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Fabric Shopping: Divisoria

The hubby and I made another trip to divisoria yesterday to buy the remaining fabric and sewing notions needed for my sis-in-law’s condo. Originally, we planned to be there at around 7am but since we stayed late again the night before watching 1967 French film, Belle de Jour, we arrived in Divi at 10:30am.

Contrary to what we expected the streets were not crammed with people doing early Christmas shopping and the weather was quite shopping-friendly as well, not too hot and not raining at all. I found out through one of the vendors that most of the people were already in their respective provinces or busy tending to their departed beloved ones. So if you’re planning your next divisoria shopping, this is the perfect season if you hate the busy crowd and haggling can be quite easy. (The week of All Souls Day although most of the stores will be closed on November 1).

Yesterday was just my third time in Ylaya St. and was lucky to spot these fabrics. I’ve been looking for something similar to this and this for ages and was so happy to finally find one and even better, for a really, really cheap price of P50/yard. I would have bought more if only the hubby wasn’t paying. Can’t wait to start working on my living area. All I need now is someone to sew these for me.

Take note that these fabrics were from the street vendors not stores behind the street vendors (which are pricier). These are good for upholstery since they are heavy, canvas-like fabric. Why so cheap? I think they are left-overs from stores which they can no longer sell in huge bulk. So when you spot a good fabric, go grab it quick because it’s probably the last one, like the blue fabric I bought which had only 4 yards left. The 19″ embroidery rings, by the way, were from a store in Tabora Street. I don’t usually find this huge rings in malls so I bought two for my next DIY project.

Here are my best finds along the street of Ylaya. These are all printed canvas-type for P50/yard. I love them all. I wish I could buy a yard of everything.

I am so in-love with this black and purple fabric which would be perfect for curtains, throw pillow and even for upholstery. Looks expensive but it’s such a steal for P70/yard! I would have bought it if purple and black were part of my palette.

I wanted to buy burlap too for another DIY project and I found a stall somewhere along Tabora St. which sells burlap pouches in different sizes ranging from P25-60. You can also buy burlap cloth for P90/yd but with a minimum of 5 yards; jute strings for 3 for P100; and thick abaca ropes for P25/m.You can contact Mang Edong for orders at 0915 4404069.

BUT if you’re buying burlap cloth by the yard, I found a store in Ylaya St. selling burlap for just P50/yard. I cannot tell exactly where but it’s on the right side, somewhere in the middle of Ylaya, behind the street vendors. I think they are the only store that  sells native products like banig, sinamay, etc. There’s a store next to it that sells printed cotton fabrics, gina silk (P20/yd) and pajama fabrics.

If you’ve been to Cotton Depot in Mall of Asia or Glorietta 5, I also found a similar store outside CenterMall across the open parking space, Master Textile. The also have striped, polka dots, floral and plain colored cotton fabrics ranging from P45-65 per yard. I swear, this store is the cheaper version of Cotton Depot.

Last but not the least, if you’re looking for striped 300 thread count fabric like me which you would like to turn into a bedsheet or duvet cover, here’s where you can find one in Divisoria:

SMARTEX Enterprise: Stall C1, Sampaguita Bldg., 705 Recto, between Juan Luna & Ilaya, Divisoria, Manila. Tel. no.: 514-0391, Mobile: 09173537299.

Per yard is P350 (120 width), but they can give you lower prices if you’re buying more of course. There’s a store in SM North that sells this fabric for 550/yard. For 10 yards (P3,500), you can have a queen fitted sheet, a flat sheet (or 4-5 pillow cases) and a duvet cover.

Shopping Guide: Plastic Rocking Chair

I can still remember the days when we used to play by our grandparents’ antique rocking chair (tumba-tumba, as we called it). We were kids then so we didn’t really use the rocking chair for relaxing, drinking coffee in the morning while reading a newsletter kinda of relaxation. Anyway, rocking chairs seem to be on trend right now and if only our house has floor as nice as the image above and if Bryce were a bit older (because for sure it would become one of his toys instead), I’d definitely buy one.

For those of you who are interested, here’s where you can find the cheapest one I found (in the Philippines).

It’s actually P2,999.75 at Uratex Warehouse: 32 Miller St., San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City (Sorry for the fuzzy image. I only had my phone with me when I visited the warehouse)

I also found someone, Marykay Cherry in selling the same Uratex chairs for P4,500. If you live down south, I guess the trip to Quezon City would be worth it especially if you’re saving P1,500 for this cute accent chair.

Baxton Studio White Plastic Rocking Chair: $179

If you’re not in the Philippines, probably has the cheapest one for $115.00 and I found one from eBay for $129.00 and Walmart for $129.99

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