Small neighbourhood bookshops have always been my fave, now even more as their numbers have dwindled. When I was growing up we had a well-stocked bookshop in my neighbourhood that offered many things from stationery to magazines, wallets, handkerchiefs, and books. My sister got most of her Enid Blyton books there (this was pre Borders or Kinokuniya days). And oh yes some bookshops on our island tend to deviate from selling books and are highly likely to be stationery + knickknacks shops instead.
I want to introduce a few of these shops and some others, and share with you some fun finds and happy buys.
Let me begin with my favourite neighbourhood that I know so well — Tanglin Halt. A little place called N S Bookshop is located below the train station at Commonwealth. It’s a part-stationery and part-sundries store, so you’ve got to excuse the rows of nail polishes, cosmetics and pantyhoses, other than that the hybrid stationery shop has an array of colourful supplies at every corner to pique one’s interest.
For a small space like theirs, I believe they’re doing their best to keep the stationery spread relevant and fresh. Check out my list of recommended happy buys below.
- KCK zipper folders up to A4 size — below $6.00
- KCK fine glitter powders, funky neon colours — $2.00 per bottle
- Carioca Joy set of 12 washable markers (Made in Italy) — $3.90
- Adhesive label sheets in fluorescent colours, and silver — $3.90 to $6.90
N S Bookshop
88 Tanglin Halt Road #01-06 Singapore 141088
At Commonwealth Station, exit left after ticket gantry, take the stairs down and walk straight ahead towards a row of shops on your right. Many buses (100, 105, 111, 145, 147, 195, 196, 198, etc…) stop in front of the shop too.