If there’s one thing Singaporeans like (perhaps more than food, or hipster new items!) it’s discounted rates and unique shopping finds.
Enter flea markets and various festivals – which is essentially, slashed prices galore, and hippie paradise – from handmade indie products you won’t find anywhere else, to second-hand clothing items, and various fixtures. Basically, Items that you’ve never known you’ve needed in your life – but you do now!
Here are seven flea markets and fairs we think would satisfy the shoppaholic in you – because there’s no better shopping experience than snagging a great item at even better price.
The very same flea market that partnered with the famed ArtBox (that Instagram absolutely went crazy for!), Fleawhere hosts near twice or thrice a month of various themed flea markets – go crazy over indie artisanal goods that are self-designed, handmade products like soaps, earrings, and the like, vintage collectibles, antiques, original art pieces – the world is your oyster at MOX Parade (SOTA).
However, if your thing is getting preloved items at slashed prices, then head on over to Flea Party, held on the 1 September all the way to the end of the month (yes, it’s held every single day!) at Lucky Plaza, where you can rummage through luggage upon luggage full of clothes without burning a hole in your wallet.
2. Weekend Flea Market @ China Square Central
Held every Sunday, this place is for the otakus or vintage-loving hipsters out there: with over 60 vendors showcasing an incredible selection of toy collectibles, antique pieces, comics, figurines, crafts galore from franchises like Marvel, Studio Ghilbi and others, over two entire storeys.
Some of these items aren’t even on the market anymore, so be quick to grab the items you want, and put your bargaining skills to the test for the best prices!
China Square Central Flea Market, held every Sunday from 11am – 6pm, Level 1 and 2, 18 Cross Street, Singapore 048423
3. TGIF Bazaars @ Whitesands Weekend Flea Market
A bazaar that is, contrary to its name, actually held on the 15th – 16th of every month except October, get ready for the ultimate indie-hipster galore in the form of dream catchers, handmade soaps, aromatherapy and candles, indie fashion apparel and handcrafted accessories, vintage collectibles, and many, many more items that you can proudly say cannot be found in the mass market, huzzah!
4. Creative (outside the Box) Millennials Youth Karnival (CMYK)
Artbox may be over now, and our hearts are still feeling a little empty inside (where have the days gone?) but CMYK is here to steal the show, and steal our hearts all over again (and leave it empty when it inevitably leaves, too!)
Coming this September from the 20th to the 23rd, and held in Bayfront spanning over 140,000 square feet (yes, where Artbox was and yes, its massiveness is how you know it’s going to be good!), get ready your huge rucksacks as you waddle through the throngs and throngs of people to eat, drink, shop for millennial hipster items that you can readily show of to the ‘gram!
Think: salted egg stuff (yeah, we’re still not over that!), rainbow-coloured food stuff, indie, etsy-style clothing and accessory items you know you can’t find anywhere else, various arts & crafts items, and interactive booths that’ll make this a super memorable experience!
CMYK Flea Market, held on the 20th – 23rd September, 3pm – 11pm, 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018970
5. *SCAPE Marketplace
Home to streetwear, discounted clothing, accessories, bags, as well as various hair dye stuff at hugely discounted rates (at least in comparison with its neighbouring Orchard stores in ION and the like!), this is the place to be if you’re big on streetwear, or if you just like cheap stuff (who isn’t?)
A permanent fixture right by Ceneleisure Orchard and spanning over two floors, SCAPE also holds weekend flea markets in front of its official store such as hipster phone covers, laptop covers, handcrafted trinkets, cute laptop stickers, as well as discounted selfie sticks (that often don’t go for more than SGD10!) if you still haven’t got one!
*SCAPE Marketplace, open every weekend from 12pm – 10pm, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978
6. The Fair (Diwali Dazzle)
With Deepavali just around the corner (ok, not really, but from August to November, we say that three months passes by in a jiffy, anyway!), get excited for a Deepavali-themed event.
Held on the 30th of August at the Chinese Swimming Club, get all of your Diwali shopping needs covered as Diwali Dazzle is Puja Thalis, shawls, décor, accesssories, jewellery, henna galore.
Plus, they even have a lucky draw with prizes given out every hour (so you stand a pretty good chance of winning!) as well as sumptuous Indian snacks at various booths, yum yum!
Diwali Dazzle 2018, held on the 30th Aug, from 10.30am – 7pm, Chinese Swimming Club, 24 Amber Road, Level 2, Singapore 439870
7. Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM)
You know this flea market means business when it says they’re a really, REALLY, free market.
Discounted prices that go for more than 50% off the retail price? Forget it – this is where it’s at.
Dedicated to promote waste-free living, SRRFM is a flea market held from time to time with an all-in-one market where NOTHING is on sale, think pre-loved items – clothes, toys, tarot card readings and many other quirky trinkets.
And hey, you know how the saying goes: one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure.