I got two pairs of walking shorts at P200 (hello, colorblocking!)
There are also several stalls selling t-shirts, racerback tops, and tank tops that are all made of cotton. I got these striped racerback tops at just P50 each:
While I’ve enjoyed Divisoria’s bargain finds back when the only malls in the area where the Tutuban and Divisoria Malls, it can’t be denied that the center for mall shopping in Divisoria nowadays (especially when it comes to clothes and accessories) is 168 Mall.
|Street shopping and shopping in Divisoria’s 999 and 168 Mall|
There’s also 999 Mall, which is newer than 168 but I heard from the store clerks that since the rent is higher in 999 Mall, the stores in 999 also charge higher prices for what they’re selling. So I usually still go to 168 rather than 999, although this picture I took in 999 Mall in March shows the much wider aisles and definitely less people shopping.
Going back to my Divisoria finds last Saturday, for clothes, I like getting basic pieces such as leggings and cardigans in 168. There are trendy items here too and if you’re the type who think that you shouldn’t spend too much on trendy stuff that will go away after one season, then better buy them here rather in the usual malls.
Black leggings (P150)
Purple cardigan and white cardigan (P250 each) –bargained down from P320 since my girlfriends and I bought a total of 7 cardigans
Leopard print, coral, and blush scarves at P100 each
Cobalt blue skinny jeans (P400)
Belts at just P50 each!
Now, it’s on to the accessories. 168 is definitely a treasure trove of girly goodies and accessories that will make your eyes grow wide at the cheap prices and variety. You won’t find diamonds here but if you’re looking for the trendy stuff, look no more than 168 and I’m telling you, you will not shop in the mall again for accessories. After shopping here, you’ll regret having to buy accessories at Forever 21 or bazaars. For example, I saw a bracelet selling in Power Plant for P380 and it was just about P90 in 168!!
|You want bangles? I’ll give you bangles!|
|Similar looking earrings are being sold at Forever 21 at 4x the price!|
|The arm party is just starting!|
“Belt” bracelets at P40 each (from P50 retail) and studded bracelets at P80 each (from P90 retail)
Earrings at P40 each (from P50 retail)
Tribal print earrings (P20)
Bracelets (P60 each)
Bangle set (P80)
Tassel earrings (P35/ 3 for 100)
Travel-themed charm bracelet (P100)
Antique gold cut-out necklace P160 (bargained down from P180)
More arm party bracelets (P50 each)
3. Wear comfortable clothes. It’s a good idea to wear leggings and a fitted shirt so that it would be easier for you to fit clothes (most of the stores don’t have fitting rooms and you would have to estimate the fit of what you’re buying or wear them over your clothes).
4. Bring cash. Most stores don’t accept credit cards. But if you run out of cash, there are ATMs all over 168 and 999 (but maybe it’s also a good idea to leave your ATM cards with you so that you won’t be tempted to withdraw more money and over-shop! haha).
5. Bring a big eco/reusable bag. Aside from being eco-friendly, you will really need a big bag (or two!) especially if you plan to do a lot of shopping.
6. It helps to know some Chinese phrases and numbers, especially Fookien. This has worked with me so many times already whenever I haggle down the prices with the mostly Fil-Chi owners :). And when you haggle, don’t haggle just with the tindera/ store staff but haggle directly with the owner (more often than not, they’re Chinese/Fil-Chi and sit at a table where the money is kept)!
7. Enjoy the whole Divisoria experience! Before you can go home and take pride in your bargain treasures, you must really go through and enjoy the whole process of hunting down your fab finds in Divisoria—with all the chaos, and the sights, sounds, and smells that make it, truly, a one-of-a-kind shopping destination in the Philippines!
Happy shopping! Cheers!
|Girlfriends & Divisoria arm party finds|