There are plenty of benefits when it comes to thrift shopping. Apart from the obvious fact that you can grab new pieces at wallet-friendly prices, you can also find great bargains which can be upcycled. So in order to indulge in a guilt-free shopping spree while having the satisfaction of discovering preloved gems, just head down to the following five thrift stores in Singapore.
At The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store on Tanglin Road, expect to find a wide selection of preloved goodies just waiting to be snapped up. Besides clothing pieces that can be given a new lease of life through simple alterations, also browse handbags and leather goods which have been cleaned out and sanitised properly. The store also doubles as a family hub built for the community, so when you’re done shopping, feel free to stopover at one of the pavilions in the outdoor garden to review your purchases.
To support the Minds community as well as attain value-for-money products, check out four flagship thrift stores by the social enterprise named the Mind Shops located islandwide. But aside from the sale of donated items, also head to the Minds shop page that offers bakes, hand sewn accessories and even greeting cards crafted by adults with intellectual disabilities who are trainees of the organisations.
Run by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation, New2U Thrift Shop opened its doors in May 2000 and has been delighting ladies with ornaments and quality pre-loved clothing items ever since. Find anything from blazers and skirts to shoes and accessories, all still in good condition as the store takes pride in verifying all donations before placing them on the sales racks.
Touted as the largest Salvation Army store in Singapore, Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store is the place to look for secondhand items such as books, furniture, tableware and other household staples. Just head down to the thrift shop that’s brimming with necessities; all of the profits will go back to the Salvation Army so you’ll be doing some good during your retail therapy too.
Singapore’s largest online and offline secondhand store Refash is yet another great place to scour for stylish pieces to rejuvenate your wardrobe on a budget. Popular blogshop favourites can often be found here, such as off-the-shoulder dresses from The Tinsel Rack or peplum midi dresses from Fayth. Alternatively, even list your very own items with the marketplace and let them handle the operations while you get cash for those outfits you no longer don.