Sunday, 7 October 2018

WHY I LOVE UKAY-UKAY (THRIFT SHOPPING)


As a cheapskate myself, I love cheap stuff, obviously, that is why I am suki at ukay-ukays or thrift shops.  I know the value of hard-earned money and would not waste money on clothes that have really bad stitching or low-class fabric which are way overpriced just because they are displayed at the malls or boutiques.  Here are some of the reasons why I love thrift shopping or ukay-ukay. 

***Garments in the photos are some of my ukay-ukay finds***

1.  It is dirt cheap.

Let's all be practical.  Ukay-ukay is cheap as F.  These days, an average piece of clothing at the mall may cost you from 300 pesos to up to thousands of pesos depending on the brand.  But at an ukay-ukay or thrift store, you can buy a piece of clothing for 100 pesos, 75 pesos, 50 pesos, 20 pesos, or even 10 pesos.  There are decent pieces you can find at ukay-ukay for a super low price.  The only thing you need is patience.  Kapag may tyaga, may nilaga.  It gives me a sense of joy finding branded clothes for only a fraction of the price.  It's like finding a gem on a garbage bin.  My best ukay find so far, my original Burberry button down which I got for 100 pesos and an original Burberry A-line skirt for only 50 pesos which I have transformed into a pencil skirt.


2.  The thrill of the hunt.

I love rummaging obviously that is why I love ukay-ukay (which basically means to halukay or to dig or to rummage).  There is an element of surprise at an ukay-ukay.  Expect the unexpected, ika nga, when entering an ukay-ukay store.  You never know what you are going to get.  You never know what to expect.  You go to an ukay-ukay with an open mind, open to endless possibilities of outfits.  You will spend hours and hours scouring and skimming through endless racks of clothing until then you find a gem, and then you say, it was all worth it.  Going to an ukay-ukay gives me excitement, not knowing what outfits I will find.  Sometimes you will find something that you really love but may not fit you, and it's okay.  You can always alter it (but make sure it does not cost you as much as the brand new when you add it up).  That was the case for my Burberry skirt.  I used to wear it as an A-line but it was a little bit loose, wore it a few times, got tired of it, so I went to my suking mananahi a.k.a. my mom and had it altered.  Always, always find potential in old clothes.  Styling is key when shopping for ukay clothes.  A maxi dress for 50 pesos that you can wear both as a skirt or a tube dress? Sweet!  Before going to ukay-ukay, I also usually will window shop or look at websites for current trends and styles I love to inspire me so I have an idea of what to get at an ukay


3.  One-of-a-kind and unique items.

Who does not love owning something only you can own?  Exclusivity and uniqueness are things that draw me to ukay-ukay.  You can never find the exact same shirt at the mall.  You can find inspirations at the mall, but I tell you, ukay finds are way better!  Plus, how many times did it happen to you walking or attending an event or something when you find someone wearing the same shirt or the same dress as yours?  Embarrassing, right?  With ukay clothes, I find it almost 0% chance that you will be wearing the same piece of clothing as another person (except for uniforms that can also be found at ukays).  You are always guaranteed that your ukay find is one of a kind, so what do you do?  If you really like something, grab it and go straight to the counter with no hesitations, because guess what?  You will never come across that same item anywhere else.


4.  Branded and quality clothing

Want original stuff for a fraction of the price?   Run to your nearest ukay-ukay.  Branded items can often be found at ukays, but a warning, never expect to find them every time you go to an ukay-ukay.  It takes first, patience.  You really have to go through each and every rack to find the best of the best and second, knowing the schedule of the new arrivals to score the best deals.  Have a chitchat with the ukay staff to know when is the best time to go to an ukay to get first dibs on quality items.  Ukay clothes also stand the test of time.  Imagine them being worn by previous owners but still are in good or even mint condition says a lot about the quality of clothing.


5.  Best place for fast-fashion items

You know fast fashion? The "uso now, baduy later."  Those trendy pricey pieces you see at boutique windows?  How to save money following them and not feel guilty about buying tons of expensive clothes that you'll regret buying later?  Go to an ukay shop.  From Korean peg to Harajuku to minimalist/classic, you will find them all there.


Do you love thirfting?  Tell me why in the comments below.  Stay tuned for my ultimate ukay-ukay guide with my best tips and tricks!

25 comments:

  1. Love the post! Great tips!

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  2. Okay,i will do a bit of ukay-ukay today...

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  3. I thrift shop too, but it's not so much consignment shopping. All good points, though. Sometimes I wish I were a little braver with my clothes selection.

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  4. Wow, you got some great items and these are great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. When I moved to Phoenix, AZ was when I started to go to thrift stores. Depending on what you want, I was told to stop there first, before going to the traditional stores in the malls. They were spot on. I have gotten great deals and name brand clothes and shoes for penny on the dollar in great shape. Love your post. You are so correct.

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  6. I've tried shopping at thrift stores but I don't like going through clothes. Now, I will go to consignments stores and look through the racks for my son. I enjoy shopping for him and boys are just so easy to shop for.

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  7. OMG! I love ukay-ukay as well! My favorite place to ukay is in Baguio City because of the climate. You really got a lot of beautiful finds! Perhaps you can do a series of ukay outfits for certain events?

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    1. great idea! i would love to do that! thanks yanna! :)

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  8. Thrift shopping is environmentally friendly. Thrift shopping is a great way to recycle; you can donate clothes you no longer wear and buy more clothes, eliminating waste in the process.

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  9. I buy most of my stuff secondhand as well! So much better for the environment!

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  10. Geraline Batarra10 October 2018 at 19:24

    Nice post and I am 100% agree with you in everything that you've said. I personally go to Ukay-Ukay for fashion and the most important thing it is less expensive.

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  11. I have never tried searching for clothes in a second hand shop. You gave me some ideas, I didn't know that you could find branded clothes in there.

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  12. What a great thrifting haul! I find it's very hit or miss to go thrifting, but always worth trying!

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  13. Oh I can't do it. Nope! I just can't. I get overwhelmed in a regular store, Thrift Shops push me over into anxiety mode - LOL!! But more power to you!!!

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  14. I love thrift shopping! I can go in and find some gems but my sister would walk around for minutes and not find a single thing. I think I have a good eye haha

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  15. I am a total cheapskate to and love finding bargains as well. These are great pieces that you were able to get for cheap!

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  16. Most my dress and clothes are made in ukay ukay and very proud of that! AHAHAHHA I LOVE all of these stuffs!

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  17. We have a local thrift store near my house that I love! The items they sell are high quality and not worn out. Also very very stylish. :)

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  18. Its look you have a great collection of outfits. This post is really amazing. Thanks for sharing.
    xo Corina
    https://unbouquetdamour.com/three-major-fashion-trends-to-swear-by-this-fall/

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  19. Haha! Live Pinoy! I love this topic I never thought of bumping in this kind of subject today. Personally, it brings me back to my younger days where my friends and I would go shopping in Ukay-Ukay.

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  20. I always went at Ukay - Ukay boutique every time I want to buy a unique clothes aside from that it's also branded and cheaper compare to the mall price.

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  21. Part of being Pinoy is to visit to a Ukay-Ukay store wherein you can buy unique and branded stuffs and it is really affordable.

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  22. i didnt find such yet, thank you for sharing this with me, it looks beautiful,

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  23. You found some cool stuff during your thrifting visit. I never get that lucky lol. I have better luck at consignment stores. Love your post!

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  24. Awesome post! I love finding great clothes for cheap!! And those look beautiful!

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