If you’re like me who prefers to have different permutations and versions of things, then this post’s for you. In our previous Divi post, we talked about the best places to find the things you’re looking for. In this iteration of our series, we breakdown this party supplies mecca by street/mall to guide you better in knowing what to look for if you happen to be in a specific area. 😉 This is going to be listed based on a route that jumps off from Lucky Chinatown Mall (great for parking and leaving hubby and kid in, but more on those tips in the next Divisoria series post).
1. Lucky Chinatown Mall (Reina Regente St). Great place to park your car in. It also has a Kidzoona and several coffee shops, so if the family tagged along, its a perfect place for them to wait for you. If hindi na kaya ng powers mo to go all the way to the ins and outs of Divi after parking in Lucky Chinatown Mall (but why?!), know that while Lucky Chinatown is known for branded shops seen in usual malls, there is an annex where you can find tiangge stores. The second floor of this annex has stores selling party supplies.
2. Sta. Elena Street. This street is lined with vendors selling fruits and vegetables, some also sell fish for the aquarium etc. Walking along this street, you’ll encounter two of the popular mainstays of Divisoria, 168 Mall and Bodega Sales and will lead you straight to Divisoria Mall.
3. 168 Mall (Sta. Elena and Soler St). This is a huge air-conditioned mall that has expanded over the years. You can easily get lost and overwhelmed with the vast merchandise and stalls, but don’t fret, here’s a list of stalls that mostly cater to party needs and costumes. They usually stay close to each other, so when you find one of these stores, you’re bound to see some more close by.
- Party needs: 1C-01 (Ground flr.) / 2D-31 (2nd flr.) / 2D-36 (2nd flr.) / 3L-12 (3rd flr.) / 4A-02 (4th flr.) / 4E-15 (4th flr.) 4I-14 &15th (4th flr.)
- Gift items, souvenirs & party needs: 4I-21 & 22 (4th flr)
- Costumes: 2E-07 (2nd floor)/ 4A-01 (4th flr.) / 4C-13 (4th flr.) / 4E-16 (4th flr.)
4. Juan Luna St. Known for wholesale shirts and stores that do customized prints. There are also stores that sell linoleum sheets and carpets. Who knows, you might find a need for it like the black and white “dance floor” we used for our diner party.
5. Ylaya St. – This street is popular for textiles and sewing supplies. There are vendors selling fabrics on the streets, but there is also a big complex that houses numerous fabric stores. If you’re in the area, also be in the lookout for packaging supplies stores that sell paper plates, cupcake liners, straws, cups, etc.
- AFDELL Packaging Solutions Inc. (725 Ylaya Street)
- Geppco Paper Supply (623 M de Santos St – small street near Ylaya and Tabora)
6. Bodega Sales (Sta Elena cor Tabora). At the end of Sta. Elena St. fronting Divisoria Mall is a warehouse building that houses 2 floors of stores selling toys for prizes and tokens for giveaways. You can find some pabitin and palayok too as well as some artificial plant decors in one end of the third floor. Be ready to take a long flight of stairs since in the times I’ve been there, the escalator wasn’t working 😂 (But it still didn’t stope me from buying a lot of party items.)
7. Divisoria Mall (Commercio St). Another air-conditioned option for your party supplies shopping. It has the usual balloons, candies and treats, toys and pretty much party needs you’ll generally need (ex. themed paper plates, loot bags, cups, etc).
8. Tabora St. If you read the previous Divisoria post, you’ve probably noticed that Tabora is the place to be. If you can stand shopping under the sun, or in some cases the rain, this street has a lot of good finds that can help you with your party decorating needs. It is also home to popular sewing needs stores like Good Morning Company and Morning Glory. What to find in this street:
- Artificial flowers, grass carpets, green wall/leaf panels
- Bottles, jars, baskets, kraft boxes
- Made-to-order costumes
- Paper mache letter and number standees
- Native items
- Pompoms and lanterns
9. Soler St. Best place to find household items and plastic products for home and storage use.
10. Recto Ave. The street is lined with RTW stores that can offer customised prints you can order in bulk (Family reunion, here we go! 😂)
11. Tutuban Center. I haven’t been here since it was renovated and relaunched late last year (2016) but I hear it offers a more enhanced shopping experience since its renovation. It’s not one of the institutions in the Divisoria for nothing.
12. 999 Mall (Soler St.). I haven’t had the chance to visit this mall in particular but I’m sure it still has a good selection of merchandise you can choose from.
Obviously, I don’t get to frequent the last four places in our list so I don’t have much to say about them 🙈 If you do some party supplies shopping there, leave a comment below and give us tips on what to look out for. Also, don’t forget to visit our other Divisoria posts here and here for more information.
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