We love ourselves a proper piece of vintage furniture, with oodles of character that you simply cannot replicate without the years lived. And when shopping second-hand, do remember that you aren’t confined to a single type of aesthetic either.
There’re old school pieces with a heavy Straits influence that are beautifully heavy with the weight of the memories of our own grandparents’ homes, and then there’re Scandinavian vintage pieces that once stood in homes thousands of miles away in Europe.
Either way, these antique pieces are replete with many lifetimes’ worth of stories and memories, and this is what makes them so special and meaningful for those of us who love having a physical memory of times that are long gone.
While digging through thrift stores, flea markets, and online platforms like Carousell will yield gems, you can also check out shops that specialise in vintage pieces of furniture and other knick-knacks.
Some of these specialise in selling refurbished or refashioned pieces, some do produce reproductions of antiques, while yet others sell the items as is – scratches, dents, missing arm rests and all.
Here are 19 vintage furniture stores that we’ve found, where you will be able to find beautiful pieces rich with stories for your home.
1. Second Charm
A name that may be familiar with homeowners seeking to customise pretty mid-century modern pieces that look Insta-perfect, Second Charm is also a great place to score refurbished pre-loved pieces that have plenty of history and still plenty of life left in them.
To browse these vintage pieces, you’ll have to head on down to their store, which is housed very fittingly in an old-school industrial building in Kallang.
There, you’ll want to roll up your sleeves and get to work scouring through three levels of old-but-gold furniture of all kinds: ottomans, sofas, coffee tables, chairs, bedside tables, stools. Consider us charmed!
2. Hock Siong & Co.
For the last 20 over years, second-hand furniture store Hock Siong & Co has been giving new life to items from hotels that are undergoing renovation works – and we love it.
Packed tightly into three sprawling units at Tai Seng, it offers a wide range of pre-owned pieces that you can score for your home, to add an elusive pop of personality.
From heavy and intricately carved rosewood furniture to actual mid-century pieces and everything in-between, let your imagination take flight as you reimagine new stories in your home for these old pieces.
3. Singapore Trading Post
In a cheeky nod to Singapore’s status as one of the biggest entrepot posts in the region for the past 150 years and counting, this is a veritable trove of treasures from countries near and around.
Here, you’ll find carefully selected pieces with a British India charm, such as antique grandfather clocks, impressive bronze statues, novelty furniture sets that were once probably trendy and waiting for someone else to find favour with them again, and a huge assortment of trinkets and accessories to jazz up your shelves and sideboards.
4. Lorgan’s the Retro Store
If you want to browse pre-loved furniture spanning a wide range of styles and aesthetics, you’ll want to stop by Lorgan’s the Retro Store for more than a quick look.
It’s chocked full from floor to ceiling with eclectic Art Deco, Pop Art, retro, vintage, mid-century, and contemporary pieces – all for your browsing pleasure.
Every item is carefully sourced and restored by founder Lorgan Wong, who also takes great pride in searching for unique pieces from faraway countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway, and meticulously brought back safely for sale at his store.
5. Emperor’s Attic
Surprised to find gorgeous pastel-hued or glossy lacquered artisanal pieces that won’t look out of place in a trendy Insta-ready home here? Don’t be!
Emperor’s Attic is a must-go if you want to create a home with heavy Chinese influences. Owner Chantal Travers has a wonderful eye for beauty and quality, so you can be sure that there’s lots to appreciate here – from sideboards, console tables, display cabinets, side tables, to porcelain vases, carved stone animals, and even drums.
With furniture pieces that were all traditionally hand-made by Northern Chinese craftsmen from teak, pine, or elm, many of them have lasted for a lifetime and beyond – precisely what makes them so very precious and unique.
We’re told that the pieces come in very limited quantities, so long-time fans of the store know to buy it if they like it!
6. Journey East
If you’ve got sustainable living on your mind, you’ll be pleased to hear about Journey East. A store that specialises in vintage Southeast Asian furniture and “new” pieces created with repurposed and reclaimed materials, it is truly the epitome of eco-friendly furnishing.
At the heart of what they do is a lovingly curated collection of vintage and retro furniture, reminiscent of a bygone era. Repurposed and upcycled pieces include furniture made from reclaimed teak wood, and iron, resulting in an exciting blend of old-meets-new.
For starters, we spied some goodies on their website, such as a wooden-framed sofa with cheerful cushions from the 1910s in the Art Deco style; and a solidly built Retro wood bedframe, complete with black legs and a trapezoid storage compartment.
