Ask any of my friends and they will confirm that I am totally a bargain shopper. In Manila it is my family’s past time (the women anyway) to look for great quality at the best possible price. And we are willing to go far and wide (and a whole lot of effort) to do this. Nothing beats the thrill of haggling (which I incidentally discovered during my first trip to Boracay).
Unfortunately being in a new place, wherein I don’t even speak the language, presents a huge obstacle for me. I am not in the know as to where to the best value, and saying “Do you speak Inggris?” is a dead giveaway. My local friends say that there is a local price and foreigner price. (Sigh!) But that’s okay, it doesn’t stop me from trying, especially wow that we have a car! I can now roam the tiny streets of Kemang, go to the Jakarta Convention Center (JICC), etc. to bargain hunt
Today was the last day of the Indocraft fair, and hubby and I wormed our way through the crowds to check out the wares! SO glad we came. We have a few, but nice, additions to our home!
Thank you hubby for being my conscience when I was distracted by the accessories, fashion items, etc – surely an impulse buy since the plan was ONLY stuff for the home.
SOLID WOOD GARDENING STOOL
I’ve needed a gardening stool for a while now, since the one I brought from Manila (made of very light wood) broke a long time ago. I’ve been tempted to buy plastic ones from Carrefour and Index. Thank God I held off from buying the one from Index (Rp 30,000)! The one’s from Carrefour are the same price, but tinier and made with flimsier plastic. This stool is solid wood, will last longer, and also serves a decorative purpose!
More decor finds and merchant contact details after the jump!
Our maid has been storing our fruits in a big aluminum basin or in the gift basket we once received from Grand Lucky Supermarket (bless her for her resourcefulness!) and I always look for nice one whenever I am in Ace, Pasaraya or Alun-Alun. The ones in Ace always come in chrome and I know that it will soon oxidize and will not last as long as a stainless one. I found the exact same one below in Pasaraya but they were selling them for Rp 195,000! Way to expensive! Check out how much I got them at the Indocrafts fair below!
Not only can you adjust the opening of the tray, but you can fully close it for easy storage. Awesome. It’s quite popular, since I’ve been seeing it around but it’s the first time I’ve seen it at such a reasonable price.
CAPIZ FLOOR LAMP
After the post-tennis dinner we had at home last Friday, hubby and I realized we needed more lamps. The candles just don’t cut it, and bright white lights definitely doesn’t set a cozy atmosphere for guests. As you know I am going for a modern Filipiniana look – wood and warm neutral colors with capiz highlights. Jakarta has similar products to the Philippines, so it should be easy enough to source it here. The only problem is the price. The items that I’ve seen are priced extremely high compared to Kultura/Landmark/Crossings in Manila. And they are the exact same material so I am not willing to pay 5x the price. However during today’s fair, I finally found a modern capiz lamp, that we were able to haggle down to what I reckon is just about my standard prices. (Take note, my standard prices are lower than norm, because I really look for sources – the factories even!)
What do you think? Isn’t it an awesome addition to our living room/sala? It’s made of gold capiz, done in a modern style with clean lines – I am giddy with excitement over this buy! =D
If anyone knows where else I can get affordably priced capiz decor (like the abovementioned) and other home items, please PLEASE drop me a line! I would love to know! Perhaps I am just looking in the wrong places – like malls (DUH?!?). =P I don’t mind going to traditional markets, bazaars or showrooms/factories that are away from the more popular expat hunts! Thanks in advance!
The Indocraft 2010 “International Craft & Gift Fair” was held at the Cendrawasih Hall, Plenary Hall & Main Lobby, Jakarta Convention Center. Merchant details below.
SURIYANING JATI FURNITURE
- Contact: Titis Suryaning Wulan, SH
- 0813 1900 9522
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Showroom: Jl. Villa Mutiara 132 Cikarang
- Tel: 021 – 95094 157
- Contact: Mulyadi
- Mobile: 0816 6405 06
- Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Showroom: Jl. Palimanan – Jakarta Km 23 Tegalkarang Cirebon 45161 West Java, Indonesia / Jl. Gedangan 03-02, Welahan Jepara 59464, Jawa Tengah
- Telefax: +62 231 8356342
- Note: They even sell capiz furniture (whoa!)
- TBA as I am still locating their misplaced calling card (Sorry!)
- I didn’t buy anything from this shop, but they specialize in capiz products (vases, plates, bowls, etc) so I definitely have to check them out in the future!
- Contact: Wachid. M
- Showroom: Jl. Perjuangan RT. 01/02 No. 59 Gg. Masjid Teluk Pucung – Bekasi Utara 17121
- Tel: 021 – 8888 0974 / 0813 – 1076 8949
- Email: email@example.com