December 22, 2016

4 Popular Destinations for Home Décor Bargain Hunters in Metro Manila

Check these shopping destinations if you’re looking for interesting, unique, and affordable décor
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Bargain-hunting for home décor is like going on a treasure hunt: you scan the horizon, zero in on the area, prepare for the adventure, and start digging. There is an unexplainable thrill and joy associated with finding an item, be it a cheap yet intricate lamp, for example, or a vintage tea set, or an exotic-looking centerpiece.

Locations of bargain items are not readily disclosed among many shoppers but you’ll find that these spots still get crowded especially on weekends. Here are four of the most popular but affordable, well-stocked, and accessible shopping destinations if you’re looking for interesting and unique décor for various spaces.


Dapitan Arcade


Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM


decor stores in Manila

Aisle at Dapitan Arcade


Dapitan Arcade started out as a streetside Christmas shopping spot where surplus items, native décor, and refurbished pieces were sold. Customers loved not only the affordability but also the diversity of wares it offered. Investors soon developed a huge lot near the area into a bazaar-type open-air structure. Another one quickly followed, along with the mushrooming of stalls around the vicinity.

Today Dapitan Arcade is a huge hub for décor and furniture, jewellery, and gift items. It is located at the corner of Dapitan and Kanlaon Streets in Barangay Sta. Teresita, Quezon City (near Welcome Rotonda). Prices can go from as low as a couple of hundred for simple display items and posters to PhP10,000 to PhP12,000 for big items like chests, wood partitions, and big Santa Claus displays.


decor stores in Manila

You can find big items such as chests and drawers at Dapitan Arcade.


The place gets really busy around Christmas time as it is frequented not only by bargain-hunters, but also well-off shoppers, designers, artists, and even celebrities looking for unique pieces. Some stalls have started increasing prices, so you need to either haggle expertly or look for cheaper options. If you’re going on a weekend or during Christmas, bring bottled water and a hand fan as it can get really crowded and humid. Wear light shirts, comfortable shorts and footwear for a lot of walking.



Quiapo Ilalim


Operating Hours: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM


decor stores in Manila

Quiapo Ilalim is the go-to place for Filipino handicrafts.


If you’re looking for Filipino handicrafts, the place to go is under the Quezon Bridge in Quiapo (hence, the name Quiapo Ilalim) where stores selling various items made from local materials such as bamboo, capiz shells, rattan, and abaca abound. The place has been around for such a long time that it has become a popular destination among foreign visitors and local shoppers alike.

Items from Quiapo Ilalim are sourced from different communities throughout the country, so it makes sense to support these Filipino producers and sellers and to promote local culture and heritage. Some of the items you’ll find on sale are items carved from wood, wind chimes, broomsticks, Ifugao rice god idols, décor made from capiz shells, woven baskets, lamp shades and picture frames, and souvenir items like key chains, paper weights, ref magnets, and many more. Prices start at PhP10.00 for small items like key chains and at PhP1,200 for special Christmas lanterns made with capiz shells. There are also small baskets for PhP130 to PhP160 each and hanging displays and lanterns made from abaca and shells for PhP250 to PhP 500 each.

Quiapo Ilalim is very near the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or more popularly known as Quiapo Church.




Kamuning Swapmeet


Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM


decor stores in Manila

One of the antique shops along Kamuning Road

Kamuning Road in Quezon City is where you can find Kamuning Swapmeet, a vintage décor and furniture flea market. You can also find a sprinkling of tiny antique shops selling second-hand furniture, vintage items, and antique décor along the stretch of Kamuning Road up until Tomas Morato Avenue. There are pre-war and post-war gadgets and memorabilia, old records, porcelain chandeliers, vintage typewriters, framed paintings, ceramic jars, old closets, crystal figurines, old telephones, vintage toy cars and so much more—there is a big chance that you will find something that will catch your fancy. Prices can go as low as PhP30.00 for coins and small trinkets to as high as PhP15,000 for vintage closets and PhP200,000 for old juke box machines. While collectible items like postcards, old newspapers and books sell from PhP100 to PhP1,500.


decor stores in Manila

A jukebox at Siglo


Kamuning Swapmeet is right near Edsa. You can also walk the stretch of Kamuning Road to find Nice Twice Thrift and Antique Shop (48 Kamuning Road) and other vintage furniture stores near Tomas Morato. There is also Siglo at 258 Tomas Morato where you can find antique furniture and other collectibles from early 1850s to late 1960s.


