Treasure Dragon Trading


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So the Redis­cov­er crew decid­ed to hit up Chi­na­town, to snoop around and see if we could unearth any­thing new from this already-very-well-known part of Sin­ga­pore. As we trekked around in the blaz­ing after­noon heat, squeez­ing through crowds filled with uncles, aun­ties and tourists alike, this pecu­liar shop caught our col­lec­tive eye. Sit­u­at­ed a lit­tle fur­ther up Sago Lane, the store­front is easy to spot with its rows of old records out on dis­play, instant­ly set­ting it apart from your usu­al Chi­na­town fare. If you’re lucky, you might even catch one or two of the shop own­ers care­ful­ly clean­ing new­ly acquired old records, mak­ing sure they are in the best con­di­tion before putting them up for sale.

Treasure Dragon Trading

Treasure Dragon Trading

Trea­sure Drag­on Trad­ing, like its name­sake, is a trea­sure trove of good­ies. Oth­er than music records and cas­sette tapes, one can also find toys that our fathers and grand­fa­thers used to play with, and even dec­o­ra­tive mem­o­ra­bil­ia that dates to our fore­fa­thers’ fore­fa­thers’ time. In fact as we stepped into the store, it felt like we had entered a time cap­sule of sorts. The wares are neat­ly arranged and dis­played upon shelves that line both sides of the store, in an almost muse­um-like man­ner.

Treasure Dragon Trading

Treasure Dragon Trading

Treasure Dragon Trading

After spend­ing some time with Mr. Lim Kian Hua and Ms. Susan Woo, the father-daugh­ter team behind Trea­sure Drag­on Trad­ing, we learned that Mr. Lim has been an ardent col­lec­tor for as long as he can remem­ber, ever since he was a lit­tle kid. Relat­ing how he tries to col­lect any­thing and every­thing that he can get his hands on, Mr. Lim explained how many tend to over­look the val­ue of the things that they throw away and this presents an oppor­tu­ni­ty for a prof­itable busi­ness. And it seemed like his pas­sion for all things old has rubbed off on his daugh­ter too. Ms. Woo, cur­rent­ly run­ning the store with her father, has big­ger plans for Trea­sure Drag­on Trad­ing. She has even start­ed a web­site, with the inten­tion of putting their entire col­lec­tion online to reach inter­na­tion­al cus­tomers.

Treasure Dragon Trading

Treasure Dragon Trading

Treasure Dragon Trading

Treasure Dragon Trading

It’s amaz­ing how much you can learn about Singapore’s her­itage and cul­ture from such a small, con­fined space. With­out a doubt, the store offers a rare glimpse into the Sin­ga­pore of yes­ter­year, a time that has long passed us by. There’s a say­ing that goes, “One man’s trash is anoth­er man’s trea­sure.” Each and every­one of the old things here def­i­nite­ly have their sto­ry to tell, their own unique past. Thank­ful­ly for them (and for us), stores like Trea­sure Drag­on Trad­ing pro­vide them with a present and hope­ful­ly, a future. So here’s to hop­ing more peo­ple will real­ize the poten­tial val­ue of the things they pos­sess!

Treasure Dragon Trading

Treasure Dragon Trading

Treasure Dragon Trading

After all, old is gold isn’t it?

Trea­sure Drag­on Trad­ing
Blk 4 Sago Lane #01–121
Sin­ga­pore 050004
HP: +65 90605875


Text by Song Lim. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Lizzy Lee. Video edit­ed by Derek Foo.


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