Living in the UK is really expensive. I forget sometimes, since we’ve been here over a year and a half and you just get used to things costing what they cost.
Then we travel somewhere and I look at price tags and I’m like SO CHEAP! BUY ALL THE THINGS!
There were tons of gorgeous cool shops in Ireland and items seemed so reasonably priced. I had a hard time not going on a full shopping spree! If I had more room in my luggage to get things home, I probably would have succumbed to the temptation. I was really impressed everywhere we went with how many great options there were for clothes and home goods and shoes.
There was one shop, though, that I absolutely, positively wanted to visit while we were there. I don’t even remember where I first heard of it, but Avoca was high on my To-Do-In-Ireland list, and on our very first night in Dublin we happened to walk right by it! Thankfully my family was on board with a little shopping. In fact, it was such a cool shop with so many amazing items that I actually had to DRAG my boys out when we were ready to go!
Avoca is an Irish-run business with their own mill where they create amazing and gorgeous blankets, scarves, gloves, shawls and more. They also have an in-house design studio where they create clothing, home goods, ceramics…you name it. It is a seriously cool company and the store was visually just beautiful. Avoca goods are available in shops around the world, so keep an eye out for them.
I’ve said before how I have a bit of a throw blanket addiction, so this shop with stacks of wool, mohair, cashmere, herringbone, and Irish knit throws was like my own personal heaven. I couldn’t fit one in my suitcase, though, so they were sadly not an option on this trip.
The other thing that really caught my eye was the stack of cashmere/wool stoles. They’re bigger than a normal scarf, smaller than a full wrap, and soft as buttah. There were some gorgeous neutrals, and I try to be sensible and get items I can wear with lots of stuff, but the one that I could not resist was actually neon orange. It came home with me and I wore it like 4 out of 5 days in Ireland and almost every day since I got home. Best. Purchase. Ever.
If you’re going to Ireland, I would add this shop to your must-see list. And leave space in your suitcase for all the treasures you’ll want to take home.