5 Flea Markets in Singapore

5 Flea Markets in Singapore
April 02 16:19 2016

Flea markets – what comes to mind? Stuffy, old goods sold under a sweltering sun and bargaining in unrelenting weather? Think again!Once an obscure event in Singapore, flea markets have now risen through the ranks to become a staple occurrence, encompassing affordable clothes and an interesting shopping experience, with some even open seven days a week! Here’s five unmissable flea markets in Singapore guaranteed to be your next haunt.

Sungei Road Thieves’ Market 

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Sungei Road Thieves Market. Photo by: Stephen Michael Barnett

There can be no self-respecting guide to flea markets in Singapore without a mention of the legendary Sungei Road Thieves Market, even if it has ebbed away from its roots and evolved into a tourist attraction. The Sungei Road Thieves Market has a  rich history of 75 years, with sellers plying goods from secondhand electronic appliances to homemade crochet bags. Because it is rent-free, all one has to do to secure a stall is simply lay a mat and start hawking your wares.

For most of us, it is simply another market on a list but to most of the elderly peddlers, this is their livelihood. Most of them dread the impending closure of the market for good in 2017, when the government reclaims the land for the construction of a new MRT station. So head down before they close and take a stroll till you find something you fancy! It could very well be the last items of the Sungei Road Thieves’ Market.

Where: Between Jalan Besar and Rochor Canal Road (closest MRT: Farrer Park)
When: Daily, busiest during weekends, late afternoons

MAAD, Market Of Artists And Designers

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Market of Artists and Designers, MAAD. Source: Red Dot Museum

What do you get when you gather Singapore’s quirkiest artists and designers into one admittedly hipster bazaar? A beautiful set-up, of course!

Now, MAAD has your usuals – they have their vendors peddling wares, most of which are handmade goods, homemade Thai iced tea to even hand-stitched pouches. And as much as I love the local flavour, it isn’t the (slightly overpriced!) flea that drives me here – it is the monthly, much anticipated “Portraits after Dark” event. Every month before the next flea is due, MAAD calls for submissions for artists all over Singapore to secure a spot at their sitters’ session.

Flea market goers will sign their name at the tiny registration table and sit themselves on the chairs as all the gathered artists start immortalizing these random models onto their canvas. After 25 minutes, the artists will hang their completed works on the clothesline, where the sitters can purchase their favorite pieces for $45 (2 pieces) and $10 for subsequent piece. There is no better way to fill those blank walls.

Where: Red Dot Museum (closest MRT: Tanjong Pajar)
When: Once every month (date varies)
More info: http://www.museum.red-dot.sg/maad/

If you love your items one of kind, definitely refer to our Haji Lane Shopping Guide!

Flea Party

What can $5 buy you?

The cynical Singaporean will tell you $5 can only get you a plate of Nasi Lemak. Now, do you know what you should tell these people? Take a hike- to Lucky Plaza. A flea market goer veteran took three dresses on my table and gave me a $1 and I accepted that offer. My heart hurts to this day thinking of my lost summer frock which had cost me $33 but items at this flea market can truly be sold for just a minute fraction of the cost.

So if you want to refresh your wardrobe, Flea Party is where you should do your overhaul!

Where: Opposite Jollibee, Lucky Plaza Level 6 (closest MRT: Orchard)
When: Daily, 12pm – 8pm
More info: http://www.fleawhere.com/

Flea and Easy

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Flea and Easy, Source: Zouk Club

Zouk understood that to bring partygoers to its shores it had to offer what we all love almost as much as food- bargain shopping. And it has been an unprecedented success since it launched. Zouk’s lack of proper lighting and general party vibe makes impulsive buys almost impossible to avoid.

Where: Zouk Club (closest MRT: Tiong Bahru)
When: Once a month (date varies)
More info: 

China Square Central Flea Market

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China Square Central Flea Market. Photo by: Katrina Alana

For every hipster flea market, there is a nostalgic one.

China Square Central received loving coverage on Channel 8 for being one of the fondest flea markets in Singapore. Most vendors sell old, local wares such as 1980’s chicken rice plates and demolished old primary schools’ sports meets’ medals. It is a lovely place to bring your grandparents and have them reignite an old memory as they find memorabilia of the past in the many older-generation-owned stalls here. Most of the goods here are not just sales items but have their own stories as well.

Where: 18 Cross Street (closest MRT: Chinatown)
When: Every Sunday, 11am to 6pm
More info: http://www.chinasquarecentral.com/happenings/weekend-flea-market

So, which flea market will you be heading to this weekend?

How to get to these flea markets

Featured photo by: Nasrul Ekram

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