If you think that shopping malls are the best place to shop in Singapore, chances are, you haven't been to a flea market. There is no better place to hawk your wares, clear out a bursting wardrobe, or satisfy your cheap thrills than a flea market in Singapore. Some of the more popular flea markets are: Zouk Flea & Easy, Flea Fly Flo Fun, and Sungei Road Thieves’ Market. Air-conditioned malls aside, it's time to uncover some gems at the flea market!
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Good weekend fun
The most popular flea market has got to be the one held at *Scape mall every weekend. Rain or shine, day and night, you will get to enjoy a different and perhaps an even more thrilling shopping experience as you join the crowds outside the mall, trying to catch a glimpse of what others have set their eyes on. Retailing a wide range of trendy products like iphone covers, accessories, knick-knacks and clothes, girls would be spoilt for choice, even more so when the price tags here are as attractive as the colourful display of products. During weekend afternoons, try to head up to the level 4 at *Scape for more bargains!
good deals, similar to blogshops
The flea market at Scape can be very eye-opening if you're visiting for the first time. There are many different products sold there, though I think many blogshops like to setup stalls here. The things sold here, iPhone covers, cables, clothings, accessories etc. You haven't seen them all til you come down here! The layout of the shops is quite messy and during weekends it can be quite difficult to move around due to the crowd. Guys take note, most of the items sold are for girls, so don't come here expecting to buy everything!
In conclusion i think the flea market at Scape is a very good place to shop for accessories and clothing as well if you're on a tight budget.
Not a junk shop more like Awesome shop
I do not want to call items sold at flea markets as second hand but pre-loved items. I have seen and bought amazing clothes at flea markets one held at Scape every month. The items sold are even branded ones like Topshop and Zara. These items are also well taken care of and are sold at a very affordable price. Other than clothes, flea market at Scape sells accessories like bracelets rings etc. These all come in attractive prices and designs to angel wings inspired rings. I feel like a Greek goddess every time I wear it. Multi coloured iPhone accessories are also sold.
Everyone should try buying items at flea markets. Doesnt mean it's cheap, it is worthless.
Not just a place for junk.
My impression of flea markets was that of Sungei Road, also known as Thieves Market. Back then, it was Singapore's black market where people peddled second-hand stuff and even stolen goods.
Flea markets have evolved a lot since my childhood days. I only recently knew about their development when my wife brought me to shop one. I was surprised that in addition to "pre-loved" stuff, one could find brand new items at incredible low prices!! There were some stalls which sell only new stuff and of very good quality.
Today, I am a flea market vendor myself after my wife and I set up our own Children Clothes blogshop (www.cassieltreasures.wordpress.com). We have set up shops at flea markets to sell our items and promote our blogshop. Setting up shops at SCAPE, Queensway Shopping Center, various Community Clubs, and many more locations, has been an interesting experience. We have met all kinds of fellow vendors, customers looking for bargains, and even the odd "kaypoh" (busybody) who just wants to strike a conversation.
good deals, but crazy layout.
I usually head to SCAPE, where fleas are held frequently on the weekends. With nothing in mind, I'll leave with bagfuls of clothes, accessories and random stuff.
You get to see many blogshops - both new and old at the flea, selling either their stock or their preloved items. I think it's a good way to market your blogshop, because some people avoid online shopping due to shipping costs, or perhaps, they just want to have a feel of the things that they're buying. However sometimes, it gets a little too rowdy for my liking because it's really cramped with tables and impatient people.
Despite the heat, crowd and poor ventilation, Scape remains as one of the high memorable places for fleamarket go-ers - especially with the teens. Most of the things there go in bundle prices, for instance apparels sold at 3 for $10. Definitely will be able to get some good deals over there!
Cheap and affordable
Who doesn't love bargains? Flea markets offer especially good bargains close to that of 'pasar malam's in Singapore.
Flea markets are extremely popular among teenagers are the things sold are mostly trendy and the stalls are managed by many teenagers and young adults who are familiar to the taste of the young.
