I was in Ilocos Norte in time for Father’s Day and the family had a simple get-together over a DIY shabu-shabu for lunch. It fell on a Sunday so, naturally, we were slacking after the meal. The 3 ladies in the family planned to go Ukay-Ukay shopping because, why not?
The kuripot in me just had to give in; after all, clothes shopping in Dubai don’t come cheap. Also, I kind of missed the thrill of rummaging through racks of clothes in random colours and styles.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
But before going crazy, I asked myself these questions:
1. What type of work clothes do I need?
2. How many Thursday (aka dress down clothes) do I need?
3. How much money am I willing to spend?
I mentioned in my previous blog that I only have 2 pairs of work pants. They came in generic colours black and blue. I thought if I can fit into (after the lechon feast we had in Cebu a few days back) something cheap, I will definitely buy work pants… again in black and/or blue.
I also wanted to have new work tops that can also be worn as casual tops. A button down shirt would suffice, I thought. Or maybe something white that I can use with pants or skirt.
For Thursday clothes, I wanted something that I can use during the summer. A light dress or tunic that can be worn with flats would be good, or maybe jeans as I have not worn jeans for years because it is difficult to find a pair that fits!
I decided to have a budget of Php 2,000 max for shopping. Nothing more than that!
I kept in mind only the things I was willing to spend on, as I knew it would be difficult to make wise decisions when I am faced a hundred different choices!
So there we were in Jekol’s Ukay-Ukay, in a sea of used clothes in a small room with no proper ventilation, no fitting room, and with only one mirror located at the far end. I felt excited.
The humidity and mess add to the charm.
Shopping here takes a lot of patience!
Dresses cost Php 280 each, while tops cost Php 200. Work pants Php 280, while jeans were a whopping (as per Ukay-Ukay standards) Php 380, except for Levi’s which were for Php 500!
Shorts and skirts were between 200-280, depending on material and length. There were so many choices!
If you’re not willing to spend hours, you will lose the chance to get good quality – almost brand new – items. You have to examine the material & make, and imagine yourself wearing it as you may need to find something to pair it with. This is the reason I go for generic colours – I am too lazy to mix & match!
The place was packed as, apparently, they displayed new stocks today. My lucky day, I guess.
I tried on the clothes on top of my clothes to see if they fit well. Also, I made sure the buttons are complete, and checked for holes & stains.
Some clothes looked really pretty & stylish but looked old & worn out. I spotted a number of branded clothes too but they did not fit me well, so I skipped.
I got myself Zara & G2000 work pants, 2 casual/work tops, 2 jeggings (one is Uniqlo) and 1 H&M tunic. I paid 1,900 for all 7 pieces.
My patience were put to good use today and i’m so proud of myself! Quality versus quantity, always.
Fancy thrift shopping too? Any recommendation where I can go next? Tell me about your favourite Ukay-Ukay find!