"One woman's trash is another woman's treasure" ... and could make an ideal Christmas present.
One way to ensure your gift both stands out and stands the test of time? A one-of-a-kind rare vintage designer find or a statement piece by the recipient's favourite label should do the trick.
By unearthing the crème de la crème of consignment stores and luxury resale websites, we've almost gone and done all the hard work for you. Pay us back later, or pay us back with Chanel - your move.
Here are seven businesses that offer designer handbags and gladrags for a fraction of the cost. Happy hunting!
From its humble beginnings as a pop-up rail in the back of someone else's Temple Bar shop, Siopaella has evolved into a thriving treasure trove of second-hand clothes and accessories. Noticing a gap in the market for a consignment store, founder Ella De Guzman launched the business in 2010 - and has been kitting out savvy shoppers in luxury apparel ever since.
Shop online: www.siopaella.com
Established in 2012, Designer Exchange Dublin is perhaps the capital's largest and most recognised seller of designer handbags and accessories. The Dawson Street store buys, sells, and exchanges luxe goods - there's also interest-free installment plans available to help ease the financial burden of gifting season.
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Shop online: www.designerexchange.ie
To snap up a pre-loved Chanel, Gucci, Dior, or Louis - look to Kilkenny City's consignment store, The Wardrobe. Peruse their Instagram for more info - we'll take that emerald green Dior Saddle bag if it's going.
This South Dublin business is a one-stop-shop for designer gems and shoe/handbag repairs. From Prada platforms to red-soled Louboutins and even the odd Burberry trench; this three-year-old venture is brimming with unique gift solutions.
Eagle-eyed fashion fans can, and do, spend hours poring over the abundance of authenticated accessories and wares this major website has to offer. Everything from last season's still-trending cast-offs to vintage scores right at your fingertips.
A veteran on the Irish consignment scene, Cork City's Naphisa has been outfitting women in preloved designer gear since 1982. Their selection is both affordable and on-trend - we wouldn't blame you for snapping up a bargain for yourself while you're 'researching' for other pressies.
Shop online: www.naphisa.com
Open For Vintage
This successful online venture was founded by friends and Ranelagh, Dublin natives Colin Saunders and James Loftus in 2016. The UK-based site is abundant with over 10,000 vintage 'lust-haves' including rare finds.
Shop online: www.openforvintage.com
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