Some Tips on Starting a Tiangge (Bazaar)

Posted by Manny on August 20th, 2007

tianggeTiangge, flea market or Bazaars can be seen everywhere we go. They sprouted in malls, unused parking lots, churches or side walks. We patronize them because they sell cheaper items compared to supermarkets or malls. Sometimes they became a nuisance to pedestrians and motorist that causes heavy traffic because they occupy most of the side walks. Anyway if are just responsible and follow rules and guidelines like for example setting up in a place with heavy foot traffic but away from sidewalks to avoid causing heavy traffic on motorist and of course punishment from MMDA.

So without much ado, here are some tips that might be helpful to you if you want to venture on selling your commodities in tiangge or bazaars :

Prepare some investment – joining a bazaar to sell your wares requires a little more investment because stall rentals range from 2,500 to 7,000 pesos a day. Other bazaars can set you back 12,000 pesos a weekend. But you can get package rates if you sign up all the tiangge dates available. Bazaars in hotels and venues like the Manila Polo Club are usually more expensive, while a church tiangge can be cheaper if it’s open air.

Keep the traffic in mind. – When choosing a booth, try to get one where everybody will be sure to pass. Right near the entrance is the best place, so try to reserve your booth space as early as possible. Make your booth attractive to shoppes by using materials like mirrors and spotlights for sure visibility. For more display space, get a wall booth.

Save on cost – Sharing a booth with someone else so you can share the rental. Its is also good to man your own booth, because customers like tit when they get to chat with the owner.

Know how low you can go – Haggling is part of the tiangge tradition, so you have to know your cost and up to how much you are willing to compromise the price. Twenty percent of your sale price is a fair discount. As an alternative to giving discounts, you can offer promos, like a special price if the customer gets two items or a small gift that comes with the purchase. Be a little creative.

Mix your merchandise – When thinking of items to sell in your booth, remember that people come to bazaars because they want to see things that they won’t find in malls. Combining consigned items with things that you yourself made so you can easily get your money back.

Think ahead – Be ready with calling cards to give out to customers. That way they can get in touch with you the rest of the year. Who knows, this might be an opportunity for a bigger market like for example export or a supplier of a big company.

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16 Responses to “Some Tips on Starting a Tiangge (Bazaar)”

  1. jin jin says:

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  2. mai carlos says:

    hi jhenie i am intereseted in your customized watch kindly send me the samples ? email me at thanks

  3. Jhenie says:

    I have made customized watch with interchangeable bracele made of glass, crystal beads. I also make ID lanyards. I dont have time to put up a stall so im looking for ghose who are interested in having a unique product to sell. Im selling for a very cheap price since I dont really do it for profit but as a hobby. let me know if interested

  4. liza soriano says:

    hi… i want to be a member of bazaar.. please help me how can i register? thank you and godbless

  5. We are looking for bazaar exhibitors at SM Center Valenzuela

    Schedule: Nov 10,2013 – Jan 5, 2013 (Except Dec 24&31)

    Contact us at 444-8053/09269712956 for more infos.

  6. joey manalo says:

    @Mam Marianne Tapar
    May I have your contact number please? So that I can txt or call you regarding your concern. Thanks.

  7. Marianne Tapar says:

    Good day! i’m quite interested to lease a foodcart stall at St. Francis square. Could you please email me of the complete details of your available stalls, how much is it and your terms of payment.

  8. Marianne Tapar says:

    Good day! im quite interested to lease a foodcart stall at St. Francis Square. Could you please email me the complete details on how to lease, how much and your terms of payment.

  9. Joey Manalo says:

    It is so cheap renting tiangge or fixed stall in St. Francis Square. It will cost P14k to P22k per stall depends on location and your merchandise. For those who are interested to lease, they can call or text me at 0927-5520709 / 331-3393 for more infos. Thanks sir Manuel…..

  10. Manuel says:

    @Joey Manalo
    Thanks for the info and I’ve corrected your link on St. Francis Mall. By the way, is it expensive to rent on St. Francis?

