Looking for preloved baby gear, unique furniture or designer goods at a bargain? Here are our top tips for second hand shopping on Carousell and more, plus where to shop second hand in Singapore!
Bargain-hunters, unite! You’ll be surprised at how spoilt for choice we are when it comes to second hand shopping in Singapore – I would know, because 80% of the items in my home are sourced from Carousell! Whether you’re looking for preloved baby gear like strollers, toys or baby clothes, used but not abused furniture, or even mint-condition second hand designer bags and shoes, keep reading for our guide to second hand shopping online and in-store in Singapore!
Where to Shop Secondhand in Singapore
Hock Siong has become somewhat insta-famous (37.2k followers on Instagram and counting, no big deal!) and it’s apparent when you see comments like, “Wow! Still available? How much?” appear on their posts almost immediately. They’re best known for selling used furniture and décor, some from local 5-star hotels (*cough* Raffles *cough* Ritz-Carlton). They also do amazing furniture restoration with a reliable upholstery contact – think old school solid wood ‘pak awang’ sofas with kitschy printed seat covers! Some items are up for sale on their online store, but we highly recommend shopping in person to check out the full range.
Hock Siong, 153 Kamgpong Amput, #01-03 Junjie Industrial Building, Tel: (+65) 6281 8338, IG @hocksiong, www.hocksiong.com.sg/shop
The Helping Hand
The Helping Hand is registered as a Volunteer Welfare Organisation (VWO) under the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) with Institution of Public Character (IPC) status and is a Social Service Agency under the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). Their teak wood furniture selection is guaranteed to make your home or office look breathtaking. They also have a restoration workshop to do any repair works for your furniture when needed.
The Helping Hand, 819 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534678, IG: @thehelpinghandsingapore
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) runs four flagship thrift shops in neighbourhoods across the island, offering a range of carefully selected furniture, clothes, collectibles and house wares waiting for a new home. You might have to dig a little through the racks, but you might find some real treasures as they often ensure that all goods are value-for-money and constantly updated.
MINDS Shop, multiple locations
Established in 2000 and run by the lovely volunteers at the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, New2U Thrift Shop sells pre-loved clothing (men, women and children), books, toys, bags and accessories – even shoes! Everything here is donated (due to overwhelming response they are not currently taking new donations – stay tuned they will be soon!) and all proceeds go towards various SCWA initiatives. Prices start from only $1 too so you are sure to snag yourself a bargain here!
New2U Thrift Shop, 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967, www.scwo.org.sg/what-we-do/facilities/new2u-thrift-shop
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 2:30pm,
www.facebook.com/New2UShop, IG @new2uthriftshop
Junkie’s Corner is an antique shop located in Bukit Timah. This treasure trove of cool finds has everything from furniture to vintage knick knacks, old ceramics and more! And even if you leave empty-handed (which I highly doubt), you’ll still get some pretty good photo ops out of the trip.
Junkie’s Corner, 2 Turf Club Road Singapore, Singapore 287988
If thrifting is your thing then The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store at 500 Upper Bukit Timah Road is definitely worth a rummage – they pretty much have everything you could ever need for a family! Housed over two floors they often sell second hand baby furniture, highchairs and other assorted baby paraphernalia. Call (+65) 6349 5334 for more info or check online here.
Salvation Army Family Thrift Shop, multiple locations
Second Charm offers a range of real vintage and vintage-inspired furniture and home decor. Their Instagram page is filled with swoon-worthy pieces you’ll go head over heels for – think beautiful wooden furniture with lots of rattan accents for that resort home feel!
Second Charm, 21 Kallang Avenue #05-165 Mapletree Industrial Building, 339412, www.secondcharmhome.com
Shopping Second Hand Online
Before every purchase, I ask myself, “Can I find it on Carousell?” and more often than not, the answer’s YES! Carousell is a widely used platform in Singapore, which means there’s no shortage of great finds across every category. I’ve used it to buy baby clothes (some even brand new), accessories and baby gear – particularly items that I know my little one would outgrow in a matter of months, such as push-walkers or booster seats. Carousell is also a great place to find secondhand designer goods, furniture, home décor and gadgets.
www.carousell.sg or download the app for Apple and Android
Facebook Marketplace tends to be more popular among expats in Singapore. You can find the same great products here, from household items to baby gear and more.
