September is often regarded as the beginning of the fashion year, as our wardrobes transition from Spring Summer to Autumn Winter. As the season changes and we shake up our style, here is what you can do with your pre-loved garments.
Your wardrobe tends to be one area of your life where you make significant financial investment. Luckily, you can make your money back in part if you keep your garments in good condition.
Siopaella is one Dublin-based consignment shop who buy designer and good quality high street clothes, shoes and accessories, offering a cash return up front. Proprietor Ella de Guzman (below) and her team will assess your loot and give you a percentage of what they will re-sell it for. The more covetable the items you bring into their Temple Bar treasure trove, the more you stand to make.
Partager is a newly launched designer pop-up shop, which is hosting its first pre-loved sale in Brooks Hotel, Dublin 2 from 11am-4pm on Saturday 10th October. Partager is inviting customers to come to its inaugural event and browse the rails which will boast a curated selection of second hand items from labels like Victoria Beckham, Isabel Marant, Chloe and Prada (below) for a fraction of their original price. If you would like to contribute some of your own items, email Lorraine on email@example.com
Other consignment stores around the Dublin area include Platform in Rathgar, The Secret Closet in Howth, Second Avenue in Sandymount and No. 38 in Ranelagh.
Nationwide check out Eva May Vintage and Resale, and Naphisa Boutique in Co Cork, Encore in Co Clare, The Designer Swap Shop in Co Galway, and Deja Vu in Co Waterford.
eBay is one of the most established ways for shopaholics to offload their excess items. Increasingly popular outlets to resell fashions are Irish websites DoneDeal.ie, BuyandSell.ie, Adverts.ie and the Depop app.
Depop utilises the concept of social media to form an online market which is easy to navigate. You use the platform to create your own ‘shop’ where you can upload images of your items and sell to peers using hashtags. There are currently over two million users worldwide and the app is free to download onto your smartphone.
Many leading fashion bloggers use this app to sell on their fashion wares, meaning you can quite literally steal the style of notable influencers such as Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller (below).
I am a big fan of repurposing clothes into something more unique and unusual, instead of letting them gather dust in your closet. Every time I do a wardrobe clear out, I consider whether some of the items I no longer wear can be given a new lease of life, and take them to The Zip Yard on South Anne Street to Alba and her team of innovative seamstresses. Whether it’s to tailor one of your coats into a new sleeveless style or transform a man’s shirt into a stylish off the shoulder dress - no task is too big or small.
The Zip Yard has locations nationwide.
Irish charities that are always happy to accept clothing as donations include Enable Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland, St Vincent de Paul, Irish Cancer Society, Barnardos and Focus Ireland.
The TK Maxx 'Give Up Clothes For Good' campaign is a venture between TK Maxx and Enable Ireland. The collaboration will see the establishment of Ireland's biggest clothes and homewares donation collection, which will raise funds for support services for children and young people with disabilities. To help out, simply donate your unwanted clothes, homeware and accessories in the special collection bins located in TK Maxx stores nationwide.
Siobhan is the owner of April and the Bear, an online interiors shop selling a selection of homewares, jewellery and art prints. Siobhan sources the pieces from Dublin to New York, and a host of European cities in between. She recently launched an interior consulting service, and is organising a pop-up shop to open in time for Christmas. aprilandthebear.com