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Shopping Secrets

A Peak into Irene’s Closet


To be fair to Irene, she told me that most of the items/ accessories in her closet was on display in a Tiangge so the place actually is empty except for the vintage clothes. So, this post, will just really be a teaser or just a peak into another one of unique shopping place in the tradition of I Love You store and Marni’s room. Although, since I we have not seen the accessories, I would defer including this in the Unique Store series.

Irene’s Closet is a tucked away closet — a store within a home setting wherein you can find the latest hip lines — from one of a kind Vintage Fashion, Mixed Media Accessories and other unique finds. Each piece is meticulously designed to make it savvy and one of a kind art piece. Just a tip, go here for the Mixed Media Accessories and not for the vintage clothes. Here is a peak inside the room of Irene’s Closet.

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[Unique.Stores.6] The Color Theory on Proudly Philippine Made Products

Here is another interesting store which features all Philippine Made, specially designed and locally manufactured home decoratives, aromatherapy, bath & beauty products, gift novelties, and fashion accessories. COLOR THEORY subsists on the endeavor to provide consumers affordable yet valuable commodities, support local industries and pioneer in commerce. The store is nice and this is one of those that you go to if you don’t the hassle of Tiangge’s and Mall traffic this holiday season. This is a good place to buy gifts that is proudly Filipino made (although one could argue that you can also get them from Tiangge or Tiendesitas). I got this also from the Shopkeeper article.

My wife was not so happy about this place because I told her there would be dresses here and she was disappointed to see that there was none. Also, they don’t give you price incentive to buy it here versus their outlets in the malls or other establishments. Anyway, I’ll give you a virtual tour of this place and decide for your self if you want to check it out.

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[Unique.Stores.5] Exciting Vintage Shopping @ Marni’s Room


Maarni’s Room – 11, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

This vintage shopping trend was started by the
I love You Store and I’m now sharing another secret Vintage shopping place called Marni’s Room. This is the fifth in the series of unique stores in Manila, and we loved this store even though most of the stuff are pre-owned, some are on consignment basis. The fashion dresses are carefully selected by designer Louis Caparol and his business partner Bobby Carlos ( thanks to Jenni Epperson’s Shopper Keeper article for the lead on this) . Louis is very hospitable and you can really take time selecting the dresses, and to top it off he serves drinks sometimes beer if you go late at night or “early” in the morning. This redefines the concept of a shopping gimmick. So where is this place? Who is Marni?

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[Unique.Stores.4] Souk Gallery Surprise


Unique Stores, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

I will not attempt to describe what is in store for you in Souk Gallery. Much has been written about this off mall store, and its unique fashion finds are enough reason to visit their two stores. One in Ortigas (covered in this post) and the other one in Estrella in Rockwell.

Lets just say that my wife loves the trendy outfits and I’m glad she think twice about buying it — Aidan’s clothes vs. a trendy christmas dress ? 🙂 You pay the price for getting unique fashion but this is one store that you should check out this Christmas season. Let the photos do the talking, here’s a virtual tour of the Souk Gallery.

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[Unique Stores.2] We heart I Love You Store!


I Love You Store – 1, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

This quaint basement store along Makati Avenue is a hidden gem in Makati. Carlos had a short but interesting post on the I Love You store and we pass by at 2pm on a Saturday afternoon. They are selling very unique and beautiful clothes that my wife did not hesitate to try on. What surprises me is that they sell vintage stuff, including lomo cameras. We also had a chance to meet Sharon who is one of the wundergirls and she played with Aidan using a mechanical jumping frog (how cool). Highly recommended shop as long as you have cash or check to pay for the unique finds.

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[Unique Stores.1] What’s in Store for All Seasons?


Store for All Seasons – 6, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ll be running a series of unique stores in the metro manila area. You could say that this is one way for me to enjoy shopping around and for my wife to be happy as well 🙂 Although, I particularly don’t like shops inside the mall, but who knows there might be that one store found in the recesses in the mall that I might include in this series. First stop, I’ve been fascinated with the concept of the store for all seasons (SFAS) and we’ve checked it out if it really delivers on its young vibe and artsy ambiance.

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Caught in the shopping act!

Gotcha! After 2 hours of shopping, we’ve got 4 plastic bag of clothes, out-of-budget credit card charges, 2 adobo rice toppings lunch packs, and a smiling happy face wife — priceless 🙂 The great garment sale still on going until tomorrow in Meycauyan, Bulacan.

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Mango and branded apparels at Factory Prices!

Awesome Factory Sale!!

I can’t believe it 🙂 It is like a factory outlet store in Manila that actually has quality branded apparel goods at less than 500 pesos per piece. It was a great sale indeed that only happens twice a year (Mid-year, and Christmas) in a warehouse in Meycauayan Bulacan. There are three things that makes this certified awesome sale:

1). People shop in crates! Yes, people actually hoards the clothes and fills up the crates. My wife and two of her friends bought P6,000+ worth of clothes. I can’t believe it either but I’ve seen it with my own eyes and my credit card is my witness. Yes, they accept credit cards — can you believe it? If you know the owner, you can simply ask for additional 5% discount on the total purchase — who can beat that?

2). A Secret Place that only Chinese people know. I watched the people go into the sale with excited faces and these are mostly young Chinese women. You know that something is really good if you can see Chinese girls shopping in the store (they are the most value conscious people). Also, if you don’t see sedan cars in the parking area– mostly you can see Toyota innova, Toyota Revo, Ford Explorer, Honda CRV, Toyota Hiace and other family or 4×4 cars. This is strictly by word of mouth through the rotarians network but once you are in their contact list of the factory sale owners, you get informed when the sale gonna be held.

3). Original Mango Apparel at 1/3 the costs! My wife and his barkada would visit all the mango stores in metro manila to check out the great Mango sale. They cannot believe it when they saw some of the same clothes that are being sold in the mango stores for P900+, you can buy it in the factory sale for around P300! The warehouse have an air conditioned room where all the mango clothes can be found and the non-aircon area would have the men’s shirts and other branded apparel. There are no imitation in this factory sale.

By the way, the Chinese owners are very nice and they even offer you soft drinks or bottled water when you shop. Really amazing!

What’s the catch in all of these?

–> The products are overruns from export factories, from Hong Kong/ China, or Marshalls from the US. We suspect that the clothes are bought in bulk by weight. Some are from export companies in the Philippines so you would also see Ralph L made in the Philippines (but there are also made from other countries like mexico, etc.)

–> The factory store is located in Meycauayan, Bulacan which is the 2nd exit in the North Luzon expressway. Here is the address:

Star Trends Apparel Corporation
Block 4 Lot 3 Acefree Street, Sterling Industrial Park
Meycauayan, Bulacan Tels 2996061, 2996120

Directions:
From Balintawak Northbound, take the North Expressway and take the Meycauayan exit (the big exit after Valenzuela, right after the Ever Memorial Park). Upon entering Meyc exit, turn left at the rotonda towards Iba (there is a sign), go straight past all the gas stations and you will see a big water tank of sterling on your right that marks the industrial park. Look for the second gate which is on your right (approximately 1.2kms from the rotonda). When you enter gate 2 (you have to leave ID), take the first left (Orion St.) and take the first right (Acefree St.). The gate is the 2nd gate from the corner (green).

–> The sale was already finished last June 30 until July 2, Saturday only. So keep posted on this blog for the next sale in November/December.

Anton

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