With so many flea markets popping up every other week in Singapore, it’s hard to sift through to pick out the best ones to go for with our limited time and budget. Because we know your struggle, we’re listing the best 7 for you, covering everything from affordable fashion, to local designers, to shopping responsibly, and even to paying by swapping. Wait, what? What do you mean, paying by swapping? Read on to find out.
Budget-friendly flea market: Fleawhere
What you can expect: browsing through racks for hidden treasures from other people’s closets at unbelievably affordable prices
1. Fleawhere, formerly known as For Flea Sake, calls themselves “the most frequent youth market organiser in Singapore”, and I can’t disagree. You’ve probably heard of the monthly Flea Party held on the top floor of Lucky Plaza, and you’ve also probably heard that most things are sold there at $2. It’s a real bang for your buck, and if you’re not really fussy about the quality of the items that you’re purchasing, or if you just want to see how much you can change up your wardrobe on a budget, it’s definitely worth checking out!
Venue: Lucky Plaza Level 6, Beside Value Dollar
Damage: $0.50 – $3 per clothing
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Flea markets with endless options: Public Garden & MAAD
We’ve got two coming up in this category.
What you can expect: endless indie vendors from all over the region with artsy trinkets and apparels
2. Public Garden, since 2011, used to host monthly markets with independent brands. They have since transformed into hosting a Consumer Trade Show a couple of times a year, bringing in brands from all across Southeast Asia (including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Brunei, and Singapore). You’ll find everything including apparel, accessories, temporary tattoos and even typography prints. There’s indeed something for everyone.
Date: 27 – 28 April 2019
Time: 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Hall 403
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3. MAAD, short for Market of Artists and Designers, has been organised since 2006, to promote local designers and artists through giving them a space to showcase their art. This year, they were featured as part of Singapore Design Week and organised workshops, on top of showcasing some 50 makers from Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. They usually sell artsy pieces – think hand-painted ceramics, unique accessories, notebooks, etc.
Date: No art market planned for 2019
Venue: Red Dot Design Museum
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Flea markets with local flavour: The Local People
What you can expect: local, handcrafted pieces, groovy tunes, unique snacks and drinks (sometimes mildly overpriced) and (sometimes) an artsy Instagram opportunity
4. Started in 2014, The Local People host carefully curated local art markets, every other month. I’ve been to quite a few of their markets, and while it’s not cheap, you’re paying for the hard work that goes into the craft, whether it’s locally-made food and beverages or art pieces. If you’re someone who’s interested in checking out and supporting our homegrown talents, be sure to mark their events down in your calendars. In fact, their events usually also have local performers, so even if you’re on a budget, you can still go look around and listen to some good local music!
Click here to check out our detailed review of one of their events: the 35mm Art Market. Below are the upcoming art markets:
Community Art Market
More info here.
Flea markets where you can shop responsibly: Swapaholic, The Luggage Market & Boutiques
Take your shopping to the next level with guilt-free shopping. What do we mean? We’re talking social responsibility. We’ve got three flea markets in this category, each having a different price range.
What you can expect: #vintage pieces at zero dollars – the catch: bring your own to swap too
5. No more money in the bank, but really want a wardrobe refresh? Check out Swapaholic, a wonderful concept for shoppers in this day and age where fast fashion is taking the world by storm. Instead of buying new clothes off the sale racks of mega-companies that make clothes through unethical means, Swapaholic hosts markets where you can drop off your clothes, earn points, and then use those points to buy items others have dropped off! With a ton of great reviews on their Facebook page, we’re sure you’ll find something you love.
Tribute to the Markers Swap Party
More info here.
What you can expect: huge crowds, low prices, and contributing to a good cause
6. With the same mission, at The Luggage Market, you’ll find vendors bringing their preloved clothes in luggages, with a recommended price range of $2 to $5 for vendors! Their markets happen quite often on Sundays, but check out their Instagram for updates on when the next market will be. From the looks of it, their markets are pretty crowded, so if you don’t mind crowds, go check them out – save your wallet, and the planet at the same time.
Venue: Tanjong Katong Complex
Damage: $2-5 per clothing
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What you can expect: a thoughtful shopping experience, expensive but artisan pieces and conversations with those who make them
7. Last but not least, we have Boutiques, a biannual shopping event that only features a selection of independent, design-led, and socially responsible brands. This event isn’t as budget-friendly as the other two, but definitely worth the trip if you’d like to purchase something for a special someone. Boutiques pride themselves on creating a memorable shopping experience, so you’ll really be connecting with the makers behind the art, and it’s always great to know your money is going to a meaningful cause, be it helping marginalised communities, or saving the environment.
Boutiques – Autumn/Winter Edition
More info here.
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