It’s true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Before splurging on something brand new in Bangkok, why not scour the city to find one-of-a-kind goods with only a little wear and tear in them? These are the best second-hand stores in the capital of Thailand, stocking everything from women’s and men’s fashion to furniture and books.
Have a penchant for Japanese style? Pay a visit to EcoRing Japan, a second-hand store in Sukhumvit Soi 4 that specialises in Japanese imports, from fashion and homewares to ceramics and musical instruments. If you’re lucky, you might even discover a genuine high-fashion piece for a bargain price hidden away on the crowded shelves – think Chanel and Manolo Blahnik shoes, Miu Miu handbags and Gucci purses. If you’re looking to sell some pre-loved fashion, EcoRing also buys genuine designer accessories and other items.
If you’ve ever wanted to rock a pair of authentic ’50s French Army M47 trousers or a ’60s United States Army M65 field jacket, Horse Unit is the place for you. The lovingly curated vintage boutique stocks a wide range of international military garments and workwear alongside vintage T-shirts that will give your look a cool utilitarian edge. The store, located in an old warehouse, also stocks accessories, such as ex-military watches, bags and patches, and quirky homewares to complete the look.
This antique store in the Wang Thonglang district is more like a museum than a conventional furniture store. Founded in 1977 by Mr Tong – who began collecting antiques at the age of 14 – the four-storey warehouse space is overflowing with furniture, homewares, objets d’art and framed artwork, ranging from ornate Victorian-era pieces to bright ’60s classics. Mr Tong and his team travel to Europe several times a year to find more items, meaning you’ll discover something new every time you visit.
Mandi Keighran contributed additional reporting to this article.