Classic brand tees. 80s style box TVs. Pearl necklaces. Rotary phones.
The charming appeal of all-things vintage — whether its home décor, clothing, or jewellery — hasn’t died down as people continue hunting thrift shops and vintage shops for hidden treasures.
The obsession with scoring the perfect piece or that one-of-a-kind finds is almost half the fun. And you’re also doing the environment a bit of good by repurposing old clothes and not sending them to a wasteland.
Building up your collection of vintage finds will take a long while as there is a lot of browsing (and luck) involved. Enter Instagram, the thrifter’s godsend. Some shops have ventured into the online space, where you can shop to your heart’s content from the comfort of your bed. Most, actually all of the Instagram accounts also double up as Pinterest-worthy inspiration to get your dose of vintage eye-candy.
Here are some local Instagram shops that we’ve currently got on our saved list. Some have clothes, others specialise in refurbishing old antiques. But we know that there is definitely something for you old souls in there somewhere.
And if you really want love the item, just slide into their DMs.
Touting their clothes as ‘affordable vintage’, Vintage Wknd repurposes vintage into more modern silhouettes. Each drop is themed, with florals, crops, and even lace chemises. Their feed is full of quirky and old school vibes, and is worth following for some creative style inspiration even if you’re not eyeing anything.
Dust Bunny Vintage
Giving new life to old pieces with a little nod to our local heritage is Dust Bunny Vintage. Their carefully curated selection of lightweight blouses, batik wrap dresses, and the occasional thrifted statement piece.
They’ve also launched their own mini-label, Dust Bunny Label, where they debut modern vintage inspired pieces. You can even bring in your own cloths and fabrics, and they’ll work their Dust Bunny magic and turn them into unique showstoppers.
Hock Siong & Co.
The go-to for one-of-a-kind secondhand and antique furniture. Hock Siong restores and refurbishes old furniture that have been thrown away or rescued from old establishments, giving them new looks with gorgeous fabrics and fresh coats of colour. Do constantly check back as most of their stuff gets snapped up pretty quickly. We can’t blame them, really.
Empire has all sorts of styles to fit the modern day girl, but their reworks deserve a second look. Find authentic pieces from all your favourite streetwear brands reworked into modern silhouettes. Stand out from the crowd with a Nike toga top or a Ralph Lauren polo crop.
Lucky Chance Store
If you love mesmerising prints and quirky textures, you’ve chanced upon the right place. Lucky Chance Store unearths interesting fabrics and patterned shirts that will become your next statement piece. There’s no one size fits all as each shirt sits differently. And once it’s gone, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another as there is only one of each piece.
This one’s for the boys too, and you can shop pop culture t shirts, tracksuit jackets, and even tie dye stuff from their Instagram feed. Athleisure brands, rock bands, sports teams, and even cartoon characters just some of their popular items.