Buying secondhand is the most ethical way to shop. Discover stunning one-off pieces at brilliant prices from these small Irish businesses
Shopping sustainably is becoming more and more popular, and thankfully, there are lots of stylish Irish women out there who can show us how it’s done! If you’re concerned about the ethics of buying from fast fashion brands, the easiest way to do your part is to avoid buying new where possible. These small retailers have a great eye for quality pieces, and also demonstrate creative ways to style these finds on their Instagram accounts. Shopping for vintage, pre-loved secondhand clothes has never been easier.
Expect bold colours, vibrant patterns and an unabashed adoration for pre-loved fashion. These hand-picked pieces are sold on a first come first served basis via Instagram DM, so you need to be quick. Turn on notifications for this account, as when a new outfit appears on the site it is usually snapped up immediately. Once that happens you will see *SOLD* at the start of the caption. Yaaass Vintage accepts Paypal and Revolut.
Laura Egan founded Minti this year, offering vintage, high street and designer clothes from charity shops, car boot sales and thrift markets. She also hosts upcycling and sewing workshops and offers an alteration service. Stock drops are on Wednesdays and Sundays at 6pm, so set notifications so you don’t miss out. Follow on Instagram or visit minti.ie to buy.
Charlotte McCurry co-founded Belfast’s largest vintage store (Octopus’s Garden) in 2012, before launching Strawberry Fields Vintage in 2013, selling on eBay, Depop and Etsy. Now selling on Instagram, check out the @strawberryfields.vintage Instastory at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Any items that are still available are in the highlights section.
This designer consignment store in Ranelagh, Dublin is run by Armelle Mitchell offers. Carefully edited, you can find great quality secondhand pieces from brands like Golden Goose, Victoria Beckham and Roksanda. Keep an eye on the @no38dunville Instagram account when planning your visit for a glimpse at what you might find.
View this post on Instagram
Karma’s a biooooootch. Just wanted a nice anni dinner away pic in me floaty frock. Eyes closed 😑 Boom. 👋 @brianodriscoll Was going to wear my wedding dress* to mark it but I dunno I just felt it was a lot to go from constant athleisure wear to boom wedding dress ya know? Recycled this little lilac Zadig and Voltaire dress instead from my local @no38dunville Ranelagh that’s a treasure trove of pre-loved clothes. *was never going with the wedding guna TBH. Just felt a tiiiiiiiny but formal.
This lovely shop in Waterford never disappoints, with lots of elegant vintage dresses, pre-loved denim and retro athleisure styles. There are so many different styles available, all at brilliant prices. You can also shop via Depop @thevintagefactorywaterford, which is focused on unisex guys and girls’ vintage pieces, with €5 flatrate postage in Ireland.