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Where To Get The Best Budget Finds

Cosmo's Style & Beauty expert lets you in on the best spots to score the most sulit fashion bargains.

Everyone has their own little secrets: from crushes to beauty and budget finds. Even if it's your best-kept secret that you're a bargain shopper, and despite your desire for luxury items, getting more value for your money is the best cheap thrill!

When it comes to shopping, there are places where we might never expect to find treasured items to fill our wardrobe or kikay kits with. So, allow us to share with you a few unexpected places you can add to your must-visit shopping destinations:

1. Clothes For A Cause Bazaar (October 12-15,2010): Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Center, Makati

Who needs the stuffiness and questionable hygiene of ukay-ukay when you have a glorified version of it at the heart of the mall? Find fabulous vintage items donated by illustrious socialites to help raise funds for charity at rock-bottom prices! Definitely, there’s truth to the saying, “Somebody else’s trash is somebody else’s treasure.” Best to come as early as possible to get first dibs! This is one of the yearly musts for the holidays!

2. Market! Market! Mall, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

This is the one place where you have a mall, bazaar, and fresh market for food, flowers, and more--all rolled into one huge establishment. Bringing together items from various Philippine provinces, this is a great place to bring balikbayans for a shopping trip or to find presents for relatives abroad, at bargain prices.

The bazaar stalls in the second floor house export overruns of imported labels--small, low-key brands not found in traditional malls--and concessionaires that prefer to sell via bazaar-setting so you can bargain, unlike in typical department stores with fixed prices.

There's also Metro Gaisano Department Store, which, according to insiders, have cheaper prices compared to other department stores. This goes especially for the supermarket, which also carries plenty of popular hard-to-find brands.

3. Saizen Japanese Store, Robinsons Galleria

This is the one-stop shop for everything that makes everyday living utterly convenient, compact, practical--and fun! In this Japanese franchise store, everything is either P76 or P85 ONLY! Since the standard of living in Japan is extremely high and majority of homes are very small, they’ve created almost every gadget, contraption, storage item, and more to fit into every crevice of one’s living or work space. You can even find clothes, shoes, beauty items, and toys that would make great gifts for the holidays!

4. SM Department Store Outlet, SM Sucat

The top floor of SM Department Store in Sucat houses past collections from all the other SM department stores. So don’t take this tinier mall (compared to other SMs) for granted because as they say, great things come in small packages!

5. Mango Outlet Store and Stores Specialists Inc. Outlet Store, Robinsons Starmills, Pampanga

Ever wonder where past collections from your favorite stores go? Well, they’ve found their home in places like Robinsons Starmills, Pampanga! Mango’s official outlet store is located there, as well as one store that carries old collections of A/X Exchange, Polo, Lacoste, Nine West, Superga, and other brands of Stores Specialists Inc.

6. ALDO Outlet Store, Ayala Marquee Mall, Pampanga

Take a road trip to Aldo’s outlet store in Pampanga, where stocks from past collections are filled in every two weeks! Get your favorite heels, boots, and bags at prices starting at P1,000 and accessories at even lower prices!

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