Cop a serious second-hand steal or two at these best thrift stores in Singapore.
In a city bursting at the seams with fab shopping, it’s little surprise that it’s also teeming with thrift stores galore for incredible second hand steals. We love the thrill of a good thrift; dig a little deeper and you may just unearth a swishy vintage dress or a one-of-a-kind Pinterest-worthy mirror. All it takes? A little sleuthing and a clever eye for a good bargain. From mega charity consignment stores to eclectic furniture finds, we’ve sussed out the best thrift stores in Singapore. Happy hunting!
Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores
Befitting its reputation as the most well-known thrift shop of the bunch, Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Stores also charges the most – bring wads of cash if you’re planning to splurge. Outlets worth traipsing across the island for include Bukit Timah and Serangoon; these mega stores not only cater to the fashion junkie – expect one-off designer coats, vintage shoes and ’70s sunnies – but also fans of vintage furnishings.
Salvation Army Thrift Stores, Outlets in Bukit Timah and Serangoon.
Something old, something new
Chances are that even the most seasoned of thrifters may not have heard about this hole-in-the-wall consignment store. The scores of racks boasting vintage finds are a little chaotic, but stay patient; you’ll probably be duly rewarded. Tip: Penny pinchers, look out for the three for $10 discount section.
Something old, something new, Outlets in Simei, Jurong West and Yishun.
New2U Thrift Shop
A fave amongst hipsters and bargain-loving hunters, New2U Thrift Shop is a treasure trove of hidden gems like past-season designer goods or pre-loved statement pieces. All proceeds from sales go to Star Shelter, a refuge for victims of domestic violence, or the various Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) initiatives including The Women’s Register, a platform for mentoring young women.
New2U Thrift Shop, 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967, p. 6837 0611.
Providing pre-vocational training to the intellectually disabled, MINDS stores offer a wide array of goodies, including home decor, clothing and accessories. Prices are usually kept below $10, with (reasonable) bargaining allowed for certain items. While there are outlets in Redhill, Woodlands, and Rosyth, the go-to locale is Margaret Drive; it’s the biggest and houses the largest assortment of knick-knacks.
MINDS Shop, Outlets include ones in Margaret Drive, Rosyth and Woodlands.
Warning: This store is located in a colourful district (Geylang), so you might want to grab a friend while thrifting here! The reward for your travels? Dirt cheap prices (as low as a dollar!) on items like vintage dresses, retro jackets, and old CDs. Serious thrifters only; the store is old and items may be a little frayed, so prepare to dig in and hunt.
Hi-Thrift, 1 Lorong 23 Geylang, Singapore 388352, p. 6440 2444.
Hock Siong & Co.
Always wanted to live in a hotel? Now you can. Find used, five-star hotel quality furniture at this famous store – from $10 down-filled pillows to Shanghainese rosewood furniture and refurbished teak desks. There are also plenty of unique 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
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, and some weird knick-knacks you never knew 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.