27 May 2016

When I was younger, my mother would always bring me to the ukay-ukay. I didn’t complain at all. Because at that time, I figured it was a clever way of buying clothing at a very reasonable price. Now, I buy some of my stuff in THRIFT STORES. It’s cheap and budget-friendly. You just have to be really persistent and patient at the same time. 

 So here is a list of my top 5 UKAY-UKAY destinations in Cebu City. (Disclaimer : The pictures show the pieces I bought in the ukay-ukay, not the actual stores are used as the settings of these photographs.) 

1.Carbon Public Market 
 It's a no brainer that this has to be the most popular ukay-ukay destination for all fashionistas out there. Everybody knows that Carbon has everything you need. You can buy stuff for as low as P10. I even bought a pair of denim shorts for only P20. The place may be overwhelming for a first timer, but once you get a hang of it, you will surely enjoy this place. 
 Tip: The best time to visit is on Saturday night and Sunday morning, as more stalls are opened along USJR as well. These are the shorts that I bought for P20. Sometimes I also buy pants then cut them into shorts. 

2.138 Mall - Colon Street 
 Yes! There is one ukay-ukay shop inside this shopping mall that I discovered while walking around the streets of Colon. It is quite small but atleast you won’t get overwhelmed. Most of their stocks are already handpicked by the supplier. I got this izzue.com checkered long sleeves polo for P50. Izzue.com is a popular clothing brand in Hongkong.


3.Robinsons Skywalk - Mango Avenue Side 
This ukay-ukay place is massive. It is divided into 6 different areas. From 3 pieces for P100 to new arrivals, you can surely find something for you. This is the only skywalk in Cebu that leads you directly to an ukay-ukay shop. Amazing, right? This is my favorite denim polo that I bought here for P30. 

4.Osmena Boulevard (From CDUH to Anita’s Bakeshop - both sides) 
 This street is lined with different thrift shops. My favourites are Lucky 888, Conbef Surplus and Praktikal Fashionistas. These stores are all air-conditioned. And you don’t have to go through piles of clothing because everything is arranged on a hanger. Lucky 888 has the widest variety of footwear as well. I bought 2 new pairs of shoes with the tags intact. Now that’s a great deal. :) This printed blazer I bought for only P20 is definitely a conversation starter. And the boots?They are my favorites. I think I got this for only P200.

5.D. Jakosalem St. Corner Osmena Boulevard ( Sto. Nino Church Area before Kakeng’s ) 
 This has to be my favourite ukay-ukay destination. Lately, I have bought most of my stuff in this area. From bags to polos and pants. You can also score items from Zara, Banana Republic, Cotton On, Forever21, DKNY etc. The backpack I'm wearing cost me P200. It's a canvass bag with leather details and straps. I also bought this oversized polo for P50. 

 I wore this American Eagle polo on my birthday which I purchased for only P100. I hope I was able to help you maximize your shopping budget.You can leave your contact numbers at these stores because they will send you updates on their new arrivals and latest promos. Remember that clothing doesn't have to be expensive. You just have to know what looks good on you and what fits your budget. ​Happy Thrift Shopping! :)

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