Shop for Ireland: this platform is a one-stop-shop for undiscovered Irish brands
10th Sep 2020
It is time to support Irish businesses and designers, and now marketstreet.ie has brought them all together, making it easier than ever before to shop local talent
The current global environment and economic climate are putting pressure on Irish businesses.
Our GDP shrunk by 6% in the second quarter of this year and we are officially in a recession.
Because of this our attitude to shopping and purchasing has changed. When we do decide to spend our pennies, we want to stay local. It has never been more important to support local industries and creatives whose output is on par and even better than their international counterparts.
And now one online marketplace has gathered these enterprises and stored them in a one-stop-shop for Irish designers.
Launched in 2019, marketstreet.ie is hosting some of Ireland’s most unique products and designers, bringing gifts for all occasions straight to your home. Set up by marketing consultant Michele Ryan, marketstreet.ie was born when she found herself looking at UK and international sites for personalised, creative gifts for loved ones. What started as a small idea now stocks products from 150 designers.
Michele felt with the vast amount of amazing Irish brands and products on offer, there should have been an easier way to find and purchase from them. “I like buying unique and personalised gifts when I can, and being a mum of two young kids it wasn’t as easy to get out to markets or shops to have a look for gifts,” she says.
“I spent quite a while looking online and found it very hard to find what I was looking for from Irish makers. This is where marketstreet.ie was born. Why should I buy from international sellers online on Etsy when I knew there were so many creative makers in Ireland? I want to buy Irish and support Irish, as do so many people now in the current economic climate.”
Marketstreet.ie sells products from brands including Stork & Co, Woof Stuff, Eco Mutt, Dink Studio and De Blaca Jewellery, covering art prints, cards, jewellery, accessories, kids and pet gifts.
Here are some of our top picks.
Personalised gold initial pendant, €129 by De Black Jewellery
Dancing in the Moonlight, €45 by Dink Studios
Sea pottery ring, €18 by Seoda na Tra
Raspberry clutch bag, €36.50 at Market Street
Age of Aquaria silver earrings, €90 by Cosmic Boulevard
Net string market bag, €7 by One Way Dublin
Night moon cufflinks, €135 by De Blaca Jewellery
Pale blue boho bag, €47 by Needle Sketches
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