Sunday 25 September 2016

Budget shopping spree bags bargains

John Brennan

Published 19/12/2015 | 02:30

John Brennan with €50 worth of gifts on Henry Street. Photo: www.doug.ie
John Brennan with €50 worth of gifts on Henry Street. Photo: www.doug.ie

One Direction perfume, luxurious watch gift sets and lightsaber toys.

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Not what you'd expect for €50 - but then again, this was the street stalls in Dublin.

The Irish Independent sent me out - clad in my finest Christmas jumper - to see how far €50 would go among the stalls dotted across the city centre. After an hour of haggling on Henry St, €50 secured me two lightsabers, a 'magic ball', three rolls of wrapping paper, and two Mars selection boxes.

That was not all, however. I was also carrying a One Direction lady's perfume gift set, a men's fashion gift set (including a watch, cuff links and three ties), various decorations and even a yellow 'emoji' cushion.

The One Direction perfume set and the plush 'New York London' gift set cost a total of €20 from an unnamed vendor. Online, the Irish Independent found the same products would cost €67 - a price difference that nearly matched my budget.

Stall operators said that they often came back year after year, although the work was highly seasonal. Shopper Andrea Edwards, from Crumlin, said: "I shop from both the stalls and the shops, you can find good bargains."

Turns out that €50 can go a long way in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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