SOME NECK GUITARS: WANNA BUY ANOTHER GUITAR , PLANXTY?
While walking along Aungier Street looking for the oldest house in Dublin i came across this guitar shop that sells, buys and exchanges guitars . I bet our very own member Planxty would enjoy an hour or so in here. I only possessed one guitar in my whole life and that was when i had my leg in plaster for 6 months while i was a teenager. I tried to practice everyday but gave up in the end as i just could not co-ordinate my fingers that were strumming and my hand holding the strings. I see that they had many guitars that were 50 years old and even older but the prices were several thousand euros. They even had a 1929 acoustic guitar for 4,000 euro.Related to:
Hard Rock Cafe - Dublin: If You Collect Hard Rock Cafe Pins
I admit to being a fan generally of the food at Hard Rock Cafes around the world, and I especially like their hamburgers when I am craving a taste of America. Service is usually very good and I like to have a look at some of the music memorabilia they display as part of the decor in every Hard Rock Cafe.
I was happy to learn that Dublin had a Hard Rock cafe in the Temple Bar area, because rather than have a meal there this time around, I really wanted to look for one of their pins to add to my collection. I found the perfect one which depicted a memorable symbol of Dublin -- the statue of Molly Malone! I always like the pins I collect to feature some connection to the city or country where I buy them and I think they make good, if small, souvenirs. In addition, I always purchase one for a good friend of mine as well. The Molly Malone pin was less then 10 Euros (2015 price ) which I thought was a good price at the current exchange rate. There were several pins to choose from, but of those available, Molly was my favorite. If there hadn't been a pin with a visual connection to the city, I wouldn't have bought one.
The Dublin Hard Rock is located in the trendy tourist area of the Temple Bar area and only a couple of blocks from the River Liffey, Trinity College, Grafton Street, etc. The Hard Rock Cafe Dublin opened on June 29, 2004, which means it is quite a well-established restaurant. The Cafe website mentions that they are scheduled to receive new music memorabilia so if you are in the area, drop in.
Who could leave Dublin without a pub stop in the Temple Bar? How about a pint at the The Palace Bar?
What to buy: Hard Rock Cafe shops, called "Rock Shop" carry men & women's clothing including t-shirts, hats and outerwear, jewelry, watches, accessories, glassware, purses, totes, beach towels, stuffed animals, poker sets, etc. In the past I have once or twice purchased t-shirts for our son & daughter, but now focus strictly on the occasional pin.
[My international collection: Copenhagen; Stockholm; Malta; Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas; Barcelona; Rome; Venice; Sydney, Australia; Lima, Peru; Dublin, Ireland.]
What to pay: Pins usually run anywhere from $10 to $15 for a single pin. For jewelry expect to pay $12 and up; watches $45 and up; clothing such as t-shirts probably $23 and up, etc.
In the USA, and also sometimes abroad, showing an AAA card will save you 10% off food and merchandise!
Enable Ireland: Bargain hunting for a Good Cause
Charity Shops (Thrift Shops) vary in their prices and quality of goods. You can often pick up a bargain, though some are becoming 'over-priced'
It's becoming increasingly unlikely that you'll find a valuable antique or painting for a few pence, as these charities are much more savvy these days...
These are sometimes a good place to shop if you get caught out by unseasonable weather and need a cheap coat/jumper or a something light weight. Also a book for the journey home etc.
I purchased a paperback for this purpose at quite a reasonable price (much cheaper than Oxfam)
This shop on Georges Street is run by Enable Ireland is certainly 'a cut above' with its eye catching window display.
Aopparently window displays are changed every 2 weeks, there are usually one or two 'Special Items' eg designer goods.
Now to be able to buy one of these bargains or something that has caught your eye from the window display, you need to note the date that the window was changed, then turn up 2 weeks later to hopefully purchase your 'prize' Well this is OK for locals, but for visitors here for a short visit, they'd have to just be lucky and be in the right place at the right time!
This shop had a notice in the window stating the date of the next sale of window displayed goods. Besides clothes you can find shoes, bags, books, CD's and bric a brac.
All goods on sale in the shop are only on display for 7 days, then they're removed -and replaced - presumably goods are relocated to their other shops (around 20) that cover the cities and towns of the Republic.
Enable Ireland is a charity that donates over a million Euros to disabled children and adults and their families in Ireland.
Open Monday - Saturday 09.30 - 17.30
There are many other charity shops in this area.
What to buy: Good Quality 'Classic Clothes'
What to pay: from pocket money prices to .....Related to:
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The Green Gallery: Local and International artists
This is now one of my favourite shops in Dublin, which I discovered while visiting the 'Phil Lynott Exhibition' in the St Stephens shopping centre.
Located on the corridor of the upper floor, this 'walk through 'gallery is stocked with paintings of various styles of paintings, many by local artists. Also internationally aclaimed artists.
