BY CLAIRE ADAMS, STUDY ABROAD STUDENT FROM BARNARD COLLEGE, MICHAELMAS TERM 2019
I love thrifting. Retail shopping just doesn’t provide the same thrill of finding the perfect, yet inexpensive, top after scouring through racks of clothes. At thrift shops, or charity shops as they are called in Ireland, you never know what you are going to find, which makes it so much for exciting. Plus, buying second-hand items is good for the environment, and most charity shops support community initiatives as well. Needless to say, I was overjoyed when I stop in my first charity shop in Dublin. The people were friendly, the prices were unbeatable, and, most importantly, thrifting helped me feel at home in Dublin.
This list contains my favorite Dublin charity shops that have great deals, but I encourage you to type “charity shops” into Google maps wherever you are and just go exploring. (One of the best parts of the Dublin charity shops is that they tend to be clustered together so when you find one, there is usually more nearby!) But remember, most charity shops in Dublin are closed on Sundays so plan accordingly!
This charity shop is a great place to find inexpensive holiday attire, especially for Halloween and Christmas. It is a rather small shop with clothes in the front and random accessories and holiday gear towards the back. The clothes tend to be in the 3€ to 5€ range, and they do not have a section for 1€ items like many other shops do. Nevertheless, this is the best stop for all your festive needs.
This charity shop is a great place to pick up a mismatched set of dishes as they have a bookcase of them in the front. They also have a rack in the back with items for 1€, which often has a lot of men’s dress shirts from places like Dunnes, so if that’s what you are looking for, this shop is perfect for you. Otherwise, this shop has mostly clothes from places such as Dunnes and Primark at slightly higher prices than elsewhere. The racks are usually jam-packed though so if you look through everything, you can find some good deals! *There is also another Enable Ireland Charity Shop next to the Casa charity shop that is similar to the one described below.
This charity shop has the most eclectic collection of items out of all the charity shops on this list. It has everything from old records to nice jewelry to a 1€ rack in the back to several bookcases full of books. Because there is such a wide range of items, you never know what you will find. There is also sometimes a small selection of kitchenware, such as plates and cooking utensils, but they do seem to sell out pretty fast. The quirkiest part of this shop, however, is the tattoo parlor in the back!
Many international students, like myself, end up living in Binary Hub. Binary Hub is about a 30-minute walk from Trinity’s campus straight (well as straight as Dublin streets go) along Dame St., which eventually turns into Thomas St. Luckily, there are some good charity shops to check out as you walk.
This charity shop is the closest one to Binary Hub (meaning it is also the furthest from Trinity), but it is worth the walk. There is usually a basket of books out front for 0.50€. They also have a rack of mostly tops, dresses, and light jackets for 2€ right inside the door. While this shop doesn’t have a 1€ section, it does boast a cheap selection of jackets for both men and women. I found one jacket for 6€ from H&M. It was perfect for the cold weather at the beginning of November that I was not expecting.
This charity shop is on the opposite side of the street, only a block and a half away from Dublin Simon Community Thomas Street Charity Shop in the direction of Trinity. This shop is a bit pricier than the others and the quality tends to be better because of it. This shop has mostly clothes and shoes. It does carry jackets for about 20€ each, and they tend to be nicer (so possibly warmer) than the ones you would find elsewhere. This shop also has a good selection of books as well. All round, it is worth the visit since it is close to the other shops in this part of the list, but be prepared to pay a little more on most items.
This charity shop is only one storefront down, towards Trinity, from Enable Ireland Charity Shop. It is one of my favorites as it has several racks of clothes for 1€ in the back section all the time! Most other items in the shop are between 3€ and 5€. This shop mostly has clothing (shirts, pants, skirts, dresses etc). It doesn’t, however, have many coats. It has a small section of bags and jewelry at the front. It also has a section of ball gowns and blazers in the back so as long as you aren’t looking for something high-end, this shop is a good place to pick up an outfit for your society’s formal!