Treasure trove awaits at ‘Bar boot sale’ in Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

IT IS a car boot sale, but not as you know it. With live music, food, crafts and a bar awaiting at Raggle Taggle Studios this Saturday, the ‘Bar Boot Sale’ is a quirky take on the old model of selling second hand goods.

IT IS a car boot sale, but not as you know it. With live music, food, crafts and a bar awaiting at Raggle Taggle Studios this Saturday, the ‘Bar Boot Sale’ is a quirky take on the old model of selling second hand goods.

Boasting either trash or treasure, depending on your perspective, the Bar Boot Sale takes place for the second time this weekend in the Sarsfield Street studio, after a successful staging last month saw people streaming in to hunt for bargains.

The brainchild of Nora O’Murchu, well known in Limerick art circles for running the popular Tweak! Festival, the interactive design and digital art festival that has run in the city for several years, the Bar Boot Sale aims to offer a “mish mash of stalls, ranging from vintage clothes, records, books, bric-a-brac, crafts and food”, while live music takes place in the background.

“A friend of mine runs one in Galway and we decided to put one on in Limerick, and it seemed like a good way for people to make way and come together and have some fun as well,” said Nora, a PhD student in UL.

“Instead of a typical car boot sale where you show up to a car park and sell your wares, basically we want people to come along to the space and we will have tables, a bar and some DJs,” she added.

Taking place from 1pm to 6pm in Raggle Taggle - on the corner of Henry Street and Sarsfield Street - the event is free for browsers and buyers, but a donation towards any potential future staging of Tweak! would be appreciated by O’Murchu.

For traders there is a €10 fee for stalls, but all profits will remain with the sellers.

However, considering the success of the last event, O’Murchu is warning that stall spaces are limited and booking in advance is necessary.

“The last one went really well, we were really surprised, it was busy before we opened the doors and there was people coming in and out all day,” she explained.

To book a stall or find out more, email limerickbarbootsale@gmail.com.