Best Ukay Finds!
If other countries such as America and Canada have thrift shops, Philippines has “ukay-ukay” (to gesture this out: it literally means digging/hauling clothes from a pile or mountain of clothes). Ukay-ukay is very common among Filipinos, and some of the best ukay² stores are found in Baguio City and Tagaytay (northern part of Luzon). You name the brand, and not just a brand, but a taste of luxurious brands like Prada, Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Uniqlo, H&M and more..
For years, I have been an ukay-finder myself. Though brand new clothes and bags are always superb, finding ‘Uniqlo’ in an ukay is also a best buy.
Here are some ukay-finds of mine: (pictures to follow)
- Burberry handbag
- Uniqlo shirts
- Uniqlo jeans
- H & M top
- Banana Republic shorts
- Forever 21 top
The thing is, fashion have two sides – the lucrative side where you spend thousands of bucks, and the fashion for less where you get the same quality at a much much cheaper price; the downside is, you ain’t the first user. And hey, if you’re patient enough to haul a mountain of apparels you would definitely find not just one or two but a basket full of good-as-new, branded, and cheap clothes.
Good luck and happy hauling!