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Shopping Guide: Ultra Affordable Decors For Your Home

I am not the kind of girl who is into fashion accessories, probably because (1) I hate having too much stuff on me. (2) I’m reckless. By the end of the day, I’d probably just have half of what I had earlier in the day because I either lost the other half or damaged it along the way. (3) I’m just not comfortable wearing things other than clothes (top, bottom and undies). I can’t even keep my wedding ring on for an entire day! And (4) I don’t think accessories are worth spending for. Yes, I’m that cheap!

So when it comes to home accessories, I kinda feel exactly the same way but having No. 4 as the main reason followed by No.2. Anything more than P1,000 is considered expensive to me that’s why I’m resorting to DIY. But I love vases and decors and lamps and beautiful rugs. I want to have my shelves properly styled and I know I need stuff. That’s why I am so glad when a friend told me about Uniwide Warehouse along Quirino Avenue.

The first time I visited the place, I felt like I was in shopping heaven. There was a lot of beautiful vases, similar to what can be seen in malls but way, way cheaper. I’m not talking about 50% cheaper but rather just a quarter of the mall price, even lower! If you have a thousand bucks to spare, it is possible to have a cartful of stuff.

Here are some proofs:


Table lamps for P599! There are smaller lamps for P99. Personally, I don’t like the current designs but with some spray paint, fabric and ribbon trims, these lamps can be oh so awesome. Such a DIYer’s delight!marbles

These porcelain marbles cost more than P100 in malls but you can get these balls for much, much less!marbles2

See? These can be good for DIY projects as well.pitcher

I am so in love with these ceramic pitchers! Use them as vases or group them together to adorn your kitchen cabinets.


Shopping Guide: Vintage American Furniture and Decors


R&R Western Antiques & Decors is located at 120 Mendez Crossing West, Tagaytay City.

This place was featured in Real Living’s December 2012-January 2013 issue and so I was looking forward to visiting this place when we stayed in Tagaytay last December 31. The words ‘thrift store’ always seem to bring an adrenalin rush in me.


The owners were Renee and Ruben Cueto who shared that the business started out only as a hobby, collecting country pieces, until more and more people came asking if the items were for sale. That was back in 1998 when the store was at their own residence in Quezon City. The Tagaytay branch only emerged in 2003.

All furniture are second hand from the US but the couple totally restored them. I am more into furniture and home decor rather than collectible items and this store has quite an interesting number of pieces. I like that vintage milk jug lamp on the right hand side of the picture above but the price is waaaay beyond my reach.

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This pair of vintage lamps are for P5,800/pair.


The table lamp (left) is for P4,500 and the 3-glass oakwood chandelier (right) is for P8,800. Both are in good, working condition.

I honestly have to say that I wouldn’t consider this store as a thrift shop (sorry, Real Living) but rather a specialty store. If you’re an antique collector then this is a good place to find valuable collectibles.


All the furniture are beautifully restored, you wouldn’t think they were second hand at all.

As for me, I am looking for “junk”, unwanted furniture that I am going to restore myself so when you say “thrift store”, I am expecting Salvation Army or Goodwill-like prices and items.


Love these vintage pewters and those two thingies, I’m not sure what they are though. They would look pretty as a decor if we had a bar at home. Hehe!


I no longer bothered checking out the prices of these chairs. I can’t afford them anyway:)

I love the details of these chairs and I would be lying if I said I don’t want one. The polished wood finish isn’t exactly me though. If I could afford it, I would have painted them in pastel colors (turquoise, butter yellow, pink or pale green). They would look so nice in a girl’s bedroom by the vanity table. So chic! I hope I can find similar items for a price that I can actually afford…

Shopping Guide: Fabric in Manila

I love fabric even though I don’t know how to sew (but I will soon, that’s in my list, right?) so I’m doing this post as a reference for myself and for fabric lovers like me.

Ilaya St., Divisoria (The fabric haven of the Philippines)

If you’re looking for curtains and upholstery fabrics and are buying in bulk, this is the place to go. The 60″ width linen fabric ranges from P45-80 from the street vendors. You can also score fabrics for just P20/yard. Behind the street vendors, there is a cluster of stalls which sells a wide range of 120″ width fabric for P100-150. I usually go to VJ Textile on the left side of the street (this is next to a store that sells shoes) for my upholstery needs and for my blackout curtains. The street vendors also have blackout curtains but the price is usually the same and VJ Textile has more color variety. I bought 12yards for my condo project for P100/yd (originally P120/yard but I bought 20 more yards of another fabric. Always try to haggle especially if you’re buying in bulk).

You can also find a stall on the left near VJ Textile that sells zippers, thread, yarns, buttons and other sewing notions. And if you already bought fabrics for your curtains but don’t know how to sew, there are stalls on the right side that accepts customized curtains for P100/panel (grommet curtain heading). For more information about Ilaya St., you can visit this post.

Fabric Warehouse

If you’re just buying a yard or two of fabrics and you are not up to tackle Divisoria, then Fabric Warehouse is probably the most ideal place to go. Their branches are conveniently placed in malls like SM North and Megamall, Glorietta 5 and. Greenhills. Their Libis branch is probably the biggest.

Carolina’s Lace Shoppe

As the name says, they have all kinds of laces, from ribbons to fabrics, beads, button, sequins, etc. A perfect place to go if you’re sewing your own dress or gown. They also have different colors of felt and organza fabric for P60/yard. They also have quilt batting and fiber fills. You can visit their site for branches and other information.

I’ve been to their branch in Glorietta 5 and scored a very cool striped canvas fabric. I can’t remember the price though (probably P150-200/yard). You can check out their website for more information.

Megamall Basement

The basement of SM Megamall Bldg B. is lined with fabric shops including Fabric Warehouse although I don’t often go here. Most of the fabrics here are good for dresses but if you’re looking for linen type or upholstery fabric, they have quite limited choices.

Glorietta 4

Like the basement of SM Megamall, Glorietta 4 below the food court, has its own cluster of fabric stores. I love graphic fabrics and there is this store that carries a wide range of Moda Japanese Fabric for P300/yard and up (although I can’t remember its name.)

Larry’s Curtains and Upholstery Supplies

If you’re looking for fine leather and leatherette, every color of linen or cotton fabrics for your upholstery and curtain needs, this is the place to go. Most of the fabrics here are imported so the price is quite above average. A yard of plain leatherette starts at P600/yard and a solid color linen is around P400/yard.

Market! Market!

Another favorite of mine for fabric shopping. There’s this store called Cloth Craft that sells Moda Fabric from Japan for P200/yard which is way cheaper than the stall in Glorietta 4 that also sells Moda Japanese fabrics for P350/yard and up. Their selection is limited though compared to the Glorietta 4 store.

There’s a lot more so I’ll be updating this post soon. Feel free to add your favorite fabric stores. I’d really appreciate the extra information.

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