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The best thrift shops in Singapore

Thrift your way downtown in a guilt-free shopping spree that leaves you satisfied with second-hand gems and vintage treasures

By Delfina Utomo
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It's no surprise that Singapore is a shopping paradise with a plethora of malls, multi-concept stores and independent labels at every nook and cranny. But if you prefer rifling through pre-loved gems, thrift your weekend away at these second-hand shops for everything from vintage designer bags to statement pieces from the yesteryears. Besides, old is gold, right?

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Threadlightly
Photograph: @rachelgalistan/Instagram

Threadlightly

Shopping Second-hand shops Queenstown

From pop-up booths around town, thrift shop Threadlightly has blossomed into a full-fledged physical store tucked away at Queensway Shopping Centre. Shop from three distinct lines of clothing at the store: Rehome makes up half the shop with donated items; Reclaim carries handpicked vintage wear; while Rework features goods tie-dyed and handmade by Rin and her mother themselves. The shopping experience is inclusive, as Threadlightly makes it a point to stock clothing in a large range of sizes (XXS to XXL) and at affordable price points. It also supports local – Singaporean makers like Bologna Jam have a home in Threadlightly's Local Corner; and a cut of monthly proceeds are donated to local organisations like AWARE. 

Nonmainstream
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Nonmainstream

Shopping Fashion Kallang

Nonmainstream is another cool shop you can find in the Kampong Gelam precinct. It's trendy to be thrifty these days and at this hip vintage store you can snap up bright Nike windbreakers, retro sporty sweatshirts, oversized polo shirts, graphic tees and more for affordable prices. The only catch is, the shop is only open on Fridays and weekends so keep tabs on its next opening day on the Instagram account. 

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Loop Garms

Shopping Vintage shops Rochor

It all started as a hobby of collecting vintage memorabilia when a trip to Japan inspired two youths, FJ Sai and Isaac Ang to open a physical store in Singapore. Experience a blast from the past as you peruse its curated collection of ’80s and ’90s apparel like plaid shirts (and pants), graphic tees and sports jackets from your favourite sports brands like Nike, Adidas, Fila and more. Prices start from $15 for caps and t-shirts – also look out for special edition threads available in-store.

Retro Gate

Shopping Vintage shops Kallang

Where else but Golden Mile Complex would be home to Singapore’s first Japanese-American inspired vintage and streetwear thrift store. What started as a passion project between Ryo Yamamoto and Paul Low, is now a physical store offering the dopest vintage streetwear like classic polo tees, colourful sports windbreakers and Hawaiian shirts.

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Refash
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Refash

Shopping Geylang

Shop and get on the great deals at this chain store that has made second-hand shopping fun and accessible for more people. Browse and pick through the collection of clothes from brands like Topshop, Forever 21, ASOS, ZARA and many more. Prices start from only $5 so you won't be burning a hole in your wallet. The stock is updated almost everyday wardrobe so you just have to keep on returning. 

Deja Vu Vintage

Shopping City Hall

Comb the racks of this boutique for pre-loved clothes, bags and accessories that are imported from the US and Europe – they include coveted couture pieces from Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta and other luxury fashion houses. Prices range from $35 for a pair of earrings to under $500 for a formal ball gown, while designer pieces go for up to 80% off their original retail prices. Besides clothes, Deja Vu Vintage stocks a modest collection of quirky tchotchkes for the dresser, such as earring and ring holders.

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a vintage tale
Photograph: A Vintage Tale

A Vintage Tale

Shopping Vintage shops Geylang

If you think vintage shopping is about second-hand duds and '80s clothes, A Vintage Tale will prove you wrong. This little gem in Joo Chiat stocks genuine vintage threads, some from way back in the '50s. Dig up brands like Gucci, Valentino, Moschino, pick from accessories and clothes and also bring home your collection of treasures at the end of it all. 

EXIT

Shopping Vintage shops Orchard

Orchard Plaza might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of cool stores but give it chance, especially when you have a place like Exit, which stocks a fusion of vintage and trendy streetwear from popular labels like Supreme and Champion. Exit was born out of the lack of vintage clothing stores in Singapore by three friends, Aloyston Eng, Darren Yang and Charmaine Lim who have been retro fashion enthusiasts since they were 17. With the opening of several vintage stores in Singapore, they hope to create a community for like-minded people to get together.

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Salvation Army Praisehaven Mega Family Store
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Salvation Army Praisehaven Mega Family Store

Shopping Shopping centres Bukit Batok

Being one of the largest pre-sale (and pre-loved) goods place, it has everything from clothes and jewellery to household furniture and accessories at reasonably low prices, giving you a bang for your buck. The best part is picking out branded clothing or brand new threads with the tags still attached at a steal.

Style Tribute's REVIVAL

Style Tribute

For luxury brand lovers, get your haute couture fix at Style Tribute where second-hand high-end goods are sold at lower-than-original prices. Shop authentic goods online with just a click of the button to get them delivered to your doorsteps. With anything from Chanel to Louis Vuitton, these items are highly coveted with authenticity and excellent condition guaranteed. Unsure of it? Make a trip down to their next pop-up or warehouse sale and take a look at items for yourself.

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Minds Shop

Shopping Second-hand shops Bukit Merah

The store is a treasure trove of interesting finds at cheap prices. All proceeds and sales from the shop go towards the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore. Rummage through the selection – you might just find a vintage clutch or pair of heels. 

New2U

Shopping Rochor

Anyone who has ever search up ‘Thrift stores in Singapore’ would have definitely come across New2U, a charity thrift shop managed by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) since it’s doors opened back in May 2000. Run entirely by volunteers, New2U sells donated pre-loved clothing, accessories, household items and many more at prices as low as a dollar. Not only could you find yourself a treasure hidden in the racks, but it’s also all for a good cause as well as all sales will be donated to Star Shelter and various SCWO initiatives.

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Something Old Something New

Shopping Bedok

Something Old Something New (SOSN) is a thrift store supported by the Singapore Anglican Community Service, who employs and trains those recovering from psychiatric conditions. With seven locations island-wide, seek and you will definitely find something precious amidst the piles of pre-owned clothes, bags, shoes, and other bric-a-brac with prices starting at $1. 

 

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