Bangkal, Makati



decor stores in Manila

Some porcelain or ceramic items and wooden furniture pieces you can find in Evangelista Street


The stores along Evangelista Street in Barangay Bangkal in Makati form a huge flea market of novelty items and pre-loved furniture. Some shoppers find most of the shops to be hot, dusty, or disorganized, but if you’re the type who gets a kick out of going through the chaotic mess inside thrift stores, then dive right in! You might find treasures such as narra furnishing, art deco arm chairs, antique side tables, a lovely chandelier, or a timeless wall art. The whole compound opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.

Price starts from Php70.00 to PhP350.00 for porcelain dining pieces like cups and saucers, plates, bowls, and the like. There are also dining and living room sets made from various woods. Living room set made from rattan can start from PhP6,500 and dining set made of Malaysian wood is priced at PhP15,000. They can go as high as PhP35,000 for those that are made of Narra. Aside from wood pieces, there are also display items like vases that can start from PhP1,500 to PhP5,000 and intricate chandeliers that can go as high as PhP45,000 but are still negotiable. Some sellers also provide delivery assistance if you need one.

Bangkal habitués advice customers to check the items thoroughly before paying for them. Some actually like the personality of a slightly damaged vintage piece, or the imperfection in an item from years past, but if the item is too damaged for function or purpose even if you have it refurbished, then it might be better to ditch it. Also, make sure to ask or haggle for the best price.


Browse ShoppersGuide directory for more shops that sell antiques and collectibles.


Flea markets, thrift stores, and specialty shops carry many of the wonderful pieces you’d want in your home or office, especially if you want to veer away from the cookie-cutter options that department stores and big décor shops present. If you’re open to adventure and if you look hard enough, then you will surely find treasures hidden among the confusion of trinkets and curios.


Also Read...

Ime Morales

Ime is a professional writer, lecturer, and blogger. She is the founder of the Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines and the new writers' group FLOW (For the Love Of Writing/For Lovers Of Words). She blogs about Writing for Change on moralesime.wordpress.com and about body-mind-spirit health and wellness on yinyangnotebook.wordpress.com She can be reached through morales.ime@gmail.com.

Ime Morales

Ime is a professional writer, lecturer, and blogger. She is the founder of the Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines and the new writers' group FLOW (For the Love Of Writing/For Lovers Of Words). She blogs about Writing for Change on moralesime.wordpress.com and about body-mind-spirit health and wellness on yinyangnotebook.wordpress.com She can be reached through morales.ime@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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December 22, 2016

4 Popular Destinations for Home Décor Bargain Hunters in Metro Manila

Check these shopping destinations if you’re looking for interesting, unique, and affordable décor

Bargain-hunting for home décor is like going on a treasure hunt: you scan the horizon, zero in on the area, prepare for the adventure, and start digging. There is an unexplainable thrill and joy associated with finding an item, be it a cheap yet intricate lamp, for example, or a vintage tea set, or an exotic-looking centerpiece.

Locations of bargain items are not readily disclosed among many shoppers but you’ll find that these spots still get crowded especially on weekends. Here are four of the most popular but affordable, well-stocked, and accessible shopping destinations if you’re looking for interesting and unique décor for various spaces.


Dapitan Arcade


Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM


decor stores in Manila

Aisle at Dapitan Arcade


Dapitan Arcade started out as a streetside Christmas shopping spot where surplus items, native décor, and refurbished pieces were sold. Customers loved not only the affordability but also the diversity of wares it offered. Investors soon developed a huge lot near the area into a bazaar-type open-air structure. Another one quickly followed, along with the mushrooming of stalls around the vicinity.

