The rise and rise of vintage shopping in Singapore

Traditionally, shoppers have flocked to Singapore’s shopping scene for its high-end luxury brand shopping. However, we are seeing a change in the shopping landscape and have spotted a rising popularity of vintage stores.

So what’s all the fuss about?

There are a vast number of definitions of vintage making the category a little open to interpretation. For many years the term vintage has been referred to as items that are at least 20 years old. On the contrary, many view vintage as age irrelevant, and rather more about the label and timelessness of the piece. Retro and antiques can sometimes be categorised as “vintage”. However we believe they are a class of their own, and we will cover these stores another time.

For us, vintage store are those which prove themselves to be specialists by supplying a good range of quality, stylish and timeless finds. These treasures could be quality pre-loved or second-hand goods. Some may even still have tags on them, or have possibly never been worn. If you are lucky, you may even come across some gems in mint condition. One thing is for sure that vintage does not necessarily mean the items are of a known designer label, but more importantly classic and stylish!

We love true vintage stores. How could we not, as they contribute so greatly to the mix of local business. Shop owners are generally individuals who have a passion for the line they source and are dedicated treasure hunters in women’s fashion, men’s fashion, accessories, shoes, gifts and home décor. Given their contribution to the local shopping scene, we support them wholeheartedly.

There has been a spotlight on vintage shopping in Singapore for a while. So, we have been on the hunt for exceptional vintage shops and have been pleasantly surprised at the calibre around. Each vintage specialist offers something different to the next, sourcing items from all over the globe, and from different eras, and the stores are located at convenient corners of the island (as well as online). Here are many of the vintage stores we think are the must-sees for residents and travellers alike.

Carpenter & CookA quaint British inspired café with delicious homemade pastries and coffee packed with rare vintage finds; well-curated furniture and home décor. You’ll kill two birds with one stone here, and leave very satisfied.  #01-06, 19 Lorong Kilat 598120 Singapore

Dark Horse Vintage – An online store full of secret finds for all vintage hunters. Top-notch vintage pieces are flown in from all over the world, mainly from the UK and Australia.

Déjà vu Vintage – A well-loved vintage store that peddles premium vintage, handmade accessories and everything one-of-a-kind. They also carry a coveted range of high-end designer vintage. #01-70 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore

DulcetfigDulcetfigWhere vintage meets the modern girl! Dulcetfig was borne out of a girl’s dream of yesteryear. Vintage treasures are personally handpicked from their travels and beyond. Be it that charming clutch, or elegant swing dress, every item is exquisite and unique. At Dulcetfig they are the experts in pair your modern day get up with a vintage tote or accessorise with a necklace from the 60s. Its how you mix and match for that timeless, classic look. 41 Haji Lane, 189234 Singapore

Dustbunny VintageDustBunny Vintage specialises in timeless, classic fashion and accessories that are finely suited to today’s trends and style. Block 112 #01-203 Bukit Purmei Road, 090112 Singapore

Flea & TreesFlea & Trees brings women’s fashion, accessories, jewellery, and a great range of home décor pieces (lamps, plants, design magazines and books) from around the globe. 68 Seng Poh Lane, 160068 Singapore

Granny’s Day Out – Besides fabulous vintage dresses and separates, you will find an extensive jewellery selection. We love this authentic vintage boutique specialising in little gems from the 1930s to 1980s. This is certainly one of Singapore’s most loved vintage stores. #03-25 Peninsula Shopping Centre, 3 Coleman St, 179804 Singapore

Nostalgic DivaA beautiful shop offering vintage fashion, bags and shoes in almost mint condition from the 1950s-90s, as well as antiques, gifts and interior styling. 25a Arab Street Singapore

Picnic Sunday VintageA savvy online store based in Singapore with a great selection of one-of-a-kind vintage dresses, shoes and accessories.

Roccoco KentRococco KentOut-of-the-ordinary vintage shop. Tucked away in a corner on the second story of a conservation shophouse in the Kampong Glam vicinity. You’ll find anything from vintage clothing and accessories to quirky knick-knacks and collectibles. They also have an interesting selection of mid century, vintage industrial furniture. All items are carefully and lovingly handpicked and sourced from around the world. 753 North Bridge Road #02-02 Tangerine (entrance via Jalan Kledek) 198721 Singapore

The Vintage Diary – Their aim is to bring you the best quality vintage dress or bag or toys or any collectibles that is lovingly re-worked into pieces that bring together both vintage and modern. You will find a stunning collection in our shop in a very laid back and relaxed atmosphere. #01-14 China Square Central, 18 Cross Street, 048423 Singapore

World SavageWorld Savage is the store formerly known as Stevie General Store, which was formerly known as I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, which was also formerly Goblin Market. Having said all that this store lives and breaths affordable vintage – vintage fashion (gowns, dresses), bags, glasses, watches, jewellery, books, and even miniature dollshouse pieces. 70 Bussorah Street 199483 Singapore

In order to express themselves, designers, trendsetters and fashionistas take style risks. And high street goods do not necessarily enable them to create the individuality they are looking for. Be it for fashion, homewares or gift ideas a little vintage is a unique, personal and certainly original angel. And many consider it an essential part of their world.

We suggest you add vintage to your ‘what to buy in Singapore’ list and discover these gorgeous vintage shops during your next shopping trip or better still create a day out exploring the vintage shops of Singapore and see the fantastic finds you come across. If not for yourself, why not spoil someone you love with something timeless and one-of-a-kind… In a hurry? Check out the online shops!!

Until next time, happy shopping wherever you may be.

the travelshopa team XX

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10 thoughts on “The rise and rise of vintage shopping in Singapore

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  2. I love the experience of entering a vintage shop, the stillness and smell they seem to have. You never know what you will find.. thanks for the great list of places to visit, can’t wait to take my teenage daughter with me, who is just starting on the vintage trail! Keep up the good work. Cath

    • Thanks Cath. Indeed – vintage stores are unique in every way. I love that your daughter is already on the journey. I am sure she will hold onto many of the treasures she gathers for many years to come. Good luck in your shopping trips. (Glad you are enjoying travelshopa). Renee XX

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