From rare thrift store gems to vintage haute couture, get all your second-hand clothes, jewellery, accessories and shoes from these boutiques and markets in Singapore...
Experimenting with your looks and finding your fashion identity can be fun, especially when rifling through mountains of second-hand fashion pieces from past decades instead of heading straight to designer brands and high-street fashion. Vintage lovers, we know the struggle is real here in Singapore. Despite longing for the vintage boutiques of London and massive flea markets on the outskirts of Paris, there ARE vintage gems here if you know where to look. We did our homework for you vintage vixens and discovered the city’s purveyors of preloved stores. Here are our favourites…
Dark Horse Vintage
Handpicked from all over the world by founder Jasmine, the quirky collection of vintage pieces at Dark Horse is carefully curated to include floral dresses, elegant silk scarfs, and retro skirts categorised by decades that are easy on the eyes and on the wallet. To add to its exclusivity, Dark House organises personal shopping sessions and make its appearance at pop-up events. For first dibs knowledge on Dark Horse Vintage’s pop-ups, follow on Facebook and Instagram.
Dark Horse Vintage, available online with free shipping
Déjà vu Vintage
A favourite amongst vintage lovers, Déjà Vu Vintage stocks a sizeable collection of premium and designer vintage treasures. If you’re big on quality, you’ll be very pleased to know that every item here is inspected, dry-cleaned, steam-pressed, and mended before going up on the racks. Prices do run steeper here, but you won’t find run-of-the-mill polyester dresses. Besides a dedicated vintage collection, expect designer pieces by Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, Carolina Herrera, and Bill Blass that are beautifully tailored and timeless, to boot.
Deja Vu Vintage, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-70 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, p. 6338 8013
Nostalgia Queen Vintage
This cosy store tucked in Sunshine Plaza stole our hearts with its piles of cool vintage finds that date back to the 1960s, all brought together by an affable and passionate owner. Despite its narrow space, discerning style mavens would have little problem uncovering a treasure or two in between the racks of preloved standouts. Get those wallets (and fast fingers) ready for a true thrifting treasure hunt.
Nostalgia Queen Vintage, #01-75, Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street
Despite its unlikely location in a HDB estate, this vintage veteran is a treasure trove of affordable designer gems. – bargain hunters, take note! We’re talking a stellar collection of Chanel, Hermes, Cartier, and YSL bags. Its racks of its non-designer vintage goods are loaded with ‘60s sailor shift dresses, ‘40s pencil sheaths and ‘50s flare dresses. Feeling adventurous? Check out its in-house collection for a traditional batik spin on vintage-inspired frocks!
Dustbunny Vintage, #01-203, Block 112 Bukit Purmei Road, Singapore 090112, p. 6274 4200
If Mad Men’s Betty Draper happens to be your style icon, then you’ll be charmed by Dayglow Vintage’s retro selection. The petite boutique has a chock full of Stepford Wives-esque frocks and floral-printed dresses that are designed and uniquely tailored with organic cotton by founder and headseamstress Lilian and her team of experienced tailors. Plus, Dayglow also carries its own ready-to-wear line of retro-inspired cheongsams, just in time for CNY. Dayglow has also jumped on the sustainable bandwagon by reducing the amount of raw materials use and practising made-to-orders to cut down excess stocks.
Dayglow Vintage, 12 Loyang Place, Singapore 508876, p. 9770 4026
Step into this treasure trove and you’ll be greeted with vintage travel trunks and briefcases — talk about old-school. This Haji Lane gem carries an extensive collection of round-collared blouses, high-waisted pencil skirts and polka dot dresses a la Lucille Ball. the boys are not forgotten too — there are plenty of retro printed, buttoned-down shirts perfect with a pair of smart trousers or comfy jeans. No doubt, Grammah will have you longing for the good old days of black and white TV and jukeboxes.
Grammah, 66 Haji Lane, Singapore 189259. p. 6299 0384
Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores
Befitting its reputation as the most well-known thrift shop of the bunch, Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Stores not only cater to the fashion junkie – expect one-off designer coats, vintage shoes and ’70s sunnies – but also fans of vintage furnishings. Its Praisehaven brunch in Bukit Timah is known to be the largest and most-stocked store in the city. We recommend bringing wads of cash if you’re planning to splurge.
Salvation Army Thrift Stores, available at various locations including Bukit Timah and Serangoon
Flea markets for vintage treasures:
Besides being the best way to discover under-the-radar, independent brands and shop responsibly – Boutiques’ line-up always features socially conscious brands, including rad vendors selling vintage wares, apparel and accessories. The three day fair will feature over 200 labels with a focus on shopping consciously — isn’t that what preloved treasures are for?
Boutiques Fair, next event on 16-18 March, The Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
China Square Central Flea Market
Put your bargaining skills to the test at this weekly flea market. Two floors of over 60 vendors, you can anything from antiques and vintage clothes to vinyls and old posters. Expand your collection and head to level 2 for more comics, toys and collectables. Some are these items are no longer around anymore, so best grab the chance while you can!
China Square Central Flea Market, Level 1 and 2, 18 Cross Street, Singapore 048423. Open every Sunday
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