Bangkok’s second hand shopping spots


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Although we’re in the age of all sorts of cool new trends, there are still a lot of old-school goodies a lot of us enjoy – from kooky pop-art decor to baggy clothes from the 90s. And often, we find ourselves tirelessly scouring second hand shops and flea markets just looking for these treasures.

If you’re in love with hand-me-down styles just like us, here are 7 of the best second hand markets you can’t miss whenever you’re in Bangkok.

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1. Second hand Zone at Chatuchak Weekend Market


Travellers who know Bangkok would know Chatuchak Weekend Market as THE shopping hub to drop by while here. It’s arguably one of the city’s most visited spots, by both locals and tourists.

Young Thai fashionistas come here often to update their closets with artsy items like handmade jewellery and new edgy fashion items, but not many know that there are zones dedicated to used fashion items and clothes only – Zones 5 and 6.

The light blue area is our destination
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These two zones are located between entrance number 2 and 3 of the market.

Most of the shops here sell cool street style wears like old-school T-shirts and denim jackets that look similar to the one we can see John Travolta wearing in Grease.   

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To all vintage guys and gals out there, you’re in for a treat too. A number of shops here are likely to tempt you with their swanky embroidered bags and gorgeous clutches from eras ranging from the 50s to 80s.

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Opening Hours: Fri – Sun: 5AM – 6PM (Closed on Mondays – Thursdays)
Nearest Train Station: Chatuchak MRT/Mo Chit BTS


2. The Camp Vintage Flea Market


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The Camp is basically a community space for vintage goods lovers to get together to hang out in a cool ‘scrapyard’, with food and beverage trucks waiting to serve shoppers both Thai and western food.

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While here, don’t forget to snap some Insta-worthy shots with the market’s iconic Chevy truck and fighter aircraft in the background. 

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Stores here are housed in a building that looks similar to a hangar from World War I. Each shop also represents a different style of fashion so there’s something for everyone.

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For gentlemen who are looking for a fine and dandy suit from the bygone era, head to Vintage Old Bro. And if you’re classic name-brand hunters, remember the name COMME des BORED – this is where you can find clothes from long lost collections of top brands like CELINE, Fendi, and Burberry.

The Camp Vintage Flea Market
Address: F21 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu: 3PM – 10PM/Fri – Sun: 3PM – 12AM. (Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Train Station: Kamphaeng Phet MRT
Website


3. Sakura Japan Second hand Market


Sakura Japan Secondhand Market sells imported secondhand items from Japan in an enormous warehouse near On Nut BTS.

What makes this place different from other markets is most of the products here are priced according to weight.

Another special thing about this place is that they literally sell everything under the sun, whether it’s Japanese-style home decor or kawaii stuffed animals. 

The price starts from ฿50 to ฿100 per kilogram, depending on the type of product you’re getting. Meanwhile, a small number of products’ prices are already set, so keep your eyes peeled. Overall, this is a perfect place to stop by if you adore knick knacks and fashion but don’t want to overspend.

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Sakura Japan Secondhand Market
Address: 273, Sukhumvit Soi 50, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Opening Hours: 11AM-9PM, Daily.
Nearest Train Station: On Nut BTS
Telephone: +66-81-141-4374
Website


4. Pattavikorn Market


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If we have to choose one line to accurately describe what is sold at Pattavikorn Market, it would be the classic proverb: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

This market is best known for welcoming ‘amateur’ sellers who grab whatever they don’t need at home and lay them out on the concrete floor for sale. Believe it or not, this is where the fun is at! 

Like a kid, you’ll get the thrill from just digging into a mountain of random products and picking out something you like, may it be clothes or old cassette tape players. 

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While you can expect to see typical stuff such as clothes, used auto parts, and kitchenware, you might also come across something as exciting as lucky Buddhist amulets, classic film cameras, and old DC & Marvel comic books.

Note: It’s more likely than not that most of the stuff here hasn’t been cleaned for a while, so arm yourselves with disposable gloves, hand sanitisers, and a face mask when visiting!

