We all know that the fashion industry generates a huge amount of waste and pollution, with a report in 2018 citing fashion as the 4th most polluting industry in the world. What makes that statistic worse – as if that’s possible – is that every second a bin lorry’s worth of clothes are landfilled or incinerated globally! This is largely because we now create more than 100 billion garments per annum.
Want to be part of the solution, and not the problem? Then the simplest, least expensive and most accessible way to help is to buy pre-loved clothes, and here’s your guide on where to do so in Ireland!
With some tips on what to look for!
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- Your local charity shop!
- Your local vintage store. Here’s a List of Vintage Stores in Dublin City Centre
- Thriftify.ie now sell clothes on behalf of charities and social-enterprises
- Freecycle groups on Facebook
- Frock Exchange, (in store, Skerries, Co Dublin)
- Unit K Sandymount, (online and in store, Dublin 4)
- Cobblers Wardrobe, (online and in store, Dublin 4)
- Saoirsini (online)
- Cose Belle (designer handbags, online)
- Next Resell Facebook Group
- What she Wore Facebook Group
- Preloved Funky and Original Clothes for Grown Up Facebook Group
- Second to None (New & Preloved, online and Carlow store)
- Candid Frank (Vintage, 80s, online, based in Cork)
- Records and Relics (Vintage – West Cork)
- Thedas Vintage (Vintage – Donegal)
- Om Diva (Vintage – online & Dublin 2 store)
- No 38 Dunville (Vintage & designers – online & Dublin 6)
- Dublin Vintage Factory (Vintage – Online and Dublin 8 store)
- Jamebo Bits (Vintage – online, based in Dublin 8)
- Baby Doll Vintage (Vintage – online, based in Dublin)
- Anam Studio (Vintage and artisan – online, based in Dublin)
- Evintage (New & vintage – online, based in Dublin)
- Space out Sister (Vintage clothing & new lingerie – online, based in Dublin 8)
- Vito Vintage (Vintage – online and in store, Limerick)
- Hidden Boutique (modern – online, based in Meath)
- No 8 (New & preloved – online and in store in Galway)
- Public Romance (Vintage – online, based in Galway)
- Love Vintage (Vintage online and in Clifton, Co Galway)
- The Vintage Factory (Vintage – Waterford)
- Old Soul Vintage (Vintage – Waterford)
- Out of the Clozet (Vintage – Lismore, Waterford)
- Finders Keepers (Vintage – online and in store, Bray, Co Wicklow)
- ReTale (Vintage – online)
- Alf & Roe (Vintage – online)
- 505 Mens Vintage (Vintage – online)
- Peach Vintage (Vintage – online)
- Henny Penny Vintage, (Vintage – online)
- SeanEadai Vintage (Vintage tweed and wool – online)
- Madgra Vintage (Vintage – online)
- Agus Aris (Vintage – online)
- Darling Vintage (Vintage – online (NI))
- Depop– some Irish accounts include Karen Mahony, Be Delic, No New Clothes, Hazlenuts about Vintage, Recast, Geraldine Carton, Miss Daisy Blue, Orla C, A Curious Pair, Old School Vintage
- Slips to be Seen (Vintage Lingerie – online)
And if you only need something for a short period of time, how about rental?
- Borrower Boutique
- The Rag Revolution
- Designer Room
- The Ivory Closet
- Coco Boutique
- Happy Days
- Beauty and the Bump (Maternity)
- Girl Meets Dress (NI)
- Dress my Bump (Maternity, NI)
- Mud Jeans (The Netherlands)
Swap shops were a great way of finding new garments pre-Covid and although most groups organising them haven’t started up again, here’s a few to keep an eye on returning
- Zero Waste Festival Ireland
- Local Zero Waste groups
- The Useless Project
- OMF Events Killarney
- The Nu Wardrobe
Kids Clothes (some of which are free)
- Flopsy Shop for kids <7 years of age, and they buy pre-owned clothes too.
- Truffle and Sweetpea for kids <3 years of age
- Kids Klothes for kids <14 years of age, with 50% of profits going to a kids club, school or charity
- Preloved Dressing for kids <6 years of age. They’ll also buy your pre-owned clothes from you, and they very helpfully give you a list of the fixed prices they pay for each item on their website
- Lovely Things for kids <12 years of age, and they buy clothes back, giving a helpful guide to what they pay on their website.
- Kind Folk, sell pre-loved clothes for kids <8. They will also buy back clothes bought from them.
- The Warrior Sole in Waterford
- Precious & Preloved, online – base in Wicklow
- Community Aid Thrift Shop, online and in Galway
- search on ebay.ie with the filter option ‘used’ ticked, remembering of course to ask for as little packaging as possible when posting.
- Preloved Organic Kids Clothing Ireland Facebook Group
- Kids Closet Facebook Group
- Children’s Clothes for Sale FB group
- Kids Clothes Buy and Sell FB group
- Next Resell Ireland FB group
- Clubby (app for swapping of kids sportswear)
- Schooly (app for swapping of schoolwear)
- Skool Stuff (website for second-hand schoolwear)
- Zero Waste Baby / Children Freecycle Ireland Facebook Group
- Dublin Mama Freecycle Facebook Group
- Cork Children Baby Items for Sale Facebook Group
- Cork Parent’s Recycling Facebook Group
- Waterford Children’s Goods for Sale / Swap Facebook Group
- Galway Parents Out and About Free Stuff Facebook Group
- Limerick Baby/ Kids Items for Sale Facebook Group
- Louth Meath Baby Stuff for Sale Facebook Group
- Local Facebook groups
And here are some tips on what to look out for when buying second hand
- Look for extra buttons on clothes. It’s a sign that the maker expects the garment to last a while.
- Avoid jumpers with signs of pilling. It’ll only get worse as time goes on.
- Synthetic fibre jumpers are useless at keeping you warm, so opt for natural fibres if that’s what you need.
- Avoid jeans that have a high percentage of elastane in them i.e. stretch jeans, as they will lose their shape quicker than others.
- Jumpers with tape on the shoulders will hold their shape better.
- In general the thinner the fabric the less well it’ll wear over time.
- Partially-lined trousers are a sign of quality. In fact lined-anything can be a sign of quality.
- Consider the reparability of shoes before buying them. I always check with a cobbler and return them if they’re not repairable.
- Avoid fabric shoes with thin soles, like pumps. The sole is too low to protect the fabric from wear and tear and they’ll look like crap in no time.
- Go big. A garment can always be taken in or altered if it’s too big, but squeezed clothes will rip eventually.
- Love your Clothes have guides on how to buy the best quality clothes.
It’s always better to try and source your clothing locally but if you need something special and have to go further afield here are some online resources to check out
- ebay remembering to tick the used box. Here are some great tips on buying pre-owned clothing on ebay from the blogger at A Considered Life. Did you know you can also pick items on Ebay that benefit a charity? Click on the link given to find out how!
- Vestiaire (Europe)
- Etsy (Global)
- Oxfam (UK)
- Re-Fashion (UK)
- Vinted (UK)
- Rokit (UK, Vintage)
- Vintage Boutique section of ASOS (UK, Vintage)
- Beyond Retro (UK, Vintage)
Till next time
PS – Sorry the article is late this week. Took advantage of the dry weather to paint my gate posts!