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The Sassy Mama Guide to Second-Hand Shopping in Singapore

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The clutter that comes with having a little one can get a little out of control sometimes — not to mention expensive! Popular in other cities around the world, it seems that second hand shopping is finally having its Singapore moment, and honestly we’re thrilled! There’s nothing like cleaning out the cupboards and selling those second hand goods to clear the decks (and make room for those vintage bargains we know you’ll be buying!). Reuse and recycle, mama!

For the Kids

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!

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.

Gumtree

A treasure trove of second hand children’s items, popular websites like LocantoGumtree and CraigsList sell everything from second hand strollers, to children’s clothing, furniture, toys and accessories, as well as everything else you could ever need (or want) for bubs! A useful platform for selling your own goods too, be wary — we hear the response can be overwhelming at times!

A spin off of the popular Singapore ExPat Wives group, the Singapore ExPat Wives Classifieds Facebook 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. Check out the group here.

Kids R Us is an online marketplace for buying and selling your little one’s things. There are no limits on what you can sell here so you’ll often see clothes, toys, furniture, books, electronics and even school uniforms up for sale. It’s worth checking in regularly as you’ll often come across new items in amongst the second hand and preloved stuff. Check it out here.

Yet another Facebook group, ECMS Exchange is the 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 — see here.

Support the environment by checking out the Preloved Baby Goods Facebook group here for second hand and gently used baby clothes, furniture and accessories.

Toy Rental World

A great solution to our teeny-tiny living space is to rent, rather than buy new toys. Toy Rental World has a ton of toys for kiddos up to 6 years available for rent that include kitchen sets, play houses, walkers, baby play gyms and all those other bulky items that you don’t necessarily want to buy but are happy for the kids to play with. Head to the website to order.

Rent that Toy is another one that loans toys (only for a month at a time) and has a great range of toys for the younger ones. Get more info at their website.

Got twins? Then head to the Twins Plus Singapore Buy and Sell page to pick up some 2-for-1 bargains on everything baby related. It’s also worth checking out their Facebook page too for more sales.

While buying bubs brand new everything is always enticing (and really rather expensive!) why not rent the big-ticket items from The Baby Specialist instead? Renting out hospital-grade baby care equipment like breastpumps and phototherapy beds, you can even hire strollers, travel cots, highchairs and toys if you are travelling through Singapore or only need items for a short time. Head here for more info.

 

For the Mamas

Months spent wearing the same maternity clothes is enough to get any mama feeling a little down, so restock that maternity wardrobe with a few rental clothes from Maternity Exchange instead. Stocking a wide range of designer maternity gear, you can rent per item or sign up for a rental package and breathe a new lease of life into your pregnancy wardrobe. Head here.

Dustbunny Vintage

Based in Bukit Merah, Dustbunny Vintage is your go-to place for vintage dresses, handbags and smaller accessories. A well-curated collection awaits mamas eager to hunt through the racks for that special something. Head to Block 112, #01-203 Bukit Permei Road, visit the website or call (+65) 6274 4200 for more deets.

Freecycle is huge elsewhere around the world, and although the Singapore chapter is relatively small, they uphold the same principles as elsewhere, providing a forum for people to give away unwanted items free of charge. You’ll need to register with their Yahoo Group to join up.

Singapore’s leading second-hand furniture store, Hock Siong & Co. buys and sells second hand homewares in great condition. Although all furniture has been used before, all pieces are made of good quality wood, giving your space a classic and timeless look. Check out the website to see what’s currently in stock, then visit the warehouse at 153 Kamgpong Amput, #01-03 Junjie Industrial Building or call (+65) 6281 8338 for further deets.

If your bookshelves are heaving with well-thumbed paperbacks (and your apartment is screaming out for more space) Second Hand Books is Singapore’s largest online book trading site and is totally free to join! Sign up as a member, upload the titles you’re keen to sell and let the rest take care of itself.

Buying and selling pre-owned authentic designer handbags and accessories, Brands Exchange is the shop to go to if you’re looking for something a bit more stylish than your everyday nappy bag. Goods rotate regularly so it’s worth checking in often if you’re after that special something – head to 33 Pekin Street, Far East Square to browse in person or check out the website for more information.

Dulcetfig

If you’re a vintage girl at heart, then Dulcetfig is for you! There’s a great range of vintage clothing and accessories available as well as some cool threads from local designers. The store’s location at 41 Haji Lane means you can pop into Bar Stories post-shop for a late afternoon refreshment sans kiddos!

If you’re in Haji Lane district anyway, best drop past Victoria Jomo whilst you’re there. Home to an eclectic range of knick-knacks, jewellery, stationary, shoes, clothes and bags, there’s many vintage and second-hand finds here. Their Fit All You Can markets are ridiculously popular too, where fashionistas pay either $35 or $50 for a bag (there’s two different sizes) and have 20 minutes to fit as much in it as they can. Keep an eye on their website for the next event or visit them at 9A Haji Lane, Singapore.

With an impressive range of vintage pieces painstakingly sourced from around the globe, Granny’s Day Out stocks vintage clothing, purses, shoes and jewellery from the 1920s to the 1980s. We’re particularly smitten with their vintage jewellery pieces – beautiful! Visit them in person at #03-25 Peninsula Shopping Centre, 3 Coleman Street or shop their online jewellery store here.

 

One final suggestion…

If you prefer a trendy flea market vibe when shopping for second-hand items, then the quarterly Zouk Flea and Easy markets are worth marking in the calendar. With over 70 stalls selling everything from pre-loved clothing to books and other vintage finds, this evening market also has a cool music vibe – keep an eye on the Zouk website for the date for the next market.

 

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