Dublin Flea Market – Photo Credit The Dublin Flea Market
Great shopping opportunities in Dublin 8, at the Dublin Flea Market in Newmarket Square.
Now is the time for some autumnal shopping. Some of you might go to regular shops, buy a book at Easons, a pair of sneakers at size?, or a record at HMV. Otherwise you could buy STUFF online, a new smartphone on amazon, a bunch of clothes on asos… But if you’re looking for a unique and original piece, something that will stand out, something quirky… or if you’re simply on a budget. You might consider going to a flea market.
There is a certain feeling that comes out of these modern flea markets. There is organic or vegan food available, people are smoking rolled cigarettes at the entrance and the speakers are blasting out some local indie band.
Food at the Dublin Flea Market – Photo Credit The Dublin Flea Market
Dave is one of the organisers of the association “Dublin Flea”. They organise one monthly flea market at the Newmarket Square in Dublin 8 every last Sunday of each month. When asked why people would come to the flea markets instead of regular shops he said. “I think they come because this is not high street stuff. Here the traders pay way lower than on the high street. That makes it accessible for the costumers.”
There is also another good side to flea markets, you can share with the creators, or the designers of the product you are buying. “It’s great when you are buying something from an artist to come chat with the artist and that creates little special interaction”. Finally people are attracted by the special features of flea markets in general. “You’ve just other people who just love to find a bargain, find that little gem!” You might have an idea what you were looking for but in the end you can come home with almost anything. Designers’ products, Irish-made products is also what attract buyers.
Bargains at the Dublin Flea Market – Photo Credit The Dublin Flea Market
Depending on your age, your interests, you will find something for you in a flea markets. Vinyls, knitted hats, paintings, designer’s clothes, home furniture, 1920’s books etc. Danny Toher, owner of a curiosity shop said, “I think the more mature people would go for the retro items, and younger people would go for photography equipment, typewriters that kind of stuff. So I’ll try to have something for everybody”. Noel, owner of Original Compulsive Design said, “I sell furniture from the mid-century so most of my clients would be from 25 to 35, newlyweds, couple settling down, buying houses”.
Going to a flea market is an enjoyable experience. Far from the rush in the city centre, at the Dublin flea market you can just wander around the stalls, casually discuss with welcoming artists and sellers, enjoy some mulled wine or some falafel for lunch and appreciate the whole atmosphere.
The next Dublin Flea Market will be taking place this week-end in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8. Make sure to also check out the Dublin Flea Christmas Cracker Market which will be taking place from the 11th to 13th of December, this one is always a lot of fun!
Poster of the next Dublin Flea Market – Photo Credit The Dublin Flea Market