Kuripot Gift Ideas

If you go to the malls, you’ll see holiday decorations with all the greens, reds and snowflakes. Christmas is in the air.

What else is in the air? Sales. SALES everywhere on every weekend at every mall.

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Shop Like a Kuripot

It was one of those random text messages that popped out of my inbox. It said:

Congratulations! You have successfully qualified for a complimentary Mall Gift Voucher. Thank you for using your Emirates NBD Debit Card for your spends. Your Mall Gift Voucher is valid for 5 months.

My bank has always been generous – I remember getting a AED 500 dinner voucher at a fancy hotel few years ago – and now I got a shopping voucher at a popular mall chain. What a lovely surprise.

I did not know what to do with it. At first, I thought I would wait until November so I can buy Rod something nice for his birthday, or maybe wait until I feel the urge to buy new gym clothes. The voucher can be used for shopping, dining and entertainment. I kept it in my wallet for weeks before I felt the urge to visit the stores.

And there it was – a big SALE sign at Promod, one of my favourite stores – and I knew I had to get me something nice. I bought a dress, top and a pair of shorts using my voucher.

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I loved my top so much that I used it on my birthday dinner date. I am saving my dress and shorts for next summer’s travel to a humid city.

It is one of those days when a kuripot like me felt like I hit the jackpot.

Freebies? Yes, please!

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Minimalist Uniform Dressing at Work

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My Ukay-Ukay Haul

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!

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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!

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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!