These Are Some of Manila's Best Shopping Spots for Affordable Home Decor
Know where you can score good deals in the Metro.
Department stores are convenient places to buy your furniture and decor. But while the malls are air-conditioned and comfortable, it might be worth the heat and the crowds to go to off-the-beaten-track shopping spots to snap up a diamond in the rough, at a rock-bottom price. Here are the places you should check out:
Find affordable furniture along Rizal Avenue Extension
Hop on an LRT-1 train and get off at the Jose Abad Santos station in Manila, where you'll find a row of furniture stores along Rizal Avenue Extension. Discover some of the cheapest pieces here, ranging from office furniture and sofas to batibot chairs and solihiya seats.
Buy plants at Cartimar Shopping Center
You may remember Cartimar in Pasay as a popular place in the '80s and '90s to buy pets, bikes, and imported shoes. But it’s a great spot to snap up tropical potted plants, too!
Discover Pinoy handicrafts from the stores under Quiapo Bridge
Shoppers might go straight to Hidalgo and Villalobos for accessories and kitchenware, but it’s also worth heading to "Ils-de-Tuls" or Ilalim ng Tulay for incredibly affordable Filipiniana gift items, decor, and capiz lamps.
Find everything under the sun in Divisoria
For those who are willing to brave a weekend shopping trip at Divi (as it's fondly called), the best thing to do is to make a battle plan of where to start. You might want to begin your shopping journey at the upholstery stores of Tutuban Mall, or at the decor and lighting stalls of 168 Mall before trooping out to the streets.
Shop for dinnerware and Christmas ornaments at Dapitan Arcade
Dapitan is still the best place to buy quality dinnerware, tableware, servers, glasses, and ceramics all priced under P100. If you’re looking for specific pieces, best to go before the -Ber months, when mostly Christmas décorations are being sold.
Source fabric and hip vintage items in Kamuning
Kamuning in Quezon City is the shopping equivalent of your cool Tito letting you sit down on his leather sofa while he plays vinyls on his vintage turntable. If you’re looking for unique segunda mano items, this street is the place. Kamuning market, on the other hand, is your go-for fabric you can use for upholstery, curtains, and pillows.
Score secondhand deals along Evangelista street
The district of Bangkal in Makati (Evangelista is just one of its many streets, but the whole area is often generally referred to as “Evangelista”) is one of the original secondhand shopping spots in Metro Manila and has many fine pieces that even the most discerning shoppers would appreciate. A lot of collectors come here for antique Filipino furniture, imported china, artwork, and other hidden treasures.
This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Spot.ph editors.