Cop a serious second-hand steal or two at these stores for second hand shopping 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 all our favourite stores for second hand shopping 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 so 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.
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.
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, Pasir Ris, Jurong West and Yishun.
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.
Trash or Treasure
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.
Odds n’ Collectables
Call us biased (Odds n’ collectables is located on the street of our HQ) but we’ve got a soft for this hole-in-the-wall store located on a busy cafe-populated street. Admittedly, the range is a little dizzying, with items packed to the rafters. Those with a keen eye will be duly rewarded; look hard enough and you’ll find cool vintage enamel trays, posters and even mini peacock chairs!
Odds n’ Collectables, 128 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068597
The Heritage Shop
Befitting its name, this store is all about Singapore’s heritage. Take a journey through the country’s history with its packed shelves of knick knacks – think vintage newspaper broadsheets, old tiffin carriers, oil lamps, chamber pots and even women’s magazines from the age of Malaya.
The Heritage Shop, 93 Jln Sultan, Singapore 198997
Tong Mern Sern
It’s hard to miss Tong Mern Sern – its shopfront is adorned with the bright yellow banner above. Depending on your luck, the famous junk shop has countless treasures to uncover, include antique armoires, stone irons, porcelain China plates, and kerosene lamps. Looking for something specific? Approach the elderly uncles, and don’t forget to bargain!
Tong Mern Sern, 51 Craig Road, Singapore 089689
Dark Horse Vintage
If it’s a one-of-a-kind vintage dress you’re looking for, this is the . Founder Jasmine scours the world for quirky additions to her Dark Horse boutique. While its brick and mortar store may have closed, its online store still carries its spirit with ‘70s knee length floral dresses, striped knit tops, and loud vests.
Dark Horse Vintage, available online with free shipping
Déjà vu Vintage
As Déjà vu Vintage so delicately puts it, it’s had enough of “mass-market bleah.” The store is a cut above other vintage stores, with stylish, personally selected pieces imported from U.S, Europe, Australia and Japan. Take your time to rifle through the tailored and timeless pieces displayed neatly on the elegant, spacious shelves. The range includes designer pieces by Carolina Herrera, Moschino and even Oscar De La Renta.
Deja Vu Vintage, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-70 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, p. 6338 8013
We simply could not exclude Dustbunny Vintage from the list – the vintage veteran is a treasure trove of affordable designer gems from the likes of YSL and even Hermes (yes, really). Not one for big names? The store is also home to ‘60s wrap skirts, ‘ sailor shift ‘50s flare dresses.
Dustbunny Vintage, #01-203, Block 112 Bukit Purmei Road, Singapore 090112, p. 6274 4200
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