Because I so hate doing the Christmas shopping in malls and ending up buying the same old things, I considered whether it would be more practical to shop at eBay. It’ll save me a lot of grief, physical punishment and Speedy would be happy with what we can save in gasoline. I actually started buying a few items until I discovered that a lot of things on eBay can be found in Dapitan at much lower prices.
Dapitan? Yes, Dapitan. We were back at the Market at the Hills again early this morning — this time, with the girls in tow. The agreement was that we’d have breakfast there, buy some food stuff then proceed to Dapitan. Not the Dapitan where Jose Rizal spent several years in exile but its namesake — a street in Quezon City quite near the Manila boundary which has become popular for its rows and rows of stalls selling local handicrafts and imported decorative items.
Speedy had been there before. That was where he bought two of the wind chimes that hang in the gazebo and the capiz lamps that will be hung around the garden. He had been gushing about how many nice things there are for sale there and most are reasonably priced too. So, we went. And he was right. So many beautiful things. But the heat was unbearable. We didn’t get to visit all the shops and we only bought a few things. But Sam and I did manage to take a lot of photos.
Before viewing the photos, let me say that I suspect that many of the items for sale are export overruns (rejects, in short). I could tell by the haphazard painting of many of the figurines. So before buying anything, inspect the goods closely to make sure that whatever defects they might have are negligible.
Scarecrows were selling at P150 per piece. Including the pole, the height is about four and a half feet.
Japanese dolls were being sold at sets of three. Sam wanted the ones in red kimono to decorate her room but refused to pay the P400 price tag.
Elephant heads wall decor. Five pieces per set. I really liked them but P1,300 was too much for me.
Above and below, wooden wall clocks.
Black musicians reminiscent of New Orleans.
Anime characters. Alex bought the Sasuke and Naruto figurines and discovered when we got home that one of them had a crack at the back. Told you, you really have to inspect the goods carefully.
Above and below, clay jars sold in sets of three, in graduated sizes. I had been drooling over these things for months after discovering a shop along Sumulong Highway that sold them. The price at the Sumulong shop was P1,300 to P1,600 per set. The Dapitan price — P1000 per set. Yeah, I bought a set.
That’s me buying colored twigs and dried grass flowers to go with the clay jars. Can you see the beads of perspiration on my forehead?
Miniature rocking horse, zebra and giraffe that I can imagine on a shelf in a pre-school.
Miniature chefs — the painting is really bad, I tell you.
Sam and Alex went ga-ga over these cute little things but, like the miniature chefs, the painting job was bad.
Capiz wind chimes…
… and more wind chimes.
Below, some of the Christmas decor for sale.
Christmas wreaths. Average diameter is about twelve inches.
Christmas lights — some made with abaca and others made with twine. Beautiful really. P400 per set of 20 including the light bulbs.
Silver Christmas balls. Sam calls them disco balls.
Snow globes and more Christmas ornaments…
Okay, I repeat. There are a lot of nice things to buy in Dapitan. But haggle, haggle and haggle some more before agreeing on the price. And scrutinize every item before paying to make sure you get your money’s worth.