One In A Million: Rainy Dillon Mingle Market

 
Rainy J Dillon is a co-founder of the Ferocious Mingle Marcade on Dublin's Camden Street, a bohemian circus of market stalls, live music sessions, classsic film screenings, coffee, cake and fancy dress. Video: Darragh Bambrick

Rainy J Dillon is one of the co-founders of the Ferocious Mingle Marcade on Dublin's Camden Street, a bohemian circus of market stalls, live music sessions, classsic film screenings, coffee, cake and fancy dress.

"I know what I like when I go shopping and I couldn't find it here [in Dublin]," says Dillon whose solution was to set up her own market with partner Eamonn Mooney five years ago.

Their jumble of microbusinesses has moved to a few Dublin locations, including Newmarket Square and Thomas Street, but it has remained a coulourful maze of chalets and stalls brimming with vintage clothes, crafts, jewellery, vinyls, art, antiques and more.

The latest Camden Street location includes Oscar Verne's Coffee Bar, artist studios and her own Josie Baggley studio and shop, where she creates and sells her own steampunk jewellery and art. On Saturdays and Sundays, Dillon and other traders open their studios for visitors to have a nose around.

"It's decorative, it's eclectic and there's a little bit of creepiness there to," says Dillon. “If I’m going to be spending so many days of my life working, I want to make sure that it’s a happy, colourful changing environment. That’s one of the reasons why I set this up." The market is nothing if not colourful and eclectic, and Dillon is the apt ringmaster drawing in the curious crowds.

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