Sunday 22 April 2018

Liadan Hynes: With €100, I bagged plenty of 'nearly new' fashion gems

Braced for tatty fare, I was pleasantly surprised by the stock on offer in charity stores

BARGAIN-HUNTER: Nikki Cummins browsing in the Oxfam outlet on Dublin's South King Street.
BARGAIN-HUNTER: Nikki Cummins browsing in the Oxfam outlet on Dublin's South King Street.
Liadan Hynes

Liadan Hynes

I bought my wedding dress in a vintage store for €130 – and if we're being honest, isn't vintage merely a more decorative term for secondhand clothes? My favourite pair of trousers is a men's chinos by Armani, which I picked up in my local St Vincent de Paul for €5.

After the controversy this week as to whether or not charity stores now constitute genuine fashion retail spots, I was sent in to discover what I could pick up for €100. What did I find? Reader, an embarrassment of riches.

My first stop was Oxfam in Dun Laoghaire, south Dublin, where I hit gold. They were having a sale that night, so had been hoarding their best donations for four months. Labels included a John Rocha top for €9, a Ralph Lauren dress for €15, an Aquascutum cardigan for €17.50. A beautiful white See by Chloe shirt for €20, with no sweat or make-up stains. A silk Temperley London dress – the sort of label that sells for hundreds, for €25, in pristine condition. There was also stock from MaxMara, Ghost, Save the Queen, Dries van Noten, COS, Marc Jacobs.

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