on the tiles, this is the place to go. I love the array of patterns, eras and rainbow colours on sale downstairs, just like the staff, the clothes scream FUN, FUN, FUN! In December, I picked up five dresses from the Om Diva ladies at the Smithfield Christmas Market, all of which I adore and constantly complimented on. On the ground floor they have a fantastic selection of costume jewellery, and of course upstairs they stock some of Ireland’s newest, home grown designers. Bravo ladies.

27 Drury St, D2

Jenny Vander

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Right across the street from Om Diva, is the vintage mecca that is, Jenny Vander. This store is like travelling back in time, or visiting you fabulously eccentric and fashionable granny’s attic. This treasure trove stocks exquisite jewellery and flamboyant headgear, that all look as if there is a deep story behind them. These are no ‘kilo sale’ clothes. These are the real deal. 1920’s cocktail dresses, feathered hats, bridal, quality pieces at the higher price bracket – and deservidly so. Check it out, its worth a look even if you are not a vintage wearer.

50 Drury St. D2

Tola Vintage

tola vintage 2 On the other end of the spectrum, Tola Vintage is all about the ‘trendy’ vintage pieces that everyone is wearing right now. High-waisted ‘mom’ Levi jeans, shell tracksuit tops, 80’s shirts, you get the picture. Its the cool kids vintage du jour. The store is great, and if you like the more contemporary vintage streetstyle trends, this is the place to go in Dublin town. And, as mentioned, they are hosting a kilo sale this weekend.

10 Fownes St, Temple Bar

Folkster 

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As mentioned, these folk started the kilo sale trend, but their Temple Bar store is much more than vintage. It is one of the nicest shops to go into in Dublin right now, they have a mix of fantastic, on trend vintage finds, along with great LA and European labels that are not stocked anywhere else in Ireland. The wall of bling would make any magpie get tiny little goosebumps, and to a newly engaged lady like myself, their bridal range is unique, with a vintage theme, allowing you to be the kind of bride you would like rather than what your mother might like. They also have a homewear section, prepare to drool.

9 Eustace St, Temple Bar

The Harlequin

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Ah, The Harlequin. I could lose hours in this vintage closet – and I have. This is just a straight up, no fuss, deadly vintage shop. You want a tweed jacket, you want a pair of show stopping cowboy boots, you want a dicky bow or a turban? Go here. You will find every vintage inspired outfit you’ve ever wanted, and ones you didn’t know you wanted. It reminds me of all the best vintage shops in London and NYC, that have been around forever, know what people like, and don’t overcharge them for it. Simples.

12 Castle Market, D2

I could go on, five doesn’t sound like a lot. Wait for Part 2, ‘The Next Top 5 Vintage Shops in Dublin’.

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