10 Thrift Shopping Tips in Kamuning Street, Quezon City

Kamuning street and the district was named after Murraya paniculata. This is a sweet smelling flowering shrub which used to be commonly found within the vicinity.

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Kamuning street

The district was developed mainly for housing project in the 1930’s for government employees. Other business eventually opened and it is synonymous for custom made tailoring shops and supplies.

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Kamuning Bakery which had the oldest existing bakery in the city is located nearby.

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Barangay Kamuning street map ( serves as guide for tourists and newbies)

The district also had several bus stations and a jump off point to several provinces in the north and southern areas like Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Bicol and Visayas.

Thrift Shopping Tips

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mid- century building along Kamuning street, some of the former residential houses were transformed into tailoring shops.

According to old time residents, Some houses would conduct garage sale once in a while but it was to dispose of their pre-loved items in the 1960’s and even 1970’s. The district is also known for its tailoring stores and customized outfit.

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cloth for sale ( per yard)

Sometime about 30 years ago, thrift stores began to open one after the other. Some of the stores would held a monthly swap meet, eyeball or discount sale intended to attract customers, loyal clients and friends. Rent is relatively cheaper compared to Malate, Cubao Expo, Quezon City and Evangelista Street in Makati until few years ago.

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Iyaman Fashion House Ukay-Ukay

Location : 17, Kamuning Road, Edsa Avenue Corner, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

10.) Thrift Stores are mostly located near Kamuning corner EDSA- There were at least a dozen or so thrift stores which are conveniently located near the EDSA intersection. Some specializes on fashion, bags, fixture, bicycles, furniture, office supplies, house items and Japan Surplus. One can have a leisurely walk within Kamuning street from 50 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes visiting each store. The far end of the thrift stores are located near Tomas Morato Avenue.

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Japan Surplus Kamuning-YAMEINA Enterprises

Location: 122 GFO bldg., Kamuning road, Barangay Kamuning , Quezon City

9.) Opening Time – Each store operational hours would vary. The earliest would open around 9:00- 9:30 am and closes around past 7:00pm or 8:00 pm on ordinary days. Some are closed on sundays.

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Swap Meet Antique Store

Location : 124 Kamuning Street, Quezon City

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Santa Clause and Christmas village houses for sale

8.) Have a Strategy – Be sure that one must already know a ballpark figure on what items do you need, have a price estimate and try to scout other thrift stores within the vicinity.

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Laughing Buddha for sale

7.) Have a Pleasant Disposition–  Start the conversation with warm hello or hi, This will brightens everyone’s mood.

6.) Photography – Some thrift stores, especially those carrying home appliances have a large signage which do not allow photography and taking videos inside.

5.) Give Everything a Second or even a Third Look– Do not get afraid to ask assistance from the sales person. Take your time to look at the items for sale.

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Northwest Estate and Collectibles

170 K-1st Street, Barangay Kamuning, Quezon City

Contact: 0905-315-9388 

4.) Not All Items are Cheap – I have a chance to visit a Japanese Surplus store which specializes on items from Japan. They were selling their small kokeshi doll for Php 100 each, which is a bit steep compared to those in Fairview, Novaliches or Valenzuela. Maybe there are a lot of kokeshi doll collectors within the district which may have jack-up the demand for these kind of dolls.

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Japan Selections

Location: 6 Kamuning Road, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

3.) Know their Discount Sales and in-House Promos – Surplus or Thrift stores within Kamuning street also have their discount sale on certain time period.  I do not have an idea on the policy of DTI with regards to returning items. Remember that almost all the electrical appliances on sale does not have a warranty. Pre-love items have the mark of age and patina.  Tagging a friend or acquaintance is also recommended. As some say, ” You do not know everything “.

2.) Regular Visit–  Thrift shoppers would visit the thrift stores as often as weekly basis or depending on the arrival of the items. Find out the days and times your thrift store restocks its shelves, in order to get first deals on all the latest items. Since i do not have a luxury of time, I would only visit these stores on bi-monthly basis.

1.) Do not forget to Haggle – Haggling is an art and do not be afraid to ask for discount.

How to Commute :

Jeepneys have would have route to Kamuning from Project 2 and 3. There’s Project 2 and 3 via Kamuning, E. Rodriguez to Recto; Project 2 and 3 via E. Rodriguez to Welcome Rotonda; Project 2 and 3 to Vito Cruz Mabini, and Arroceros via España and E. Rodriguez to Project 2 and 3.

Another option is by bus which ply the EDSA route. Southbound buses from Malanday, Monumento, Novaliches would pass Kamuning street. Before going to Cubao.

Note: This is just a guide for those planning to visit the thrift stores. This is personal experience and interview with some residents of Kamuning street.

 

Trendy and Affordable Shoes at the Sapatos Festival 2019

Trendy and affordable shoes, sandals, bags, wallets, leather belts and pouch bags dominate this year’s ” Sapatos Festival”.

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i love marikina standee and sapatos festival tent

Marikina is not only known for her rich heritage landmarks, churches, museums and food, but also the shoe industry. Among the patrons of the shoe industry is the former first lady Imelda R. Marcos, President Rodrigo Duterte, countless of local and international celebrities.

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marikina landmark

A trip to the city is incomplete without shopping for shoes, sandals and other leather crafts.

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sapatos festival tent

Trendy and Affordable

The designs are trendy and affordable to all age brackets and lifestyles.

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Azulis bag collection

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Valentino shoes since 1932

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Chrissie Bags

 There were 48 shoe manufacturers participated in the festival, which features quality and affordable shoes, bags, belts and other leather products made by Marikina’s craftsmen.

