10 thrift stores in Singapore where you can go treasure hunting for vintage and branded fashion

by Jesslyn Lye

Thrifting is a bit like a treasure hunt — you sift through racks of clothes to discover unexpected, and often one-of-a-kind finds. 

It’s gained popularity in recent years for being a sustainable alternative to fast fashion, and also a fun activity for friends to do together. Plus, who’d say no to great pieces of clothing at highly affordable prices?

Whether you’re a thrifting veteran, or you want to give it a shot for the first time, here are 10 thrift stores in Singapore where you’ll be able to find all sorts of clothes — from vintage fashion to branded pieces. 

1. New2U

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Even amongst thrift stores, New2U is considered one of the most affordable of the lot. You’ll find clothes, shoes, accessories, and even household items all going from the low price of S$1, and they even have regular half-price promotions to cut the cost even further. 

This charity thrift store is run completely by volunteers, and all proceeds go to the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations’ (SCWO) — that’s one more reason to shop there, because it’ll be for a good cause!

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???? 96 Waterloo St, Singapore 187967
???? 10.30am – 2.30pm (Mon to Fri)

2. The Fashion Pulpit

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The Fashion Pulpit isn’t your typical thrift store. Rather, it focuses on swapping, which means you swap in your old clothes for credits that you can then spend on the pre-loved clothes in the store — which makes it a great way to not only get new clothes for cheap, but also to get rid of items you no longer wear.

Their selection is pretty extensive, and you’ll find everything from casual summer dresses to formal workwear, and even a few party outfits. Plus, they refresh their inventory every couple of weeks so there’s always something new for you to nab. 

Another plus is that they have fitting rooms in their store, which few thrift stores have.

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???? 6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, #02-08, Singapore 068815
???? 11am – 7pm (Tue to Sun), closed on public holidays

3. Function Five Thriftshop

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At Function Five Thriftshop, you’ll find vintage items mostly priced between S$5 and S$25, but the store also has a pile of free clothes that you can help yourself to. 

Plus, they also hold regular promotions offering free sweatshirts, jackets, and t-shirts with every purchase, which makes shopping here extra worth it.

???? 43 Arab St, Singapore 199742
???? 1pm – 10pm (Mon to Wed, Fri to Sun), 12pm – 9pm (Thu)

4. Nightingale Thrift

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Sift through Nightingale Thrift’s offerings and you’ll almost certainly be able to walk away with something you like. The shop is a treasure trove of good finds — from unique one-of-a-kind pieces to familiar brands like Adidas and H&M

The shop also supports austistic individuals by providing them with employment and training, and proceeds go to providing for special needs individuals and needy families. 

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???? 1 Queensway Queensway Shopping Centre #02-36, 149053
???? 2pm – 6.30pm (Wed, Fri), 2pm – 7pm (Sat to Sun)

5. Lucky Plaza Bazaar

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It’s no secret that Lucky Plaza is thrifting heaven. There are a bunch of thrift stores there, but the biggest of them all is Lucky Plaza Bazaar

There, you’ll find racks and racks of all sorts of clothing, with most items being priced between S$2 and S$10. Whether you’re looking for vintage y2k fashion or a cottagecore outfit, chances are, you’ll be able to find it there.

???? 304 Orchard Rd, #06-14 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
???? 10am – 8.30pm (Mon to Sun)

6. Refash

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At Refash, you’ll find familiar brands such as Love Bonito, Topshop, and Zalora, but for just a fraction of the cost. Prices start at S$5, which is a steal especially since the clothes are all like-new.

If you prefer the convenience of shopping online instead of having to physically sift through the racks, Refash is also Singapore’s largest online thrift store — though they also have several physical locations. 

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???? Opening hours depending on location

7. MINDS Shop

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Photo: MINDS

Selling clothes, accessories, home decor items, and even furniture, MINDS Shop is the place to go for interesting finds at low prices. 

You’ll be assisted by friendly staff with special needs from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), and all proceeds will go to the MINDS trainees as allowance. 

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8. HonsiePonsie

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Thrift shopping can be challenging if you’re a guy, because many shops only have a small selection catered to men’s clothing. Thankfully, there’s HonsiePonsie, a thrift store focused on pre-loved menswear, so men also have a place to shop secondhand. 

You’ll find a carefully curated selection of jackets, shirts, cargo pants, and other vintage pieces. Prices typically range from S$15 to S$35, which is considerably affordable for good quality vintage clothing.

???? 1 Queensway, #02 40A, Singapore 149053
???? 12.30pm – 7.30pm (Wed to Sun)

9. The Barn

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Photos: The Barn/facebook

A quick scroll through The Barn’s social media pages will show you many clothing items priced between S$2 and S$6, but apart from fashion, they also offer other miscellaneous items like household objects, toys, and even cameras. 

Bonus points to the store for convenience — they have three physical outlets in the north, west, and east, plus Carousell and Instagram listings for days that you don’t want to physically sift through items. 

All proceeds from the store go to Cornerstone Community Services, so your money will go towards funding various welfare programmes.

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???? 11 East Coast Road, #01-14 to 15, The Odeon Katong, Singapore 428722
???? 11am – 2pm (Tue to Fri), 9.30am – 12.30pm (Sun) 

???? 591A Ang Mo Kio Street 51, #01-35, Singapore 561591
???? 11am – 2pm (Mon to Fri), 6pm to 8pm (Wed), 10am to 12.30pm (Sat)

???? 27 Penjuru Walk, #01-01, Singapore 608538
???? 10am – 1pm (Mon to Fri), 2pm to 8pm (Sat to Sun) 

10. Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store

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This is the largest thrift shop in Singapore, and it truly lives up to its name as a mega store. Here, you’ll find everything from clothing and books to furniture and electronics. 

The shop also has fitting rooms, so you can try on clothing before purchasing — and they certainly have tons of interesting clothing. People have found all sorts of clothing here, from vintage leather jackets, to old wedding and prom dresses. 

Plus, the shop is run by the Salvation Army, so proceeds go towards a good cause.

???? 500 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 678106
???? 11am – 7pm (Mon to Thu), 11am – 8pm (Fri to Sat)

So the next time you feel like having some retail therapy, visit any of these thrift stores for some great finds!

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