Vintage Irene: Dubliners are having an extended vintage moment and the enduring love is evident from the number and variety of traders on the scene. Whether you’re a purist vintage collector or Nineties loving student, there is an array of quirky, fun and original stores in which to spend your time and money whilst in Dublin’s city centre… how much of each is up to you.

The Temple Bar Set (so much more than hen dos and stag parties)
Temple Bar staple Lucy’s Lounge is a hoarder’s sitting room meets retro jumble sale – it is all that some people love and everything some people hate about vintage shopping. From My Little Pony figurines to psychedelic fish print dresses, you’d be ill advised not to have a rummage. Lace gloves, turbans, feather headpieces and everything in between (such as moving penguins) make the Lounge a go-to for a variety of occasions. Don’t be fooled by the clutter either, this Lucy has some fashion beauts and she rewards the determined handsomely. A stunning Seventies print maxi for €10 will make the effort worthwhile.

Fluorescent Elephant aim to be less about nostalgia and more about sustainability.  They stock handpicked and ready-to-wear garments ranging from camouflage jackets to vintage dresses representing the Fifties and Nineties and everything in between. They have an amazing collection of long-strapped handbags perfect for festivals, large travel bags and repro glasses. Prices range from €8 for bow ties but nothing costs over €100. There’s a ‘cheap and cheerful’ rail for those looking for bargains also.

Named after Lauren Bacall’s character in How To Marry A Millionaire Shotsy is run by a cousin-duo spurred on by the romanticism and magic of the history attached to each garment as well as the far-reaching ethical benefits. Shotsy stock quality vintage clothes from the Fifties through to the Eighties including great occasion dresses, Sixties shift dresses, Seventies day dresses along with fabulous vintage sunnies, turbans, bags and footwear all at affordable prices.

27 years old and still going strong, Eager Beaver was one of the original accessible Dublin vintage stores. Always price-sensitive their stock is 50/50 original and repro with vintage dating from the Fifties to the Nineties. Expect lots of army surplus, day dresses, colourful trousers, leather jackets, waistcoats, and bombers. A favourite of students and great for men and women alike, the two-floor store really does have something for every taste.

Clearly modeled on the vintage stores of Berlin Golly Gosh stock only original vintage from the Twenties to the Eighties. Specialising in dead stock, there’s an opportunity to get some really great condition pieces. Keen to offer an alternative to the high-street, the guys here diligently stock ‘trend’ driven pieces for attainable prices. Set over a first and second floor, you can find lots of sequin, leather, print shirts, day dresses, occasion wear and accessories as well as upcycled staples such as denim shorts.

The Boutiques
Jenny Vander welcomes you with a buzz in the door and mellow opera on the radio. A pioneer of vintage in Dublin, this particular vintage shop is celebrating 30 years of dressing the stylish Irish. Brimming with excellent condition gowns and incredible antique jewellery, the store attracts vintage lovers and gift-givers alike. Stocking everything from 1700’s museum pieces to modern vintage gems, the staff’s knowledge is second to none. Jenny is a destination for collectors, celebrities and regular customers alike, with each visitor getting the same warm, attention-filled experience every time. A small vintage rental section is available for those just wanting to dip their toe. Good range of prices through accessories, jewellery and clothing.

A favorite with stylists and the fashion set alike, Dirty Fabulous is run by two sisters with years of sartorial experience and an absolute passion for vintage. A styling and fashion emporium, the store was originally housed in a Georgian Building on the other side of the city until a fire devastated the building and destroyed all the stock. The reappearance closer to the city centre was celebrated by vintage lovers throughout the country. Arguably boasting the best collection of vintage wedding dresses in Dublin, bridal wear is complimented by hand-made head pieces custom made by one of the sister’s own fair hands. Regular buying trips to the States ensure stunning high-end designer vintage occasion wear and accessories from the Thirties to the Sixties with price tags to match. Open Tuesday – Saturday by appointment only.

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