Previously Loved Finds Friday: Everything AND the Kitchen Sink

After my last very popular post about my finds while second-hand shopping in Cork, I thought this should be a regular feature. It may not materialize every Friday but I’ll be sure you won’t miss a find. Since my last post, I’ve been shopping at second-hand shops as usual and I’ve found some lovely items. Some of which came home with me.

I found some lovely tea and coffee sets, but resisted temptation since my dish storage is bursting at the seams!

Sunflowers on even a rainy day with this set. #platewatch #corkthrifting

#platewatch in Edinburgh Scotland #teaset

#pottery #tea set #platewatch #corkthrifting

One shop even had a stainless steel kitchen sink with drainage area for just €20! Someone out there is renovating their laundry room or kitchen and will love this find.

Everything but the... Wait, no they even have a kitchen sink for €20. #corkthrifting

It took every ounce of will power to not bring this puppy home. It was £6.99 in Edinburgh but not very luggage friendly. If it had been a Boston Bull Terrier, there would have been space made.

Pleeeeeeeeeeeease can we have a dog????? @younghouselove has a zoo of ceramic animals.

These items were also resisted, with great difficulty. The shoes were way too small.

Minty kitten heels #shoes Want want want

But then I saw this for my friend Belle who had been admiring honey pots at Ballymaloe recently when we went for lunch. So, for €1, it is a not at all awkward ‘just because’ gift. Here it is in the shop:

This has @limmster #platewatch written all over it. #bees #honey


Then when I got it home, I washed it and had it pose for a few photos on a vintage tablecloth I got in Brugges.

#honey pot for @limmster all cleaned up on #vintage #orange #tablecloth from Belgium.

I don't know who #MrsBridges is but she makes one cute #honey pot.

Sometimes the most important skill in second-hand shopping is vision. Not just sight, but vision. When I saw this darling little silver tealight candle holder, it looked like it had seen better days. But I thought with a bit of polishing it might shine once again. It was just €0.50 so worth a try, right? Sure enough, it worked. I used Jewelry Polishing Cloths by Hagerty for the polishing.

#Before photo of #silver tealight #candle holder. #corkthrifting Progress photo of tealight candle holder being polished. #After photo of polished #silver #candle holder. #corkthrifting #After photo of polished #silver #candle holder. #corkthrifting #nofilter

Also needing a bit of a cleanup was this matchbox. Four matchboxes between inlayed wood. Very nice. I actually thought it was a printed paper to look like inlayed wood under plastic when I saw it in the shop since it was so dirty. But after a cleanup at home (with a baby wipe), the real wood grain shines! It cost €1.

Lovely #inlayed #wood match keeper. #corkthrifting Another peek at yesterday's charity shop find. A matchbox with inlayed wood top. #corkthrifting

Such rich colors in my thrift store inlayed wood matchbox. #corkthrifting

This scarf was about €0.10 and makes a fab hair band.

Love my hairband.

And this coat for €9.95. I disobeyed the instructions and washed it.

New #coat #sleeve. #plaid

New #plaid #coat. Yes, it is #purple. Crazy! #thriftshopfind

My total for a wool plaid coat, a honeypot with lid, a silver tealight holder and an inlayed wood matchbox? €12.55
If you’re in Cork City, you’ll enjoy the fabulous variety of second-hand shops. Here’s a list:

99 North Main Street
Tel: 021-425-1727
Hours: To be added

68 North Main Street
Tel: 021-427 9840
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-17:30

91 North Main Street
Tel: To be added
Hours: To be added

Enable Ireland
32 North Main Street
Tel: 021-427-2828
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-17:30

Enable Ireland
Oliver Plunkett

4 Carey Lane
Tel: 021-427-6083
Hours: To be added

90 North Main Street
Tel: 021-425-4608 
or 021-490-5771
Hours: To be added


Irish Cancer Society Furniture Shop
Cornmarket Street at Coal Quay
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00

Irish Cancer Society
4-5 Castle Street
Tel: 021-427-2257
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00

Irish Cancer Society
13 Princes Street
Tel: 021-490-5675
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00

Mercury Goes Retrograde
19c Drawbridge Street
Tel: ?
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00

Miss Daisy Blue
Market Parade, Patrick’s Street
Tel: 021-427-9428
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30-17:30

Oxfam Ireland
10 Cook Street
Tel: 021-427-5490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-17:30

Oxfam Ireland Bookshop
French Church Street by Paul Street (near Tesco)

Ruby & Peacock
Market Parade, Patrick’s Street
Tel: 021-427-9855
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:30-17:30


  1. Donna Benham says:

    I love your blog. My friend and I are coming from Oklahoma USA to Cork in June. We love charity shopping. Looking forward to checking those out in Cork.

    • evinok says:

      You’ll LOVE all the charity shops. Some specialise in different things or maybe it is just the space they have to display them or their donation pool. In any case, if you can make a morning of it and stroll through them all you’d probably have a fabulous time if you love charity shops. You’ll be impressed with how organised they are!

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