POP-UP shops of different kinds have become a feature of the recent recession but, happily, have also come to be seen as a beacon of hope and a sign of resilience.
Now, Patrickswell is about to experience the phenomenon – but with its own twist. Emily Clarke, who lives in Crecora, is about to open a pop-up charity shop in the village and says she has been “blown away” by the level of interest from the public.
“I’m very excited about this venture,” Emily told the Limerick Leader. “I like to do something for charity every year and this year I thought maybe a pop-up shop would be a good idea.”
The shop will be open this Saturday, September 28 and the following Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 6pm. “Everything from a needle to an anchor will be sold in the shop for ridiculously low prices,” Emily explained. “All goods are in mint condition and everything must go.”
The pop-up shop will be located next to Centra on the main street and Bubbles the Clown will be there on the day to entertain and do face-painting. Tea, coffee and cakes of all sorts will also be made available.
“We have the option of further Saturdays, depending on demand,” Emily continued. And she expressed her gratitude to John Leddin of Tool Hire who gave the use of his premises free of charge. “A huge thank you to John,” Emily said.
The proceeds will go to the mission work begun by Fr Derek Leonard who was based in Raheen before leaving to work in Peru for a number of years, where he set up soup-kitchen. Funds will also go to the St Joseph’s orphanage in Romania.