On top of fancy malls and designer labels, Singapore has her fair share of thrift stores and bazaars. Regardless of whether you’re in search of second-hand items, handmade accessories, vintage products or hipster stationery, you’ll find a flea market for just about everything. Here are just a few to take a browse at.
#1 Sentosa Boardwalk Bazaar
Situated on the walkway connecting VivoCity and Resorts World Sentosa, this weekly weekend flea market has got a variety of clothes, handcrafted accessories and home décor on sale at affordable prices. Vendors at this flea aren’t permanent, so each time you visit, you can expect a new set of products on display.
#2 Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM)
They always say nothing is free in this world, but everything is free at this flea market! With the aim of counteracting capitalism in a positive way and building a community based on sharing, caring and improving the lives of everyone, SRRFM’s offerings – goods and services such as books, clothes and toys – don’t require payment. If you want something, you’re welcome to take it; and, if you feel generous, you could share something of your own too.
#3 *SCAPE Marketplace
Drop by this weekend flea located in the heart of town (Somerset) if you happen to be in the vicinity. *SCAPE Marketplace is a contrast to the Orchard stores around it, with plenty of affordable items such as hipster phone and laptop covers, earpieces, accessories, and handcrafted and artisanal products.
#4 Public Garden Market
Held a few times a year, the Public Garden Consumer Trade Show – also known as Public Garden’s flea market – has showcased many top local and international independent brands from various industries, including art, fashion, beauty and dining. New retail concepts can be discovered here, and a good mix of products are sold – from accessories and artworks to clothes and bags.
#5 The Local People
This group has organised many themed flea markets and they’re among the most popular in town. Products sold at their fleas, such as artworks, accessories and stationery, all adhere to that market’s particular theme. Other than being one of the best at what they do, they’re also known to advocate for local arts culture and provide a platform for young Singapore start-ups to enter the market.
By Jayme Chong