Thrift shops in Penang


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Hands up if you are the kind of person who is always on the lookout for great deals, comparing prices, and will holla loud and proud about a bargain you snatched off the rack.

To all frugal-finessers out there, here is a thrift shopping guide in Penang for you. While you stroll past street murals and indulge in that second plate of char koay teow, remember that you can shop for affordable almost-brand-new apparel at thrift stores scattered around the state. After all, “sustainable fashion” are the buzzwords for 2020, remember?

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1. OWL Bulk Store – Eco-friendly reusable straws, bags & containers


OWL Bulk Store is a zero-waste shop akin to a mini-market. They sell unpackaged groceries, daily essentials, and handmade personal care. Therefore, you’ll have to bring your own wares to haul it all home when shopping here.

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Eco-friendly items to motivate zero-waste lifestyles like reusable straws (RM4 – RM8), menstrual cups (RM115), mesh bags (RM9), and collapsible containers (RM25 – RM35) are sold here.

The store also encourages the community to contribute to its growing collection of pre-loved clothes. These clothes are then inspected to ensure that only those in good condition are placed on the rack. 

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If you’ve just Marie Kondo-ed your wardrobe, bring your pre-loved clothes to this store.
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The apparel sold here is targeted towards women. Choose from t-shirts (RM3 – RM8), blouses and skirts (RM8 – RM15), dresses (from RM10 – RM20), and jackets (RM15 -RM20)

The message behind their initiative is rooted in the fact that 2,000 tonnes of textile waste is produced every day. By giving away the clothes we don’t fit into anymore, we give them a new lease of life.

OWL Bulk Store
Address: 39, Jalan Evergreen, Tanjung Tokong, 11200, Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
Opening hours: Wed – Thur 12PM – 9PM | Fri – Sun 12PM – 6PM (Closed Mon-Tues)
Telephone: 012-705 1531
Website


2. Fujiyama Jeans/Tokyo no. 18 – Pre-loved designer goods & Japanese fashion


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This store aims to preach the message of sustainability through the acquiring and selling of unique and rare pieces of clothing. Fujiyama Jeans/ Tokyo no.18 retails pre-loved designer goods and apparel imported from Japan. This 2-storey building carries clothes and accessories for men and women.

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Located at the ‘bubble tea district’ of George Town, the store stands out among the rest and greets you with old glamour vibes instead. You’ll find vintage luxury bags from brands like Chanel, Balenciaga, and Louis Vuitton. On the racks, there are also high-quality vintage leather and denim jackets. All these items are sold at a fraction of its original price.

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This store is a treasure trove for bargain hunters who are acquainted with designer brands. Think about it, a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes at 90% off the original price? That is a steal, for sure.

Fujiyama Jeans/ Tokyo no. 18
Address: 77, Jalan Nagore, George Town 10050, Penang
Opening hours: 1PM – 10PM, Daily
Telephone: 04-217 0320
Website


3. Doppelganger Clothing Store – Vintage streetwear & limited edition tees


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Located on the outskirts of the mural laden, historical core of George Town UNESCO Heritage Site, is Doppelganger Clothing Store. It has an unassuming storefront, but be prepared to be greeted with a blast from the past upon entry. Gadgets and gizmos from yesteryears are used to decorate the store.

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Each item is carefully sourced from different used clothing stores from around Southeast Asia. 

Men who have an affinity with fashion, especially ‘90s and early ‘00s fashion, are in for a treat. Patrons usually come in looking for quirky, limited-edition T-shirts. There are also select pieces for women that range from bags, shoes, and belts from brands like Cath Kidston, Adidas, and Christian Dior.

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Every quarter, vintage pop-up events are held here. This is when Doppelganger collaborates with other vintage item sellers to sell their unique finds. All items are priced from RM10 – RM150. A hired deejay will be on the deck, spinning tunes as customers shop to their heart’s content.

Doppelganger Clothing Store
Address: 70, Seang Tek Road, George Town 10400, Penang
Opening hours: Wed – Mon 6PM – 11.30PM (Closed Tuesdays)
Telephone: 017-532 3185
Website


4. Kyoto Bundle – Internationally-sourced blazers, sweaters & sneakers


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The owners of Kyoto Bundle started selling used clothes as a hobby. After some time, it started to gain more traction among the community and they started sourcing more apparel from Japan, Australia, Korea, Canada, and the United States to cater to the increasing demand.

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Sneakers from Vans and Converse
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Specialising in colourful ‘80s inspired blazers and coats, they have a roomful of outerwear to choose from. They also have a large range of knitwear from brands like GAP, American Outfitters, and UNIQLO. The price range is very reasonable too. The ones in the promotion bins are tagged from RM1 – RM5 and nothing in this store is priced above RM50.

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Kyoto Bundle
Address: Lot 52, Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, 14000 Penang
Opening hours: 11AM – 11.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 017-948 3238
Website


5. Doubt?- Streetwear sourced from Japan


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If you are looking for a nice-looking pair of jeans, a dope tee to match, and maybe a statement cap to complete your look, shop Doubt?

They have an impressive collection sourced from Japan. You’ll be able to find pre-loved athletic jackets, pants, and collar-popping shirts from famed brands such as Levi’s, Nike, Adidas, and Stussy. Established in 1998, it is one of the oldest pre-loved clothing stores in Penang. 

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The clothes they carry are suited for the young at heart, with pieces curated to fit street, punk, and active lifestyles. You can find tops for men (RM15 – RM20) and women (RM10-RM15), as well as jeans, caps, shoes, bags and wallets.

