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.
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.
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.
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…