The best flea markets to visit in Singapore

Sungei Road may have closed down but here are other great flea markets in Singapore that you can check out this month.

The best flea markets to visit in Singapore
The best flea markets to visit in Singapore
03 Nov 2017

The best flea markets to visit in Singapore

The conventional Singapore flea market used to just offer pre-loved items, second-hand clothes and bargain goods. The ones popping up these days, however, tend to be more upscale and artisanal. Most flea markets now have a specific aim in mind: to promote homegrown brands and offer shoppers one-of-a-kind products.

Some flea markets take this one step further and offer live performances by local bands as well as movie screenings. Flea markets are no longer just a place to find cheap and used items – find out what they have to offer by heading down to one this weekend.

This story first appeared on Shopback.

FleaWhere
FleaWhere
03 Nov 2017

FleaWhere

Fleawhere is Singapore’s largest and most frequent flea organiser, with markets popping up in the city almost every week. Most notably, they organised Artbox Singapore in April, bringing the popular Bangkok night market experience to our shores.

Check out their Facebook and Instagram for details of upcoming events, and their website for information on how to sign up as a vendor.

Photo: Fleawhere 

The Local People
The Local People
03 Nov 2017

The Local People

The Local People is dedicated to featuring budding local designers and artists, establishing itself as a platform for young brands to showcase themselves. Each bazaar follows a different theme and in addition to shopping, you can also enjoy live music, movie screenings and art installations.

Flea markets organised by The Local People are one of the most unique in Singapore, gathering creative individuals and changing the way locals view disused and less glamorous parts of Singapore. They have held their fleas at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, Aliwal Arts Centre and Changi Airport, with one coming up at Chinatown. Check out their their website, Facebook or Instagram for more details.

Photo: TheLocalPeopleSG

Boutique Fairs
Boutique Fairs
03 Nov 2017

Boutique Fairs

Boutiques Fairs are curated fairs (think: atas flea markets) that house over 150 boutique vendors, showcasing Singapore-based independent designers and creators. Whether you want to show your support for local independent companies, redecorate your home or land some unique accessories, the Boutique Fairs is the flea for you.

Shopping isn’t the only thing you can do at their fairs. The fairs also have spaces for you to sit and catch up with friends over some champagne, wine or coffee. They usually hold a holiday “The Gifting Edition” in November, so it’s the best time and place to start shopping for your Christmas gifts.

The Boutique Fairs Singapore prides itself in being dedicated to socially responsible practices. They support eight local and regional charity organisations, including the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) and Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support.

This socially-conscious flea also features vendors who are very environmentally-conscious, using natural materials for truly unique, artisanal products. Happening only twice a year, the best way to get updates is to follow them on Facebook or Instagram and check out their website.

Photo: Boutique Fairs Singapore

The Public Garden
The Public Garden
03 Nov 2017

The Public Garden

The Public Garden flea markets showcase products by independent companies and creatives. Most of the goods sold here are original designs, unique and brimming with local culture. If your house is starting to look like an Ikea showroom, this is the place to grab some items to inject some local flavour. Public Garden is more than just a flea market but it is also a community for creatives, hosting regular workshops for individuals to showcase and share their creativity.

Started in 2011, the Public Garden Consumer Trade Show is now held several times a year. The flea market even has a mobile app, which functions both as a communication tool between brands and customers, as well as a cashless payment option. Get updates on upcoming Public Garden flea markets when you follow them on Facebook or Instagram and check out their website.

Photo: Facebook/The Public Garden

The Farmers Market @ Loewen Gardens
The Farmers Market @ Loewen Gardens
03 Nov 2017

The Farmers Market @ Loewen Gardens

If your idea of a good time involves eating, then the Farmers Market is the one for you. Held on one Saturday every month, you can find all kinds of delicious food for sale here. From gourmet meat to organic vegetables, rare cheeses and wine, the options would make a connoisseur weep with joy.

There are also some stores offering ready-to-eat fare, fusion food and pastry products. The Farmers Market is touted to be a foodie’s paradise, and your taste buds will thank you for heading down.

On special occasions, they have themed markets with fun activities planned too such as their Easter-themed market and Easter Egg Hunt in March 2016. Check out their Facebook page for details on upcoming markets.

Photo: The Farmers Market @ Loewen Gardens

Underground Market
Underground Market
03 Nov 2017

Underground Market

Underground Market is a market organised by fashionistas, for fashionistas. Shop their pre-loved clothing as well as unique apparel, shoes and accessories. Held around twice a year, this is where you can find eccentric and quirky pieces, once worn by influencers.

Their last flea market, a collaboration with Urban Ventures, was a real party, taking over the streets of Keong Saik. Find Underground Market on Instagram and Facebook for the next instalment of their market.

Photo: Underground Market

Rilek Jack
Rilek Jack
03 Nov 2017

Rilek Jack

Rilek Jack is one unique flea market that boasts an intimate, family-friendly environment. Offering community retail and music entertainment by local businesses and musicians, the Rilek Jack flea market is the place to chill out and wind down for the day. You will find fashion apparel, original handcrafted accessories as well as a massive gathering of talents right in our own backyard.

Earlier this in 2017, they held a Hari Raya Open House at the Malay Heritage Centre, a three-day extravaganza that featured music, food, workshops and even poetry. You definitely don’t want to miss out on any Rilek Jack flea market because of its unique cultural spin. To ensure that you won’t miss out on any Rilek Jack flea market updates, follow them on Facebook or Instagram and check out their website.

Photo: Rilek Jack Market

LalooLalang
LalooLalang
03 Nov 2017

LalooLalang

LalooLalang is a Singapore-based online shopping hub that’s managed by TV personality, Huda Ali. LalooLalang promotes unique fashion, events and entertainment services. With various food vendors at the bazaars, you can definitely look forward to satisfying your tummies while you shop. Since its maiden bazaar in 2015, they have received massive support from the community and media alike. It has particularly attracted many Malay customers with its extensive array of batik, baju kurungs and other traditional Malay costumes.

One of LalooLalang’s most notable event was their Raya Edition bazaar at East Coast back in 2015. It was the first time they had organised such a bazaar and today, LalooLalang has grown to include more stalls to showcase even more local sellers. Check out their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the next LalooLalang flea market.

Photo: LalooLalang

The Retro Factory
The Retro Factory
03 Nov 2017

The Retro Factory

Founded by Gary Tan as a way to bring together lovers of all things retro and vintage, Retro Factory is a monthly affair of music, food, culture and of course, vintage goods. The flea market is also the perfect bazaar for vinyl fans. Set in a carnival-like atmosphere, Retro Factory has something for everyone, young and old, vintage-lover or otherwise.

Expect a lively carnival experience with cultural and artistic performances down at Katong Square. Find a curation of lifestyle and vintage booths, and also great bites to go accompany you as you shop. So if you’re looking to get your hands on a piece of history, follow their Instagram and Facebook so you don’t miss out on any upcoming Retro Factory flea market event.

Photo: Facebook/Retro Factory

Bonus: Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM)
Bonus: Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM)
03 Nov 2017

Bonus: Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM)

With that really obvious emphasis in its name, you definitely guessed it right – everything at the Singapore Really Really Free Market is literally free all the time. At the SRRFM, the community of the Really Really Free Market gathers to share everything for free.

Held at very accessible heartland neighbourhoods across Singapore, it offers free clothes, books to even free spiritual healing and massages. The SRRFM is certainly the place where “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and it even helps out the less fortunate community. Drop by to share your services and preloved items, and go home with an experience to remember.

Follow them on Facebook for more updates on their next, really free event.

Photo: Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM)

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