We all know that thrift shopping is fairly common in other countries, but I don’t think the hype’s been picked up in Singapore yet. But did you know that Singapore actually has a thriving thrift store industry? Give it a shot and you’ll be pretty surprised at all the good deals that you’ll be able to snag from as low as $1! Thrift shopping in Singapore, let’s go –
Fashion Thrift Stores –
Here’s to all you fashionistas who always end the month on an empty wallet! Try thrifting and you’ll uncover so many gems on a budget. Thrifting for clothes doesn’t always necessarily mean frumpy, grandma-esque clothes!
New2U is probably one of Singapore’s more well-known thrift stores. They sell a wide variety of items aside from clothes such as books and various household items. Managed entirely by volunteers, this gem is hidden within the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation (SCWO).
All items are donated, which also means that you’re free to donate even more items to the racks! They also have regular student discounts (on Tuesdays) and every last 2 working days of the month are ½ price days as well. What’s even better is that you’ll feel good spending money here as all proceeds go towards Star Shelter and other SCWO initiatives.
Address: 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 10.30am – 2.30pm
One of the most atas thrift shops around, Refash has its clothes on proper racks and even arranged by color and style. Go in knowing that you definitely won’t be paying less than $5 for an item but you’ll be getting name brands such as Zara, Topshop and MDS in return. Sometimes, it’s quality over quantity right? You’ll still be getting great deals and huge savings on clothes, especially when they run sales on their items!
Outlets: Orchard Gateway #02-09, PoMo Mall #01-01 and City Plaza #03-136
Opening Hours: 1 – 8pm
3. Something Old, Something New
Born in 1997, Something Old Something New is a thrift shop founded by volunteers of the Singapore Anglican Community Services. The shop helps to provide training and employment opportunities to persons recovering from psychiatric conditions
The main aim of the shop is to train and equip their beneficiaries with skills that will boost employability. So you can shop in peace knowing that your money is going towards a good cause! It’s also interesting to note that everything has a fixed price price here, no matter the style or brand.
Outlets: Simei, Pasir Ris, Bedok, Yishun, Jurong West and Farrer Park
Opening Hours: range from 8am-6pm
MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) runs 4 thrift stores located around Singapore. The store is also a way that the intellectually disabled are able to interact with customers and gain retail skills. This also allows customers to interact with them and understand how the intellectually disabled face difficulties and challenges with things that others may deem as normal and everyday.
They have even partnered up with NTUC Healthcare so that matured workers will have the opportunity to put their existing skills to use and with patience, help out the intellectually disabled staff. Who says you can’t do good when you shop!
Outlets: Margaret, Woodlands, Rosyth and NTUC Healthcare
Opening Hours: range from 9am – 6pm
5. Shop @ RedCross
Carrying a wide range of clothes and even selling things on Carousell now, the Red Cross thrift shop is the thrift shop you never knew you needed. While prices are not cheap because of the designer labels that they hold, they are significantly marked down from the original prices. On top of the already marked-down prices, they do host sales and special events that mark prices down even more.
They also accept donations, so feel free to bring down your items for them to resell. And don’t forget to feel good as you shop because all proceeds go toward Singapore Red Cross’ local humanitarian services.
1. Red Cross Training Campsite
Address: 62 Jalan Khairuddin, Singapore 457524
Opening Hours: Fridays, 10.30am – 3.30pm
2. Red Cross House
Address: 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486
Opening Hours: Wednesdays, 11am – 4pm
Furniture & Antiques Thrift Stores –
If clothes shopping seems boring, how about antiques and furniture? This list is for you- the quirky furniture lover who loves all things with a history and anything unique!
1. Tong Mern Sern
“We buy junk and sell antiques, some fools buy some fools sell” that’s the first thing you see in front of his store and on his name card. If that doesn’t make you want to enter Mr Keng’s store, I really question your sense of humour. Located in a conserved pre-war shop house, he gets most of his stock by buying things from karang guni men and Sungei Road.
Here, you can expect to see a blast from the past. Things like old typewriters, suitcases, photos and even a vintage pinball machine become real and not just something your parents used to use when they were kids! Although prices are a little steep, this place is a real gem that you should check out even if you don’t end up getting anything.
Address: 51 Craig Road, Singapore 089689
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm and Sunday, 1pm – 6pm
2. Junkie’s Corner
Without a real actual store address and looking more like an alley of things rather than a store, welcome to Junkies Corner. Owned by Uncle Charlie, this place is an absolute star if you’re looking for things to work on for a DIY-project to refurbish furniture items. It’s absolutely chock-full of the randomest things you’ll never expect. An old-school arcade machine, some ornaments, a vintage cash register are just some of the things you can find.
Prices are reasonable and you can even haggle with Uncle Charlie! This is a true hoarders’ treasure trove. One tip I do have is that you buy these things with the mind to refurbish them as some of these items can be quite old and tatty!
Address: 2 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287988
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm
3. Hock Siong & Co
This might just be the oldest thrift store of them all having originated in the 1970s. At Hock Siong & Co, you’ll be able to find anything that your heart desires. From chairs, beds and tables to linen, posters and small knick-knacks, Hock Siong’s got your back. You can choose to buy their items As-Is or get them refurbished for an additional charge.
They are also a company focused on minimising waste and will choose to repurpose, modify and refurbish items instead of throwing them out if possible. Even though they’ve been around for so long, they’re still keeping up with trends and even have an Instagram account!
Address: 153 Kampong Ampat #01-03, Junjie Industrial Building, Singapore 368326
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 5.50pm
Full-of-Everything Thrift Stores –
And if you’re like me and you can never decide on what you want, check out these stores instead. They sell everything – from clothes to household items to musical instruments and more. You’ll be spending hours in these treasure troves!
1. Cash Converters
Cash Converters – the little place that hoarders can call heaven. Scattered around heartland locations in Singapore, this store is so accessible and so convenient. They sell everything, I kid you not, everything. You never know what to expect when you enter cash converters because every outlet that they have is home to different things! This is because they take in donated items and reprice them for retail.
So each store’s item is mostly dependent on the items that are donated by the people living around that particular store! Aside from second-hand items, they do sell some brand new items that may have more than just one left in stock.
Outlets: Ang Mo Kio, Bedok North, Chinatown, Jurong East, Kallang Bahru and Toa Payoh
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 9.00pm
2. The Salvation Army
Having been around since 1935, the Salvation Army is believed to have the largest thrift store (Praisehaven branch) in Singapore. At all Salvation Army thrift stores, you’ll be able to find a huge variety of items from clothes to musical instruments and even wedding dresses! Although prices can be a little high, all proceeds go towards local beneficiaries who serve the underprivileged. And to keep up with the times, they’ve expanded onto the shores of the Internet and you’ll be able to find them on the Lazada website. They even have an online catalogue that you can check out before going in stores.
Outlets: Praisehaven, Tanglin, Hope Centre, Bukit Merah, IMH
Opening Hours: range from 8am – 9pm
Thrift stores are great for everyone. You don’t have to be on a budget or want to buy anything in particular to visit one. Each thrift store is like a treasure chest on steroids, filled with tons of different gems and jewels! Even if you would prefer not to shop at a thrift store, you can donate some of your old things to them instead. This way, someone else gets to love your goods and nothing goes to waste.
If we’ve gotten you into the shopping mode but you would prefer to shop at non second-hand stores, check out our Singapore Shopping Trail!