 

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Gibson Shoes
Gibson shoes brand name Antonio Manila
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Erika Shoes

Shoes, sandals, leather goods sold at the bazaar range from at P200 to P3,000.

           I took time to explore the booths within the center.

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Checkpoint shoes

Checkpoint Shoes had nice trendy designs, quality materials and yet affordable. The shoes can be worn as casual, semi-formal and formal affairs. They also have casual shoes which can be worn by men and women.

The company also maintains 4 outlet stores which includes : Marikina Trade Fair, Marikina Shoe Gallery, Shoe Center- Greenhills, San Juan, Park Mall, Cebu.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/checkpointshoes/

Contact :  645-3654

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Vestrada Fashion Bags

Vestrada Fashion Bags had pouch bags, ladies bags and bags for teenagers and men.

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Pads Shuz

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Merel Shoes

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Dream Step Shoes

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Dream Step Shoes with colorful designs

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Rawhide leather Exclusive
Rawhide leather Exclusive – offers different kinds of leather crafts like wallet, pouch bag, men’s bag, women bag and key chain holder made from leather.
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Tatay Oly booth together with President Rodrigo Duterte

Tatay Orlando Santos, 71, who made the shoes worn by President Duterte in his last State of the Nation Address.

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The shoe festival will run until Dec. 29 in the city’s Freedom Park in Barangay Sta. Elena.  There is no entrance fees and the general public is invited to come and shop.

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Schedule : Sundays to Thursdays – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm , Fridays to Saturdays 9:00 am to 8:00pm

How to Commute:

Jeepney route:
1.) Ali Mall/ Cubao/ Araneta Center to Calumpang/ Bayan jeepney route and comfortably arrived about 30 minutes. Paid the driver ( Php 12.00)

Then, walked about 10 minutes towards the Freedom Park within the Marikina Cityhall grounds.

2.) AUV Express from Cubao to Marikina

Big Clearance Sale by Henry and Sons

Coffee lovers and connoisseurs will be very happy to know that there will be a big clearance sale in time for the holiday season, coffee solutions company Henry and Sons, together with its servicing arm Manila Coffee Gear, will be having a 3-day Clearance Sale from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from October 25 to 27, 2019.
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Coffee enthusiasts and café owners can get huge discounts for up to 50% off on select items. This limited-time promo includes coffee machines, grinders, steaming pitchers, coffee drippers, and more for home and commercial use.

Items on sale will be on display at the Institute for Coffee Excellence located at Sheridan corner Pines St., Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City.

Products of Henry and Sons and Manila Coffee Gear are available for purchase on regular days at their showroom located beside the Institute. For more information about the Clearance Sale, visit www.facebook.com/henryandsonsph or contact Mr. Edu Baltazar at 0917.630.4474.

Address:Henry and Sons PH
Sheridan Street Corner Pines Street, Highway Hills, 1500 Mandaluyong

Philippine Plant Festival 2019- 3 Day Plant Madness SALE !

Philippine Plant Festival 2019 commercial bazaar proprietors and stall owners have a nice way to end the show.  The general public , students, garden enthusiasts, hobbyists are invited to come and visit the 3-Day PLANT MADNESS SALE.

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February 1, 2 and 3, 2019 marks the BIG Discount SALE

Partial list of Sellers/ Booths that will be having their SALE

Arid Aroids  Trip to Thailand and other major
prizes sa raffle
Masitera Succulents – 3,000 soil mix packs for everyone sa
lahat ng purchase nyo sa mga tie-up sellers! Plus,
trip to Baguio for 2!
Succulents and Spikes – 10% discount; 500 pesos off on premium haworthia plants
ACLCM Landscaping Services (Mary Ann Gatoc Fabale)- Free landscaping livelihood seminar on Jan 31, 2019 at 2pm
My Piece of Earth – 15% discount
Simple Mamsy804
Tess Aguirre – 10% discount
Heston’s Arts
Agnes De Guzman Siasit – 20% discount (until Feb 5!)
Cristal Garden by Maui Cristales
Amy LastimosaP100 discount for plants priced above P500 for grafted gymnos
Michael Co Cactus Spines and Flowers – 10% discount
Karl Bernardo Calica
Chubbylit’s Cns & Blooms
Ronald Panelo

PUBLIC Clamor

Due to the public clamor, Philippine Plant Festival 2019 is extended until February 10, 2019.

Do not forget to visit the bazaar and exhibit area, The show site is at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City.

The plant bazaar is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm until February 10, 2019 !!!

 

Holiday Madness at Grow and Show Plant Bazaar

It is holiday season once again and people looking for unique gifts , plants and something memorable must try to visit the Grow and Show holiday bazaar.

This will be held from December 14, 15 and 16, 2018 ( friday , saturday and sunday) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center within Quezon City.

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There will be over 70 stalls selling a wide array of  plants, plastic posts,orchids, tillandsia, cacti and succulents and popular items like food, handicrafts, cakes, sweets, wood carvings from Paete, Laguna and mushroom chicharon for sale.

Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. had partnered with Department of Environment and Natural Resources, PAWB – Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau and Manila Bulletin.

There are two entrances, one at North Avenue and at Quezon Avenue side. Please note that there is a minimal entrance fee of Php 30 for the general public and Php 15 for students, senior citizens that goes to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife.

For more information and how to join the monthly bazaar, Please try to call or send sms ( Secretariat) 0917-798-1317. This is also a precursor for the Philippine Plant Festival 2019.