Clothes at one dollar? Places that accept your pre-loved items? You may be incredulous at how too-good-to-be-true this sounds, but it exists. In thrift shops. And no, we are not talking about Macklemore’s song.
Thrifting is the act of spending money carefully — by sifting through (usually unorganised) racks of clothes and other second-hand steals. The thrilling thing about thrifting is when you find a designer piece for next to nothing. Even if it is not a designer piece, you will be sure to find something that will make an ineffaceable impression on you. Here is a list of our favourite thrift shops in Singapore.
The Salvation Army
This well-known secondhand store has locations throughout the world, including Singapore! Proceeds go towards supporting beneficiaries who provide holistic care to the community. They generate their income through their Family Thrift Stores, so their items are more towards the pricey side. If you want to recycle your clothes, books or furniture, you can donate them to The Salvation Army’s Donation In Kind booths.
What to expect: Clothes, shoes, furniture, books at prices ranging from $5-$80
The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores
Flagship store located at 500 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Besides clothes, Cash Converters sells photography equipment, furniture, musical instruments and plenty of other things. Located in the heartlands of Singapore, you will be surprised at how accessible it is. Cash Converters will purchase any product right off your hands, so long they are in good working condition and has a market resale value.
What to expect: Everything under the sun! Stationery at $2 and jewellery at $2000
Outlets in Ang Mo Kio, Chinatown, Jurong East, Kallang Bahru, Tampines
and Toa Payoh
Something Old, Something New
Started in 1977 by volunteers, this thrift shop is now located in 6 areas of Singapore. Most of the people work there to boost their employability, as they are recovering from psychiatric conditions. As everything has a fixed price, remember to look through every section to find something good.
What to expect: Clothes, shoes, hats at prices as low as $1!
Something Old, Something New
Outlets in Simei, Pasir Ris, Yishun, Jurong West, Farrer Park and Tampines
Our personal favourite, New2U, boasts a huge collection of designer goods. They have regular student discounts on Tuesdays and half price days on the last few days of the month. Managed entirely by volunteers, the proceeds from this thrift store go towards Star Shelter and various Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) initiatives.
What to expect: Clothes, shoes, bags and designer goods. Prices range from $2-$50
New2U Thrift Shop
96 Waterloo Street, Closed on weekends
The most trendy thrift shop on this list, Refash arranges their clothes according to colour. Shop brand names like Zara, Topshop and The Editor’s Market at dirt cheap prices. If you are too busy to head down to the offline store, you can make your purchases online as well. Totally hassle-free!
What to expect: Clothes, clothes, and more clothes! Prices start from $7.90
Outlets in Orchard Gateway #02-09, Pomo Mall #01-01 and City Plaza #03-136
Buying secondhand clothes reduces the amount of apparels produced. Let’s do our part to help the environment by reducing waste. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!