Thursday 26 April 2018

Miss Thrifty's guide to swop shops

Sinead Van Kampen

This week Miss Thrifty has been waiting for the watched pot that is pay day. While I waited I wondered how I could get a shopping fix without having to remortgage the house or pawn my dog. The answer lies in swopshopping - this week I checked out some of the best places to liquidate your wardrobe.

Shebeen Chic

Popular drinking den Shebeen Chic turns into quite the fashion mecca every Saturday afternoon. Pilled high with vintage jackets, dresses and tops, punters are welcome to bring in their pre loved clothing to swap free of charge.

Don't be alarmed folks, but the unit of currency here is marbles. When you bring an item you find out how many marbles it's worth, then you swap it for items of equal or lesser value or pay the extra in real money! The Swap shop is open Saturdays from 1.30pm until 5pm and is located on Georges Street, Dublin.

Swop Shop - Temple Bar

Having just celebrated its first birthday, The Swop Shop has fast become an institution in the Crows Baazar. Open daily, the tiny treasure trove stocks everything from high street staples to cult designer labels.

Swapping at The Swap Shop is pretty easy. There is a small handling fee and customers can swop like for like, upgrade for more expensive items or downgrade with multiple swops.

Tosca Designer Swap Shop - Newbridge Co. Kildare Tosca Designer Swap Shop buys and sells preloved clothing. A haven for all thing Louis and Jimmy. Recent items through the doors have included a soft kid-skin Chanel classic handbag and several pairs of Chanel shoes. The store is located on Henry Street in Newbridge Co. Kildare and welcomes pre loved designer clothing.

Stitch or Switch - Cork

Based in Chambers Bar, Cork City, Stitch or Switch gives you the opportunity to give your clothing a second chance and find a loving home for designer items.

Clothes, jewellery and accessories are all par for the course and once valued can be traded for credits. Credits can then be used to either buy from the store, pay for alterations on items, or, and this is the dangerous part, buy goods from behind the bar day or night.

Top swap tips!

Most Swop Shops have a few rules with regards to the conditions of items they will accept. It is best to check individually, but here are a few pointers:

Items brought in must be laundered, pressed and undamaged - no questions!

Designer labels tend to be worth more and thus increase your swapping power - raid that wardrobe!

Buyer beware: just because it's swapping dosen't mean you should be frivolous. You have paid good money for your items, so make sure you get something great in return. Always check for tiny rips, broken zips, fraying seams and hidden stains !

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