The Best Second-Hand Stores in Bangkok, Thailand

You can spend hours exploring the Train Night Market Ratchada in Bangkok
You can spend hours exploring the Train Night Market Ratchada in Bangkok | © Crystite RF / Alamy Stock Photo
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5 May 2021

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.

(un) Fashion Vintage Collection

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The goods and fashion pieces at (un) Fashion Vintage Collection are just as unique as its name. This shop is a quartet of sorts, comprising two quaint coffee shops, a store dedicated to women’s shoes and bags, and another store geared towards men. The vintage items found here, just off the Ekkamai BTS Skytrain station, have travelled far and wide to land on the shelves – from Italy to the United States. Leather bags double as decor, with ceilings chock-full of fashionable and unique finds.

Dasa Books Cafe

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Bookworms in Bangkok will be delighted to learn that Dasa Book Cafe stocks about every storytelling genre, including horror, comedy and drama. There are more than 16,000 titles crammed into the shop, so dedicate a chunk of time to getting lost in stacks of used books. In addition to pre-loved page-turners, the bookstore also sells a wide variety of collectable second-hand CDs.

Talad Rod Fai Train Night Market

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Colorful new Rod Fai market in Ratchadapisek in Bangkok
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Visiting the markets in Bangkok is a must, and the Talad Rod Fai, known as the first train market in the city, is among the best. While the market is no longer near a train (it moved to a different location), it retained the name and remains home to some of the best second-hand items in town. You can spend hours sifting through goods and clothes. It’s so popular that another one opened in the Ratchada area.

Tuba Design Furniture and Restaurant

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Tuba Design Furniture and Restaurant, just off the Ekkamai BTS Skytrain station, is a great place to catch up with friends. Start with a trip around the premises to uncover retro, second-hand furniture before tucking into the extensive dining menu, offering Thai and Italian cuisine. It often runs happy-hour promotions, so be sure to time your visit right for more deals.

Shades of Retro

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Shades of Retro in Thonglor combines vintage shopping, food and cocktails. It invites customers to start with a drink before browsing all things second hand, including vinyl. Its interior is an interesting mishmash of unique furniture finds, such as lamps and leather seating, and almost everything is for sale.

Lost and Found Store

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The buyers behind the Lost and Found Store in Thonglor have curated a selection of unique men’s and women’s clothing, ranging from denim vests to Harley-Davidson T-shirts. This small store, which is popular with locals in the know, is hidden away on the second floor of another great vintage find, ZudRangMa Records, where you can shop for rare vinyl records.

Again and Again

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As the name suggests, the clothing and accessories at Again and Again have been around the block a few times – but in a good way. Stylish purses and hats, along with lightly used womenswear, are what you can expect to find at this fashion-forward store in Thonglor in the northern Watthana district.

EcoRing Japan

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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.

Horse Unit

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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.

Papaya Design Furniture and Studio

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Bangkok. 30th June, 2019. Photo taken on June 30, 2019 shows the Papaya Studio in Bangkok, Thailand. Papaya Studio, a secondhand shop located in a lane of Bangkok, was opened 40 years ago by a collection lover in a storehouse of 4000 square meters. More t
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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.

These recommendations were updated on May 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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