It’s no secret that Singaporeans love a shopping mall, but look as carefully as we have and you’ll find a good few flea markets thrown in for variety. Rummagers rejoice! Here’s a list of our favourite fleas and bazaars that are worth visiting for quirky finds and one-offs.
MAAD Pyjamas (Market of Artists and Designers)
Once a month over 60 vendors set-up shop in the Red Dot Design Museum, transforming it into a quirky marketplace of original creations ranging from mini artisanal postcards, fashion and crafts, to literature, photography and furniture. Phew! From 9pm, home-grown bands take the stage, so grab a bottle (or two) of Heineken and sway to the groove ’til midnight. Or volunteer yourself to model in the ‘Portraits After Dark’ session, where illustrators and doodlers will sketch a portrait of you for others to buy later. In?
Zouk Flea & Easy
Nightclub by night and Singapore’s hippest, coolest, oldest running flea-market by (Sun)day, Zouk’s Flea & Easy is the place to bag a bargain. Expect quirky finds, bargains as low as $5, and pre-loved vintage and branded goods with pleasing price-tags. And it wouldn’t be Zouk without good music and DJs spinning, so grab a pint or frozen yoghurt, and soak up the atmosphere.
Where: Quarterly on Sunday
Time: Zouk Club, 17 Jiak Kim Street
When: 2pm – 7pm
We liked the sound of a flea that was established as an alternative to “big box retail” for independent businesses and creative types, and we weren’t disappointed. Public Garden’s indie affair serves up stalls with old-school threads, eclectic accessories and, our favourite, heaps of home-baked goodies just like Grandma used to make to take home.
When: Twice monthly
Where: Old Hill Street Police Station and National Museum of Singapore
Time: 1pm – 7pm
Sunday Artist Market (SAM)
We reckon Sundays don’t get much better than Eggs Benedict on Ann Siang Hill followed by a look-see around this bohemian market. Hob nob with Singapore’s artsy folk and snap up vintage jewellery, records, photography prints and contemporary art, while listening to chill-out tunes, watching live graffiti shows and getting your caricature done (or not).
Time: 1pm – 6 pm
Where: The Vault, 237 South Bridge Road
China Square Central
Hone your haggling skills at this fabulous weekend market. With over 60 vendors flogging vintage toys, antiques and crafts, plus a few 80s posters and gramophone records thrown in for good measure, you’re bound to find plenty of golden oldies here. Comic junkies should head to Level 2 for the latest issues and action figure collectibles.
Where: Every Sunday
Time: 11am to 6pm
When: China Square Central, 18 Cross Street
Visit www.forfleasake.com for details of other flea markets, including those at Singapore Flyer and Pit Building.
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