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Shopping at flea markets

By: joyceho on 24 May 2012
Who says you can't shop cheaply in Singapore? A range of flea markets are constantly going on around town.

Ranging from second-hand goods, personally handmade handy crafts to extra stocks from online shops, different flea markets brand themselves differently from the types of items they sell to their price ranges. Bearing in mind that these booths are set up by individual vendors, ensure that  you have ample cash on hand.

Zouk Flea and Easy Market is held at Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street, quarterly, usually on a Sunday for 2 to 7pm. This particular flea market is selective about the items that are being sold and usually allows for fashionistas and young designers to showcase their items. This guarantees that all items sold are definitely fashionable, although this does come with a higher price. It's difficult to snap up many goods below S$20.

Another flea market to visit would be the Maad (Market of Artists and Designers) Flea Market held at the Red-dot design museum at 28 Maxwell Road. The flea market operates only on the first weekend (that is both Sat and Sun) of every month from 11 am to 7pm. Here you can find unique accessories, clothes, shoes and plush dolls. Prices start from S$30++

For those looking for a better bargain, you could head down to the Tanglin Mall Flea Market held at Tanglin Mall at 163 Tanglin Road. Held on the first and third Saturday of every month from 5pm to 11 pm, the flea market sells only second-hand fashion and accessories, where you can get attractive discounts if you buy in bulk.

Timbre Flea Market is another flea market when you can get second-hand clothes, bags and accessories, vintage finds and collectibles that is held at Timbre Bistro at 45 Armenian Street (The Substation Garden. Prices start from S$8.

Around this range of prices is also the Clarke Quay Flea Market held at 3 River Valley Road. Every Sunday from 9am to 5pm you can find 120 stalls with their used and new wares including collectible phonecards, antiques, record players, handmade scented candles and henna paintings, with a starting price of S$10.

Every weekend at China Square Central, located at 18 Cross Street Level 1, from 9am to 7pm, there's a flea market with new and old clothing, sells new & old clothing, toys, antiques, banknotes, stamps, coins, records, books, collectibles. Prices start from S$5.

Another weekend flea market is at Far East Square, situated at 76 Telok Ayer Street, from 12pm to 10pm. Selling decorative items, antiques and other rare local items and old records, snap up a bargain from S$15 onwards.

For low starting prices, head down to the Thieves' Market at Sungei Road, Pitt Street. Every Monday to Friday from 1pm - 7pm, and on weekends from 11am to 6pm, the market sells everything you can possibly imagine, although the place is allegedly a black market treasure trove of stolen goods. It's the oldest Singapore flea market and is an unpretentious and unreserved flea market to browse around and prices start from S$2.

Get new and old clothing, bags and accessories from Kampong Glam Flea Market near Bugis MRT station on every third Sunday of the month from 10 am to 6pm. Prices start from S$5.

Finally, check out the Flea Fly Flo Fun, which is situated at Home Club at 20 Upper Circular Road, at Basement 1 at The Riverwalk. It is an independent group that organises regular flea markets happening sporadically and sells leftover stocks from online blogshops. Prices start at S$8. Find out more here.

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