Come weekend, opt for a good rummage amid the treasure trove of clothes and curios at the first floor of Campbell Complex, home to a dozen over bundle and vintage stores (you’re welcome). Yellow Kombi Vintage is an eccentric enclave of antiques, collectibles as well as retro and recycled fashion; prices start from RM5.
Forget Chow Kit, this is where it’s at: Rows after rows after rows of corduroys and flannels; denim jackets and dresses in every possible pattern and print; jeans, leather jackets, pants, shirts, T-shirts and windbreakers. We love Family Bundle for two reasons: Its RM5 price tags as well as its changing rooms.
Situated at the back of Battery Acid Club, Objekt-Object is a cool place to check out once you’re done with coffee or a cendol cake from the café. Vintage things to look for at this store are the clothes from Project Swissify, eyeglasses from the ‘80s, typewriters and other knick knacks. Owner Aaron Tan will be happy to tell you the story behind some of the objects, like how the labels of the ‘50s apothecary bottles are hand-painted – notice the irregular types.
Buntil (Malay word for bundle) is one of the longest running vintage shops in the Klang Valley. Established in the late '80s, the shop serves up a whittled down selection of genuine vintage items like leather bags, smart and casual shoes, blazer jackets, plaid pants, denim and accessories.
The under-the-radar vintage furniture shop that brims with old-fashioned charm was established in 2005 by Danny Ho. The store was born out of the love for vintage and Danny’s hobby of collecting vintage items. Inside the showrooms are packed with old furniture, art décor, framed vintage advertisements and posters, and heaps of knick-knacks (don’t forget to check out the camera from World War I).
Victor, who owns Kheng’s Antique & Collectibles started collecting in the '60s, accumulating an impressive 180 pieces of clocks and timepieces. Later, his interests switched to postcards, where he amassed a sizeable amount of 4,000 pieces, now treasured in the hands of posterity and Arkib Negara. His stellar clientele includes the Royal family as well as foreigners from all around the globe.
Bongkar is a vintage store which has been around since the late ‘90s. The store focuses almost exclusively on men’s vintage; however there’s a rotating mix of women’s bags and shoes as well. You'll find some pieces with real historic value, and if you're lucky some authentic branded vintage.