Grab your shovel and pick and let the treasure hunting begin. Even if it’s not as well-known for its second-hand shopping, Kuala Lumpur is a gem for vintage lovers. Check out these top picks for haute couture discoveries, thrift and bundle shops, clothing and furniture.
Filling the wardrobe
Established in the late 1980’s, Buntil (Malay for bundle) is one of the longest running vintage shops in the city and is the first choice for many vintage shoppers. You can find genuine vintage items like original and rare shoe editions, leather bags, jackets, plaid pants, denim clothes and accessories. You can choose to pay top dollar or scrounge for that collector’s item.Where: 16 Jalan Opera C U2/C, Taman TTDI Jaya, 40000 Shah Alam
When: Open Daily, 1.30pm to 11pm
A trip out to Vintage Moonriver in Subang Jaya is definitely worth the effort. They sell branded vintage fashion and travel apparel imported from Japan, USA and Australia. You’ll be like a kid in a candy store searching for that piece of gold. Items can be scooped up for laughable prices or at more conventional value. All is possible at Moonriver! (Image from poskod.my)
Where: S2.62, 2nd Floor, The Summit Subang USJ, Persiaran Kewaijpan USJ 1, 47600, Subang Jaya
When: Open Monday to Friday, 2pm to 8pm Saturday and Sunday, 12.30pm to 8.30pm
Bag lovers, this is your place! Sha Shaari Boutique is a hidden gem in an upper storey lot in Bangsar. They sell designer vintage pieces in mint condition, so there’s every chance you’ll find that Chanel bag you’ve been longing. Where: No.14-2 (12A-2), Top Floor, Jalan Telawi Tiga, 59100, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Head to Amcorp Mall for a range of vintage and antique shops plus one of the longest running flea markets in the Klang Valley — making it the No 1 destination for bargain hunters in the city. At Chia’s Cotton Chic, you can find anything from low-key tops to cocktail dresses. For a rock star look, LEA Born Enterprise has authentic leather jackets, winter shoes plus the latest boots and t-shirts from Australia. Joe’s Mac is a must for music collectors. Not only can you find vintage and retro vinyl albums but instruments, posters and even cassettes. The flea market here is a slice of history having been staged every weekend since 1998.
Where: Persiaran Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
When: Open Daily, 10am to 7pm Flea Market Open Saturday Sunday, 10am to 6pm
Get behind a great cause in Kedai Bless which donates money from every item sold to charities that help Orang Asli settlements, orphanages and rehab centres around the country. Here you can find donated clothes, shoes, small furniture, jewellery and home decorations. It’s biggest outlet is at Mid Valley Megamall.Where: Unit CP-01, Level P1, Centre Court Mid Valley Megamall, KL 59200
When: Open Daily, 10am to 10pm.
Travel through time
Want to give your living room a facelift? Check out Objekt-object, located at the back of Battery Acid Club café. They sell old and new items that fit today’s aesthetics and design value while giving a new lease of life to old typewriters, glasses and accessories from the owner’s collection. Afterwards, you can enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with other design enthusiasts about the latest trends.Where: 21 Jalan SS21/34, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, 47400
When: Open Tuesday to Friday, 8am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 8pm
For retro furniture check out Recro, previously known as Second Charm. This Ali Baba cave is filled with antiques from different periods and styles. They recreate, restore and revive carefully curated, one-of-a-kind vintage items plus European-inspired 60’s decor. The prices are fair and you can trade in your old items for newly restored ones. Where: 53/53A Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 60000
When: Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm
Jumble Station offers a more practical approach to second-hand shopping with innovative electrical appliances and gadgets for the house as well as gifts, toys, clothes and books. The outlet raises funds for non-profit organisation Parents without Partners, which helps single parents in Malaysia. You can also donate your belongings and contribute to the cause. (Image from Jaya One Facebook)
Where: The School, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, 46200
When: Open Daily, 10.30am to 8pm.
Do you know of any other ‘vintage secrets’ in Kuala Lumpur? Let us know!!