Kaeru Thrift
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The best thrift shops in Singapore

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

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 in every nook and cranny. But if you prefer rifling through pre-loved gems and scoring statement pieces at affordable prices, then thrift your weekend away at these secondhand shops.

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Looking for places to thrift? Be sure not to give Kaeru Thrift a miss. All the curated finds here are sourced from Japan, and brought to you at affordable prices starting from $8.

Owner Portia ensures that all prices are kept low to live up to the name 'thrift'. You'll be able to find dresses, one-of-a-kind blouses, pants, skirts, and button-ups. Racks are restocked often to keep things fresh. Follow them on their Instagram for the latest updates on restocks and more.

 

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This cute little store in the east is a charity shop set up by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP). Run by a group of volunteers, it collects a large range of preloved items from various Catholic churches around the island, which are then put up for sale. Shop for apparel, accessories, household items and novelties at affordable prices, or make an appointment with the shop to contribute your own pre-loved items. All that you donate or spend will go towards helping the poor in Singapore. 

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New2U
New2U

Anyone who has ever searched up ‘thrift stores in Singapore’ would definitely have come across New2U, a charity thrift shop managed by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO). Run entirely by volunteers, New2U sells donated pre-loved clothing, accessories, and household items from as low as a dollar. Not only will you find treasures hidden in the racks, everything's also for a good cause, as all sales will be donated to Star Shelter and various SCWO initiatives.

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Something Old Something New
Something Old Something New

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

 

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Located at Queensway Shopping Centre, this thrift store sells mainly female clothing at a fraction of their original price. You’ll also be able to find pre-loved branded goods in great condition as well as vintage pieces donated by the public. Fret not if Queenstown is a little out of the way for you, as you can also make your purchases online via their Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Hidden amongst this hodgepodge of stalls along Pagoda Street is a fresh new fashion haunt that’s popular among the youth. Located on the second floor of a shophouse, NearesTTen offers the most in-trend selection of vintage clothing for both guys and gals, including but not limited to good ol’ Von Dutch caps, denim staples, Juicy Couture bags, and fairycore tops, and band tees.

If you’re wondering about the thrift store’s moniker, because their prices come in denominations of ten. Usually, nothing goes past $40.

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An advocate for fashion recycling, The Barn sells second hand accessories, clothing, homeware and even random little knick-knacks such as toys and cameras. There are outlets at three locations – Katong, Ang Mo Kio and Penjuru. All proceeds are donated to Cornerstone Community Services, meaning that your purchase will contribute to supporting different social welfare initiatives.

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What started out as an Instagram thrift page, has since turned into a full blown retail thrift store located at Lucky Plaza. If you’re in the mood for some cheap thrills, make a trip down to Lucky Thrifty for clothing as cheap as $5. From Y2K pieces to work-appropriate outfits, you’re sure to be able to find something for any occasion. And if you’re too busy to visit them in person, you can also shop online here.

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Find one-of-a-kind styles and designer items for a fraction of the price when you dig through the piles of preloved treasures at LPB thrift. Shirts here mostly start at an affordable $4 – or even lower if you’re lucky. Bundle prices are also available, so the more you buy the cheaper it gets. They also have occasional sales where you can snag up outfits for as low as $1! 

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Find jackets, vests and sweats for your next streetwear getup at Function Five Thrift Shop – all within an affordable price range from $5 to $25. Don't forget to make your way up to the second storey that features more curated pieces that retail for $35 to $100. The shop occasionally gives out free clothing with your purchase, so keep yourself posted on their latest  deals by following them on Instagram

 

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Opened in July 2018, The Fashion Pulpit is a physical store where you can not only buy preloved clothes and accessories, but also swap them with your unwanted pieces. Their collection is vast – you can find both high street and designer pieces in the mix and prices are kept affordable. Sign up to be a 'swapper', and you can rack up swap points to redeem items and participate in fun events.

 

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Get in on the great deals at this chain store that has made second-hand shopping more fun and accessible in Singapore. Browse 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 every day, so you just have to keep on returning. 

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MINDS Shop
MINDS Shop

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 (MINDS). Rummage through the selection and you might just find a vintage clutch or pair of heels. 

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