I am always in the lookout for new places to shop for cheap décor and props. My favorites, which I have blogged about here and here will always be my go-to for my styling needs. However, there is one shop along EDSA that has got me curious for a long time already. It displays the most random items in it’s front “yard”, the oddest of all would be a helicopter rotor blade. Let me introduce to you the MSM American Depot.
Upon entering the store, you will be greeted with the, again, the most random objects. There are toys, a horse from a carousel, a sledge, electronics and vintage chests.
Going a bit further inside the store would make your heart skip a beat because rows of kitchen supplies like plates, glassware, vase and pots would welcome you in tall stacks.
However, upon closer look, the plates are not as breathtaking as the variety in my favorite patch of heaven, Uniwide. MSM’s plates also very rarely comes in sets or at the very least in pairs. So expect your matching mismatched plates to come in handy here. Overall though, in the plates department, Uniwide wins.
A winning area, though, is this patch of heaven with baskets in endless shapes, sizes and function! I bought a huge basket in perfect condition and is wider than my whole arm for only P175.
They also have an electronics area where you can find old VHS tapes, radios and other electronics. These vintage phones caught my eye.
Their collection of books and board games in another section of the store is vast and definitely worth the trip. I love that their encyclopedias have spines and covers with a classic design, perfect for styling vintage events.
MSM also have an area where they sell pre-loved clothes, imported clothes more popularly known locally as ukay-ukay. They had costumes too which makes me think that TV production and costume designers probably go here a lot for their props. It was the assembly of these fancy vintage jewelry that caught my eye!
Overall, MSM American Depot is a very worthwhile trip. It definitely has that vintage Americana products like that white sledge with gold details I want to get for Christmas and a very vintage red chest that can double as a table which was being given to me for P2,000. I suggest going here more for props and maybe some furniture but not so much on décor and kitchenware. Although MSM would have those, I’d still go to Landmark for décor and Uniwide for plates. I’d still definitely go back here and when I do, give me a message and maybe we can go together?
MSM American Depot is located in 809 EDSA Cor. Scout Borromeoo Street, South Triangle, Quezon City 1103 Metro Manila. If you’re coming from Quezon Avenue head southbound on EDSA and take the first street on your right after you see the Shell Station. If you’re coming from EDSA Northbound, take a U-turn under the Quezon Avenue Cloverleaf and proceed south along EDSA until you see the Shell Station.