Today Dapitan Arcade is a huge hub for décor and furniture, jewellery, and gift items. It is located at the corner of Dapitan and Kanlaon Streets in Barangay Sta. Teresita, Quezon City (near Welcome Rotonda). Prices can go from as low as a couple of hundred for simple display items and posters to PhP10,000 to PhP12,000 for big items like chests, wood partitions, and big Santa Claus displays.


decor stores in Manila

You can find big items such as chests and drawers at Dapitan Arcade.


The place gets really busy around Christmas time as it is frequented not only by bargain-hunters, but also well-off shoppers, designers, artists, and even celebrities looking for unique pieces. Some stalls have started increasing prices, so you need to either haggle expertly or look for cheaper options. If you’re going on a weekend or during Christmas, bring bottled water and a hand fan as it can get really crowded and humid. Wear light shirts, comfortable shorts and footwear for a lot of walking.



Quiapo Ilalim


Operating Hours: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM


decor stores in Manila

Quiapo Ilalim is the go-to place for Filipino handicrafts.


If you’re looking for Filipino handicrafts, the place to go is under the Quezon Bridge in Quiapo (hence, the name Quiapo Ilalim) where stores selling various items made from local materials such as bamboo, capiz shells, rattan, and abaca abound. The place has been around for such a long time that it has become a popular destination among foreign visitors and local shoppers alike.

Items from Quiapo Ilalim are sourced from different communities throughout the country, so it makes sense to support these Filipino producers and sellers and to promote local culture and heritage. Some of the items you’ll find on sale are items carved from wood, wind chimes, broomsticks, Ifugao rice god idols, décor made from capiz shells, woven baskets, lamp shades and picture frames, and souvenir items like key chains, paper weights, ref magnets, and many more. Prices start at PhP10.00 for small items like key chains and at PhP1,200 for special Christmas lanterns made with capiz shells. There are also small baskets for PhP130 to PhP160 each and hanging displays and lanterns made from abaca and shells for PhP250 to PhP 500 each.

Quiapo Ilalim is very near the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or more popularly known as Quiapo Church.




Kamuning Swapmeet


Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM


decor stores in Manila

One of the antique shops along Kamuning Road

Kamuning Road in Quezon City is where you can find Kamuning Swapmeet, a vintage décor and furniture flea market. You can also find a sprinkling of tiny antique shops selling second-hand furniture, vintage items, and antique décor along the stretch of Kamuning Road up until Tomas Morato Avenue. There are pre-war and post-war gadgets and memorabilia, old records, porcelain chandeliers, vintage typewriters, framed paintings, ceramic jars, old closets, crystal figurines, old telephones, vintage toy cars and so much more—there is a big chance that you will find something that will catch your fancy. Prices can go as low as PhP30.00 for coins and small trinkets to as high as PhP15,000 for vintage closets and PhP200,000 for old juke box machines. While collectible items like postcards, old newspapers and books sell from PhP100 to PhP1,500.


decor stores in Manila

A jukebox at Siglo


Kamuning Swapmeet is right near Edsa. You can also walk the stretch of Kamuning Road to find Nice Twice Thrift and Antique Shop (48 Kamuning Road) and other vintage furniture stores near Tomas Morato. There is also Siglo at 258 Tomas Morato where you can find antique furniture and other collectibles from early 1850s to late 1960s.


Bangkal, Makati



decor stores in Manila

Some porcelain or ceramic items and wooden furniture pieces you can find in Evangelista Street


The stores along Evangelista Street in Barangay Bangkal in Makati form a huge flea market of novelty items and pre-loved furniture. Some shoppers find most of the shops to be hot, dusty, or disorganized, but if you’re the type who gets a kick out of going through the chaotic mess inside thrift stores, then dive right in! You might find treasures such as narra furnishing, art deco arm chairs, antique side tables, a lovely chandelier, or a timeless wall art. The whole compound opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.