7. The Past Perfect Collection
Indian colonial antiques are known for encapsulating the pomp and craftsmanship of that era: gloriously reflective of great empires that were once golden and vast.
The pieces at Past Perfect Collection span a few colonial periods in India, including the British, Dutch and Portuguese eras – and are absolutely exquisite in quality and style. Many of the items are procured and handpicked from stately colonial mansions in India, so you know they’re the real deal.
We must say that colonial furniture suits our climate pretty well, since they were adapted from European sensibilities to withstand the humidity and warmer temperatures of the region while maintaining the classic aesthetic of the era.
8. China Collection
Locals know this as one of the best stores here on our little island-home to suss out antique Chinese furniture with traditional elements that withstand the test of time.
Step into their charming heritage shophouse in Joo Chiat painted the most eye-catching shade of blue that you absolutely cannot miss, and we promise you will find beautiful pieces large and small here.
Every piece in the store has been sourced from China, and many date back centuries. Whether you’re looking for an intricately carved lattice screen to add a touch of privacy to your abode, or an authentic porcelain vase to inject colour to that empty corner – chances are, you’ll end up going home with more than you came looking for!
We especially love the gorgeous tassel and jade ornaments that have become somewhat a signature of the store, they’re understatedly elegant and elevate the aesthetic of your decor oh-so-effortlessly.
Want a touch of vintage but also want a clean, Scandi aesthetic? There’s a high chance you’ll find what you’re looking for at Möbler.
The store is helmed by Emelie Héden and her sister Ellen, who come from Sweden and now share their deep love for restoring gorgeous Swedish vintage furniture with us in Singapore.
Their passion was rooted from their childhood years in Sweden, growing up amongst their grandmother’s unique home that was lovingly furnished with vintage items.
Today, they personally source for and handpick unique, one-of-a-kind items from Sweden, visiting markets and auctions in villages to bring items with their magical Scandinavian tales back with them, to find new homes across the ocean and the years right here in Singapore.
There’s just something about Scandi furniture, with a crisp freshness and a unique quality of hygge or homeliness in spite of the clean lines and sleek aesthetic of the style. Vintage Scandi pieces are no different – in fact, they’re even more homely and embody a character that seems to strengthen over the years.
At Noden, you’ll find pieces that date back to the 1950s, from big names such as Arne Jaconsen and Hans Wagner. Yes, really.
We really like the silhouettes of vintage Scandi pieces, with each curve and line taking on a significance of the years past and yet retaining an elegant timelessness about it.
11. Just Anthony
Purveyor of fine antique Chinese furniture Just Anthony is a must-go for fans of vintage Oriental pieces that exude an inimitable old-world charm.
With lots of cabinets, shelves, chests, screens, doors, and other decorative objects for you to browse through in their 15,000sqft showroom, you’ll be literally spoilt for choice.
We hear that some of these pieces of furniture were actually used in China for everyday purposes like cabinets for storing provisions or other goods – totally adding to their vintage pedigree, in our opinion.
Other decorative items you can add to your home for a strong ode to cultural appreciation include colourful Teochew door panels for good luck, and hand-painted silk wall coverings that are the epitome of graceful beauty.
Whilst once well-used, these pieces have been lovingly refurbished and cleaned, some receiving new coats of glossy paint, other repaired and shined.
12. Chisel & Log
In the same vein of wanting to reconnect with our roots, you’ll want to check out these vintage pieces with a heavy influence from traditional Indian decor and architecture from Chisel & Log.
Some of their furniture are replicas of antique pieces that are meticulously hand-crafted by artisans in India, others are remade with upcycled windows, while other pieces are authentically old and once used items that have been cleaned and refurbished.
Whichever you prefer, the pieces you can find here are gorgeous, intricately carved Indian wooden furniture that bestow a regality to any room they grace.
While not strictly a furniture store, we can’t resist including Aphorism to this list because the antique pieces you can find here are really something else.
Resembling a little shop of curiosities that would be right at home in Diagon Alley of the Harry Potter universe, you’ll be holding your breath as you wander through the gallery, laying your eyes on these rare treasures that you can purchase for your own home.
Feast your eyes on legitimately breathtaking antiques that are so rich in history that you’ll feel like you’re traveling back in time – such as an ornate 17th century casket from Japan inlaid with mother-of-pearl, beautiful glazed 18th century porcelain wares from India, and a game table from France that’s over a century old.
