Best Thrifting Places in Singapore
Happiness is when you get a fine buy after some fun digging! Thrifting is very much a popular activity due to the gratification people get from finding hidden thrifted gems and as a student who enjoys thrifting too, here are four places where you can get the best vintage clothing and homeware!
The Hammock Market
From Jan 2023 onwards, The Hammock Market is a Saturday thrifting event where over 25 curated personalities, along with popular thrift stores and maker brands, sell trendy items all in one location at Aperia Mall. Featuring the wardrobes of Kai (@pale.nerves on TikTok), Diamerlyn from Basic Models (@diamerlyn on Instagram), Jodia (@jodiaarielle on Instagram), and vendors like cargo and cottage-core thrift shop un.wastelands (@un.wastelands on Instagram), and graphic tee shop ahma.thrifts (@ahma.thrifts on Instagram), different personalities and vendors come in each Saturday to crash the thrift party. Check out @thehammockmarket on Instagram to see who’s featured this weekend!
The Hammock Market, as suggested by its name, embodies the concept with vendors selling from actual hammocks. At The Hammock Market, you can find various artworks like pottery and illustrations, oversized t-shirts, crochet accessories, scented products, and preloved clothing with varied styles. If you love thrifting, this is an event worth going because you will be spoilt for choice, and besides thrifting, there are many fun activities on rotation every month such as Tarot Card reading that you can immerse yourself in (@equinoxaltar on Instagram).
Besides the vendors that you can look forward to, there are also free up-for-grabs! You can get a free flash Jagua tattoo from the highly sought Jagua tattoo artist See Min (@henn.drawn on Instagram) from 3-5pm, but be sure to head down early due to high demand for her artwork.
Are you a fan of the Gentlewoman Tote Bag? Get this free limited edition The Hammock Market Tote Bag (worth $19.90) with any purchase from the booths, which has a similar minimalistic style to Gentlewoman bags. However, there are limited stocks for everyone so do come early for the event. Not only can this bag carry your 16” Macbook, but it is also free!
Image source: https://thehammockmarket.com/
Address: 12 Kallang Ave, Singapore 339511
Opening hours: Sat 11am-6pm (every Sat from 7 Jan 2023)
Honsieponsie, a TikTok-viral local thrift store located at Queensway Shopping Centre, started out because the founder wanted to “provide an avenue for guys to shop second-hand”, based on his vision to sell affordable yet quality second-hand clothing.
There is a wide selection of curated cargo pants, sweaters, shirts, and jackets, priced from $15 to $35 on average. There are comparatively more options for menswear in Honsieponsie than in other thrift shops, hence you can shop for your male significant other or for yourself. Based on what shoppers and the store (@Honsieponsie) have shared on TikTok, you can find apparel like Dickies cargo pants, Carhartt shorts, Ralph Lauren polo tees, and graphic tees from brands like Adidas and Nike. The items are constantly restocked so with luck, you might find something you like!
Queensway Shopping Centre is also known as a “thrifting paradise” for students because there are several other thrift shops like Nightingale Thrift Shop, Dianthe Tale and Daisies Yard. You can continue your thrifting journey within the vicinity, which is a huge plus when visiting Honsieponsie! Queensway Shopping Centre is near IKEA Alexandra so depending on where you are coming from NUS, there are direct buses to the mall i.e. Bus 33 at Japanese Pri School (bus stop opposite Faculty of Engineering).
Address: 1 Queensway, #02 40A, Singapore 149053
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12.30-7.30pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Contact: +65 9862 4098 | https://www.instagram.com/honsieponsie/?hl=en
Cherry Thrift Shop
Located in Peninsula Plaza, Cherry Thrift Shop is a more affordable clothing store for womenswear, with prices starting from $2. They specialise in Y2K and vintage attire, and occasionally have sales on their Instagram (@cherry.thriftshop) and regular fill-a-bag events, where you can pay an amount of $15 (usually) to grab as many clothes as you want, as long as they fit in the plastic bag provided by the store. There are racks of clothes at Cherry Thrift Shop, so be prepared to have an arm work-out while looking through!
Image source: https://www.instagram.com/cherry.thriftshop/?hl=en
Address: Peninsula Plaza #05-15
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 1-8pm (closed on Mondays)
Inspired by the Punk Grunge aesthetic, Anteiku Studios takes its name from the cafe in the Tokyo Ghoul manga series where ghouls gather. The studio houses designs from other shops like Shibuigarm that revolves around biker and military wear pieces, fairy-core apparel from Faerydium, handmade jewellery from Erydium and Maneshot, and anime tees from Earlneedsfood. Guest vendors are sometimes invited for a pop-up event to sell their designs, such as the Valentine's Day event held during selected dates in February.
If Punk Grunge is your kind of aesthetic, this is the place you want to be at. Even if you are not a fan, the studio’s interior and curated items are still really interesting to check out!
Address: 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace, #02-54, Singapore 168976
Opening hours: Fri-Sun 1-9pm (closed from Mon to Thu)
Secondhand shopping is a booming industry and I do see the appeal of it. Thrifting allows me to style unique apparel together and as a dancer, I am drawn to the vintage graphic t-shirts sold in thrift shops. Every item looks different from the other so it is interesting to enter a thrift shop because you never know what you are going to find. Happy hunting!