If you're settling into your first home or are planning to upgrade your current flat, department stores are convenient places to buy your furniture and décor from. But while malls are air-conditioned and comfortable, it might be worth the heat and the crowds to go to off-the-beaten track shopping spots to snap up a diamond in the rough, at a rock-bottom price. FemaleNetwork.com's sister site Real Living shares the best bargain haunts which will hopefully get you the best deals:

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1. Furniture: Abad Santos

Hop on an LRT1 train and get off at the Jose Abad Santos station in Quezon City and discover that this long street has some of the cheapest furniture pieces. You can buy anything here, from office furniture and sofas to batibot chairs and solihiya seats.

2. Plants: Cartimar

You may remember Cartimar as popular place in the '80s and '90s to buy bikes and imported shoes, but it’s also a great spot to snap up tropical potted plants (and you may want to bring home a goldfish afterwards). 

3. Filipiniana: Quiapo

Shoppers might go straight to Hidalgo and Villalobos for accessories and kitchen ware, but it’s also worth heading to Ils de Tuls or Ilalim ng Tulay for incredibly affordable Filipiniana gift items, décor, and capiz lamps.

4. Everything under the sun: Divisoria

For those who are willing to brave a weekend shopping trip at Divi, the best thing to do is to make a battle plan of where to start. You might want to begin your shopping journey at the upholstery stores of Tutuban Mall, or at the décor and lighting stalls of 168 before trooping out to the streets.

5. Dinnerware and Christmas ornaments: Dapitan Arcade

Dapitan is still the best place to buy below-P100 quality dinnerware, tableware, servers, glasses, and ceramics. If you’re looking for specific pieces, best to go before the “Ber” months, when mostly Christmas décor is being sold.

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6. Fabric, hip vintage items: Kamuning

Kamuning in Quezon City is the shopping equivalent of your cool Tito letting you sit down on his leather sofa while he plays vinyls on his vintage turntable. If you’re looking for unique segunda mano items with attitude, this street is the place.  Kamuning market, on the other hand, is a good area to have upholstery, curtains, and pillows customized with the fabric that they have on sale.

7. Secondhand items: Evangelista

The district of Bangkal in Makati (Evangelista is just one of its many streets, but the whole area is often generally referred to as “Evangelista”) is one of the original secondhand shopping spots in Metro Manila and has many fine pieces that even the most discerning shoppers would appreciate. A lot of collectors come here for antique Filipino furniture, imported china, artwork, and other hidden treasures.

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This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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