A spin off of the popular Singapore ExPat Wives group, the Singapore ExPat Wives Classifieds group has a huge section selling children’s toys, clothing, shoes and accessories as well as second-hand baby clothing and gear. It’s free to join the group (as long as you’re based in Sing) and easy peasy to upload your items for sale. ECMS Exchange is another place to look if you live on the East Coast and are keen to snag a bargain on quality pre-loved kid’s clothing and toys. This one’s for those living in the East only (lucky ducks!) to keep collections local.
Gumtree isn’t quite as popular as Carousell or Facebook, but it’s still worth a look around if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the aforementioned platforms. As always, use your own judgement to ensure sellers are genuine and check the authenticity of items listed (basically, don’t get scammed!).
Hotlotz was founded in 2015 and has rapidly grown to become the largest auction house in Singapore! Check out their website for all the current items on auction. They also have an online Hotlotz Marketplace, which offers a wide range of hand-selected second hand items for immediate purchase at affordable fixed prices.
Hotlotz Saleroom, Cendex Center #01-15, 120 Lower Delta Rd, Singapore 169208
Mini Lama is a relatively new online store offering premium, carefully-selected preloved clothes, accessories, toys and books for babies and children! They meticulously select preloved items by paying particular attention to the quality, the brand, the style and the condition of each item. You’ll find beautiful baby clothes (including swim suits and accessories), swaddles and baby toys here – all at great prices!
Reebonz is a trusted online platform for buying and selling a wide range of luxury bags, accessories, watches, jewellery and shoes. They’ve got an exciting lineup of coveted designer brands, all accessible at affordable prices with the option to pay by instalment too.
Style Theory Shop
We know them for their fashion subscription boxes, where designer gear is delivered for you to wear and then return before your next haul arrives. But did you know they also have an online store offering a ton of preloved designer pieces? I’m talking statement bags from Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Celine and more, plus gorgeous clothing from a range of international designer brands, all at slashed prices.
Top tips for Shopping Secondhand in Singapore
Shop with an open mind: Shopping secondhand is not like shopping off-the-rack, so you may not always get the exact items you want. However, if the item ticks most boxes for you, it is probably worth considering. When browsing online, shortlist the items you fancy (by using a like/wishlist function or simply bookmarking the webpage) and compare prices, quality and condition afterwards to make your final decision.
Use filters to narrow your search: When shopping on platforms like Carousell or Facebook Marketplace, weed out all the ‘preorder’ listings from business accounts by filtering the item condition to ‘used’. This will immediately show you all the secondhand items available.
Practise patience: Whenever shopping in-store, take your time! Personally I prefer to leave no stone unturned and investigate every inch of the shop so I don’t miss out on any hidden gems – you never know what’s hiding in the corner!
Ask: Don’t be afraid to ask questions before confirming your purchase, especially when browsing online. Sometimes it can be difficult to judge the condition of an item through photos, so make sure you ask questions like how long the item has been used for, if it has any defects, what its made of and where it was originally bought from. These questions can also be applied when shopping in retail stores.
Consider the location: You can sometimes filter by location when shopping online – set a parameter from your location so you can view all the items available in your area (this makes it easier to plan meet-ups, pickups and delivery!). You can also look to courier services for small items (GrabExpress), or engage a mover for larger pieces like furniture (GogoX, Lalamove).
Haggle, but don’t lowball: The beauty of shopping secondhand is that even as prices are usually way below retail, there’s probably some wiggle room to negotiate an even lower price. Bargain reasonably though, and don’t suggest a price that’s too low – you may end up offending the seller.