The Gallery hosts exhibitions of featured artists work
My eye was taken by the prints byJim Fitzpatrick- I'd been aware of his work for many years, due to his unique album covers for Thin Lizzy. I also knew that he'd designed the headstone for Phil Lynotts grave. I hadn't realised that he was responsible for THE iconic Che Guevara poster! (pic 3)
To co-incide with the Phil Lynott Exhibition and the 25 year anniversary of Phils death, Jims work (along with other artists impressions of Philo) was showcased in this gallery.
One print in particular had me entranced - Phil Lynott playing chess, with a cigarette dangling from his lip. A limited edition print - Oh I had to have it! Well it was quite a bit more than I normally pay for a 'souvenir' of a visit, but....I'd had a windfall ......
Nervously, I approached the owner of the gallery and enquired about the print - no problem, he'd 'phone Jim (!) .... yes, Jim would drop some prints off tomorrow. I was instructed to return tomorrow morning. Blimey ... perhaps I'd get to meet him too! Well I arrived too early, and when I returned later the prints had been dropped off. Ah well!
My precious purchase was carefully rolled into a cardboard tube (which fitted into my 'Ryanair Hand luggage allowance') Another print in the exhibition by Paul Joyce had also caught my eye, so I enquired about this. Dermott O'Grady (the owner/director of the gallery) said he'd find out and e-mail me the details. True to his word, I received an e-mail, but this piece was way out of my budget!
During another visit to Dublin, Phil and I purchased a small framed painting each by Diarmuid Boyd. Originally from Northern Ireland he moved to Dublin in the 1960's, where he studied Fine Art. He is recognised for 'capturing the warmth and atmosphere of Irish scenes' Our pieces were of 'bar scenes' which certainly captured the characters portrayed. These were reduced -I think we paid around 30 Euros for each piece.
Again, I enquired about some of the artists - Mr O'Grady even offered to post some pieces to my home, so that I could see what they looked like 'in situ' Well I declined for now, but......
A great shopping experience - very relaxed and 'unpretentious'
Monday to Saturday 09.00 - 19.00 (Thursday 09.00 - 20.00)
Sunday and Bank Holidays 11.00 - 18.00
What to buy: Paintings and prints by local artists
Local scenes, portraits, street scenes
Modern abstract art
Whatever your taste, you'll find something to suit!
What to pay: Free to look!
From around 10 Euros to ....... 'As much as your Bank Manager will allow"Related to:
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CAROL CLARKE JEWELERS: JEWELRY-AMAZING SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
.A HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM WHO ARE EXPERTS. CUSTOMER CARE TOP OF THEIR AGENDA. A REAL PERSONAL SERVICE. THEY MAKE MUCH OF THEIR JEWELRY THEMSELVES AND ITS DIFFERENT. NOT LIKE THE MASS PRODUCED BORING STUFF YOU SEE IN MANY OF THE CHAIN SHOPS. THEY ALSO IMPORT ORIGINAL PIECES THEMSELVES FROM THE CONTINENT. I CAME ACROSS THEM QUITE BY ACCIDENT SEVERAL YEARS AGO. I PURCHASED MY FIRST PIECE FROM THEM FOR MY GIRL FRIEND NOW SOME YEARS LATER MY WIFE! THE GREATEST TESTIMONIAL I CAN GIVE CAROL IS THAT EVERY PIECE OF JEWELRY BAR ONE ITEM I HAVE EVER BOUGHT HAS COME FROM THIS SHOP. WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PLEASED WITH OUR PURCHASES AND CAROL HAS THAT ABILITY TO MAKING YOU FEEL SPECIAL. IF YOU ARE IN DUBLIN THEY ARE WELL WORTH A VISIT. I THINK YOU ARE UNLIKELY TO BE DISAPPOINTED. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO FINANCIAL CONNECTION WITH THIS RETAILER BUT FELT COMPELLED TO SHARE MY POSITIVE EXPERIENCES WITH THE WORLD AT LARGE
What to buy: ALMOST ANYTHING IN THE GENERAL JEWELRY RANGE. THEY HAVE REALLY LOVELY NECKLACES,BROACHES AND ITEMS FOR A LADIES WRIST. OF COURSE ENGAGEMENT RINGS MADE TO ORDER ARE AN AREA THAT IS A GOOD PART OF THEIR BUSINESS
What to pay: DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON YOUR BUDGET. CAROL WILL MAKE A PERSONAL SUGGESTION TAILORED TO YOUR BUDGET AND ON THE RARE OCCASION WHEN SHE CANNOT MEET THE REQUIREMENT. SHE WILL SAY SO QUITE OPENLY AND WITHOUT DELAY SO THAT YOU RESPECT HER HONEST AND STRAIGHTFORWARD APPROACH. YOUR TIME IS NOT WASTED!Related to:
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Rhythm Records: U2 Heaven !!!!
I am a huge U2 fan and being in Dublin I was determined to find some really cool stuff on them.....and then I came to this store and you name it they have on U2...poster, DVD'S, CD'S, stickers, clocks, key chains......they must have had 1,000 different bootleg cd's, over 100 dvd's.....the place has it all..... if your a serious U2 fan this is the place !!!!! and the guys behind the counter knows everything about U2 so they answer all your questions....
