Travelers and locals love cheap bargains. Why? They can get more souvenir items and save the rest of their money for their other needs.
Business- minded people can also take advantage of these best bargain shops by buying items in bulk and selling it at their own stores. In Manila where shopping malls and ukay ukay stands are everywhere, it’s difficult to decide where to go for the best thrift shop. True, there are a lot of places you can go to for cheap finds, but here are your top seven:
1. Divisoria Market
You should know about Divisoria if you’ve been to Manila or if you know someone who has been to Manila. It’s the mother of all shopping places. Some small business owners visit Divisoria to buy items for their stores.
This popular market in Manila has it all and offers the best prices too. Do you need a pair of Havaianas for 1 USD? They’ve got it. You can even get a dress and a shirt for only 2 USD.
These items aren’t authentic but they’re close to the real thing. At Divisoria, you’ll find rows of stalls with different kinds of merchandises. Retail prices are already cheap, but of course, you save more when you buy them in bulk.
Address: 557 M. De Santos St, San Nicolas, Manila, 1010 Metro Manila, Philippines
2. Quiapo Market
Your landmark to the market is the Quiapo Church; it is just close to it. Quiapo Market also sells everything including fruits and vegetables. You can also still haggle to get an even cheaper price for the items.
Beware though as there are pickpockets in Quiapo. Do make sure you pay attention to your things. Divisoria and Quiapo are somehow the same. However, if you live in Quezon, then it is best to choose Quiapo over Divisoria to avoid traveling for about 50 minutes.
Address: Quezon Blvd, Manila, Metro Manila
People have been shopping to Baclaran since the 1980s. They now have wider lanes so the market is easy to navigate. Baclaran Market is just beside the Baclaran Church. It’s located south of Manila and is dubbed as the shopper’s paradise.
Most of the items they sell are from China, in good condition and are cheap. Unlike other public markets in Manila, Baclaran is now cleaner but beware of pickpockets. Also, if you don’t like the crowd, avoid visiting the market on a Wednesday. You won’t like the traffic. They are also packed during the weekends.
Address: Roxas Blvd, Baclaran, Parañaque, Metro Manila
Greenhills is a shopping mall but their prices are a lot cheaper compared to other malls in Manila. You can get a pair of Nike shoes for only 12 USD and you can still haggle. They also sell designer bags such as Louis Vuitton and a Chanel at an incredibly low price. Inside Greenhills, you’ll also find restaurants and cinemas to entertain you. If you’re tired of shopping then go for either a movie or dine at one of your favorite restaurants.
Greenhills Shopping Center
Address: Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills San Juan, Rizal
Facebook: Greenhills Shopping Center
Greenhills is a pretty well-known shopping center in San Juan City. If you say 'Greenhills' in general, you're referring to a bunch of malls squeezed together in one location. The tiangge (bazaar) is an air-conditioned shopping area where you'll find the really good, cheap bargains - clothes, local snacks, souvenirs, food stalls, and corners selling faux designer items. You can definitely try your hand at bargaining here, as most of the sellers are accommodating enough. This place is centrally located, so I usually go here to run errands because everything I need is already in one place!
5. Archaic Shop
Archaic is featured in some magazines for its affordable yet high-quality items. The store is organized so it’s easy to look for what you need. What the store offers: cool furniture, vintage items, designer watches and bags.
And guess what? They even sell a sword. Not that you will really need it, but the store has almost anything you fancy. They are open Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you have a good eye for quality items, drop by Archaic.
Address: 532 Gen. Hizon Street Makati 1233
Facebook: Archaic Shop
6. The Vinyl Dump Thrift Store
Do you like music? Then this second-hand music store is for you. Quality vinyl records are sold at 10 cents apiece. It’s that cheap and they’re still in good condition. The rare collection sells for about 3 USD.
It can go higher or lower depending on the supply and demand. Since the Vinyl Dump is a music store, this means they also sell audio equipment. I mean, what are you going to do with all those vinyl records?
Some of their audio equipment is from the US and some are in the Philippines, but still of good quality. If your equipment is broken, the Vinyl Dump can have it fixed for you too. They’re your all-in-one music store.
The Vinyl Dump Thrift Store
Address: Cubao Expo, Araneta Center Quezon City, Philippines
Facebook: The Vinyl Dump Thrift Store
7. Chapter IX Bookstore
They are featured at CNN Philippines as one of the best secondhand bookstores in Manila. Chapter IX Bookstore is a booklover’s haven. They have the paperbacks that you want to read and those hard-to-find books that you’ve been eyeing at BookDepository.
This time, you won’t wait for a couple of months to have it delivered to your doorstep. You can either directly go to their physical bookstore or leave a comment on their Facebook page. Tourists and locals alike, especially bookworms, will surely love this store.
Chapter IX Bookstore
Address: 2/F, Circle C Mall, Congressional Avenue, Quezon City
Facebook: Chapter IX Bookstore
To buy or not to buy, that is the question
Shopping is a stress-reliever for some people. It makes them feel better. But shopping is always associated with money. You can’t shop if you have little or no money.
Thankfully, the seven stores listed here will help you buy the stuff you want because they’re offered at a price anyone can afford. So visit Manila today for cheap goods!
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