Arnotts is having a birthday, so naturally, they're giving you whopper discounts all weekend.
When was the last time you shopped IRL? With online shopping at our fingertips and the luxury of reclining on the couch with a large glass of Chardonnay on a Friday night while scrolling through our phones, shopping in a clothes store has become a weekend activity of the past. But with Arnotts celebrating its 175th Birthday and offering 20% off almost everything in store, it's time to bring a Saturday spent shopping back. (Oh and there’s three hours parking for €7!)
We cannot deny the sheer joy of window shopping. Strolling from one shop to the other; the process of trying on our perspective new purchases in the changing room (you can't do that on your couch); the endorphins induced post-purchase as you glide towards the exit, chuffed with your fresh bag filled with that crisp tissue paper in hand. Lest we forget the joy of human interaction! When was the last time your internet browser told you that your ass looks cute in something, or that they’d kill for a rack like yours? When you manage to get your hands on the very last pair of those shoes you've been lusting after for weeks, only to discover once you get to the till they are cheaper then what it says on the tag.
Department stores, just like the GAA and pints of the black stuff, are an Irish institution. They’ve been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember, enduring the good times and the bad, like an old friend, or a really good bra. One such institution, Arnotts, can boast 175 years in business this year and to mark the occasion, a pop up store, 1843 (named after the year it first opened its doors), will be launched as a hub of celebrations this summer. From 20% off almost everything; to bespoke birthday designs from our favourite Irish designer Chupi of a blue sapphire version of her Your North Star necklace, we're out to pay homage to the historic Dublin store. Speaking of history: there's also an exhibition of Arnotts through the ages going on in-store, curated by the Little Museum of Dublin. Once you've taken that in you can retire with your purchases to the 1843 Tearooms for Afternoon Tea after a successful day of IRL shopping.
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