It is Christmas season once again. One way to get best value for your money is to visit some thrift market or bazaars in Metro Manila.
shells and shell crafts
makeshift tents and stall line the sidewalk area
One of the best places to visit aside from Divisoria is Dapitan Arcade and adjacent streets like Dapitan Street and Kanlaon Street.
The area is known for the export overrun items, handicrafts items, Christmas decor and some cheap China made items.
Christmas decors are the most popular items for sale
Here are 12 Important Tips on How to Thrift Shopping
plastic poinsettias flowers and Christmas decor balls may also be found in other market places
Christmas village complete with lights and accessories (probably made in China or Taiwan)
1.) Try to scout other well-known areas beforehand. – Some items might also be sold at far more expensive or cheaper prices.
mid-century house with some make shift stalls selling figurines and decors
2. ) Know what items you need. – One must have a ready list of items you needed at home or items that you want to give away as gifts. Try to make a short list of items. Some people who do not have a list, sometimes end up buying more items which they do not need.
different kind of figurines, candle holder and display items- most are made from hard resin or fiberglass from China.
3.)Suitable parking space is limited- Parking space is rather limited, try to bring 1 or 2 more people for extra helping hands. Try to spare some loose change for watch your car boys.
4.)Try to Scout the area- The area also includes some side streets and make-shift tents before making any purchases.
5.) Be Early – Try to shop early, Some stall holders would even give ” Buena Mano” or discount to early shoppers.
Some of the figurines are made locally
6.) Changes in Style and Season- Some of the items being sold at the Dapitan Arcade and adjacent streets are export overruns. These correspond to seasonal changes in other countries and fashion trends. Hence some styles and decor might not be suitable.
baskets made from water hyacinth, terracotta pots and containers
7.) Always be Cheerful – Having a sunny disposition makes everyone happy. Getting their business card and knowing the stall location would be a great help for future transaction.
Christmas tree made from local materials
8.) Wear Light Clothes- Most of the stalls are located on outdoor settings. Unlike malls and trade bazaars had air condition units. Try to bring face towels and water bottles.
Christmas parols made from local capiz shells while some decors at the back are made from China.
wood crafts and holders
9.) Not all items are export overruns- Some items are imported from Thailand, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and other countries. One must have a keen eye and learn to differentiate the items for sale. Some may also be available in Divisoria or Quiapo.
religious statues, crucifixes and figurines
10.) Learn to Haggle – Haggling is part of the experience.
11.) Check items that may have cracks, minor damages and imperfection. -Try to inspect the items for some imperfections and dents.
12.) Buying in Bulk- Some stalls would give extra discount on bulk orders.
Visit Dapitan Arcade at 37 Dapitan Corner, Kanlaon Street, Laurges, Quezon City