Steer Clear from These Thrift Buys to Avoid Clutter at Home

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Published on: April 7, 2017


Amidst its fabulous and upmarket shopping scene, Singapore is also thriving with thrift shops and flea markets, all filled with interesting items at extremely cheap prices. However, the thrill of finding new things from these stores often don’t last because if you’re not selective of the things you buy, you’ll end up with a box of useless things that will only cause clutter in your house. To ensure your space remains clutter-free, here’s a list of things we strongly recommend that you should avoid when going thrift shopping.

  1. Retro Clothing

Many of us have this I’m-going-to-make-this-work mindset when we see an interesting retro fashion item. Unless you are going to a 70s-themed costume party this Halloween, it would be good idea to just leave it on the rack.

  1. Broken Furniture

Second-hand boutiques are great places for scoring items to up-cycle. However, if you can’t commit a hundred percent to repairing a damaged thrift find, better just skip it. Otherwise, that cabinet with the broken drawers will just become a big clutter in your home.

  1. Broken Decor Pieces

When checking out old vases and frames, sometimes we find something that initially looks stunning that we look past its cracks and damages. If you know how to fix it and you’re absolutely sure you can, go ahead and buy it. If not, buy something else.

  1. Small Kitchen Appliances

You might think you’d do better hunting for waffle maker and toaster at a local thrift shop than spending hundreds of bucks at a retail store. Sure, you can find such appliances for SS10 or less, but you run the risk of purchasing outdated appliances that may not work with your household. This does not only add clutter, but also is a waste of your money.

  1. Used Jewelleries

Thrift shops are excellent places for finding marked-down jewelleries. However, if you are not knowledgeable about recognizing genuine stones and metals, you can easily be deceived into buying fake items.

  1. Extremely Damaged Books

If you love to read, by all means help yourself to the piles of books at the stores, but be sure not to pick ones with cheap covers or damaged binding. Surely, after reading the book you’d want to display it, and it wouldn’t be worth displaying if it’s falling apart.

Shopping in Singapore has gotten more expensive over the years, which is the very reason why thrift shops sprung up like mushrooms. If you just know what to buy and not to buy, you will certainly find incredible second hand steals that are actually useful.

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