I love redecorating my room, but instead of heading to the nearest Typo/ Crate & Barrel/ IKEA all the time, I thought I’d head to vintage and second-hand stores to find hidden gems that I can repurpose! Plus, besides getting a new piece of furniture, you also have the satisfaction of knowing your new desk or chair has a “vintage” tag to it!
I went vintage-shopping last week, and here are some of my top picks of where to shop second-hand in Singapore!
Blk 21 Kallang Avenue
Mapletree Industrial Building
This is where I got a vintage white wooden bedside table for SGD$250. (Check out my “before and after” picture!). I figured I needed a new bedside table (mine has been with me for close to 16 years!), and it can double up as a nice mini-cabinet for all my trinklets like i.e. candles, jewellery, mirrors, purses, etc.
Besides selling iconic-Singaporean furniture and vintage pieces, this furniture store does custom made-to-order pieces too. The owner Sharifah is incredibly friendly and welcoming, and prices are rather reasonable! The shop is packed with unique and beautiful furniture, so be sure to look through every nook and cranny!
Lorgans The Retro Store
100E Pasir Panjang Rd
I got a photo frame and accessories holder for SGD $50 in total. Lorgans specialises in furniture more so than vintage trinklets, and this store probably speaks more to people who prefer their vintage furniture in more mint-condition.
112 Bukit Purmei Road
I got a 1950s USA vintage purse for $85. This store speaks more to the vintage fashionista: You can buy vintage bags, accessories, shoes, and jewellery here.
2 Turf Club Rd
You definitely need a car to get to this ulu (Singlish for “isolated”) place. This stretch of junkyard-sized warehouses store the most vast selection of second-hand items (things are not necessarily sorted in any particular way so be prepared to scour through rows of shelves and racks and cupboards). While the place definitely has a good selection for someone looking to renovate their home/ office space, I didn’t find the place too appealing for the following reasons: 1) Prices are set arbitrarily by the “junkies”, and 2) you may encounter junkies that have little patience or keenness for customer service.
Hock Siong & Co.
53 Kampong Ampat
While I didn’t make it to Hock Siong last weekend during my vintage store jaunt, this place is a definite must-go. I found out about Hock Siong through Instagram (@hocksiong), which I believe is maintained by one of the owner’s daughters! Their social media boasts an impressive 9000 following, and is a good way to see what’s new in stores. Service at Hock Siong is great and you’ll definite look for furniture you can repurpose.
And that’s my quick guide to Vintage shopping in Singapore. The list is not exhaustive, and they are more furniture-based. If you are looking for decorative trinklets, definitely head to Golden Landmark Shopping Centre or Haji Lane!
In this post, I’m wearing Club Monaco