Thieves Market, a flea market at the Sungei Road area in Singapore, has been around since 1930s. It used to be the place where stolen goods were sold. Today, it's just a place that sells second hand items and the negative connotation no longer exist.
Due to the construction of the Jalan Besar MRT station, the area for the flea market has been halved. Vendors have moved on to the other streets nearby and it can be difficult to secure a spot as the place is packed with people.
The guy in the sketch above is Mr Abeullah who has been selling electronics at the place for 7 years. He always takes the same spot which is at the junction of Larut Road and Pitt Street. Due to impending rain, I decided to just sketch under his tent, which was a good move because it poured. Mr Abeullah was talking about how he used to repair air-conditioning units, to getting into a car accident, and now selling electronics.
You can feel the friendly vibes there among the vendors who knows one another. It's a social place where people gather and talk.
The Thieves Market opens from 1pm to 7pm daily. The vendors feels that closing at 7pm is too early as that's the time when the crowd builds up. Those caught selling after 7pm can be fined $300 by NEA - I heard a few vendors complaining about the fine.
It takes a few minutes walk from the nearest MRT station at Bugis.