The well known Singapore’s Sungei Road flea market, also known as Thieves Market, is counting down to its final day. The Government has announced that 10 July 2017 will be the final day of operation of this oldest flea market in Singapore. Started in 1930s, during its heyday, the place was also known as Robinson Petang or Afternoon Robinson, a reference to Robinson Department Store except that this market caters to poorer people.
I first visited this flea market in 2012 after reading about it for some time. It had already moved from its original location in Sungei Road to facilitate the construction of new Jalan Besar MRT station. The (mostly) elderly folks selling various used items now occupy a small area cornered by Weld Road, Larut Road, Pitt Street and Sungei Road. While some set up a simple table with umbrella, most of them sit on both sides of the narrow lanes and have their items arranged on a plastic or tarpaulin sheets. [Continue reading]