Tired of the same old, same old when shopping at the malls, girls? There’s a variety of shopping options right here in Singapore!
With our island being so small, we too, sometimes feel that we’ve exhausted every shopping centre in Singers… Which is why we decided, “There’s gotta be more out there!” From chic boutique fairs to flea markets, check out all the alternative shopping concepts to indulge in for a shopping experience that’s anything but boring!
Boutique Fairs Singapore is a twice-yearly roundup of independent designers and labels from around the region, with an emphasis on design-led and socially responsible businesses. The low frequency in their events mean that over 100 brands participate in these fairs each time, giving you a huge variety that’s available all in one space. Designers who don’t have physical stores usually launch their new collections at these fairs, so you’re basically getting the first look at their latest offerings! On top of retail, food, coffee and wine are usually available while you shop, along with workshops and services you can sign up for (their upcoming fair features a makeup workshop and non-toxic manicure services!). It’s guilt-free shopping at its best…plus, way more fun than what you’d find at your neighbourhood mall!
As Singapore’s first permanent indoor retail market inspired by European markets, Chillax Market provides a physical outpost for many online-based labels. Customers can try on sizes, scents, colours and more that they wouldn’t have been able to if they were shopping online. Chillax Market carries furniture and homeware, women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, artwork, kids’ clothing and toys, gifts and stationery etc. And because you really can have it all in one place, the store is also a multi-concept store: they offer facial treatments and have an in-store cafe!
What began as Singapore’s first permanent farmers’ market (and also a hot spot for hipsters looking for a cool new place to check out) has now evolved into a multi-concept retail space. The main focus may be on fresh food and gourmet grocers, but they also play host to lifestyle stores like Shabby Chic and The Lifestyle Collective!
Move over, eBay, there’s a new consumer-to-consumer selling platform and it’s called Carousell. Unless you haven’t been updated with the times, you might have already started using this nifty smartphone app to buy preloved items and sell your own with just the click of a button! Started with the intention to solve clutter problems, the app is now widely popular here in Singapore and the region, helping people buy and sell their items seamlessly. Carousell’s the best place for you to find what you need quickly and near you. Once you’re interested in something and the seller is available to meet you ASAP, you can get your transaction done smoothly within a day. Otherwise, just work out a way to mail the item. Talk about convenient!
For an affordable way to shop for designer goods, head to StyleTribute. The online store connects high-end fashion lovers who buy and sell pre-owned designer fashion, including bags and accessories. The curation is pretty top notch (remember those Bambi-print Givenchy totes? Yup, you’ll find one here!) and the prices are well worth it for the quality they’re in.
Love yourself some vintage? The Fifth Collection has updated lines of vintage and pre-loved designer fashion you’ll go head over heels for! Besides the clean and user-friendly interface, they have a collection of really high-end products from fashion faves like Hermès, Valentino, Céline and more.