You know Christmas is near when bazaars and “tiangges” (flea markets) spring up all over the metro.
Bargain hunters look forward to these events as they don't just sell relatively cheaper products; you can haggle too!
There are also those who go to bazaars not to shop but to sell.
Friends Berry Tenchavez and Celine Salapantan are preparing for all the pre-Christmas bazaars this October where they plan to sell clothes that they designed and made.
"Mabilis kasi ang pera sa bazaar. Kung pupunta ka sa bazaar, kailangan may bilhin, kaya ganado kami magbenta,” they say.
In August, they joined the Urban Bazaar at the Rockwell tent.
With a capital of P100,000, they were able to earn P160,000.
Rental for a space at the Rockwell bazaar was from P13,000-15,000 a day.
Bazaars have also become a business themselves. Even subdivisions are organizing them and renting out spaces for P2,000-P4,000 per day.
Those in malls or more established bazaars are more expensive. For the Christmas charity bazaar at the World Trade Center, the cheapest booth costs P18,500 for three days.
If you want to rent for a longer period, you can go to Market! Market! in Taguig where a spot goes for P15,000-P18,000 a month.
"Kung marunong kang mag-bake, gumawa ng beads, patok yan ngayong Pasko,” says Frank Ebrole, JCV marketing manager.
Veteran bazaar participants say people are usually attracted by their product presentation. And of course, the prize.
But what's important for them, aside from making a profit, is that they believe in the product they're selling.
"Kailangan, gusto mo yung ginagawa mo. Kailangan, gusto mo yung binebenta mo. Kasi kung hindi mo siya gusto, paano siya magugustuhan ng iba," says Tenchavez.