With millions of dollars pumped into the retail industry annually, one can be sure to conclude that Singaporeans are avid shoppers. It’s not incorrect to say then, that we appreciate and hoard material goods, and our homes are giant treasure boxes containing our invaluable possessions. Here’s a thought: have you ever paused to realise that perhaps our tendency to shop is caused by our mere inability to curb a temporary compulsion?
It’s difficult to control such shopping compulsions when you’re living in Singapore where consumer goods ads and imageries are what we are constantly bombarded with. So here’s the best way for you to shop compulsively without worrying about spending too much on things you don’t really need – thrift-shopping. With The Salvation Army at the helm of its family thrift stores, it’ll take you more than a month to exhaustively shop through its five stores! Here are the five stores you need to check out!
1. Praisehaven Mega Family Store
Praisehaven Mega Family Store, as the ‘Mega’ suggests, is one of the biggest thrift shops operating within The Salvation Army’s premises. You might have watched an episode of Budget Barbie, hosted by Qiu Qiu, so here’s an episode of her shopping her heart out at the family thrift store.
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From wedding dresses to pottery, and musical instruments to art pieces, whatever you need is available in one store. Sure, you won’t be able to purchase the latest gadgets (actually you can, depending on their inventory), but since this is only a guise satisfying your shopping compulsion, you wouldn’t be buying expensive items anyway!
Address: 500 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, 678106
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm | Friday – Saturday, 10am – 9pm
2. Tanglin Mega Family Store
The Tanglin Mega Family Store, officially opened in 2015, is not only a mega thrift store, but also a Family Hub that is built for the community. With its multi-purpose hall, sound-proof rooms as well as its beautiful garden, Tanglin Mega Family Store does not only offer a delightful shopping experience for the public; its main centre, Tanglin Family Hub, lends a wholesome experience for every visitor.
Address: 356 Tanglin Road Singapore 247674
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
3. Hope Centre Family Store
It seems 2015 was a huge year for The Salvation Army. Apart from Tanglin Family Hub’s official opening, it was also Hope Centre Family Store’s 15th anniversary! With 15 years of exchange of goods and inventory (Bukit Merah Family Store has 20 years though), Hope Centre Family Store offers a unique thrift-shopping experience you’ll never gain from your typical retail store. Expect to find vintage goods and other oldie goodies!
Address: 7 Upper Changi Road North Singapore 507705
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm
4. Bukit Merah Family Store
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While Hope Centre Family Store has only crossed its 15-year mark, Bukit Merah Family Store however, is at its 20th year. Similar to regular retail stores, The Salvation Army runs promotions on its thrift stores pretty frequently. Its promotions, however, are unlike those you’ve encountered – eg. $10 minimum purchases that opens you up to 30% electronic discounts, and a $10 shopping voucher with every 5kg of donated items.
Address: Blk 133 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-1530 Singapore 160133
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 6pm
5. IMH Pick & Choose Store
Located in Buangkok, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) isn’t just an infirmary and care centre for mental health patients, inside lies The Salvation Army’s Pick & Choose Store, a thrift shop that’s catered to the Hougang neighbourhood. The Salvation Army also supports a work therapy programme to help IMH’s clients gain work experience at the store, which helps them ease into the mainstream workforce.
Address: 10 Buangkok View Singapore 539747
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Also, did you know that The Salvation Army’s thrift shops exist online? You can find the items on Reddshop.com or on Lazada here (remember to click through ShopBack.sg if you’re purchasing anything!).
Apart from the various family thrift stores offered, The Salvation Army is known for its dedication to social work that’s wholesome and inclusive. The social programmes that TSA offer includes a nursing home and day centres for dementia care and rehabilitation; prison support services to provide support for children of incarcerated parents; homes for children and young people in need of care and guidance; a youth development centre for latchkey youths to participate in arts, sports and recreational activities; and a one-stop family care centre, where services and assistance are available for every unit in a family – mothers, elderly, youths.
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Here’s a parting note: Are you a serial volunteer? Or perhaps a keen donor? Whether you’d like to help organise a fundraiser for one of TSA’s centres, participate in its volunteering programmes, or donate your possessions to its stores, you’ll find out that as long as you’ve got an intention to help out, The Salvation Army will always welcome you with open arms!
To find out more about The Salvation Army and to sign up for its eNewsletters, visit sg.salvationarmy.org
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