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Toy Outpost, located at Plaza Singapura, Vivocity, *SCAPE, Jurong Point, Raffles Place MRT Station, 112 Katong and JCube are 100% consignment shops, renting out lockers to anyone to sell authentic and licensed products which are not banned for sale in Singapore. Things included in the lockers range from Toys and Collectables, to handphone casings and wires, to nail polishes and beauty products. The possibilities of what you can find there are endless.
There's always things you can find here worth your money. I used to come here for the polaroids before realizing Gmarket sells them a lot cheaper. Then I started noticing other things in the shop.
I love a particular locker's items. There are always necklaces, earrings and little quaint rings for sale. It seems to be on perpetual discount, so $10 can easily get you 2 rings and 3 earrings! I stocked up heavily on my accessories from here. My favourite ring connectors all came from this tiny little space.
Come here often and watch the lockers update themselves, it's a very interesting place to sight see and spend unnecessary money.
I visited the Jcube outlet and the staffs there are friendly whenever I approach for help. However, when I visited other outlets at Jurong Point and Plaza Singapura, the staffs there are not as friendly as the staffs at Jcube. The atmosphere is different at different locations as well, maybe it’s due to the lighting.
Other than flea markets this is one of the places where you get to buy things which are hardly sold in the other shops. Most of the items sold in toy outpost can actually be found in blogshops or any other online shops. However the prices tagged in toy outpost is usually set at a higher price than the prices offered online. (For e.g. instax cameras, you can definitely get it at a cheaper price from gmarket.) For people who do not want to take the risk of having lost mail packages if you purchase from online shops (for normal mail) and find registered mail too expensive, paying a little more at toy outpost can actually get you the same item you want immediately, eliminating the risk of lost mails and time waiting!
The downside of Toy Outpost is that you have to bother the sales assistants whenever you want to get a closer look on that item or you want to buy it. Sometimes, I think the sales assistants would get annoyed, as there are too many boxes and too many customers to deal with.
I do enjoy going in to the store though, and I usually do not have enough will power to not buy something from there. It is a must to go and you’ll be amazed!
What I especially like about them is their membership system. You spend $300 within a year and you will get a membership card which entitles you to immediate and good discounts. This applies for simply toys and toy outpost. Within the shop sells items which can range from handphone accessories to nail polish to action figures. People usually pay to rent the lockers and fill them with items to sell. The possibilities there are endless. The bad thing is that if you see something you like today and plan to come back the next day to buy it, it might be gone. You really wouldn't know how many stocks they have left. It happened to me once. I was so upset.
There are many outlets around Singapore, and usually they are very neat. The layout of the shop is normally very spacious as you outpost brings in quite a crowd. I wouldn't recommend going in when the shop is crowded though. Gets really annoying when your view is blocked and you want to check the price of an item. Also, sometimes the outlets are quite short on staff. So the time taken to purchase an item will vary.
I visited the outlet at Vivocity and was mesmerized at the ornaments section. As someone who loves the piano, my attention was instantly pulled by the crystal clear piano ornaments that were absolutely adorable for their mini sizes. The cheapest one costs around $60 which really was fairly priced considering the craftsmanship. Indeed, it would make an attractive display right on your real piano.
I also liked the fact that the sales assistant did not follow you around but merely kept a safe distance and an eye in case I needed help. When I inquired whether I could take a look at the piano, they were swift in attending to me.
However, seeing that I could not afford it, I decided to buy an I-phone cover with a beautiful piano design that costs around $15. The whole cover had the piano keys imprinted on it, with a mini flower and coffee mug shot at the corner. This design truly brought across the point of relaxation- hearing the piano melodies while you sip that cup of coffee.
At the end of the day, it made the perfect gift for my piano teacher!
Word of advice is that you should glance through every box before you decide on a purchase as some boxes sell the same products but by different sellers and at differing prices.
Toys include animal kaiser and vanguard cards and the Japanese konapun toy wherein you can actually cook and eat your food which is actually a form of candy (Youtube for it if I sound ambiguous!).
The frustrating part about Toy Outpost is that given the space constraint in every box, the space might be so cluttered that you would find it hard to browse through every product. Also, most of the boxes are closed behind a glass window and that prices are not clearly, or not even stated. It can be quite painstaking to approach the staff (sometimes only found all the way at the counter) in the midst of the crowd. Like the other reviews who've pointed it out, the staff will then begrudgingly open glass window for you which is, in Singaporean terms damn 'SIAN'.
Some instances of items sold here are Polaroid cameras and accessories, gadgets and it's accessories and a few options of collectible items to choose from.
Customers are welcome to enter the shop, look around and if they want to purchase any item or make enquiries about the item, the staff would be there to help you with the item. I could say it is slightly troublesome because you are more likely to ask for the staff assistance as all the items are locked up inside the glass display. Imagine during busy hours where the staff are occupied by other customer's requests and enquiries, it could be frustrating and you might have to wait before they could assist you. I have seen some cases where the customers waited so long for the staff assistance, they got frustrated and stormed out of the shop. So, this sales concept might not be a good idea.
Therefore, I would recommend all others to come to the shop during off peak days, like weekdays so the shop would be less crowded and you can enjoy viewing the items without much disruption. Other than that, the staff would be less busy and are able to attend to you shortly.