Despite fashion behemoths like Penneys continuing to go from strength to strength and supermarkets like Lidl and Tesco pushing clothing lines, it appears vintage stores are still enjoying a moment in Dublin.
Maybe they're more accessible, perhaps its the Macklemore effect or maybe there's a longing for clothes with longevity.
We're used to hearing patronising stories about capricious millennials (ugh, that word!) and their flights of fancy, but in Dublin there's still a hunger for vintage prints and colourful second-hand jewellery.
Finding something different has never been easier and with festival season around the corner, a charity shop can help you put together a statement look while donating to a good cause.
We're taking a look at the city's top thrifty spots:
With Love is a stunning charity shop in Clontarf, covered in flowers and with picnic seats outside. It does what it says on the tin; you can feel the love in this store. There's the typical pretty heels and bags but you're bound to l pick up a candle or ornament for your mum on the way out. The high quality items look like they could be straight out of M&S.
Address: To Children With Love Limited, Seaview House, 192 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
St Vincent’s Charity Shop
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You must be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of St Vincent’s Charity shop or The Vinny’s if you grew up on the Northside. The store on George’s Street takes second hand shopping to a new level. It's full of vintage jumpers, shirts and dresses. It is organised and easy to find what you’re looking for and is one of the largest charity shops in Dublin.
Address: Vincent's George's Street, Unit 11, 73 - 83 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2.
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There are some great finds here. Expect quirky finds such as odd briefcases and 60’s style shoes. It also boasts a diverse range of popular brands and bridesmaid dresses. This is a store that has it all. From the unusual to the perfect outfit for your friend’s birthday party. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages where they often advertise pop up sales.
Address: Unit 2, Wicklow House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.
Irish Cancer Society Charity
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There's more of a vintage feel off this shop in Phibsboro. Think china from your grandmother's kitchen cabinet. Don't be afraid to dig around because you can find some real hidden gems. The staff's charm and helpfulness is famous and they're highly involved in the community. Your're guaranteed to walk out with a smile on your face, if not a full bag.
Address: 348 N Circular Rd, Phibsborough, Dublin 7.
This shop is perfect for going with your partner or a family member as they have a range for men and women of all ages. It's a bit of a 'go to' shop where you can get all your basic bits. Even though it may not have a lot of unique clothing or high street brands, it has all the essentials needed for your wardrobe.
Address: 25 Capel St, North City, Dublin, 1.
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You'll find amazing vintage coats in this Camden Street store which has recently benefited from a bit of an overhaul. There are also plenty of blazers and occasion dresses to be found here deep within the piles.
Address: 57 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin's, Dublin, 1.