14. By My Old School
This little boutique store was born out of owner’s Winston Wong’s penchant for collecting vintage items. It is certainly well-worth your time if you really want to bring a piece of old school Singapore into your abode.
A whole assortment of furniture and home decor items are packed tightly into a modest 1000 sqft shophouse, and you can either purchase the items for your home or rent them for special occasions and events. Stepping in was truly a blast from the past, it’ll bring back childhood memories in all their full glory.
We spotted these extremely nostalgic pieces that you’d probably recall seeing in your grandparents’ homes, growing up: old school faux marble fornica chairs, plastic beaded curtains, and even a slanted glass display case that looks like it belongs on your grandmother’s dresser table. So much feels!
15. The GoDown Store
This stylised store housed in a unit in the style of the nostalgic warehouses that used to line the banks of the Singapore River is home to a wide array of unique vintage finds from all over the world.
Personally handpicked by owner Audrey Lee who is an interior designer by trade, you’ll find all sorts of home furnishings, decorative objects, and accessories – all bearing their own significance and stories.
With the cosy familiarity of stepping into an antique collector’s home, you’ll find yourself drawn into the process of discovering and picking new treasures for your own home.
Address: 100 D Pasir Panjang Road, The Meissa, #02-08, Singapore 118520
Opening hours: 10am-4pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday only). Closed on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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16. Carpenter & Cook
How does grabbing that aromatic afternoon cuppa whilst browsing the latest vintage finds for some home inspo sound? If it grabs you, you’ll want to head on down to Carpenter & Cook.
Perhaps you’ve heard of this artisanal bakery cafe for their handcrafted beverages and fresh bakes. Now, how about doing some browsing for antique furniture and accessories while you’re at it?
Other than making for a wonderfully nostalgic experience while you’re eating in the cafe, the vintage furniture and decor can also be bought and brought home.
Think typewriters and sewing https://www.instagram.com/sgcafestagram/machines from yesteryear, and even actual Singer chairs used by women who sat on these sewing for hours on end!
17. Long-Long Time Store
This is a quaint online store where you can shop exclusive, one-of-a-kind vintage items from their platform on Facebook. You’ll never know what you’ll find here, as pieces are lovingly cleaned up and restored, and photographed for sale.
In the true spirit of vintage shopping, every item here is gone once it’s sold! So keep your eyes trained on their Facebook page for new arrivals if you’re keen to score something truly authentically Singapore-vintage for your home.
Most recently, we spied an authentic vintage kopitiam style side table with a marble top, an old-school coffee table with metal legs, and a teak sofa with fabric upholstery that would look right at home on the set of Growing Up.
Pssst: We even saw a rare Japanese bicycle and a really cool, old-school metal safe up for sale in the past!
Check out their Facebook page for their latest items available for sale. Orders can be made via Facebook DM or WhatsApp at 9832 5378.
18. Jennifer’s Vintage & Antique
Antique furniture is rarely in pristine condition, and to be honest, that’s the spirit of vintage. Every scratch, dent, and imperfection is a notch in an ongoing story – and that’s precisely why we love shopping vintage.
At Jennifer’s Vintage and Antique, the pieces are sold by owner Jennifer Lim in their received condition – with absolutely no refurbishment or upcycling done.
With this sort of what-you-see-is-what-you-get shopping, the beauty is in the process we say, and so you can expect to do some restoring work yourself if you so wish. Jennifer has a penchant for gorgeous Peranakan-style items; we recently spotted the most regal, grandiose Peranakan sideboard and chenup pieces we’ve ever seen at an antique store before, as well as Peranakan windows, and authentic Peranakan ceramic tiles.
We’ve got one word: cantik (which means “beautiful”, in Malay)!
19. Treasure At Home
Owners Wak and Yana of this little shop have a bond with each and every item they sell here – lovingly cleaning them up and naming each piece for that personal touch. Find such treasures for your home, all 100% pre-loved and well-used, all with their own story to tell.
Retro looking items laminated with bright-coloured formica, solid wooden stools and cabinets – these were the hallmarks of the 1970s and such a blast from the past that we hope can take us back to simpler, carefree days. You’ll even find those green glass cups you used to sip syrupy sweet bandung from as a kid!
Wak and Yana have such passion for what they do, seeing each and every item as unique and beautiful. And the best part? Their passion is absolutely infectious and we see these old pieces as so beautiful too.