I love, love, love Chic Mart. I discovered it because I was looking for a bamboo ladder (to use for placing extra towels in our bathrooms) and our friends had the exact one I was looking for. They said they got it in Chic Mart ….and voila! I got my ladders! At super great prices by the way. 🙂
This is a photo of my beach inspired guest bathroom, with the Medium-sized ladder Rp 80,000 or 8 USD est. from Chic Mart. I use the ladder for hanging towels and my weekend guests enjoy having something to hang their belts, ties and other accessories on.
I used the small-sized one Rp 45,000 or 5 USD est. in our own bathroom – I use it for hanging undergarments that I’m about to use when changing and small articles of clothing that I am going to use again (i.e. scarves) and our hand-towel.
I used to go to Pasaraya and Alun Alun whenever I was looking for home decor, local products or souvenirs! Now I go to Chic Mart. It’s much smaller, but I find the selection is exactly what I need, and the prices are cheaper too!
After realizing that I only had several different sets of table napkins for 6, while preparing to entertain for 7 people, I knew I had to get a set of 12 cream/off-white napkins to match any and all of my table linens. I ordered 13 (plus one is incase one gets damaged) but got another one for free. Even better!
RETOTA is at the 2nd floor of Chic Mart and they have nice local fabrics and upholstery. You can also order items custom made and there is not much price difference with Majestic Traditional Pasar/Market. The fabrics they use though have a more ethnic feel to it, which is perfect for my modern Filipiniana theme.
I bought the exact same tissue holder in Majestic Traditional Pasar or Market and I ended up getting it at exactly the same price. I am obviously a foreigner so I don’t get to buy it at local prices in the market. In Chic Mart it’s a less stressful experience for me since the prices are stickered on and fixed.
I was pleasantly surprised with the prices because Chic Mart is very popular with expats. Which means, that they have things that I can’t find in other places. For example, I had the hardest time finding napkin ring holders in Jakarta. Now I know I can find it in places like Chic Mart (or Vinoti – but I’ll write about Vinoti in another post).
If you know of any other chic affordable places in Jakarta, please drop me a comment!
Stay tuned for my next post tomorrow: It’s a GOLD Christmas at our DiploHome! With more lovely and affordable finds from (where else?) Chic Mart!
Click here to see great pictures of the Chic Mart from Chuzai Living.
- 021 – 719 92 49
- Jl. Kemang Raya No. 55, Jakarta Selatan
- Retota is on the 2/f of Chic Mart
Anna Savage says
Love the ladder! What a neat idea. 🙂
Thanks for putting my link on your post! You’re very sweet. Isn’t it such a girl’s dream come true? I love their jewelries, too. I eyed on their vintage posters and framed postcards last time I was there. I cannot wait to go back there and shop. I agree with you about shopping at Pasaraya. Store after store there are Indonesian trinkets and it’s overwhelming. Chic Mart is perfect. I like the ladder you have. Great pick! Nice placemat and tissue box cover, too!!
You are welcome. I loved the pics you took and I was thinking of taking pics of their shop, but you did such a great job at it! Yes I definitely wanna go back too… But since our home is still quite empty, I am really exerting self control on the accessories. =P Thanks, the placemat came from the Philippines. They are reversible and were only 0.40 USD each. Unbelievable right? While the table napkins are 2.20 USD from Chic Mart… ahhhh…. how I miss shopping in the Philippines!
I would love to see your perspective on the store. I’m sure the store will appreciate more coverage. How you put spotlight on each item you bought is also very interesting, too. Your house looks beautiful as it is. I love decorating, so I know what you mean. I would love to have some more stuff, but I have to watch our budget. Maybe next year. 🙂
Thanks Kaho! I wish I could study interior design though… because I don’t know how you make the entire room looked so put-together! I asked about english ID classes in Jakarta and they were like $14,000 per year or something crazy like that! Sheesh!
I can see why you miss shopping in the Philippines.