You know when you meet someone for the first time and you feel like you’ve known them your whole life? After geeking over charity shops online the past couple of weeks, Sadhbh* of Where Wishes Come From
so graciously offered to give me a tour of ALL OF THE
Bray charity shops last week. We met on Main Street in Bray and spent the entire afternoon shooting the breeze and touring the best second hand bargains Bray has to offer. Entertainment, great company, and it snowed. It was a pretty epic afternoon.
As Sadhbh so expertly advised, we started our tour at the McDonald’s [which is one of the top 10 McDonald’s
in the world, if that’s your kind of thing] at the top of Main Street in Bray because that way, you’re walking downhill for the rest of the shops. That’s my kind of route.
Without further delay, onto all the second hand and charity good stuff –
1. Valentine’s Community Shop – a great selection of clothes, both old and new
– I hit gold here and bought 3 pieces. One of the larger charity shops with a wide variety of clothes, books, and knick-knacks
3. War on Want
– a real gem. I bought husband the most epic tracksuit top, formally known as TraXedo [see photo below]. It was downhill after that.
– lovely selection of accessories and clothes for all ages
6. Enable Ireland
– great collection of antique fine china as well as a tempting selection of clothes available
– solid collection of second hand books and clothes for all age groups
10. Cast A Ways – excellent selection of second hand and shabby chic furniture
– a great variety of clothes and knick-knacks. I couldn’t resist a print of the Welsh countryside from here
12. Florence Fortune’s
– it was unfortunately closed the day Sadhbh and I went, but we spent about 5 minutes with our faces pressed up against the front window. If you’re in Bray, you have to go to there.
We took our time wandering from one second hand store to the other, rummaging through all the bargain bins, and were finished in under 2 hours. But this route could easily be done in half an hour if you were on a mission. And dare I say it, the Bray charity shops put the Dublin ones to shame.
It would be a shame to not share a picture of my most prized possession from said route – the TraXedo. It’s a mock-tuxedo tracksuit top. Behold …
In case you were curious as to how it works, the bow-tie is velcrow and detaches on the right hand side for ease of access. As it says on the cuff – TraXedo; when smart meets casual. I promise, I will try and get a photo of husband in it later tonight, so be sure to check later. This was by far the best 3.50 I’ve spent in weeks.
We retired to Dockyard No. 8
on Bray Harbour and warmed up with the most epic of seafood chowder. We could have sat chatting and eating for hours, but unfortunately I had to cut it short to get the bus home.
I had an amazing afternoon and if it weren’t for my knowledgeable, cool and hilarious tour guide, I would have been none-the-wiser to all that Bray had to offer. Thank you again, Sadhbh
*as Sadhbh puts it, her name sounds like the number ‘five’ if it started with an S – ‘Sive’.