For the budget conscious, places like Divisoria, Quiapo, and Baclaran are Shangri-las (check out the Top 5 Local Bargains You Can’t Miss in Manila). I decided to try Quiapo today and yes, they do have more than reasonable prices for so many items. I doubt the quality though but for cheap items, what would you expect. I went to Recto coming from Fabie St., riding a jeepney route to Robinsons Manila, dropping off at Padre Faura near Manila Science High School. Then I rode another jeepney to Recto, dropped-off at Plaza Fair. It’s easy to get to Quiapo and Divisoria but soon, my sisters and I will be living in Cavite after 5 more months. It’s sad that these places will be a long way from there.
The sidewalk vendors had so many great items. But I remembered that there was an SM Clearance Outlet in the area, so I didn’t bought anything from all the outside stalls and vendors because it felt dangerous to bring out money (maybe if I get the hang of it I’ll be able to do that, i.e., if I usually buy stuff here the way my father used to do).
I made my way through all the stalls, looking here and there, scanning the place for items that are being sold. Shoes, gadgets, clothes, caps, etc. They seem to have everything here. From Plaza Fair I got to Isetann Recto then to Quiapo Church.
I then found where Hidalgo street is. This is the place where camera items can be found. I plan on bringing my sister’s Nikon D600 here soon. That needs to be fixed.
I then went to the SM Clearance Outlet and bought a pair of rubber shoes, 3 pairs of socks, 3 underwear, and a hair comb and mirror. How much did it all cost?
- Rubber Shoes = ₱400.00
- 3 Underwears = ₱109.75
- 3 Pairs of Socks = ₱250.00
- Haircomb, Mirror, and Pouch = ₱131.29
I consider them all great bargains. What do you think? Are these items cheap? Do you know any other places to buy cheap shoes, underwear, and socks?