Well, since I’ve been there twice – the first time was actually last year when they have their warehouse sale too, and the second one was yesterday, during their opening – I have experienced something, for an unprepared, unadvised and unarmed person, that you might also experienced when you get there. So I’ve decided to share a few tips and friendly reminders that will help you along in your adventure to find good treasures.
1. Know the location.
Well, defintely, it’s the first thing you need to do, know exactly where their warehouse in Manila is located. I cannot really give you exact directions unless you’re coming from Sta. Mesa. It’s actually a two ride journey from there. One jeep to Pasig (either Pasig Palengke, or San Joaquin) then tell the driver to drop you off to Rotunda (the driver might asked where in Rotunda, just tell them “Pasig” and they already know about it). The fair might cost you around 20+ something. Approximately, if your commuting it’ll take a one hour ride with little traffic. Once you’re in Rotunda, the landmark I know is you can see the orange building and Meralco from the opposite lane. Go there and you’ll see tricycles waiting for passengers. Make sure you’re not the only passenger because it’ll be special ride and it might cost you a lot unlike if you’re riding with the other passengers, the fair is only 8.00. Tell the driver to drop you off La Consolacion and they’ll already know where that is. You’ll then see the tarp on the white gate the warehouse sale. Just go inside, walk a little to the entrance and you’ll be shocked to see the mountains of books on the tables, the boxes of books bought by the customers and the mass of people scanning the shelves and tables everywhere.
Some people go there by Uber or Taxi. Others have their own cars, especially those people who are buying boxes of books. You can also call their hotline number to get more information, or check out their website or their official page in Facebook.
2. Know what you want to buy
Tbh, this was kinda hard. When you’re going to list the books that you wanted to buy, it might take you almost your time searching for them (which probably some of them might not be there especially if you’re looking for some YA books that are commonly sold in big bookstores like NBS and Fully Booked). The thing here is, listing the books you’ll buy will limit you on the books that you are going to hoard. Let’s say you found a familiar author such as Nora Roberts, there’s a ton of them there actually, so in the end you’ll be getting ’em all. But, if you know what you want to buy, even without making a list, then it’ll be less expensive. However, if you really want to do an all out hauling of books, then I won’t stop you.
As for me, I only get those books that I won’t be able to buy at 20.00 in some bookstores, like hardbounds, books that are of good condition and some books whose authors that I’m very fond of.
Just in case you wanna ask what are the books they are selling in there? Well they have a wide variety of pocketbook authors such as:
-Sue Grafton (you might be able to complete her A to Z novels)
They also have tons of pocketbooks similar to our PHR pocketbooks but only in english.
Now if you’re asking if they have some well known YA books that are commonly bought at National Book Store, my answer is no. I haven’t found any except for the Rosie Project and a Deb Caletti book. And I’m not gonna let your hopes up but I’m not going to stop you to go there in case you might be able to find your luck in finding a good treasure. HOWEVER, irony to what I’ve said, there might be chances you’ll be finding a good treasure as long as you come early like right on the start of their opening when all the books are properly on shelves and few customers are hovering around.
3. Bring a bag.
A bag wherein you can put in 20 books in it. I don’t know what you can call that bag, but it’s a like a shopping bag where we can all put the items you bought.