  11. Joey Manalo says:

    4/F St. Francis Square, Julia Vargas Ave. cor. Bank Drive,
    Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

    Are you looking for the place or tiangge stall? This refers to our intention of inviting your good self to locate at St. Francis Square Mall. The operations of St. Francis Square proved to be the latest shopping destination located at the gateway of Ortigas Business District. It has 3,000 capacity auditorium which is home to Christian Commission Fellowship worship. The auditorium is also a venue for concerts and shows of well-known Filipino Talent.

    At the basement, is Pure Gold Supermarket, we also have free doctor’s clinic and St. Francis Generic Drugstore at the ground floor and St. Francis Square Department store at the second floor. Other anchor tenants include Mercury Drug Store, Chowking, Jollibee, Yellow Cab Pizza and Abenson. At the 3rd floor are various foodcourt outlets. To top it all, we have more than enough stalls selling a variety of items from rtw, shoes and bags, cellphone accessories, computer shop to expensive south seas pearls. St. Francis Square is indeed a complete mall.

    At the 3rd floor are various food court outlets which sell incredibly delicious food at fair prices. Our Foodcourt outlets include Pdoy’s, Healthy Kitchen, Sizzling Gourmet, Chansel Pizza, William Sisig, Sun Bum, Arsenio’s Fast Food, Myc’s Filipino Cuisine and Hapchan which is known for its authentic Chinese cuisine.

    If you are craving for a unique taste of barbecue, there’s Reyes Barbecue at the Ground Floor Julia Vargas entrance. Additional to the wide array of food choices is Niknok Manok at the 2nd Floor for the chicken lovers.

    We shall be glad to meet and assist you to the site and discuss things in details at your most convenient time. Attached herewith is the proposed location for your reference. For queries and clarifications, please feel free to call the undersigned at telephone numbers 632-1010 local 227 / 331-3393 or mobile nos. 0927-5520709 / 0933-1746609 and look for Joey Manalo (Mall Operation Officer). You may also visit our website at to learn and discover more about us.

  12. fra says:

    Hi! Im an online seller thinking on joining bazaars, all i say is thank you for the very useful tips, i came upon your blog looking for someone nice enough to let me share a booth with them, its just not wise for me to rent a booth just on my own. Please send email in-case someone wants to share a booth with me,

  13. jehrico says:

    hi, can you tell me something about dti registration. DTI reg is only required for entities with the entention to use the registration for a whole year, what if your just a passer bazarrista?

  14. zuleika says:

    Dear Sir/madam,
    we are first timers when it comes to bazaars. as i finished reading your column i became excited.could you tell me more about yourself maybe we could do business. as for us, we dont sell locally but because of buyers who werent able to pay for their orders we are forced to sell locally. maybe you could suggest or give some prospective buyers who you met long time ago.

  15. Manuel says:

    It’s hard to trust anybody these days. Even relatives sometimes will do this thing. It’s better to have a written contract or agreement before making any transactions. You can file a complaint to small claims court if you wish.

  16. lexi says:

    Tip No# 1 for Bazaaristas: Never ever fall prey to other opportunist bazaarista’s tricks.

    This summer I joined a bazzar for the very first time. I met a fellow bazaarista who showed an interest in my items and showered me with friendliness and false promises. She volunteered to sell my items in a consignment basis. I was hesitant at first but I gave in. She seemed like an honest and reliable person, very friendly and amiable. A month has now passed and have yet to see a single cent. I called and texted her to remind her of the payment but her replies became few and unfriendly. I have now reconciled with the fact that Iam never getting my items back nor my money. It was such a stupid decision to trust a complete stranger. So never ever at any point be a victim to these bazaarista’s. if someone wants your items make them pay in full. Pay or no deal…that’s what you tell them. And by the way she interviewed my tindera first so also remind your tinderas to be vigilant and never to give anything away… where you buy stuff etc etc… the important things. You can never believe how many evil opportunist are lurking in bazaars.

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