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10 Things Pinoys Love to Hoard

Marie Kondo has nothing on Pinoys’ penchant for hoarding

Photography: Pexels and Pixabay

Halo-halo, the jeepney aesthetic, and sari-sari culture—these constants in the Pinoy zeitgeist have proven, again and again, that Filipinos love to pile it on. Regardless of today’s strong push for minimalism, there are just some hoarding habits that are hard to break, no matter what generation you’re from. We tackle what we love to hold on to and what we can’t get enough of. Can you relate?

1. Titas of Manila: Antiques

Whether they lifted that aparador or escritorio from their provincial ancestral home, or were deep in the '70s and '80s Filipino revival of rattan and solihiya furniture mixed with pre-colonial stoneware and bululs, the sophisticated “older” set has a proclivity towards all things local.

If you're looking for more, visit Tesoro's, A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City or their official website.

2. Hipsters: Vinyl Records

Record albums have been a staple in Pinoy homes from the time people actually had no choice but to listen to vinyl, to now, when all things retro have suddenly become cool. Whether you were here for the first wave of LPs and EPs, or have leaped into the vinyl revival, the art and tactile feel of these music collectibles will always have a cache.

Visit Satchmi, SM Megamall Bldg-D Fashion Mall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

3. Explorers: Souvenirs

It doesn’t matter what your intention is in traveling—work with an NGO, visiting family, honeymooning—Pinoys’ habit of acquiring runs deep when they’re out and about. Think travel magnets that cover every square inch of your refrigerator door, mugs in all shapes and sizes, and the classic Baguio barrel man in all shapes and sizes.

Find charming souvenirs at Kultura Filipino, L3 SM Aura Premier , 26th Street corner McKinley Parkway and C5 , Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

4. Bibliophiles: Books

Even if you’ve shifted to your Kindle and Nook, chances are that if you’re a Filipino book lover, you haven’t been able to part with your tried and tested tomes. Pinoy libraries house everything from books you want to proudly display, to those Mills & Boons from the '80s that you just can’t seem to part with. True hoarders may have difficulty with letting go of textbooks from grade school, too.

Visit Booksale, Mall of Asia, Bay Boulevard, Business Park Bay City, Pasay City.

5. Tech Geeks: Equipment

Gadget geeks will always be proud to show off their collection of computers—from the Apple II to the current iMac iteration. Camera lovers who double as hoarders may also keep beat-up SLRs and expensive Hasselblads from the past. Hardcore tech enthusiasts may even store their old Walkmans and transistor radios, what with the onslaught of nostalgia that Stranger Things has brought about.

Shop online at OLX.

6. Kids at Heart: Toys

Some say they’ll save these still-in-the-box goods for their future kids, others just want to keep their tabletops colorful. Think 40 Year Old Virgin, with vintage figurines or even street culture fiends that can’t say no to the latest plastic toy to hit the market. On the upside, smart hoarding will get you more money (in case you sell items that have appreciated.) The downside? You lose a lot of space.

Drop by Hobbes and Landes, R3, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Rockwell Drive corner Estrella St., Makati City.

7. Ladies Who Lunch: Designer Bags

No matter which brand you’re drooling over, or which designer you can’t say no to, designer bags have been the stuff that walk-in closets were made of since the days of Marie Antoinette. An addiction that’s helped the luxury industry skyrocket in value over the years, you’ll be surprised at how many Pinoys would gladly go in debt for the rush of a new tote.

Have fun window shopping at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati City.

8. Paper Lovers: Stationery

When you find yourself going through National Book Store’s stationery aisle or MUJI’s pen depository for fun, you know you have the tendency to hoard all things paper-related. Pens that no longer write, stationery from when you were still learning how to write in script, and stickers that you can’t just get yourself to use—beware the trail that paper hoarding can leave!

National Book Store has options you can't resist.

9. Foodies: Kitchen Equipment

The food processor you got for your wedding, the Kitchenaid you lusted over all your life, the Nutribullet that promises you an entire lifetime’s worth of green smoothies—whether or not you actually use these items doesn’t matter! What matters is that your shelves are stuffed with enough equipment to support your own Food Channel show.

For a wide-array of must-haves, visit Crate & Barrel, SM Makati, Courtyard Drive, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.

10. Dieters Anonymous: Old Clothes

Your deepest darkest secret? You’ve been storing that old pair of jeans you used to wear in college because you’ve vowed to diet and exercise to get back to your dream body. The thing is, it’s never just one pair of jeans—it’s an entire shelf of bridesmaid gowns, tops you think may come into fashion again someday, and hundreds of scarves that are too warm to wear in the Philippines anyway.

Are you guilty of hoarding these items? If you want to declutter and let go of some of these, you can donate it to a few organizations. Click here for leads.

PHOTOS: Pexels and Pixabay.

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