How to make rainbow shopping a success in Dublin.
If you’re shopping in Ireland’s biggest city you might have noticed some of your favourite local shops don’t have the rainbow theme on their storefronts.
And that’s because you can’t have it all!
We spoke to a number of rainbow shop owners to get their tips on how to best celebrate your day of rainbow shopping.
First of all, if you’re buying from a shop with a rainbow theme, it’s important to tell them.
“It’s a matter of respect, you can be a little bit rude, but if you say that it’s a good idea, people are more likely to think you’re really being nice,” says Gwen O’Connor, owner of Rainbow Rainbow.
“I try to give people a little heads up.”
If you’re in a local shop, say, that sells colourful merchandise, it might be better to go with something that’s less likely to be seen by customers who might be more sensitive to the colour scheme.
“You might want to be a bit less subtle and just say something like ‘you look pretty’,” she explains.
If your shop is more of a traditional shop, it would be better not to go too much further with the colours.
“It’s just a way to say that you love the colour,” she says.
“People are going to know it’s from the shop.”
“It is a little more subtle, but you could say it’s your shop,” agrees Shannon Byrne, owner and founder of Glamazon.
“Just make sure it’s not too obvious and you’re not too flashy.
You’re trying to say, ‘I love the colours’.””
The best thing to do is just go with what you have on hand and not to rush it,” she adds.
“If you’ve got a lot of things, make sure they are unique and interesting.”
“We like the way the colours look and how they’re applied,” says Claire Kelly, owner/manager of Tasty Colours.
“We use a lot more colour and different shades of glitter.
We like the bold colours because it says we’re Irish and we’re happy.”
For a small business, the best way to highlight a special occasion is to go a little further than the usual way of doing things.
“One of the best ways to show that you care about the shop is to have an open window, a large window and a big table,” Kelly says.
“We do a lot with the window.
It is a good way to make people think you are part of the community, so you might even have a sign saying ‘Rainbow Shop’.”
And if you are going out to celebrate with friends, go ahead and wear the colours!
“It is very much appreciated,” she recommends.
“Make sure that it looks like you are in the shop with your friends.”
The best way of displaying your support is by buying some of the colourful items from the shops you frequent.
“That’s something that is very personal for me,” says Shannon Byrne.
“When I go out, I feel really comfortable in my own shop, but I do have to go back and take photos of all the colours on my dress.”
“When you’re going out with your friend you might want something like a bright coloured dress or an interesting necklace,” she continues.
“But for yourself, a good dress is something you can wear and have your friends be proud of.”
“If you have something to do that day, you have to do it, but make sure you do it the right way,” says Kelly.
“There are so many different things to do with your clothes.”
You could try out some of our tips on finding the perfect gift for a special event, whether it’s Christmas, Easter, or New Year’s.
If there’s anything you’re particularly looking forward to, look no further than our rainbow shopping guide.
“A lot of the time it is the same thing,” says Byrne.
If that’s the case, you might try to take a moment to enjoy a meal together before you go shopping.
“This is such a great way to do things, but there are so much more special occasions that need to be planned out,” she explains, “like a wedding or a family reunion.”
Want to read more about rainbow shopping?
Click here for more information about buying rainbow themed merchandise in Ireland.