I enjoy shopping at Scape's flea markets despite the poor ventilation. I can get most of my clothes at the flea markets there at half the retail price and the quality isn't too bad either. I would recommend flea markets to young adults and teenagers who have yet to obtain personal income. However, for those looking for high-end quality products, you might not want to shop at flea markets as you wouldn't be pleased with half the products there.
Place for you to grab cheap goods, if you are willing to spend time to find
It proves a different experience as compared to shopping in the malls. Although most of the flea markets are non-air conditioned and under the sun, it's surprisingly fun to be squeezing around the chaotic "marketplace" at Scape. You can find jewelleries, accessories, clothing here, all at one place at reasonable prices. The drawback is you've to spend time looking around under the hot sun to find something which catches your eye.
There is also an indoor flea site, which happens to be air conditioned. I suspect due to the difference in stall renting prices, the indoor stalls tend to sell things at a steeper price as compared to outside.
Note to potential clothing buyers at flea markets - Despite the owners claiming that the clothing are first-handed, they might not be so. I've actually spoken to several flea market stalls' owners who revealed that the clothing are actually worn before. The accessories were a great deal though, I vaguely remember there was this stall in front of Toastbox selling fanciful rings at $5 for 3. No better way to pamper your fingers!
Cheap but not necessarily rewarding
I entered a town kid phase last year, and I basically visited the flea market at Scape every fortnight or so. Each time, I scoured the flea market relentlessly for a good bargain, and I either left the place sorely empty handed, or with several purchases of poor quality.
For those who are new to Scape's weekend flea markets, I would recommend going for the accessories and nail polishes. Other than those, bargains are usually hard to find, especially clothing bargains, and you're probably much better off flipping through racks in air conditioned malls for sales.
The clothes at Scape's flea market are usually of mediocre quality. Although there are several booth owners that set up boxes or luggages full of clothings at $5 or so per piece, most of such clothings are probably pilled, or have suspicious stains on them. Furthermore, in most Scape fleas held underground, the ventilation is pretty bad, and there is extremely poor lighting so it can get pretty difficult for shoppers to discover flaws in their purchases.
Some of the booth owners are not very honest. I have personally came across a booth owner who sold me a button down shirt that she claimed was in perfect condition, and it was only after I got home that I found a very obvious defect in the shirt. Needless to say, that shirt couldn't be worn.
For the bargain hunters who can care less about quality, I'd suggest going after 6. That's probably the time when booth owners are getting desperate to sell off all their items, and prices can get really low.
My first and only experience at a flea market was a terrible one.
Feeling adventurous, I decided to attend a flea market at Scape. It was inconveniently located in the basement and boy, was it stifling in there. I felt almost suffocated by the stuffiness and smothering heat. Didn't help that there were hundreds of other people there, all crammed into one tiny enclosed space. The generated body heat and lack of oxygen made me feel immensely uncomfortable.
That aside, I didn't manage to really find anything in there. The items were cheap and the pre-loved ones didn't seem to be cared for well at all. There were defects and tears in the clothing. I even spotted a pleather jacket that felt stiff and hard as a rock to the touch. I can't imagine how anyone could possibly feel comfortable in that.
Needless to say, my sole visit to the much raved about flea market was greatly disappointing.
Disorganized and crowded but good deals around
I have been a vendor with For Flea Sake a few times and I feel that it has been a very enlightening experience. Prices can get very competitive, even up to 50 cents per clothing when it is near closing time. Sometimes you feel that your clothing are worth more but the people that come to Flea Markets simply do not come expecting to pay more than $5-$10 for a piece of clothing, even if it looks totally new so keep in mind if you are selling your brand new clothing. Also, the place can get quite disorganized when the crowd streams in so prepare for a hot and stuffy experience.
There are also many blogshop vendors around that sell pricey clothings but these people are willing to pay for simply because they are blogshop clothings. Some of the designs are not even nice so I find it strange that people pay such expensive prices for it at $18-30.
Walking around the flea, accessories are the most worth your money. I have bought rings costing 3 to $5 or $2 each and they are the same ones sold in other places for $5-$10 each so I find it a very good deal. Clothings are not that easy to get value for money because sometimes second hand clothings are not so desirable even at $5 a piece and you must really search hard for the good ones!