THE demand for vintage fashion and accessories is so great, charity shops are now cutting their cloth to suit their customers.
This weekend, the Society for St Vincent de Paul has announced the establishment of specialised vintage sections in six of its charity shops in counties Dublin and Wicklow.
The charity estimates it has over 4,000 'pre-loved' vintage pieces to sell, and has set up Vintage at Vincent's departments at shops in Greystones, Rathmines, Aungier Street, Fairview, Sean McDermott Street and South Great George's Street.
Vintage clothes shopping and accessorising has become a major force in fashion retailing, but with authentic gems from specialised shops often costing more than the high street, shoppers are scouring charity shops to make 'olde world' finds of their own.
From rigid-frame handbags to post-war, full-skirted frocks to elbow-length gloves and timeless headpieces, the quest for original and unique pieces has pushed shoppers to explore lots of new landscapes, from car boot sales to Ireland's rich tapestry of charity shops.
"This is yet another development in making the Vincent's shops in Dublin a 'go-to' retailer," said Dermot McGilloway, Dublin retail services manager with SVP, which has 38 shops in the Dublin region.
The SVP now spends in the region of €40m annually in direct assistance, primarily helping people with food, energy and educational needs.