Dublin charity shop tour – part 2

Back in October, Emily of From China Village shared one of my favourite and well worn charity shop routes in the Dublin city centre over on her blog. Since that was way back in October, I thought it was high time I share another one of my favourite routes, but this time on the south side. 

I start by taking any of the buses that go down George’s / Camden Street, and get out at the stop just after Age Action nearish to The Bleeding Horse. Then I get down to business. Starting at Dublin’s Simon Community, I work my way north back towards the city centre …

1Dublin’s Simon Community – a great place to check out for clothes. You won’t find much brick-a-brack here, but the abundance of clothes {both adult and kids} more than makes up for it. 
2. Age Action – if you’re on the lookout for furniture, you have got to check out Age Action. They have serious retro pieces in the windows and throughout the shop. I’ve found many amazing pieces in this place – my vintage vases, the lamp I revamped and my coral to name a few. They also have a serious vintage clothing selection.
3. Enable Ireland – a good selection of everything but they always seem to strike gold when it comes to bed linens. Don’t be afraid to buy second hand linen – you’ve slept in a hotel before, right? Well I’m afraid it’s the same thing. Just wash them before you use them. 
4. Irish Cancer Society – this place is perfect for nick-knacks. However, this charity shop can be overpriced. For example, there was a lovely teapot on display but it was marked €45. It wasn’t a fancy label, so I inquired about the price and the manager wouldn’t budge. I’ve found other items overpriced, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still find amazing bargains. I’ve gotten beautiful vases for my mom in here.
5. Debra – a serious gold mine. Not only are the staff incredibly friendly and helpful {they remembered me from years ago buying teapots and cups for our wedding! I didn’t even remember that}, but there are real gems and jewels in here. For instance, I picked up my bar cart here. Winning. 

After Debra charity shop it’s a 10 or 15 minute walk to Vincent’s on Aungier Street so sometimes I hop on the next bus because if I’m not cycling, I use my unlimited bus ticket and I usually milk it for all it’s worth. Otherwise it’s not too long of a walk to the next shop … 

6. Vincent’s – this is a real gem when it comes to odds and ends. It’s a small shop, but what it lacks in size, it makes up in volume of interesting and unusual pieces. Vases, paintings and collectors items fill this place to the top as well as clothes. 
7. All Sorts – I’ve heard this place being referred to as the TK Maxx of charity shops. It has a good mix of odds-and-ends and a good clothes selection. I find it very good for accessories as I’ve picked up a couple of belts and bangles in here now and again. 
If you wanted, again, you can take the bus a couple stops to George’s Street as there’s a bit of a walk between these shops. But it’s not too far. You can do it. 
8. Enable Ireland – all Enable Ireland’s have a really good mix of everything. This one in particular has very posh clothes. Again, as with the Enable Ireland on Camden Street, make sure you check out their window display and take note of when it goes on sale as there are some serious gems in there. 
9. Vincent’s – the newest charity shop on George’s Street and already I’ve scored some hits there. Lots of really swish clothes downstairs, and if collectibles and records are your thing, then head upstairs. 
10. Oxfam – this Oxfam is quite fancy and always has a really good selection of next-to-new clothes, books, handbags and accessories. Especially check out their vintage scarf selection if that’s your kind of thing.

And if that route doesn’t satisfy your charity shop craving in the Dublin city centre, than I srsly don’t know what will.

This is my favourite route because with a whopping 10 shops, you’re guaranteed to find something that makes you scream inside. If you’d like to check out my original charity shop route for the north side, click on over here to my post on Emily’s post!

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  1. January 15, 2014 / 12:39

    Can we go on a charity shop rally together one day? I think it might be fun. Wait. I KNOW it will be fun.

    ! Let's do it.

  2. January 15, 2014 / 18:57

    Wait for me!!!! I want to come too!! Honestly want to go to all of them! Let's pick a day. And we can stop for treats and things along the way too!!

  3. January 19, 2014 / 15:22

    YES! Let's do this. We must organize a charity shop sesh, including excellent noms. Cannot wait.

    xx A

  4. Anonymous
    March 10, 2014 / 14:53

    Hi.. lm coming over for a holiday in September from Australia and would love to go to all the places you are talking about. sounds wonderful. Michele

    • March 11, 2014 / 12:41

      Oh you must Michele! This is my favourite charity shop route and is well worn at this stage. Some serious Irish gems to be found 🙂

  5. June 15, 2014 / 22:21

    Hi guys I'm looking to find something vintage that I could wear to a downtown abbey themed charity night… Any ideas??

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