First off, Happy New Year everyone.
January, for most people, is the month of cutting back. Cutting back on food, spending and all forms of over indulgence. It's when you diligently make all those new year resolutions that only the most stead fast of us ever keep. Makes it all a bit gloomy doesn't it?
So here's my plan for January.
I'm going to over indulge in all things free. There's a lot of them out there if you know where to look. Today let's talk about markets
There is a fantastic range of markets on every weekend. This is my pick.
This weekend I'm going to be checking out the People's Market in Dun Laoighire on Sunday. If I had more time there is also a fantastic food market in Marlay Park on Saturday's and Sunday's.
In Dublin city centre you have the Saturday food market in Meeting House Square (newly refurbished, below) in Temple Bar.
While you're there you should check out the Gallery of Photography. And just down the street you have Cows Lane Market with a fabulous range of Irish crafts. While this market is closed in January there is a cool range of craft tutorials on offer in the Culture Box.
And don't forget the Book Market.
On Sundays you have the markets in Newmarket. Run as a co-op this is a fantastic way to spend a lazy Sunday.
2nd Sun of month | Peas and Pods Family Market | 11.00 - 17.00The newest market at Dublin Food Co-op, featuring clothing and toys, homewares and accessories.
3rd Sun of month | The Brocante Market | 11.00 - 17.00Pre-loved furniture and homewear. Second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house, kitchen and garden.
Last Sun of month | Dublin Flea Market | 11.00 - 17.00A bizarre bazaar of vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and what nots. Find hand-made goods, art, jewellery, records and other unwanted items that may just be your treasure!
Hands down my favourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon.