09 June 2005

Getting thrifty at Thrift shops

I felt I had to do something other than spend the Sunday afternoon in couch potato mode, so last weekend I checked out Evangelista Street to look for a car shop that can fix the rubber guard on the front side windows of Blackie. After getting a couple of "bring your car over and we'll see" comments, I got a clue and decided to bring Blackie along the next time.

shop3And then I chanced upon the row of thrift shops which my wife and I visit when we have the time (and money). It was a nice walk going in and out of the stores. I saw beautiful Japanese bowls at P100 each. There were Japanese dolls encased in glass that sold for P2,000+ each, and an assortment of odds and ends (magazines, books, clothing, bric a brac). These I shied away from; the apartment is already cluttered with toys and what-have-you that it's starting to look like a store already!

One shop I like visiting specializes in old music. They play old songs while you browse their goodies. They also have a nice selection of long-playing records.

shop4It's been a while since I finished reading Narnia and re-read Book 4 of Harry Potter, so I looked around for some good reading materials. I got a Magic Eye book (not really for reading, but for looking at 3D images) for P40 (down from P50, and it's hardbound!), and Stranger at the Gates for P10 (this title I thought was vaguely familiar. And then I remembered Enemy at the Gates. Oh well. At 10 pesos, I wouldn't mind reading this novel).

shop2Many shops boast of dinnerware in excellent condition but at a much lower cost. There are also chandeliers, golf clubs, baby things, and toys. These shops are very near the market area located somewhere in the middle of Evangelista Street in Makati. Drop by and prepare for some haggling fun!


  1. nice naman. pretty tempting to buy some stuff over there(maysakit pa naman akong buying things that i don't need) except i would have to control myself for now. i'm saving my spare money to buy a brand new guitar.

  2. hey watson, i did not know that we already have thrift shops in the phils.

  3. Hi Amie! I was also tempted to buy japanese bowls but I refrained from doin so. I got an assortment of mugs and glasses at home that's not really being used much. So I settled for a couple of books.

    Hi Cathy! Actually these shops have been featured in magazines previously, and I wouldn't have known its presence had it not been for these published articles. And it's quite close to our home!

  4. watson!!! i like! how do you get there? gusto ko magshopping dun!!

  5. Dessagirl, ask Chu to drive you to where he looks for auto accessories in Evangelista. From the Pasay Road area, you will traverse Evangelista then cross a small bridge in the middle of this street. The market is right at the end of this bridge, and the next block is the thrift shop row! Careful about spending your money though. You'll need extra to treat me out! :-)

  6. suki rin ako jan watson although i dont go there foten. lots of interesting stuff. the last time i bought original barbie for my twins at P250 each lang,hehe

  7. wow talaga Ajay? Naghahanap rin ako ng toys, pero para sa akin :-)


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