There is definitely no shortage of shopping malls and boutiques in Singapore. We are a shopping paradise for locals and tourists alike, after all. But to go green and live a more sustainable lifestyle, thrift shopping is the way to go!
Like finding hidden gems in a treasure hunt, shopping for secondhand and pre-loved items can be a lot of fun for the whole family. Whether you want to score a good deal on a branded item or simply just want to browse for a new outfit, you can check out these best thrift stores for vintage and preloved clothes in Singapore.
Appealing to both young teens and old folks, Loop Garms is a hip thrift store with apparel that spans graphic tees, shirts, pants and sports jackets from familiar brands like Nike and Adidas. The clothing you’ll find here are also a throwback to past generations’ trends of the 80s and 90s, so parents and kids can even go through a brief history on old school fashion.
Loop Garms, 635 Veerasamy Rd, #01-148, Singapore 200635, www.facebook.com/loopgarms
Instead of just shopping for pre-loved clothes, The Fashion Pulpit lets anyone and everyone swap or trade clothes and accessories with each other. With this program in mind, it promotes sustainable living and allows you to give old clothing a new lease of life. Even if you don’t provide clothes to swap, you can still shop their available items at affordable prices. Take note that they close on Mondays!
The Fashion Pulpit, 6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, #02-08, Singapore 068815, www.thefashionpulpit.com
The Barn is fashion with a cause, since it is run by volunteers and earnings from the secondhand clothes sold are redirected to Cornerstone Community Service’s programs. They also have 3 locations in Singapore, and prices of their apparel start from just SG$2, so they provide both affordability and convenience. Besides clothes, there are also toys, accessories and homeware items to check out.
The Barn, multiple locations, www.cornerstoneservices.org.sg/the-barn
Feel transported back in time at Nonmainstream. The store takes on a retro theme not just with their clothes on offer, but their store design as well. Here, you can pick out plenty of pre-loved jackets, polo shirts and graphic tees for a modern look, and get a preview of how you would look in them with their full-length mirrors. Take note that the store is only open from Fridays to Sundays!
Nonmainstream, 462A Crawford Ln, #02-73, Singapore 191462, www.facebook.com/nonmainstreamvtg
Nestled in the east of Singapore is Reborn Thrift Shop, a humble store stocking vintage clothes from the low price of just SG$5. You might even find hidden gems of branded items, such as American Apparel and H&M! Even better, proceeds of all sales are diverted to charity and causes like the Singapore Children’s Society. This means you’ll be doing good while shopping to look good!
Reborn Thrift Shop, Blk 406, #01-23 Tampines Street 41, Singapore 520406, +65 9106 8792, www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057589173335
If you’re seeking out high-end fashion brands at a discounted price, your best bet is at A Vintage Tale. The adorable store stocks shirts, blouses, bags and even jewelry tracing back to the 50s. Some of the familiar brand names you might be able to spot include Gucci, Prada, Dior, Moschino and Fendi. Those that want to sell off their used goods can do so and consult the store on a recommended sale price.
A Vintage Tale, 277 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-01, Singapore 427531, +65 9187 0410, www.avintagetale.com
Thrifteyseconds caters more to a younger crowd, with quirky toys and accessories on top of their selection of pre-loved goods with mostly bold and bright designs. Prices range from SG$8 to SG$30 depending on the item, so you can take home a new wardrobe on a budget. Kids will also love admiring the items from past generations!
Thifteyseconds, #04-27 Bukit Batok Cres, WCEGA Plaza, Singapore 658064, +65 9223 3390, www.facebook.com/Thrifteyseconds
As part of its cause of giving back to society, Something Old Something New is a thrift shop that employs people recovering from mental challenges, while also promoting the concept of “reduce, reuse and recycle”. Their 8 locations all around Singapore have clothing items of all kinds, starting from SG$4 a piece. Look out for their special promo prices to get multiple items at a discounted price.
Something Old Something New, multiple locations, sacs.org.sg/social-enterprises/something-old-something-new-sosn.html
SSVP Shop is run by a charity organization in order to provide a place where people can donate used, quality items for the less fortunate. The store also retails plenty of fashionable items, like blazers, jackets and evening dresses at a fraction of their original prices. They hold a sale in June and December, with plenty of items at much more affordable prices, so be sure to check it out!
SSVP Shop, 501 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389459, +65 6974 2480, ssvpsingapore.org/ssvp-shop
From children’s clothes to trendy outfits for females, Nightingale Thrift Shop is a treasure chest of fashion options. There are also popular brands like H&M and Adidas among the items you’ll be able to spot. Your shopping purchases also contribute proceeds to train staff with special needs, as well as to less fortunate families.
Nightingale Thrift Shop , Queensway Queensway Shopping Centre, #02-36, 149053, +65 9688 1396, www.facebook.com/nightingalethrift.sg
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