Redecorating your home? Cop a fabulous steal or a throwback treasure from these second hand furniture stores
Bargain hunters and vintage junkies, if you’re looking for second hand furniture, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re planning to pimp out your pad on the cheap, or trick out your space with unique one-off pieces, these pre loved furniture stores in Singapore are goldmines of fantastic finds (with loads of character guaranteed). Happy hunting!
Carpenter and Cook
This charming artisan bakery located near Beauty World MRT station is our fave hideout from the city’s crowds. Creamy tarts and warm cuppas aside, the cafe also doubles up as a vintage furniture store. Almost everything you see in the store is for sale, from the antique armoires, eclectic dining tables, vintage typewriters and sewing machines to the collectible teapots and cutlery.
Carpenter and Cook, 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598120, Open Sun-Thurs 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10pm, p. 6463 3648.
True to its name, this is one store where you can find anything and everything. It’s packed to the rafters with all sorts of cool stuff, which means you’ll find furniture from all eras, some beautifully refurbished pieces too and some weird knick-knacks you never you needed. Some bargaining with the owner, Uncle Charlie, can be done, but be sure to bring wads of cash and a sharp eye! This one’s a little out of the way, so think of it as a real treasure hunt. Just make sure to clear your boot space beforehand.
Junkie’s Corner, 2 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287988, p. 9791 2607.
Lorgan’s The Retro Store
There’s plenty to love about Lorgan’s the Retro Store (its kitschy, fifties-inspired website included). Its collection boasts pieces from the ’30s to the ’70s, and features leather lounge chairs, dinette chairs, antique lamps and quirky homewares, like the iconic, retro Crosley radio.
Lorgan’s the Retro Store, Century Warehouse, #01-03,100E, Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118521, p. 6272 4988, Open Mon to Sun 1030am to 630pm.
Singapore Trading Post
From the team behind Expat Auctions comes this lovely establishment that carefully selects pieces from India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. With lamps and linens to side tables and cabinets, the selection here is definitely worthy of a visit if you’re looking for furnishings with a side of Asian charm.
Singapore Trading Post, Tan Boon Liat Building, #07-01, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074, p. 6274 0511. Open Mon-Fri 1030am-530pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
Here, you’ll find restored furniture hailing back to the olden days, like old-school industrial metal chairs, teakwood drawers and old ’70s writing table. Pieces come in limited numbers so be sure to snap them up quick before they’re gone. Keep in mind that the store only accepts cash payments, but online purchases via bank transfer can be made too.
Long-longtime Store, Tradehub 21, #03-11, 8 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 609964, p. 9832 5378. Call to make a viewing appointment/purchase.
Even after being in the home interior scene for 15 years now, this store is still a well-kept secret amongst furniture aficionados. We understand the secrecy; it’s chock-a-block with handpicked vintage finds and curios, architectural décor pieces and collectibles – even novelty items like old-school posters and alarm clocks. Most pieces are also one-offs and imported, so if you see something you like, snap it up quick!
KB Living, Midview Building,#05-28, 50 Bukit Batok Street 23, Singapore 659578, p. 6316 5574.
Focusing on reclaimed teak wood originals and eco-friendly, sustainable vintage pieces from around the world, this is guilt-free furniture shopping at its best! The store also offers outdoor furniture, so pop by the showroom if you’ve got a garden or patio to revamp. We also love that Journey East’s vintage furniture collection stretches faarrrr back into a bygone era – their “youngest” furniture dates back to the 1960s!
Journey East, #03-02 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169704, p. 6473 1693. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Hock Siong & Co.
Furniture aficionados would be more than familiar with this name. Always wanted to live in a hotel? Now you can. Find used 5 star hotel quality furniture here – from $10 down-filled pillows to Shanghainese rosewood furniture and refurbished teak desks. There are also plenty of home accessories to rifle through – hell, you can even go home with your own bellhop trolley! Go prepared to hunt down your bargain.
Hock Siong & Co., Junjie Industrial Building, 153 Kampong Ampat, #01-03, Singapore 368326, p. 6281 8338, Open daily 930am-550pm.
Like its name suggests, the store is stuffed to the gills with charming bric-a-brac! Since starting over a decade ago, the people behind the brand remain passionate about the hunt for unique vintage finds. Coo over French armchairs, iconic midcentury furniture, reupholstered sofas, wingbacks, and desks made from recycled teak.
Second Charm, Mapletree Industrial Building, Block 19, #04-157, Kallang Avenue, Singapore 339410, p. 6294 2919 or 9628 9171, Tue-Sat 11am-530pm, Sun 12-5pm.
Jennifer’s Vintage & Antique
Some things are lovely only when they’re new; others become lovelier as they age. There’s a lot to dig through here, but they aren’t refurbished or restored. What you see is what you get, and what you’ll get is pre-loved, vintage pieces you may have to restore yourself – but hey, sometime there’s nothing more satisfying than giving that rickety old chair a new lease of life .
Jennifer’s Vintage & Antique, Block 27 #01-306 Jalan Bahagia (Near Balestier Road & Whampoa Drive), Singapore 320027, p. 9633 7309, Call ahead.
Love the clean, minimalistic aesthetic of Scandinavian furnishings? Then you’ll love Noden, a treasure trove of authentic Scandi classics from the ’40s to the ’70s, carefully sourced by the owners on their European travels. The range includes designer offerings and gorgeous, handpicked rare items, so don’t be surprised to find that pieces come and go quickly.
Noden, 65 Ubi Road 1,#03-75, Oxley Bizhub, Singapore 408729, p. 6702 6475, Wed to Sun 11am to 6pm, closed on Mon and Tues.
Got a nose for sussing out cheap bargains? Then it may be difficult to walk past this second-hand shopping institution without peeking in. Located in heartland locations around Singapore, Cash Converters is one of Singapore’s best-kept secrets for cheap preloved merch. Its wide product range never ceases to surprise us: the store has everything from old sofas and tables to quirky lamps and vintage coffee tables.
Cash Converters, Various Locations including Jurong East and Toa Payoh; www.cashconvertersasia.com
There are a number of great trading websites that offer direct sales from previous owners – and cutting out the middleman means huge savings! RenoTalk has a great Exchange Corner, STClassifieds has a Home & Appliances section, and there’s always Gumtree Singapore – Stuff for Sale. Our personal fave is Carousell, available on both the web and as an app (though the effortlessness of this may have you spiralling into addiction).
Pssst, if you like this, check out the heaps of new furniture options in this guide.