Two of my friends have been gushing over their shopping spree experience in the Taytay Tiangge. They have been bragging about how colossal the Tiangge is and how insanely cheap the finds are. I asked them, “cheap as in Divisoria/ Greenhills/ St. Francis Square/ Baclaran kind of bargain?” They said, “No! Let’s go there and see for yourself.”
We went there and Oh. My. Gosh. my (frugal) shopaholic self was immensely happy. Finally, I can indulge without breaking the bank. Last Saturday was a shopping spree in the Taytay Tiangge!
I’ve been to Tiangges of Divisoria, Greenhills, St. Francis Square and Baclaran, but the Taytay’s stuff is way cheaper and the quality is not compromised.
I hope the subsequent tips would be helpful for fellow first-timers who would want to shop till you, guys, drop.
It has 6 Bazaars: Freedom Tiangge, BAGPI, Taytay Mega Tiangge (formerly known as Mayora’s Tiangge), Parkway/ Eugene Tiangge, My Seoul, IGPAI.
Each bazaar has more than 100 stalls.
The Bazaars are open every day from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Night Market happens every Monday and Thursday from 5:00 PM until 6:00 AM the following day. For more details on the schedule, visit its Facebook page.
1. What is the difference between each bazaar?
Honestly, I don’t know. Lol. I didn’t figure that out because I noticed that two different bazaars have similar clothes.
2. When is the best time to go?
Many people say that the real magic goes off during the Night Market where new and best stocks are dropped.
3. What do they sell?
They have almost everything–tops, skirts, shorts, pants, sportswear, bags, shoes, slippers, dresses, jeans, bed sheets, curtains, pillowcase, pambahay, etc., etc., etc.
4. Where can I eat?
There are fast food restaurants around the area like Greenwhich, Mang Inasal, and Chowking. In addition, there are several food stalls inside the Tiangge.
5. How much each item?
The prices vary depending on the design and quality, but you can get an item for as low as Php 40.00! Overruns are a little more expensive.
6. Can I buy 1 item?
7. Can I get discounts?
Yes, you can get the wholesale price, which is usually Php 10.00 to 20.00 cheaper, if you purchase 3 or more items.
8. Does the place have parking spaces?
9. Is there an entrance fee?
10. Do sellers issue official receipts?
I think, no.
11. Do they have branded items?
Almost everything they sell has no labels. If you spot branded items, they are either Class A or overruns.
12. Do clothes come in different sizes?
I noticed that almost all clothes are in “free size” or they fit small to medium frames. But I’d suggest you ask the sellers just to be sure.
13. Are there any fitting rooms?
Most of the stalls have no fitting rooms, but you can try the items, except for the white stuff, with your clothes on.
13. Is the Tiangge open on holidays?
From what I read, yes, except on Good Friday.
1. Bring water, especially if you’re going there this Summer. This an unairconditioned place and it tends to be too hot particularly at high noon.
2. Bring eco-bag to lessen the use of plastics. (I forgot to bring this when we went there!)
3. Wear comfortable clothes and footwear because you have to do a lot of walking and transferring from one Bazaar to another.
4. Always check the items before leaving the stalls because you don’t want stains, holes, and other sewing mishaps on your purchases.
Club Manila East Compound, Taytay, Rizal
This is an ultimate bliss for cost-conscious shoppers and wholesalers alike. It is nice that the Taytay’s local dressmakers are given the opportunity to thrive as business owners without leaving the comfort of their town.
Also, I can’t wait to go back! 🙂