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!
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.
Everyone should try buying items at flea markets. Doesnt mean it's cheap, it is worthless.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!