Price starts from Php70.00 to PhP350.00 for porcelain dining pieces like cups and saucers, plates, bowls, and the like. There are also dining and living room sets made from various woods. Living room set made from rattan can start from PhP6,500 and dining set made of Malaysian wood is priced at PhP15,000. They can go as high as PhP35,000 for those that are made of Narra. Aside from wood pieces, there are also display items like vases that can start from PhP1,500 to PhP5,000 and intricate chandeliers that can go as high as PhP45,000 but are still negotiable. Some sellers also provide delivery assistance if you need one.

Bangkal habitués advice customers to check the items thoroughly before paying for them. Some actually like the personality of a slightly damaged vintage piece, or the imperfection in an item from years past, but if the item is too damaged for function or purpose even if you have it refurbished, then it might be better to ditch it. Also, make sure to ask or haggle for the best price.


Browse ShoppersGuide directory for more shops that sell antiques and collectibles.


Flea markets, thrift stores, and specialty shops carry many of the wonderful pieces you’d want in your home or office, especially if you want to veer away from the cookie-cutter options that department stores and big décor shops present. If you’re open to adventure and if you look hard enough, then you will surely find treasures hidden among the confusion of trinkets and curios.


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Ime is a professional writer, lecturer, and blogger. She is the founder of the Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines and the new writers' group FLOW (For the Love Of Writing/For Lovers Of Words). She blogs about Writing for Change on moralesime.wordpress.com and about body-mind-spirit health and wellness on yinyangnotebook.wordpress.com She can be reached through morales.ime@gmail.com.

Ime Morales

Ime is a professional writer, lecturer, and blogger. She is the founder of the Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines and the new writers' group FLOW (For the Love Of Writing/For Lovers Of Words). She blogs about Writing for Change on moralesime.wordpress.com and about body-mind-spirit health and wellness on yinyangnotebook.wordpress.com She can be reached through morales.ime@gmail.com.

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December 22, 2016

4 Popular Destinations for Home Décor Bargain Hunters in Metro Manila

Check these shopping destinations if you’re looking for interesting, unique, and affordable décor
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Bargain-hunting for home décor is like going on a treasure hunt: you scan the horizon, zero in on the area, prepare for the adventure, and start digging. There is an unexplainable thrill and joy associated with finding an item, be it a cheap yet intricate lamp, for example, or a vintage tea set, or an exotic-looking centerpiece.

Locations of bargain items are not readily disclosed among many shoppers but you’ll find that these spots still get crowded especially on weekends. Here are four of the most popular but affordable, well-stocked, and accessible shopping destinations if you’re looking for interesting and unique décor for various spaces.


Dapitan Arcade


Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM


decor stores in Manila

Aisle at Dapitan Arcade


Dapitan Arcade started out as a streetside Christmas shopping spot where surplus items, native décor, and refurbished pieces were sold. Customers loved not only the affordability but also the diversity of wares it offered. Investors soon developed a huge lot near the area into a bazaar-type open-air structure. Another one quickly followed, along with the mushrooming of stalls around the vicinity.

Today Dapitan Arcade is a huge hub for décor and furniture, jewellery, and gift items. It is located at the corner of Dapitan and Kanlaon Streets in Barangay Sta. Teresita, Quezon City (near Welcome Rotonda). Prices can go from as low as a couple of hundred for simple display items and posters to PhP10,000 to PhP12,000 for big items like chests, wood partitions, and big Santa Claus displays.


decor stores in Manila

You can find big items such as chests and drawers at Dapitan Arcade.


The place gets really busy around Christmas time as it is frequented not only by bargain-hunters, but also well-off shoppers, designers, artists, and even celebrities looking for unique pieces. Some stalls have started increasing prices, so you need to either haggle expertly or look for cheaper options. If you’re going on a weekend or during Christmas, bring bottled water and a hand fan as it can get really crowded and humid. Wear light shirts, comfortable shorts and footwear for a lot of walking.



