Millbrae, Carndonagh, Co Donegal F93 WY07

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Contact Spraoi agus Spórt

What will you
buy today?

Síoraí Clothing & Accessories is located both on Bridge St, Carndonagh, F93 AX9E and online here. Founded in September 2016, it has contributed an estimated €600,000 to the local economy.

We stock a range of:

  • Ladies’ clothes and shoes
  •  Mens’ clothes and shoes
  •  Children’s clothes and shoes
  •  Books

Spraoi agus Spórt founded the vintage shop to:

  • Offer quality goods at affordable prices to our community.
  •  Recycle quality goods to divert them from landfill and incineration.
  •  Reinvest all proceeds in the provision of affordable and inclusive services and resources.

We’ve been based at our shop premises at Bridge Street premises since September 2016. When Covid restrictions closed our physical store in 2020, we moved online and successfully started selling through not-for-profits platform, Thriftify

Sales on Thriftify quickly accounted for 50% of our physical store sales so we were delighted with that. We now have online customers from every county in Ireland and have sent orders to the UK, France and Spain.

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Sales on thriftify amounted to 50% of physical store sales

FAQ’s About Síoraí Clothing

How do I Buy from Síoraí Clothing Shop?

You can shop at our premises in Bridge Street, Carndonagh F93 AX9E. It’s open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday each week (excluding Bank Holidays). Or you can shop at any time of day or night on our online Thriftify shop.

What Types of Goods Can I Donate to Síoraí Clothing?

The best donations are good quality clothes for men, women, or children! 

What Does Síoraí Clothing contribute to Spraoi agus Spórt?

Over the past seven years, Síoraí has generated over €150,000 in sales income for Spraoi agus Spórt. We use this money to fund our services. Síoraí income plays a key in providing materials and resources for our centre. In particular, the funds cover special needs assistants which means those of all abilities can take part in our activities. It also pays for transport for children and teenagers with a disability so there are fewer barriers to participation. The shop provides training opportunities for two Community Employment participants and one Tús participant.  It also offers social interaction opportunities for 8 volunteers, who play a vital role in it’s operation. Innovating to move Síoraí online via the Thriftify platform opened bigger audiences for us. We now have online customers from every county in Ireland and have sent orders to the UK, France, and Spain. The innovation saw sales figures jump from by almost €10,000 a 28% increase in sales figures. In addition, moving online opened major learning and growth opportunities for local young people. We worked with Transition Year (TY) students from Carndonagh Community School to help us get the shop online. It was a major challenge, which involved logging and photographing all the stock. It provided pupils with practical business skills in e-commerce, sustainable fashion, and digital marketing.

Anything you particularly want as donations?

Good quality clothes

What would you say is your most popular sales items?

Bric a Brac

What does Síoraí contribute to Spraoi financially

Over the past seven years, Síoraí has generated over €100,000 in sales income for Spraoi agus Spórt. We use this money to fund our services. In particular, the funds cover special needs assistants which means those of all abilities can take part in our activities. The shop also offers full-time and part-time employment to xxx and involves over xx volunteers each year. Innovating to move Síoraí online via the Thriftify platform opened up bigger audiences for us. We now have online customers from every county in Ireland and have sent orders to the UK, France and Spain. The innovation saw sales figures jump from around xx to yy/saw a zz% increase in sales figures. In addition, moving online opened up major learning and growth opportunities for local young people. We worked with Transition Year (TY) students from Carndonagh Community School to help us get the shop online. It was a major challenge, which involved logging and photographing all the stock. It provided pupils with practical business skills in e-commerce, sustainable fashion and digital marketing.

How Does Our Community Benefit from Spraoi?

The community gains from our Síoraí shops in the following ways:

POSITIVE IMPACT OF OUR SERVICES:

We can offer inclusive services that those of all abilities can access, through the funding from Síoraí. For example, it helps young people like Kayla McCarron attend our Multi-Activity Camps, with the support of special needs assistants. This kind of one-to-one support is made possible with the proceeds from the shop.

EMPLOYMENT:

We have an amazing group of volunteers – eight ladies who work tirelessly to ensure we have one of the best vintage shops in Ireland. The shop also provides training opportunism for 2 Tús participants and 1 CE (Community Employment) participant.

VOLUNTEERING:

We offer a sociable, friendly experience to those who wish to get more involved in their community, which has a positive impact on their mental health.

ECONOMICALLY:

They say every euro raised locally is worth four. Given that Síoraí has brought in over €150,000 to date, that’s worth €600,000 to the local economy

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

Moving Síoraí online opened major learning and growth opportunities for local young people. We worked with Transition Year (TY) students from Carndonagh Community School to help us get the shop online. It was a major challenge, which involved logging and photographing all the stock. It provided pupils with practical business skills in e-commerce, sustainable fashion, and digital marketing. We continue to offer learning experiences to local volunteers and young people.

HELPING & ENVIRONMENT:

We work to reduce the amount of clothing, furniture and goods doing to landfill or incineration by recycling through our shop.