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Hock Siong & Co. – Inside One Of Singapore’s Largest Furniture “Thrift” Stores

17 August 2023 | BY

If you’re searching for a statement piece for your home, this furniture “thrift” store is the place to go.

Hock Siong & Co.: Inside Singapore's Largest Furniture "Thrift" Store

If you’re a new homeowner whose modus operandi is scouring the depths of Carousell to score a great deal, you shouldn’t pass on the treasure troves that are physical secondhand furniture stores. And Hock Siong & Co. is one such gem that peddles everything from refurbished, delicate French antiques to modern furniture that’ll add a unique story to any home.

Hock Siong & Co.

Since the 1970s, their founder, Mr Toh Chin Siong, has been dedicated to giving discarded items a second chance through refurbishment, upcycling, and restoration.

Mr Toh’s journey began as a young boy, helping his parents who were karang gunis, collecting newspapers after school. In the early 90s, he established Hock Siong & Co. and started purchasing second-hand appliances, clothing, and newspapers from individual collectors. Over time, he shifted his focus to sourcing furniture from individuals, local hotels and even restaurants.

Secondhand furniture shopping at Hock Siong & Co.

Hock Siong & Co.

This ain’t your average run-of-the-mill furniture store. At Hock Siong & Co., they curate a collection of vintage and contemporary furniture pieces that takes people on a journey down memory lane. Here are our top picks:

1. Pre-used Janus et Cie lounge chair

Hock Siong & Co.Image credit: Hock Siong & Co.

Although it is well loved and used by its previous owners, Hock Siong & Co. was meticulous in restoring it to its former glory. The chair showcases a harmonious blend of contemporary design and timeless appeal. Despite minor scuff marks on the teak legs, it still maintains an impressive 8/10 condition.

The chair was sourced from a local resident who bought it directly from the high-end outdoor brand Janus et Cie.

Janus et CieImage credit: Janus et Cie

At a price of $380, it comes as a bargain in comparison to its original price which exceeds $1,000.

2. Suar wood coffee Table

Hock Siong & Co.Image credit: Hock Siong & Co.

Now, this table has an interesting backstory. Unlike the other furniture sourced locally, this particular piece is part of the exclusive #MadeByHockSiong collection. It stands out because it isn’t a pre-owned item, but rather a handcrafted masterpiece created by Hock Siong’s talented in-house carpentry team. 

The coffee table showcases a solid Suar wood top exuding natural beauty, while its base is crafted from a wooden stump that once belonged to a now-defunct mill, giving it a touch of history and character. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind piece that combines craftsmanship and sustainability.

3. “Rocks and sticks” table lamp

One of the great things about locally sourced items is that each one is unique, and you can never guarantee the quantity available. The limited quantity tends to spark our kan chiong nature, making us eager to secure the item before anyone else does.

Hock Siong & Co.Image credit: Hock Siong & Co.

But, the good news with the “Rocks and Sticks” Table Lamp is that there are multiple units available that were previously used in a local serviced residence. The lampshade features a lovely light beige fabric finish, adding a touch of warmth to any room. The best part? It’s priced at just $100, making it an absolute steal!

4. French chest of drawers

Hock Siong & Co.Image credit: Hock Siong & Co.

Our visit was nothing short of an adventure, as we stumbled upon a real gem that left us awe-inspired: this stunning upcycled French chest of drawers. It has been beautifully painted in a sophisticated silver hue. 

It’s the kind of furniture that can effortlessly elevate any space to a whole new level of elegance. The intricate ornate handles and accent legs are like intricate brushstrokes, painting a vivid picture of classic French allure. 

5. Sky blue Chaise lounge

Hock Siong & Co.Image credit: Hock Siong & Co.

We’ve seen a fair bit of chaise lounges in glamourous homes and Hollywood movies, and they bring that same breathtaking beauty into real-life spaces too. This Sky Blue Chaise Lounge is retailing for only $320, and is a modern contemporary take on the classic chaise lounges of the 16th century.

Hock Siong & Co. – Shop decades’ worth of furniture in a single store 

Hock Siong & Co.

This selection is just the tip of the iceberg, stepping into Hock Siong & Co. is like embarking on a journey through time, where you can find unique pieces from different eras. From vintage classics to modern designs, this second-hand furniture “thrift” store offers a diverse selection that allows you to bring a touch of history and character into your own space.

Pro tip: Stalk them on Instagram for first dibs on their newest arrivals, or check out their website for exclusive online offers. The store offers island-wide delivery and even provides a disposal service should you need to get your old furniture pieces off your hands to make room for something “new”.

Address: 153 Kampong Ampat, #01-03, Junjie Industrial Building, Singapore 368326
Opening hours: 9am-5pm
Contact: +6562818338 | Website

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