Thanks to Macklemore, thrift shops got a boost in publicity and popularity.
I used to avoid thrift shop because I never understood why anyone would want to buy pre-owned items. After all, the thrill of shopping comes from obtaining new stuff.
But after I went to my first thrift store, my eyes are now open to the wonders of thrift shopping. It’s the same feeling as opening a blind packaged item. You never know what you’re going to find and it’s thrilling.
So here’re some of my favourite thrift shops around Singapore so you can have your very own thrift shop moment.
One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
The Red Cross Foundation has their very own thrift shops that you can visit at the Red Cross House or at the Red Cross Campsite.
With a wide range of pre-loved items, you can even find collectibles and electronic devices such as e-scooters, Samsung phones, and iPad Pro amongst other things!
If both of the outlets are out of the way or if your schedule doesn’t coincide with their opening hours, you can also find them on Carousell.
Red Cross Training Campsite
Address: 62 Jalan Khairuddin (Opera Estate), Singapore 457524
Opening Hours: Fri: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Red Cross House
Address: 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486
Opening Hours: Wed: 11am – 4pm
2. Song & Song
Song & Song doesn’t exist. On the Internet, that is. They’re completely offline and the truth is, they don’t really need to be on social media.
Song & Song sells clothing for as low as $5.
Most of the clothes here are brandless, though if you spend enough time searching, you might find some gems from certain brands. These are usually rejected pieces due to slight defects that are usually negligible.
They even have baby clothes!
From coats and vests to tops and workout clothing, Song & Song is a fun place to trawl if you’re on a budget.
Song & Song
Address: Find your nearest outlet here
3. MINDS Shop
The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) organisation runs 4 thrift shops across the island.
Each thrift shop carries a range of carefully-selected apparel, furniture, house wares, and other collectibles.
The items are affordable and value-for-money. And don’t worry, the inventory is constantly updated.
With a bit of time, who knows what you’ll find?
4. Praisehaven Mega Family Store
The Salvation Army runs a number of thrift shops in Singapore, with the largest being the Praisehaven Mega Family Store.
From books and electronics to art pieces, antiques and even wedding dresses, the Praisehaven Mega Family Store is basically a department store for pre-loved items.
Anyone down for some thrift shopping?
Praisehaven Mega Family Store
Address: 500 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678106
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 10am – 6pm, Fri – Sat: 10am – 9pm, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6349 5312
5. New2U Thrift Shop
New2U Thrift Shop opened during the millennium selling pre-loved clothing, accessories, household goods, decorative ornaments, books and more.
You might even find branded goods at New2U! The best part? The prices start from as low as a dollar.
And they even have promotions! Every Tuesday is Student Half Price day and all items (except books, toys and jewellery) will go for half price on the last 2 working days of every month.
Do check their Instagram page for regular updates on upcoming promotions!
New2U Thrift Shop
Address: 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10.30am – 2.30pm, Sat – Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6837 0611
6. Something Old, Something New
Something Old, Something New thrift shop started back in 1997, founded by 2 volunteers at the Singapore Anglican Community Services, Ms Anna Tsang and Ms Felicia Teo.
You can find a ton of apparel, from clothes, shoes and bags and many more.
If you’re lucky, you might even find some items from brands like adidas.
They also hold flea markets every now and then so keep checking their Facebook page to stay up-to-date!
So there you have it, 6 of our favourite thrift shops. If you ever feel the urge to shop, maybe hit up a thrift shop and save your money.
Basically, shop for a good cause.
(Header Image Source: Something Old, Something New and Red Shield Industries)