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Doubt? Perai
Address: Ground Floor, No. 2851, Jalan Baru, Bandar Perai Jaya, 13600 Perai, Penang
Opening hours: 12PM – 9PM, Daily
Telephone: +6 04 397 8025

Doubt? Bayan Lepas
Address: 1st Floor, No. 12-L, Jalan Rumbia, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Opening hours: 12PM – 9PM, Daily
Telephone: 04-642 4328
Website


6. 2Tone Bundle – Vintage Japan & U.S. labels


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Levi’s shirts
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2Tone Bundle is a boutique that sells pre-loved clothing from bundles sourced from Japan and the United States. Located within KOMTAR (Kompleks Tunku Abdul Rahman) in the heart of George Town, the store is situated next to the entrance of The Top – Penang’s highest viewing deck – at Level 4. 

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The 700sqft store retails clothes of different styles. If you like surprises hidden within the folds of many racks, bins, and rails, this is the place for you. Vintage jeans, velvet skirts, dresses, and even limited edition pieces can be found in this graffiti-strewn shop.

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Fred Perry Dead 60s Harrington Jacket is a limited edition piece and available in two colours. Only 500 pieces are produced and this is number 251.
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The price point starts as low as RM1 and can go up to a few hundred Ringgit for exclusive pieces like limited edition Levi’s Jeans from the ‘60s. Other brands include Champion, Stussy, Bathing Ape, and Supreme.

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2Tone Bundle
Address: 2B-4-2, Level 4, KOMTAR, 10000 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: 12PM – 8PM, Daily
Telephone: 017-336 5207
Website


7. WCC Value Shop – Shop to support women’s causes


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WCC stands for Women’s Centre for Change, a non-profit organisation that helps women and children who have been abused, raped, or sexually assaulted. There are 2 WCC Value Shops located separately from their headquarters in the northern and southern regions of Penang Island.

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Shop for a cause from a wide selection of pre-loved clothes for men, women, and children. Hunt for your size from an array of women’s dresses (from RM12), skirts (from RM5), tops (RM7) and belts (RM3). You can even find coats and winter wear (from RM20), and children’s clothes (from RM2).

Donated items are meticulously selected so only those in good condition are put up for sale. Popular high street brands like ZARA, Mango, H&M, and ASOS can be found here. If you are lucky, you might find an item that is brand new with the tag still attached.

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WCC Value Shop also sells books, shoes, accessories, and kitchen items, albeit in a smaller collection compared to garments. Volunteers run the store and all proceeds go to support WCC’s work.

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WCC Value Store at One Square, Bayan Baru
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WCC Value Store Tanjung Tokong
Address: Mezzanine Floor, Island Plaza 10470, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Opening hours: Fri – Tue 11AM – 5PM (Closed Wed – Thur)
Telephone: 04-228 0342

WCC Value Store Bayan Baru
Address: 2-1-12, Tingkat Mahsuri 1, One Square, 11900 Bayan Baru, Penang
Opening hours: Thur – Sun 12PM – 6PM (Closed Mon – Wed)
Telephone: 04-228 0342
Website


8. Kawan Shop – Shop to support street ministry


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If you are visiting Penang, it is almost impossible to miss passing Chulia Street, one of the oldest roads on the island for local culture and food. However, many miss out on this gem of a store, Kawan Shop. Located adjacent to Little India in George Town, Kawan Shop sells donated items like books, clothes, trinkets, toys, and kitchen utensils. 

It is a missionary-funded thrift store so all proceeds are channeled to help people on the streets via a kitchen soup operation at Love Lane.

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If you are looking for pre-loved traditional clothes, this place is your one-stop solution. Gorgeous cheongsams, baju kurungs, and sarees are sold for less than RM20 here. There is also a bin you can rummage for RM1 clothing

The store is jam-packed with rails and rails of women’s clothing. You’ll find blazers from the ‘80s, workwear, and casual get-ups like jeans and printed tees.

Kawan Shop
Address: 41, Chulia Street, George Town, 10200 Penang
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10.30AM – 5.30PM (Closed Saturdays & Sundays)
Telephone: 04-261 8405
Website


9. MF Mart – Family-friendly mart


Big and breezy, MF Mart has 3 outlets in Penang: 2 on the mainland and 1 on the island. It is a one-stop pre-loved shop for families. With over 10,000 pieces of clothing for men, women, and children, there is something for everyone here.


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If you are looking for winter wear, they have a wide selection here. Pick from fleece jackets, sweaters, trench coats, leather jackets, quilted down jackets, and scarfs. All the pre-loved items are from Japan and come with a price tag starting from RM4.

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Even if shopping for clothes is not your cup of tea, there are pre-loved furniture, toys and even baby carriers for you to check out. It is an ideal place to thrift shop with the family.

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MF Mart Bayan Lepas
Address: No. 186A, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Kampung Sungai Tiram, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Opening hours: 11AM – 8PM, Daily
Telephone: 04-638 0623

MF Mart Permatang Pauh
Address: NSL 1903, Jalan Arowana, Kawasan Perniagaan Arowana, 13500 Permatang Pauh, Penang
Opening hours: 10AM – 7PM, Daily
Telephone: 04-398 2905

MF Mart Bukit Panchor
Address: 100, Lorong Bukit Panchor 1, Taman Bukit Panchor, 14300, Nibong Tebal,, Penang
Opening hours: 11AM – 8PM, Daily
Telephone: 04-594 2440
Website


Penang thrift stores


The next time you are in Penang, take a break from street food and cafe hopping to get acquainted with thrift stores that carry unique and prized fashion pieces at affordable prices. Shopping for a cause, helping the environment, and preventing the strain in your wallet are just some of the reasons to make thrifting a lifestyle – even when you are on a holiday.

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