Pattavikorn Market
Address: Soi Nawamin 72, Khlong Kum, Bueng Kum, Bangkok 10230
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 1PM – 8PM/Sat & Sun: 10.30AM – 9.30PM.


5. Rot Fai Market Srinakarin


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To Bangkokians, Rot Fai Market Srinakarin is a vintage shopper’s heaven with tonnes of antique shops and second-hand stores that take up 2 of the market’s expansive zones.

With more space comes more vintage stores for us to browse through. Goodies like clothes, fashion accessories, shoes, and furniture can be found here, with cool vintage international brands.

What we like about this place is that many shops have checked the quality of these products before putting them on the shelves, but we still recommend you to check again before purchasing just to be sure.

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Once you’re done exploring, don’t forget pop by their night market that’s situated in the middle of the whole area.

And just before you’re feeling numb in the legs and ready to head home, refuel your energy with from the huge food zone at the entrance. Don’t leave with an empty stomach. 

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There are countless stalls and restaurants here that serve all kinds of Thai food that you can think of, as well as some international dishes.

Note: Travelling here can be quite a challenge due to its location, we recommend getting a taxi or Grab here.

Srinagarindra Train Night Market
Address: 51 Srinagarindra Road, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250
Opening Hours: Thu–Sun: 5PM – 1AM. (Closed Mondays – Wednesdays)


6. Wang Lang Market


Situated near old town Bangkok and Chao Phraya river, Wang Lang Market is a popular day-time destination for Thai folks and tourists alike.

Within the market’s territory, you will find a shopping area called Talad Werng Pratu Kiew. Here’s where you can thrift your heart out.

Although this secondhand marketplace is not super huge, it’s still packed with a lot of stores with a wide range of items, from stylish clothes to sporty shoes.

Good news is most of the items there are in between ฿100 to ฿200 range. However, we urge you to check all stores before settling on a purchase to make your money’s worth, as the various stores set different prices for similar items.  

As a market that locals visit all the time, you can easily find rare Thai food and dessert to munch on here. We recommend getting a taste of tago at Mhae Pimjai. This yummy snack is a sweet coconut pudding with fillings like taro, red bean, and corn.

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Werng Pratu Kiew Market
Address: Wang Lang Market, Siriraj, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok
Opening Hours: 10AM-5PM, Daily.


7. Papaya Studio


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If you’ve ever dreamt of walking around artsy antiques and finding a photogenic corner to take photos, then Papaya Studio must be on top of your destination list for the coming weekend.

The warehouse might function as a showroom, but all the vintage furniture and decor from around the world have been carefully curated and put together, turning an otherwise dull room to a feast to an eye.

Your ears will also be pleased to hear that there’s no entrance fee.

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Although most items here are valuable and simply too pricey for many of us, you can still get your hands on some of the cute trinkets like old-school cameras or vibrant wine glasses from the 80s, which are priced at around ฿1,000.

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Modelling for photos might sap away at your energy, so take a break at Tuba Cafe inside the studio where you can enjoy iced coffee or get a full meal by choosing from their rice menu.

Don’t forget to bring some friends here to help you take photos and vice versa – even if you leave empty handing, you’ll have some memories on IG. 

Read more about the photogenic Papaya Studio here:

Papaya Studio
Address: Soi Lat Phrao 55/2 , Lat Phrao Rd. Wang Thonglang Bangkok 10310
Opening Hours: 9AM – 7PM, Daily.
Telephone: +66-2-539-8220
Website


Go thrifting, save the world


Not only are secondhand goodies super stylish, but they’re also good for the world as it’s another way to ‘reuse’ something. And by that, you help to reduce possible waste altogether.

Furthermore, you’re taking part in limiting environmental impact by decreasing the CO2 emissions contribution, which often comes from mass-production industries like fast-fashion.

See? Shopping for hand-me-down items doesn’t just make you a vintage diva, but also helps you live a little greener.  Now go thrifting and save the world – one accessory at a time.


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