Hunting for a place where you can find something you like amongst a wide array of different items offered at amazingly low prices? Or hunting for an opportunity to display your talents and sell your self-made stuff? The flea market is just the place for you! Its not a dirty market full of fleas (an image which the name might conjure) but instead, its the perfect place for you to purchase attractively super low-priced items! Also, the flea market often attracts young entrepreneurs to set up stalls peddling their own creations, perfect for individuals with preferences for quirky, one-of-a-kind items.
There is no better place to hawk your wares, clear old stuff, or get a great bargain than a flea market in Singapore. If you have an online store, or wonderful products to sell, renting a booth at the flea market is also a cost-efficient way to market yourself. So, what are you budding entrepreneurs waiting for? So where can you find them? Below is a list of several flea markets present in Singapore.
This is perhaps Singapore’s largest flea market organiser with a slew of regular and one-off bazaars under its belt. Most are style-centric, with pocket-friendly second-hand apparel and fast fashion from blogshops. They’re a big hit with the younger crowd, though the whole family can have fun sifting through bargains.
Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
China Square Central Weekend Flea Market
A veteran of the scene, this weekly flea market is a reliable place to score antiques and collectibles, including records, comics and watches. Look harder and you can snap up hard-to-find items for a few dollars each.
Hone your haggling skills at this fabulous weekend market. With over 60 vendors flogging vintage toys, antiques and crafts, plus a few 80s posters and gramophone records thrown in for good measure, you’re bound to find plenty of golden oldies here. Comic junkies should head to Level 2 for the latest issues and action figure collectibles.
When: Every Sunday
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where: China Square Central, 18 Cross Street
The monthly MAAD, or Market of Artists and Designers, falls on the first or second Friday from 5pm to midnight. It focuses on original creations by local artists, designers and crafters, with local bands performing and DJs spinning.
When: First Friday of every month
Where: Red Dot Design Museum, 28 Maxwell Road
This monthly staple is typically held at arts or heritage venues such as the Esplanade. Up to 100 local indie businesses and creatives showcase their wares here, from vintage clothes to artworks.
Public Garden’s indie affair serves up stalls with old-school threads, eclectic accessories and, our favourite, heaps of home-baked goodies just like Grandma used to make to take home.
When: Twice monthly
Time: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Old Hill Street Police Station and National Museum of Singapore
If you’re looking for a market that is a little more, well, upmarket, then Chillax Market might be the one for you. Positioning itself as offering unique, mid to high end quality products such as art works, home decor accessories & furniture, clothing & accessories, as well as gourmet specialty foods, they come with the promise of a chic venue (holding court outside Tanglin Shopping Centre, not the mall), not a flea market.
Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Where: Bukit Timah, 200 Turf Club Road
Zouk Flea & Easy
Held in Singapore’s superclub, this quarterly bazaar was the city’s first trendy flea market and still reigns with great music, a cool venue and rare sartorial finds. Shop around the 70 stalls offering everything from pre-loved clothes to vintage collectibles.
Nightclub by night and Singapore’s hippest, coolest, oldest running flea-market by Sunday, Zouk’s Flea & Easy is the place to bag a bargain. Expect quirky finds, bargains as low as $5, and pre-loved vintage and branded goods with pleasing price-tags. And it wouldn’t be Zouk without good music and DJs spinning, so grab a pint or frozen yoghurt, and soak up the atmosphere.
When: Quarterly on Sunday
Time: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Zouk Club, 17 Jiak Kim Street
This feature originally appeared in Your Singapore.