10 Great thrift shops in Singapore you need to visit

Give your poor wallet a break by shopping at one of these thrift shops instead.

Lights Camera Adventure Sara Mahendran

The end of 2016 has been full of sales and shopping. There have been a bunch of great online sales, and Christmas sales too. Your wallet is probably battered right now, so if you’re still feeling the urge to shop, try thrift shopping for a change.

I visited some thrift shops all across the island and found racks of clothes as cheap as $2! And yes, it is possible to get something that cheap in good condition. You just need to have a little bit of patience.

1) MINDS Shops

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MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) has several thrift shops around Singapore where the intellectually disabled have opportunities to work. They have a very good selection of clothes, furniture and ornaments. The clothes have a rough price range of $6 – $20, and were surprisingly stylish.

I did not expect to find so many crop tops and trendy dresses for sale. Quite a few of the items were brand new as well.

Sadly I didn’t get to buy any clothes as they were all too small for me! I’m a L or XL, but the sizes were mostly sizes S and XS. That being said, I was told by the friendly staff to try again another time as their inventory depends on what is being donated.

I bought a Seinfeld DVD set instead, for only a dollar! All DVDs are a dollar each, and books sell for $0.50 – $5 each.

Locations: Outlets in Queenstown, Woodlands, Kovan, Hougang, and Redhill.

Check out the full addresses, opening hours, and contact numbers on their website.

2) New2U Thrift Shop

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New2U is one of the better known thrift shops in Singapore. Not only do they sell clothes, they also stock jewellery, books, and household items.

It is also a great thrift shop for branded goods. You can find stuff from ASOS, Armani Exchange, Mango and more. However, the more high end the brand, the bigger the price you’ll be paying for it, with some items even selling for about $40. But given the original price of the item, I suppose you’re still saving a lot of money by thrifting here.

Pro-tip: Head there on the last Thursday and Friday of the month as all clothes and shoes will have a 50% discount!

Location: 96 Waterloo Street Singapore 187967
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10.30am – 2.30pm (They are currently closed for the holidays and will reopen on on 9 January 2017)
Contact: 68370611
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3) Tong Mern Sern: Antiques, Arts & Crafts

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Tong Mern Sern is seriously old school.  This antique thrift shop specialises in porcelain, old school furniture, and vintage lamps. The facade of the building is dilapidated and sparse, but when you step in you’ll feel like you’re in the eighties, being surrounded by hundreds of vintage trinkets and crafts.

You can’t get any clothes here, but it’s worth a visit just to get a feel of old Singapore.

Location: 51 Craig Road, Singapore 089689
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm; Sunday, 1pm – 6pm
Contact: 62231037
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4) Something Old, Something New

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Something Old, Something New is unique for its fixed prices. Short sleeved shirts sell for only $3, and all dresses cost $8 a piece. They also have a clearance section with 3 pieces for $10.

I think it’s a great place to go with a fixed budget. If you go in with $25, you could leave with 8 shirts or 3 dresses. That’s a pretty good deal, I think!

Locations: Outlets in Simei, Pasir Ris, Bedok, Yishun, and Jurong East.
Check out the full addresses, opening hours, and contact numbers on their website.

5) Salvation Army Thrift Stores

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Salavation Army has a small chain of five thrift shops all over Singapore, but the some of the outlets, like the Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store, are the biggest I’ve seen.

You can find all sorts of items, ranging from furniture, musical instruments, electronics, and clothes. Given how huge the place can be, I’m not surprised to see slightly pricier tags on the items.

Though the variety is huge, I did not find a lot of items appealing as many seemed quite old, and a lot of clothes were too big for me. Then again, the stock changes every now and then, so you might still want to try visiting.

Locations: Outlets in Bukit Timah, Changi, Bukit Merah, Buangkok, and Tanglin.
Check out the full addresses, opening hours, and contact numbers on their website.

6) REFASH

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REFASH looks nothing like a thrift store, and is incredibly well organised. Vendors can choose to sell their pre-loved clothes here, and REFASH takes care of the displays and sales.

Don’t expect $2 clothes here, but you can be certain you’ll be getting cheap prices for brands you know and love like ZARA, TOPSHOP, Forever 21, Charles & Keith, and more. Prices start from $5 which is pretty good considering the quality and style of the clothes.

Location: Outlet in City Plaza – 810 Geylang Road, #03-130, Singapore 409286 (Their website states there is an outlet in The Cathay too, but it was closed when I checked in December 2016)
Opening hours: 1pm – 8pm
Contact: No number is provided but there is a contact number on their website.
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7) Junkie’s Corner

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Junkie’s Corner is Jungle antique/junk thrift shop in Bukit Timah that will remind you of Spirited Away. It sells all sorts of furniture and decor for the home. These pre-loved goods are really unique. Really. You can find a rusting horse carriage, a vintage cash register, and even an old school arcade machine.

This is a thrift shop for people who want truly quirky statement furniture for their homes. Don’t be afraid to use your bargaining skills to bring the price down a little.

Pro-tip: Head down here only if you’re working on a DIY project for your home, as a lot of the items need to be refurbished.

But if DIY is not your thing, you can head to Hock Siong & Co instead, the next thrift shop on the list.

Location: 2 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287988
Opening hours: Daily, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Contact: 97912607
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8) Hock Siong & Co

Dubbed as Singapore’s favourite karang guni store, Hock Siong & Co is chock full of pre-loved furniture, including furniture from hotels. I think it might just be Singapore’s prettiest furniture thrift shop. They’ve got a great presence on their Instagram page and it makes sense because their goods are so instaworthy.

The price tag is kind of hefty, though. Some of the better quality furniture can cost several hundreds.

They do refurbishing for an additional fee, but you can opt to buy the furniture as is for a cheaper price.

Location: 153 Kampong Ampat, Singapore 368326
Opening hours: Daily 9:30 am to 5:50 pm
Contact: 62818338
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9) Lucky Plaza Bazaar

The Lucky Plaza Bazaar is a rental space for flea markets and vendors selling pre-loved goods. It has the cheapest prices I’ve seen so far, with several racks of blouses and shorts selling for as low as $2.

However, I wouldn’t say the selection is great. Many of the clothes are out of trend – retro patterns, faded denim jackets and tacky graphic tees. Despite that, there are a few good pieces that are really a steal if you are willing to spend time combing through the racks to find them.

Location: 304 Orchard Road, #06-14, Singapore 238863  (Take the passenger lift all the way to the sixth floor and it is on your immediate left.)
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm
Contact: None
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10) (Bonus) Flea Party

If you’re headed to the Lucky Plaza Bazaar, be sure to check out Flea Party on the same level, next to Jollibee. It isn’t exactly a thrift shop, as it’s more of a flea market with a mixture of brand new and second-hand goods.

There are so many things here, from makeup to toys, and even wedding dresses! Best thing is that they are all so affordable. The quality is mostly alright, but so many of the clothes were too small or too short for me (woes of being tall in Singapore). However, I think these clothes would fit the average Singaporean lady.

Location: 304 Orchard Road, #06-048A, Singapore 238863
Opening hours: Daily until 31 December, 1pm – 7pm
Contact: None
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That brings me to the end of my list. Which thrift shop has got you most interested? Let me know in the comments!