Quiapo Ilalim


Operating Hours: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM


decor stores in Manila

Quiapo Ilalim is the go-to place for Filipino handicrafts.


If you’re looking for Filipino handicrafts, the place to go is under the Quezon Bridge in Quiapo (hence, the name Quiapo Ilalim) where stores selling various items made from local materials such as bamboo, capiz shells, rattan, and abaca abound. The place has been around for such a long time that it has become a popular destination among foreign visitors and local shoppers alike.

Items from Quiapo Ilalim are sourced from different communities throughout the country, so it makes sense to support these Filipino producers and sellers and to promote local culture and heritage. Some of the items you’ll find on sale are items carved from wood, wind chimes, broomsticks, Ifugao rice god idols, décor made from capiz shells, woven baskets, lamp shades and picture frames, and souvenir items like key chains, paper weights, ref magnets, and many more. Prices start at PhP10.00 for small items like key chains and at PhP1,200 for special Christmas lanterns made with capiz shells. There are also small baskets for PhP130 to PhP160 each and hanging displays and lanterns made from abaca and shells for PhP250 to PhP 500 each.

Quiapo Ilalim is very near the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or more popularly known as Quiapo Church.




Kamuning Swapmeet


Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM


decor stores in Manila

One of the antique shops along Kamuning Road

Kamuning Road in Quezon City is where you can find Kamuning Swapmeet, a vintage décor and furniture flea market. You can also find a sprinkling of tiny antique shops selling second-hand furniture, vintage items, and antique décor along the stretch of Kamuning Road up until Tomas Morato Avenue. There are pre-war and post-war gadgets and memorabilia, old records, porcelain chandeliers, vintage typewriters, framed paintings, ceramic jars, old closets, crystal figurines, old telephones, vintage toy cars and so much more—there is a big chance that you will find something that will catch your fancy. Prices can go as low as PhP30.00 for coins and small trinkets to as high as PhP15,000 for vintage closets and PhP200,000 for old juke box machines. While collectible items like postcards, old newspapers and books sell from PhP100 to PhP1,500.


decor stores in Manila

A jukebox at Siglo


Kamuning Swapmeet is right near Edsa. You can also walk the stretch of Kamuning Road to find Nice Twice Thrift and Antique Shop (48 Kamuning Road) and other vintage furniture stores near Tomas Morato. There is also Siglo at 258 Tomas Morato where you can find antique furniture and other collectibles from early 1850s to late 1960s.


Bangkal, Makati



decor stores in Manila

Some porcelain or ceramic items and wooden furniture pieces you can find in Evangelista Street


The stores along Evangelista Street in Barangay Bangkal in Makati form a huge flea market of novelty items and pre-loved furniture. Some shoppers find most of the shops to be hot, dusty, or disorganized, but if you’re the type who gets a kick out of going through the chaotic mess inside thrift stores, then dive right in! You might find treasures such as narra furnishing, art deco arm chairs, antique side tables, a lovely chandelier, or a timeless wall art. The whole compound opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.

Price starts from Php70.00 to PhP350.00 for porcelain dining pieces like cups and saucers, plates, bowls, and the like. There are also dining and living room sets made from various woods. Living room set made from rattan can start from PhP6,500 and dining set made of Malaysian wood is priced at PhP15,000. They can go as high as PhP35,000 for those that are made of Narra. Aside from wood pieces, there are also display items like vases that can start from PhP1,500 to PhP5,000 and intricate chandeliers that can go as high as PhP45,000 but are still negotiable. Some sellers also provide delivery assistance if you need one.

Bangkal habitués advice customers to check the items thoroughly before paying for them. Some actually like the personality of a slightly damaged vintage piece, or the imperfection in an item from years past, but if the item is too damaged for function or purpose even if you have it refurbished, then it might be better to ditch it. Also, make sure to ask or haggle for the best price.


Browse ShoppersGuide directory for more shops that sell antiques and collectibles.


