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Thrifting and secondhand shopping has always been big in countries like the US & Europe.
Not so in Singapore… until now.
Perhaps people are getting sick of scrolling on Shopee. Perhaps people are more into the the 80s or 90s look now. Perhaps people are FINALLY seeing the value in pre-loved goods.
In any case, thrifting is catching up quick in Singapore – great news for folks like me who’re living on a tight budget!
You get to save on clothes, decor, furniture, accessories, what have you – and you’ll be surprised at some of the buried treasures you might find!
If you’re new to thrifting, you know it’s never too late to start…
Here’s a list of the 5 best thrift stores in Singapore – for almost every kind of thrifter!
REFASH is the largest chain of thrift stores in Singapore – and also one of the best places to source for trend-setting pieces at rock-bottom prices. You get to snag chic apparels and modern pieces that are in great quality – and absolutely easy to pull off. Pre-loved goods from REFASH come with tags featuring the price & condition of the item, so that you always know what you’re getting. Plus, it’s also quite common to see items which are totally brand from past sales seasons!
You can find popular brands such as ASOS, Zara, Topshop, H&M and even Alexander McQueen, plus local cult-faves The Editor’s market, The Closet Lover, The Tinsel Rack and more.
Price: Starts crazy low at $4.90
Location: REFASH is conveniently located in major & neighbourhood shopping malls. Simply pop by any one of these 9 locations for some guilt-free shopping!
And if you’re all for an online shopping experience? Simply drop by https://refash.sg/ and get clicking!
2. Loop Garms
If you’re aren’t into clothes from popular brands or simply find them a little too lacklustre, then I’ve got just the thing for you. Head over to Loop Garms where you can nab many one-of-a-kind retro pieces for a more ‘80s & ‘90s curated aesthetic. One of my personal favourites, it’s where I got my stash of graphic tees and vintage threads for cheap!
Loop Garms boasts a large selection of plaid shirts, sports jackets and special edition items- perfect if you’re into the millennial streetwear vibe.
Here’s a peek at some of their vintage shirts from Loop Garms’ official IG page!
(Photo from Loop Garms’ IG)
Price: Items are priced affordably – starting from $10 (T-shirts & caps), $35 (outerwear) and $50 (bags)
Location: 635 Veerasamy Rd, #01-148, Singapore 200635 (Jalan Besar MRT Exit B)
Opening hours: 12PM – 7.30PM daily
If you’re looking for everyday clothing and household items such as books, toys, ornaments, crockery & utensils – definitely check out New2U! There’s always something fun and unique to add to your collection and if you look hard enough, you’ll find a hidden gem nestled somewhere! New2U is managed by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation and run entirely by volunteers.
All goods are donated, with proceeds going to Star Shelter & various SCWO Initiatives including The Woman’s Register, a platform for mentorship & education for women (do support them!)
Quick tip, to thrift like a pro – you definitely have to keep an eye out for “discount days”.
For New2U, students can enjoy a generous 50% discount off items. And on every last 2 working days of each month, prices for all items (except for books, jewellery, watches & toys) are similarly slashed by half for everyone!
Prices: Extremely affordable, starting as low at $1
Location: 96 Waterloo St, Singapore 187967
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 10.30AM – 2.30PM / Last Sunday of every month: 11AM – 2PM
4. Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store
Even if you’re new to thrifting, you’ve probably heard of The Salvation Army before – a charity organization widely known across the globe. That’s right, Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store operates under The Salvation Army – which re-use, recycle and restores donations in kind from the public and corporations.
You can find donated secondhand goods in categories of all sorts – clothes, furniture, antiques, art pieces, musical instruments and even electronics! Although, don’t go in expecting to find an iPhone 12 or the latest gaming system!
And what if you’re a bit of a germaphobe? You’ll be glad that all goods are properly cleaned, disinfected and sanitised.
Location: 500 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678106
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday: 11AM – 7PM / The rest of the week: 11AM – 8PM
5. Something Old Something New
Something Old Something New is a social enterprise thrift shop supported by the Singapore Anglican Community Services. You’ll be really heartened to know that it serves the community with rehabilitation services and integrated employment services – helping people who are recovering from psychiatric conditions.
Similar to Praisehaven, it’s also a goldmine where you can find a chock-full of goods ranging from home furnishings, clothing, bags and other bric-a-brac. There’s loads of great bargains and clothing pieces which comes at a fixed price – regardless of the brand!
Prices: Begin at $3
Location: Easily accessible at 8 locations island-wide.
One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
Well, now that thrifting has finally taken off in Singapore…
I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket ~
Jokes aside, just a word for those who haven’t done any thrift shopping yet: TRY IT.
You’ll not only get to discover cheap and unusual items, you might also discover many designer products at a fraction of their original price…
… While giving back to the community and also doing some good for the planet!
And if you’re a shopaholic like me, maybe you’ll pick up an item and purchase it right off the bat – only to realise that it’s not right for you. But not to worry, because there’s plenty of options and online marketplaces (Carousell, Facebook Marketplace, plus other thrift stores) out there for you to donate, resell – and even flip for a profit!
There you go – happy thrifting!
We’d love to hear from you. If you know of any other awesome places to go thrifting, drop them down in the comments below!
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