I’ve always loved vintage clothing that’s why i was so excited when Minky did an article on the Top 5 Vintage Shops in London. The only problem was, I don’t think i’ll be visiting London anytime soon.
So I decided to seek help from Thr5t°. Having a brick and mortar business of their own, here’s what they’ve deemed as the Top 4 Vintage Shops in Malaysia,
1] Memory Lane Market
Address: Along Jalan Horley to Jalan Lim Bo Seng, 30300, Ipoh, Perak. Near Grand View Hotel and The Store.
Opening hours: Only on Sunday mornings from 6am to 1pm.
Price range: unavailable
Memory Lane is a flea market that takes place every Sunday morning. It is a good place to find imitation goods, antiques (old coins, currencies, books and magazines) and other interesting local souvenirs. Bargaining is the key, so be ready to haggle for the best price and be conscious of the fact that some stuff sold are probably stolen goods.
Plenty of vintage leather shoes to search for but some can be too pricey. However, those that are cheap can be worn out after second wear, depending on the material (True story!). Besides shoes, you can find a lot of vintage leather luggage bags there too. If you are a vintage camera collector, you really must go there as there is a wide range of picks here!
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2] Kedai Jimat (affiliated with The Salvation Army)
Address: 56D/56E, Perak Plaza, Jalan Perak, 10150 Penang
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 8.15am to 5.45pm.
Price range: RM1 to RM10, ranging from shoes, tops, bottoms, dresses and accesories.
Our friend, Kaelyn Choo from www.colourfulbuttons.blogspot.com often thrift from there and she always manages to find some really cute vintage stuff at a really cheap price too. As this shop is affliated with The Salvation Army, it is always nice to be contributing to a cause when you are shopping! If you are in Penang too, do drop by Lorong Kulit too as there are also quite a lot vintage finds there. [We (Thr5t°) have never been there but would love to travel up north to visit some time soon!]
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3} Bongkar Vintage Wardrobe
Address: No.21, Jalan Dwitasik, Dataran Dwitasik, Bandar Sri Permaisuri, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. There is another branch at Bukit Bintang.
Opening hours: daily from 10am to 10pm.
Price range: RM30 to RM200.
Selling mostly branded vintage clothing for men, there are also some bags and shoes for the ladies too. They have a lot of jeans and denim wares there, as well as lots of leather bags and belts for you to choose from. All the stocks came directly from US & Japan, not Malaysia. This place is definitely a haven for fashionable guys, and girls who would love to buy gifts for their boyfriends!
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4] Vintage Stalls
Address: Carrefour Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: daily, from 10am to 10pm.
Price range: RM15.
The vintage stall is located in between Vitacare Pharmacy and JomBali Restaurant and opposite to McDonald’s. They have racks of vintage dresses and blouses/shirts and everything is priced at RM15. The vintage clothing is named ‘Reject Stock from Japan and USA’. They have all kinds of different one-off designs for you to choose from. By ‘reject stock’, they meant that these clothing are never worn by anyone, so for those who do not like second-hand vintage clothing, this place is for you.
How to get there: If you want to go by bus, you can get the Rapid KL Bus no 301 at Wangsa Maju LRT Station and the fare is just RM1.
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If you’ve always wanted to go thrifting, here is your chance to explore the hidden nooks and crannies of Malaysia. Not only will you get to experience the styles and trend from different eras but imagine never having to bump into someone with the same clothes.
Have you been to any of these places? Also, share with us if you think we’ve missed out any.