The Dapitan Arcade in Quezon City may be the best place to do that. It has been dubbed as bagsakan or the place to be if you want overruns of export-quality home finds.
Located at Dapitan corner Kanlaon Street, the tiangge has been the go-to place of those who want to decorate their homes on a budget for decades. Some items still even have tags on them, while others, if given some more TLC would surely pass as a branded item.
If you’re bargain hunting in Dapitan over the weekend, here are some tips:
Bring An EcobagSay no to plastics! It’s best to bring an ecobag or a cloth bag because they’re sturdier and can hold more items.
Book A CarThere is street parking but we recommend just booking a car so you won’t have to constantly think of your car’s safety.
Scout The Whole ArcadeSome stores supply the same item but at a cheaper price, so make a round first and survey which stores sell the items you’re looking for at the best price.
Haggle!While the prices are already super cheap, it’s part of the fun! Negotiate your price, but don’t be rude.
Beware Of The SeasonItems also change per season. And yes, they have super cheap holiday decors. If you haven’t shopped here before, try it out when the ber-months come!
Bring A Face TowelThere’s no air-conditioning here. Expect that you will sweat a lot when you shop here, especially when you’re walking around with several loot bags!
HOW TO GET TO DAPITAN ARCADE
Via Public CommutingOption #1
From Cubao. Take "Quiapo" bound jeepney. Get off at Welcome Rotonda. Walk toward Burger King where terminal of jeepneys with "Del Monte Mayon Dapitan Welcome Rotonda" sign is located at the corner. This street is Kanlaon. Pay minimum fare and ask driver to drop you off at Dapitan. It's very near so watch out.
From Carriedo, Sta. Cruz, Tayuman and Tondo area. Take jeepney along Avenida with "Munoz Blumentritt Retiro" sign. Ask driver to drop you off at Mayon Street. Along Mayon Street, wait for jeepney with "Mayon Del Monte Welcome Rotonda" sign. Ride one of these jeepneys and ask driver to drop you off at Dapitan Arcade.
From Pasay, Pedro Gil, Ermita and Quiapo area. Take jeepney with "Dapitan" sign at Libertad Street, Pedro Gil, Taft Avenue and anywhere along Taft Avenue up to Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo. This jeepney passes by Dapitan Arcade.
From Munoz, LRT-1 Roosevelt Station, Congressional, Project 7-8 and nearby areas. Take jeepney bound for Sta. Cruz via "Del Monte" and get off at Mayon Street. Walk towards A. Bonifacio Market along Mayon Street. The terminal of jeepneys with "Del Monte Dapitan Mayon Welcome Rotonda" is located at the corner of Mayon and Apo, just opposite A. Bonifacio Market. Ride one of these jeepneys and ask the driver to drop you off at Dapitan Arcade.
From A. Bonifacio, Novaliches Quirino Highway, LRT-1 Balintawak Station, Bagong Barrio. Take jeepney bound for Blumentritt Avenida with "Novaliches A. Bonifacio Blumentritt" sign. Ask the driver to drop you off at Mayon Street. Follow direction in Route #4.
Dapitan ArcadeAddress: 37 Dapitan Corner, Kanlaon Street, Laurges, Quezon City
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