Formerly known as Happiness 24/7, Oakham Market is a vintage and snap-them-up thrift store. The underground vintage boutique is frequented by hipsters looking to discover cheap thrills and vintage finds there.
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Quirky vintage store that's worth a visit
You would probably have heard about this much-raved-about store, whether it’s from your friends, or through Facebook. Oakham Market, located at Ann Siang Hill, does live up to the hype of being a quirky, “hipster” store, and it’s definitely a breath of fresh air from major retailers.
Located in a basement (admit it, that’s pretty cool) Oakham Market is packed chock-full of “vintage” and “thrift” clothes. The clothes on the “thrift” racks go for just $16.95, and you can get some really great finds there. However, the quality of some of the clothes leaves much to be desired, so that’s definitely something I would take into consideration before purchasing.
The vintage clothes there are quite expensive compared to other thrift stores around Singapore, with prices going up to $60. It’s not really worth it, so I personally wouldn’t purchase anything. That said, it is pretty fun to browse the racks, as it evokes a sense of nostalgia.
Overall, I would definitely recommend visiting Oakham Market for the experience. The atmosphere and décor there sets it apart from other stores in Singapore, so if you’re in the vicinity, do drop by!
Check your package again and again and again
Alright. The good points are that you can really uncover some gems at really awesome prices. Every now and then they would have a storewide discount where you can grab tons of stuff.
However their service really left something to be desired. If you shop at their online store, whether you choose to go down to their physical store to self collect or wait for mail, they would pack your items up in a little bag under your name. What really rubs me wrong above everything else, is that even though my item has gone out of stock (Yes. After I paid for it and received my invoice.) they simply pack up the rest of my order without bothering to notify me at all that an item is missing.
The first time after I discovered it I simply ask for refund at the store since I self-collected my stuff. The 1 point instead of 0 I left for service is really because the cashier was polite and efficient about it. The second time was via mail and one week later I'm still waiting for them to refund me via paypal. If you shop their vintage items online do be careful of that. Oh and if you have lost normal mail don't bother trying to contact them at all. They would pretty much just ignore you.
D for different
Oakham Market has introduced a new concept in the Singapore retail scene — that is, a quirky store dedicated to retailing vintage and thifted finds. Granted, there are many vintage and used items (like Dr. Martens) here, but there are even more vintage looking NEW items that are up for grabs. You would be able to spot the store far away — the ostentatious displays and loud music would capture your attention. Take your time to sieve through racks and racks of clothing that can’t be found elsewhere, and prices are extremely affordable. Oakham Market is not afraid to be different and it has done well in this department, I’d say.
*It has recently relocated to Haji Lane.
I've seen better
I first saw Oakham through their Facebook group, and was quite impressed with what they had. Needless to say, I made sure to make my first trip down ASAP.
When I got there, there was a sign saying that they had gone out on a lunch break, and I have to say that the wait was quite awhile. After the long wait, I was expecting something really impressive, something that gave them reason to have such airs and be gone for so long! Sadly, there was nothing which left much of an impression. What really caught my eyes were the original vintage dresses, but those were a tad pricey.
What really irks me though, is how vulgar their online shop is. The site is littered with profanities at every opportunity, and I’ve never seen an online shop as tasteless as theirs. It wasn’t like this before; I don’t know what brought that out. Very disappointing, and I cannot bring myself to go back to their website.
Not very impressive
I met a new friend recently who took one look at me and told me that I really should try out this place called Oakham Market because apparently I am a 'hipster'. Went down one fine day full of anticipation because I imagined it to be a magical wonderland of cheap yet nice-looking clothes (these are more or less an extinct species in Singapore) but I walked out of the store without even a measly purchase and that.just.doesn't.happen.to.me.
I think the main selling point of this shop is the 'vintage' and 'thrift' part of the store, but honestly most of the prices put me off and the general fashion wasn't very...unique. Granted it is hipster (kindaaa), but the design of the clothes are not uncommon nowadays so I left feeling rather disappointed.
But not all is lost, for the place has its character, built with many kinds of decorations that are fun to look at, so even if you don't buy anything you still get to enjoy the process of window-shopping!
interesting experience (understatement)
I've been to Oakham Market a couple of times and I will continue to go back till the day I die. (An exaggeration but you get the gist.) It is, in all honesty and humble opinion one of the best shops I've ever visited in Singapore. Located at Ann Siang Hill in Chinatown, it's a 10 minute walk from Chinatown MRT station, you might get lost but just ask for directions.
3 things you should know of OM before you try to venture there to check it out.
1. It's underground.
The entire store is located within a basement. The stairs down is difficult to see sometimes and a little steep so if you have a bad leg or something it's not in your best interest to attempt to rush down and then proceed to fall and break something. I've seen it happen before and it wasn't pretty.
2. The staff are polite, the walls are not.
I'd say that what sets OM apart and makes it stand out from every other clothing store is the entire decor of the place. Normal clothing stores present themselves as clean and proper. Oakham Market is anything but proper. Climbing down the steps, you will be faced with notices brimming with profanity. I like it. It's refreshing, it's funny and it gives OM a certain feel to its place. So if you are the type that gets easily offended, don't go to OM.
3. They are moving soon.
I have no idea where but I'll update this when I find out.
Plenty of clothing to choose from there. Most of the clothes retail at $16.95 but the vintage racks can retail at up to $60 or more. Search for clothing under the OM exclusive label SAI, unique pieces to be found. They also sell bags, accessories and used Dr Martens.
In the age of cookie cutter stores in cookie cutter malls, a store like OM stands out like a sore (not exactly) thumb with it's concept and it's flavour of the place. I recommend taking a trip down to see the place before they move out on 9 December so you don't miss out!
Messy but worth the rummage
Oakham Market is probably the most successful vintage store in Singapore. The vintage scene in Singapore is really quite limited, and the existence of Oakham Market definitely brightens it up.
Situated a mere 5 minutes walk away from Chinatown MRT Station, Oakham Market was surprisingly easy to find for a first timer like myself. Oakham Market is situated at a basement, so shoppers would need to climb down a short flight of stairs to get to the store.
The interior of the store is pretty messy. The racks are disorganized, and basically items are hung up messily on various racks, regardless of what category they belong to. However, the thrift items and the vintage items are properly separated to avoid confusion when paying.
If you're easily offended, perhaps Oakham Market is not for you. The store basically has stickers with vulgarities on them pasted throughout the store. Thankfully, the staff don't quite utter any obscenities in your face, and they're surprisingly helpful towards customers.
The thrift items are worth the rummage. Although they're priced at only $16.95, the quality of the apparel are definitely of a good quality. In fact, I bought a top from Oakham Market once, and it has become one of my favourite shirts. I've worn it several times, but it's still in pristine condition.
The vintage selection, on the other hand, can be quite limited, and borders expensive. However, some items seem pretty authentic, and might be worth the splurge.
Underground passage to vintage haven
Took my friends and I a while to locate Oakham Market but it was worth the search. Climbing down the stairs, it led to the haven of vintage clothes. The place is filled with racks of vintage clothes ranging from bralets to blazers. The teddy bear mannequins are also the most creative I've seen so far!
Every rack I look through fills me with "I want that"s but I have never actually gotten anything from Oakham Market before since my wallet always drains out way before I get there. Some of the clothes may be rather pricey however you should check out the Thrift Sections where you can grab a few sets of fascinating clothes for relatively affordable prices! Oakham Market also has frequent up-size sales. You can even check out their online shop at http://www.oakhammarket.com. If the vintage style is a thing for you, you have to go down to Oakham Market.