Flea markets, thrift stores, and specialty shops carry many of the wonderful pieces you’d want in your home or office, especially if you want to veer away from the cookie-cutter options that department stores and big décor shops present. If you’re open to adventure and if you look hard enough, then you will surely find treasures hidden among the confusion of trinkets and curios.


Also Read...

Ime Morales

Ime is a professional writer, lecturer, and blogger. She is the founder of the Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines and the new writers' group FLOW (For the Love Of Writing/For Lovers Of Words). She blogs about Writing for Change on moralesime.wordpress.com and about body-mind-spirit health and wellness on yinyangnotebook.wordpress.com She can be reached through morales.ime@gmail.com.

Ime Morales

Ime is a professional writer, lecturer, and blogger. She is the founder of the Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines and the new writers' group FLOW (For the Love Of Writing/For Lovers Of Words). She blogs about Writing for Change on moralesime.wordpress.com and about body-mind-spirit health and wellness on yinyangnotebook.wordpress.com She can be reached through morales.ime@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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December 22, 2016

4 Popular Destinations for Home Décor Bargain Hunters in Metro Manila

Check these shopping destinations if you’re looking for interesting, unique, and affordable décor

Bargain-hunting for home décor is like going on a treasure hunt: you scan the horizon, zero in on the area, prepare for the adventure, and start digging. There is an unexplainable thrill and joy associated with finding an item, be it a cheap yet intricate lamp, for example, or a vintage tea set, or an exotic-looking centerpiece.

Locations of bargain items are not readily disclosed among many shoppers but you’ll find that these spots still get crowded especially on weekends. Here are four of the most popular but affordable, well-stocked, and accessible shopping destinations if you’re looking for interesting and unique décor for various spaces.


Dapitan Arcade


Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM


decor stores in Manila

Aisle at Dapitan Arcade


Dapitan Arcade started out as a streetside Christmas shopping spot where surplus items, native décor, and refurbished pieces were sold. Customers loved not only the affordability but also the diversity of wares it offered. Investors soon developed a huge lot near the area into a bazaar-type open-air structure. Another one quickly followed, along with the mushrooming of stalls around the vicinity.

Today Dapitan Arcade is a huge hub for décor and furniture, jewellery, and gift items. It is located at the corner of Dapitan and Kanlaon Streets in Barangay Sta. Teresita, Quezon City (near Welcome Rotonda). Prices can go from as low as a couple of hundred for simple display items and posters to PhP10,000 to PhP12,000 for big items like chests, wood partitions, and big Santa Claus displays.


decor stores in Manila

You can find big items such as chests and drawers at Dapitan Arcade.


The place gets really busy around Christmas time as it is frequented not only by bargain-hunters, but also well-off shoppers, designers, artists, and even celebrities looking for unique pieces. Some stalls have started increasing prices, so you need to either haggle expertly or look for cheaper options. If you’re going on a weekend or during Christmas, bring bottled water and a hand fan as it can get really crowded and humid. Wear light shirts, comfortable shorts and footwear for a lot of walking.



Quiapo Ilalim


Operating Hours: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM


decor stores in Manila

Quiapo Ilalim is the go-to place for Filipino handicrafts.


If you’re looking for Filipino handicrafts, the place to go is under the Quezon Bridge in Quiapo (hence, the name Quiapo Ilalim) where stores selling various items made from local materials such as bamboo, capiz shells, rattan, and abaca abound. The place has been around for such a long time that it has become a popular destination among foreign visitors and local shoppers alike.

Items from Quiapo Ilalim are sourced from different communities throughout the country, so it makes sense to support these Filipino producers and sellers and to promote local culture and heritage. Some of the items you’ll find on sale are items carved from wood, wind chimes, broomsticks, Ifugao rice god idols, décor made from capiz shells, woven baskets, lamp shades and picture frames, and souvenir items like key chains, paper weights, ref magnets, and many more. Prices start at PhP10.00 for small items like key chains and at PhP1,200 for special Christmas lanterns made with capiz shells. There are also small baskets for PhP130 to PhP160 each and hanging displays and lanterns made from abaca and shells for PhP250 to PhP 500 each.

