The shopaholic’s guide to acing the Great Singapore Sale
From enjoying special hotel deals to saving as you shop, here’s how you can get the most out of Singapore’s annual shopping extravaganza.
The annual Great Singapore Sale, running from 29 May to 26 July this year, is one of the most anticipated events on a shopaholic’s calendar. Not only can adventurous shoppers enjoy deals and steals galore on just about everything, including fashion, watches, jewellery, electronics and toys, but you will find discounts everywhere, too, from the glitziest malls on Orchard Road to interesting enclaves outside of town. When you’re planning your shopping route, don’t forget to book the perfect getaway hotel to ensure you’re located where the action is, so you can shop to your heart’s content.
Be based in a strategic location
With all that heavy lifting (of shopping bags, of course), find accommodation at a hotel that is a stone’s throw from the largest malls in town, such as Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ Orchard Hotel Singapore, so you can spend more time shopping and less time commuting. Take advantage of special hotel deals, such as advance purchase offers and last-minute deals or sign up for a weekend getaway package to enjoy your shopping vacation in style and comfort.
Time your trip well
Go within the first two weeks of the sale to get first pick of the available items – this is when you are more likely to get newer designs and a wider variety of goods to choose from. However, school holidays fall in June, so you may have to jostle with larger crowds.
Designer label lovers may want to wait till July before hitting the shops, as this is when many luxury labels hold their seasonal sales. Many department stores and shops also offer additional discounts at the tail end of the sale, but be warned that you may be picking over leftover inventory.
Explore off the beaten path destinations
The malls along Orchard Road and Marina Bay are the best places to buy apparel, fashion accessories, toys, watches and jewellery, while Funan DigitaLife Mall is a popular place to score great electronic deals. But in between trawling these large malls, why not visit some other lesser-known enclaves and see a little more of Singapore at the same time?
The heritage areas of Haji Lane and Tiong Bahru are favourite haunts of the young and trendy, and feature indie boutiques carrying goods by up-and-coming designers and hipster cafes to rest your feet when you get tired.
If you would like to get a glimpse into the everyday lives of ordinary Singaporeans, take a trip to Jurong East, where there are three malls – Jem, JCube and Westgate – offering a good mix of high-street brands and smaller, local boutiques. As you travel there via taxi or the MRT, admire the country’s distinct and pristine HDB estates, which is where the majority of Singaporeans live.
Enjoy tourist privileges
Bring along your passport as proof of eligibility for a GST refund. Use a single credit or debit card when paying for your purchases as this will allow you to retrieve all of your purchase details at once when applying for a refund at the electronic kiosks at Changi Airport. For more information, refer here.
In addition, most of the major malls, including Ion Orchard, Ngee Ann City, Suntec City and Marina Square, offer tourists additional discounts and privileges. Do check in at the information counter before you start swiping your card.