Thrift Shopping in Singapore


If you’ve ever watched The Fashion Citizen, Jenn Im or Grav3yardgirl’s videos on Youtube, you probably would have noticed how many trendy people are thrifting their clothes from local thrift stores nowadays. One of my favourite style icons Lua P. from, also buys alot of her clothing from thrift stores. However, you might also have realised that these same people are very often not from Singapore, or even Asia. Most are living in America or Europe. Is this because there are no thrift shops in Singapore? Or is it simply because the “famous” Singaporeans (bloggers, vloggers etc) don’t know about the preloved world?

Many people think that Singapore is no place for thrifting, giving me weird looks when I say I enjoy shopping at thrift stores. No, my fashion sense isn’t super eccentric or granny-esque. Infact, I consider myself to be fairly “mainstream” and fad-ish, as sad as it may sound. I’ve been to many flea markets before, and to be honest the clothes they sell there are a lot more fashionable and possibly even cheaper than the ones you find at thrift stores. Afterall, these are clothes that people have donated. However, the joy and thrill in thrifting to me lies not in the price or how fashionable the pieces are. Rather, it is about finding those EUREKA! pieces of clothing that you dig out from under heaps and heaps of other junk, instantly thinking of a million ways to style it or DIY it into something more fashionable. I think the fun lies in challenging yourself to style clothes that are supposedly out-dated – the rejects and the preloved.

Honestly, wearing  “old” clothes doesn’t bother me at all. (Although it really bothers my mother that I’m wearing someone else’s old clothes. But that’s a story for another time.) If it looks perfectly fine and has been washed, then I don’t see a problem. Of course, some people feel that the clothes might still be dirty or carry some sort of weird disease, but really, what are the chances of that happening? How many illnesses can be passed on through clothing after it’s been washed?

So I recently visited the Salvation Army Family Thrift Store (not sure if that’s what it’s called) in Bishan and was pleasantly surprised at the number of “fashionable” items I found. Here are some pics. Sorry for the horrible photo quality! I snapped this off my phone so the photos are really grainy and blur.

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