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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No we’re not talking about Christmas. We’ve reached the middle of the year, which means it’s time to get into some serious retail therapy with the Great Singapore Sale. Now in its 25th year, the annual shopping bonanza has seen its shimmer pale somewhat, given that there are plenty of online sales (from 11.11 to 12.12 to Black Friday to Cyber Monday and more) happening almost every month.

But Singapore’s biggest shopping event of the year, which will take place from June 21 to July 28, has rebranded itself this year. It’s now called GSS: Experience Singapore, with a focus on being a festival of sorts, shining the spotlight on Singapore fashion, food and the arts.

There’s a fashion show at Orchard Road (The Orchard Road Fashion Scramble, 3pm to 5.30pm on June 21) and a pop-up market The Great Singapore Street Pop-up, which will see over 40 retail stalls lining Orchard Road, selling products ranging from fashion accessories to novelty items and craft supplies (June 21 to 30). There will also be film screenings at the Design Orchard and Grange Road carpark and a tour of Kampong Glam on a Vespa (KG Precinct Tour, from July 5 to 14).

But if you are still looking to cash in on some good deals, there’s plenty of that available. Below are some you can get in on. Time to break out your plastic.


1. Fave

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The best place to get deals and discounts, mobile payment and deals platform Fave, which is formerly Groupon, is ramping it up for GSS. Enjoy up to 20 per cent cashback on Favedeals and $50k worth of promo codes during this period (get them by taking advantage of daily flash deals and participating in its Spin the Wheel activity). There are also exciting giveaways where you stand a chance to win electronics, staycations, makeup and more.

From June 21 to July 28.


2. Shopee

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This GSS, online shopping platform Shopee has partnered with banks and payment providers to roll out targeted deals for its customers, under its “bank of the day” promo. All you need to do is make your purchases on Shopee with a card or payment account from that particular payment institution on the day it has a deal with.

On Mondays, enjoy $5 off with Singtel Dash, with a minimum spend of $40; on Tuesdays, enjoy $6 off with Standard Chartered, with a minimum spend of $50; on Wednesdays, enjoy $5 off with UOB, with a minimum spend of $50; on Thursdays, enjoy $10 off with DBS, with a minimum spend of $80; on Saturdays, enjoy $5 off with CIMB, with a minimum spend of $50; and on Sundays, enjoy $10 off with Citibank, with a minimum spend of $80. No promo code is needed — the discount will be applied automatically.

You also get 10 per cent off Marshall products from their official store on Shopee, with a minimum spend of $400 when you use the promo code ‘MARSGSS’.

From June 6 to July 7.


3. JBL


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Thinking of getting new speakers or headphones? No better time than now to take the plunge, since JBL is having a deal that will make it worth your while. For instance, if you purchase a JBL Bar 5.1, you’d get a free pair of JBL Synchros E30 Headphones. The JBL Bar 5.1 features two battery-powered, rechargeable, wireless rear speakers with 10 hours of battery life.

Or you can get the JBL Link 500 — a hands-free voice-activated speaker that comes with Google Assistant — at just $459 (UP: $579), and you’d get a free JBL Drawstring Bag thrown in as well.

With the JBL Link 500, you can stream music, ask questions, manage everyday tasks, and control smart devices around the home simply with voice commands.

If you’re a sporty one and you prefer running wild and free without pesky earphone cables getting in the way, get the JBL Free X at just $169 (UP: $249) and get a free JBL Go Speaker (worth $89.90). We love that the JBL Free X comes with a smart charging case that powers it up when not in use. The deals are available at available at JBL’s authorised dealers in Singapore.


4. Maison Berger Paris

Known for its lamps — created by pharmacy dispenser Maurice Berger back in the 1800s — that come with a catalytic diffusion system that eliminates all odours, such as those from cooking, tobacco and animals, as well as chemical pollutants present in the air, you’d do well to have one of these at home if you have a sensitive nose. They are pretty too, and will be an elegant addition to your desk.

The 120-year-old brand (formerly known as Lampe Berger Paris) also offers diffuser bouquets, aromatic candles and more. They are offering up to 30 per cent off selected items in stores. You also get better deals if you buy more: Buy two items and get 10 per cent off; buy three items and get 15 per cent off; and buy four items and above to get 20 per cent off.

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5. Taobao


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Not quite for GSS but they are having their annual mid-year sale during the same period, so we’re including this in.

