By Sasithorn Danwirunhawanich
ONE of the best-known vintage retailers in Bangkok, Y50 offers a wide range of antiques imported from Scandinavia plus antique reproductions and a restoration service. Ceramics, sculptures, furniture, and instruments are all available, and affable owner Pramet Sritongkul is usually on hand to explain more about each item. Visit Y50’s chilled-out hangout (with live music from 6pm-2am) on Ekkamai 21, or head straight to the main warehouse on Sukhapiban 5 – a rabbit warren of vintage goods.
Soi Ekkamai 21 (Soi Chamchan) and Warehouse on Sukhapiban 5 Soi 46. Open daily 9.30am-6pm.
Tel. 02 711 5629, 081 373 0980 www.facebook.com/pages/Y50/133459946743798
A LIVE museum of sorts, this two-storey restaurant and bar brings to mind an American frat house, albeit one that’s been crafted by a design major who loves all things retro. Statues of Superman, Darth Maul, and the Incredible Hulk stand sentinel near the entrance, and the whole venue is decked out with quirky paintings, vintage lighting, and furniture of all descriptions. Best of all, most of what you see is for sale. A boozy cocktail and food menu offering Thai and international eats (try the Tuba Freedom Fries and Laab Moo Tod) means visiting here, whatever the night, is always great fun. Tuba also operates another shop, opposite the restaurant, which offers more vintage furniture.
Ekkamai Soi 21 Open daily 11-1am Tel: 02 711 5500
WHILE Paul’s Antiques specializes in furniture from Thailand and Myanmar, with many beautiful and rare items on offer, to say it just offers old collectables from these countries would be doing it a disservice. The shop also offers antique reproductions from many different eras, custom made furniture (from reclaimed Teak wood), a restoration service, and interior design. Many of the products can be viewed on the shop’s website.
Soi Sukhumvit 13 Tel. 02 253 9025, 081 638 1702. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm
LIKE the aforementioned Machine Age Workshop, Wooden Submarine specializes in vintage Americana. The focus here, though, is on work wear and accessories from the 1920s-1970s. Beginning life at Chatuchak weekend market, followed by a short stint at Cabochon Hotel, WS now has a new home on Thonglor 13. While smaller than its previous location, the store doesn’t scrimp on offerings and is brimming with collectables and hip, hard-to-find clothing.
Homeplace Building, Thonglor 13 Tel. 081 255 2866. Open daily 12am-8pm
DIGITAL downloads may dominate the music industry, but the rich sonic depth offered by analog recordings can never be surpassed by MP3 players. Keep your vinyl records free of dust, and the sound you hear coming from your speakers will be as close to the original recording as you can get. Pong, the owner of 8Musique at Eight Thonglor, has long been passionate about vinyl records and this shows in his enthusiasm for his business – always on hand to introduce new artists as well as commend the old – and the rich collection of music he offers: chillout, jazz, electronica, indie, and rock, from many eras.
B floor, Eight Thonglor Tel. 02-7138366 Open daily 11am-9.30pm
The Vintage Store
OFFERING a decent collection of certified pre-owned, vintage designer, and collectible pieces from some of the world’s biggest labels, TVS certainly lives up to its philosophy of giving its customers “a unique piece of history.” Fans of haute couture will be delighted with the handbags, jewelry, heels and accessories on offer, with brands such as Chanel, Hermès, YSL, Christian Dior, Celine, and Emilio Pucci all represented.
G floor, Eight Thonglor Tel. 02 713 8548.
Open daily 10.30am-8pm
Bangkok Pickers Community
TEN friends who share a mutual love of all things antique are the brains behind this low-key but well-stocked shop on Charansanitwong 38. Setting up business around a decade ago in what was once a car garage, like engineers tinkering around with a battered old motor, they faced plenty of trial and error to get things running smoothly. However, with a talent for discovering old, valuable items, business is now ticking over nicely and the group offers an extensive collection of Chinese and Thai crafts, wooden furniture, window frames, and paintings by local artists.
Charansanitwong 38. Open daily 10am-8pm
Machine Age Workshop
STOCKED with furniture and artifacts popular during America’s second Industrial Revolution (late 1800s to mid-1900s), this lofty warehouse on Ekkamai Soi 15 is a veritable treasure trove of chairs, lamps, tables, storage solutions, and decorative items typical to the period. These items, shipped from New York, can be bought or rented on a short or long term basis. A small onsite coffee shop serves light bites like BLT sandwich (B260) as well as superior cups of joe, and most of the equipment the staff uses is for sale. Instagram fans will be in heaven with the photo ops on offer.
Soi Ekkamai 15 Tel. 02 381 8596.
Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm
Again & Again
LOVINGLY restored vintage clothing and accessories from USA, Europe and Japan are the hallmarks of this boutique owned by Marie Claire’s fashion editor, Masiri Tamsakul. Designed to change consumer’s perceptions towards the terms ‘vintage’ and ‘secondhand,’ the shop is divided into women’s, men’s, and accessories sections, and thanks to careful cleaning and considerate repairs (if needed), all items look brand new. Prices start at B1,000.
Market Place, Soi Thonglor 4 Tel: 086 626 6965.
Open Mon 11am-8pm, Tue-Sun 11am-9pm
Hidden Tracks Records
M Place, Thonglor 13 Tel: 085 970 0076. Open daily 11am-8.30pm
4th floor Fashion Mall, Victory Monument Tel: 089 818 3045. Open daily 11am-8.30pm
Fat Black Record
CDC, Rama IX Tel: 02 102 2444
Hall of Fame
Thanya Shopping Park, Srinakarin Tel: 081 844 9709