Quiapo Ilalim is very near the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or more popularly known as Quiapo Church.




Kamuning Swapmeet


Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM


decor stores in Manila

One of the antique shops along Kamuning Road

Kamuning Road in Quezon City is where you can find Kamuning Swapmeet, a vintage décor and furniture flea market. You can also find a sprinkling of tiny antique shops selling second-hand furniture, vintage items, and antique décor along the stretch of Kamuning Road up until Tomas Morato Avenue. There are pre-war and post-war gadgets and memorabilia, old records, porcelain chandeliers, vintage typewriters, framed paintings, ceramic jars, old closets, crystal figurines, old telephones, vintage toy cars and so much more—there is a big chance that you will find something that will catch your fancy. Prices can go as low as PhP30.00 for coins and small trinkets to as high as PhP15,000 for vintage closets and PhP200,000 for old juke box machines. While collectible items like postcards, old newspapers and books sell from PhP100 to PhP1,500.


decor stores in Manila

A jukebox at Siglo


Kamuning Swapmeet is right near Edsa. You can also walk the stretch of Kamuning Road to find Nice Twice Thrift and Antique Shop (48 Kamuning Road) and other vintage furniture stores near Tomas Morato. There is also Siglo at 258 Tomas Morato where you can find antique furniture and other collectibles from early 1850s to late 1960s.


Bangkal, Makati



decor stores in Manila

Some porcelain or ceramic items and wooden furniture pieces you can find in Evangelista Street


The stores along Evangelista Street in Barangay Bangkal in Makati form a huge flea market of novelty items and pre-loved furniture. Some shoppers find most of the shops to be hot, dusty, or disorganized, but if you’re the type who gets a kick out of going through the chaotic mess inside thrift stores, then dive right in! You might find treasures such as narra furnishing, art deco arm chairs, antique side tables, a lovely chandelier, or a timeless wall art. The whole compound opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.

Price starts from Php70.00 to PhP350.00 for porcelain dining pieces like cups and saucers, plates, bowls, and the like. There are also dining and living room sets made from various woods. Living room set made from rattan can start from PhP6,500 and dining set made of Malaysian wood is priced at PhP15,000. They can go as high as PhP35,000 for those that are made of Narra. Aside from wood pieces, there are also display items like vases that can start from PhP1,500 to PhP5,000 and intricate chandeliers that can go as high as PhP45,000 but are still negotiable. Some sellers also provide delivery assistance if you need one.

Bangkal habitués advice customers to check the items thoroughly before paying for them. Some actually like the personality of a slightly damaged vintage piece, or the imperfection in an item from years past, but if the item is too damaged for function or purpose even if you have it refurbished, then it might be better to ditch it. Also, make sure to ask or haggle for the best price.


Browse ShoppersGuide directory for more shops that sell antiques and collectibles.


Flea markets, thrift stores, and specialty shops carry many of the wonderful pieces you’d want in your home or office, especially if you want to veer away from the cookie-cutter options that department stores and big décor shops present. If you’re open to adventure and if you look hard enough, then you will surely find treasures hidden among the confusion of trinkets and curios.


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Ime is a professional writer, lecturer, and blogger. She is the founder of the Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines and the new writers' group FLOW (For the Love Of Writing/For Lovers Of Words). She blogs about Writing for Change on moralesime.wordpress.com and about body-mind-spirit health and wellness on yinyangnotebook.wordpress.com She can be reached through morales.ime@gmail.com.

Ime Morales

Ime is a professional writer, lecturer, and blogger. She is the founder of the Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines and the new writers' group FLOW (For the Love Of Writing/For Lovers Of Words). She blogs about Writing for Change on moralesime.wordpress.com and about body-mind-spirit health and wellness on yinyangnotebook.wordpress.com She can be reached through morales.ime@gmail.com.

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