From June 16 to 18, you’d be able to enjoy various deals on Taoball, Tmall and Tmall Signature. These include RMB20 (S$3.95) off purchases for new users when you enter the promo code ‘NEW20′ (applicable to first orders only with a local address and with a minimum spend of RMB21), a ‘Jio-A-Friend’ promo where you get to enjoy discounts if you pair up with a friend to order the same items (the mechanics involve sharing a link with your friend on the specific products listed under this promo).

There’ll also be flash deals from as low as RMB5 (S$1) every day at 12am and 12pm from June 16 to 18, and no credit card transaction fee will be charged when you check out using your debit/credit cards. Remember to log on from June 13 to 15, as they’d be rolling out shopping coupons to offset purchases, where users can get RMB30 off for every minimum spend of RMB300. Get more info here.


6. Naiise

Multi-brand retailer Naiise, known for its Singapore-designed products, will be running deals of up to 70 per cent off storewide. There will also be various promotions every weekend and every Friday during the GSS period from June 21 to July 28. Naiise will also be participating in GST Absorbed Day, on July 7 — where you’d get an additional seven per cent discount, even on sale items.


7. Ikea Singapore

Get a good night’s rest by getting yourself a brand new mattress from Ikea Singapore. The Swedish home furniture store is offering 20 per cent off its pocket sprung mattresses (that is, its HÖVÅG, HYLLESTAD, HOKKÅSEN, FILLAN and HIDRASUND mattresses) from June 6 to July 28. A HIDRASUND pocket sprung mattress (150×200 cm) for instance, will cost $959 instead of $1,199. 

All its mattresses come with a 25 Year Guarantee and will cover you for any defects in material and workmanship. While stocks last; get more info here.


8.  Journey East

Known for its mix of unique, vintage, and eco-friendly furniture, Journey East is offering storewide discounts of 20 per cent off its furniture and 10 per cent off decor and accessories from May 25 to July 31. Selected items will also enjoy up to 50 per cent off, and there are crazy clearance prices on special pieces. For example, its Outlaw side table, Waver lounge chair, Glycine console table and Pittsburgh dining table are all going at 50 per cent off.

What’s more, enjoy free delivery for purchases that are more than $1,000. Get more info here.

At 315 Outram Rd, #03-02 Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074.


9. Castlery

Homegrown furniture store Castlery’s GSS sale works on the principle that the more you spend, the more you save. You get $100 off with a minimum spend of $1,500; $200 off with a minimum spend of $2,500; $400 off with a minimum spend of $3,500; $700 off with a minimum spend of $5,000; and $1,100 off with a minimum spend of $7,000. Buy online or visit its studios. Get more info here.


10. Welcia-BHG

Japanese drugstore Welcia-BHG is offering promotions for selected products from May 31 to June 16. For instance, you’ll get 20 per cent off selected products from BETADINE®, as well as a free BETADINE® Natural Defense Foaming Hand Wash Tea Tree (worth $3.90) with any purchase of BETADINE® products worth $10 and more. Or get two boxes of OMUGI 100% Young Barley Grass Powder for $28 (U.P $15.80 per box).

Other promos include two Kinomegumi foot detox patches for $8 (U.P $4.90 each) and a bottle of Euglena P-3 all-in-one health supplements for $96 (U.P $120). For more info, visit here.


11. Fujifilm Singapore 


If you’ve been dragging your feet and hemming and hawing over getting a new camera or an instax instant camera, now’s the time to make a move. Fujifilm is having a grand GSS sale for its range of products from June 3 to July 31.

Get an instax SQUARE SQ6 Taylor Swift edition for $299 and receive gifts worth $149, including a battery charger, an instax planner, a camera case and NTUC vouchers, on top of a camera strap and a box of films. Or get awesome deals on its GFX 50S or 50R cameras, with $1,600 and $600 cashback respectively.

There are also discounts on its other camera models and lenses. Available at all Cathay Photo stores. Visit here for more info.


12. Rocky Master

The Halal-certified casual dining restaurant is offering a 1-for-1 deal for its Devil’s Brew coffee from June 1 to 30, valid for regular and large sizes. Visit here for outlets.


13. Fun Toast

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Casual coffee house Fun Toast is offering a free Signature Ice Gula Meleka Tea for every Fun Meal Set purchased between 6pm to 8pm at its SingPost Centre outlet (#01-126). Available on weekdays from May 24 to June 30.

At 10 Eunos Rd 8, Singapore 408600.