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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…

3 Comments on Shopping Guide: Vintage American Furniture and Decors

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    January 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm (4 years ago)

    yeah sometimes the word “thrift store” is misconstrued here in the Philippines. Prices in thrift stores all over the metro are not so thrift afterall. Mostly pieces here are those furnitures that are really good in quality (mostly wood) even though they are pre-loved. I also tried before scouring furniture thrift stores in Kamuning and Makati but with the budget I have I wasn’t able to buy anything. A single piece of chair (which still needs to be restored) can cost as low as 2k. Anyways, if you’re lucky to find that thrift store that suits your budget (which I assume is also my budget) please share.

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      January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm (4 years ago)

      I know, right? Second hand na nga, I can’t afford it pa. Hehe! You can try and officebusters (they have branches all over Metro Manila). I definitely will share once I found an actual thrift store. 🙂

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      April 26, 2013 at 10:55 am (4 years ago)

      Go to Evangelista, you’ll find a lot there. Also in Kamuning. There are stores there that are expensive but there are some that are okay. Here’s a tip, the more disorganized a store is, the cheaper the items :).


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