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.
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.