What to pay: Cd's run from 15 to 30 euro's and dvd's run from 20 to 30 Euro's
Chapters: Dublin's biggest independent bookstore
Of course it wouldn't be a travel page of mine without a tip about a bookstore! I didn't have that much time to go book shopping while I was in Dublin, but when I spotted Chapters as I was walking down Parnell Street, I couldn't resist going in (well, Dublin's own Oscar Wilde did write that "the best way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it", and so I did!). Chapters offers an amazing selection of new and secondhand books, as well as a large bargain section. It was perfect for me since I usually find that books are too expensive to buy in Europe - this time, even after the conversion of Euros into Canadian dollars, I was still able to find a few good deals.
What to buy: After a week of hearing about Beckett, Shaw, Joyce, Wilde & Co., you might be tempted to increase your collection of Irish novels :o)
What to pay: Secondhand books are sold at about half the original price.Related to:
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Carrolls is the best place to by all your gifts and souvenirs on your trip to dublin. You can buy here all kind of presents like shirts, postcards, keyrings, mugs, butlers chocolates, biscuits, tea and a good selection of staff from Guinnes and Jameson.There are few shops in Dublin, the one close to Trinity College closes at 22.00 pm.Related to:
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Lush: Treat yourself with handmade products!
Lush is a company that produces and sells fresh hand-made bath products, soaps, body lotions and cosmetics. The company's shops project an informal image. Shoppers are invited to sample the products and chat with staff in an open environment. The nearby presence of a Lush shop is often indicated by a divine smell.
Lush's products are a treat for every one, even those with sensitive skin like myself! They smell great, look great and do wonders to your body. I have tried several products of their brand and can assure you, every euro you will spend is worth it !
Another positive thing about Lush is that it is enviroment friendly, they use recycled packaging and make their products out of fresh and organic components .
It is an original choice for skincare and a valued gift, trust me on that one!
What to buy: "Karma" soap is Lush's signature fragrance; it contains patchouli, pine and citrus notes, absolutely divine!
Also try face masks, cream soaps (very hydrating) and shampoo bars ("New" shampoo bar has prevented my hair from falling out).
What to pay: Ok, so Lush cosmetics are expensive but a soap bar worth 7 euro will last you over 6 months, a face mask will tranform your skin and a massage bar will sooth your senses. You really have to try it!
Leon: A Feast for the Eyes...and Tummy
I happened upon this shop quite by accident, as I walked from the carpark towards Grafton Street. Right on a corner in Trinity Street is the most divine cake shop I have yet found anywhere in Ireland. It's truly French in nature, with delectable cakes, tartlets, and savouries displayed in the windows to temp the most stubborn palette.
When I went inside the shop I discovered that they have a sit down cafe area as well as the off-sales. The cafe area was, not surprisingly, completely packed and that was at about 3.30pm !
Cakes and pastries cost in the region of €4 each to consume off the premises and about €7 to consume there.
I purchased a mini lemon meringue pie, a mini chocolate torte, and various mini fruit tortes to include strawberry, raspberry, and mixed fruit. No, they weren't all for me!!!
What to buy: They pack the cakes beautifully in little individual boxes so you need not fear that their delicate beauty of presentation will be spoiled in carriage.
What to pay: €4 to eat at home and €7 to consume in their cafe.Related to:
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Northside: A guide to shopping in Dublin
Henry Street has department stores such as the popular Arnotts, and an assortment of popular clothing and footwear stores.
The ILAC shopping centre, the newer Jervis Street Shopping Centre are both here.
The well-known outdoor food market of Moore Street is always full of bargains.
The nearby O'Connell Street, Dublin's main thoroughfare, is home to the excellent Clery's Department Store and Eason's Booksellers.
Southside: A guide to shopping in Dublin
Grafton Street, located between Trinity College and St Stephen's Green is the more smart shopping area with fashionable stores such as Brown Thomas.
Dublin's leading and most exclusive jewellers, Weirs, is also here, as well as the most popular of the famous Bewley's Cafés.
Other principal shopping streets in the area include Wicklow Street, Dawson Street, and South Great Georges Street.
The nearby Powerscourt Towncentre is one of the nicer, albeit small, shopping centres in the city. Also close by is The Georges Street Arcade, an indoor market well worth a visit.
Pennys: Cheap shopping
If you want to buy some clothes Pennys is perfect for you if you're on a low budget. You can find them around O'Connell St if you're in the city centre. You can find jeans for just around 9 euro or tops for 2.
But like my friend said once: everyone will know where you do your shopping and you might see a homeless person wearing the same top. :) There is this Irish girl I know in Slovenia and she said that whenever she visits Ireland and goes to Pennys she never wears those clothes there. I don't really care about this things myself, you can get really good deals.
Try shopping centres, too!
Cultivate: Nuts about all thats green!
This is a shop concerened with everyting that is enviromental and gren! They sell everything from runners made of hemp to solar panels for laptops! The staff are pretty helpful if a little lost when asked a question! Worth popping in for a look!
What to buy: Hemp Shoes - Somehitn I never came across before!Related to:
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