A Guide to Thrift Shopping in the Metro

A thrift store, popularly known as ukay-ukay in the Philippines, is a retail store that offers cheaper secondhand items including clothes, shoes, bags and many more. The mass-production of clothing during the industrial revolution lead to the birth of this secondhand concept.

From Tyra Banks challenging models in their TV show to Angelina Jolie wearing a $26 thrifted dress at the red carpet, people slowly appreciates the value of thrift shop items. You don’t only save money but it’s also a way to help preserve the environment. 

 

Originated as a charity in the Philippines, the ukay businesses evolved over the years and now earns an average of P1.2 million daily. Thrift shops continuously expand in Metro Manila as it offers deals for as low as P10. Do you want to find these ukay-ukay gems in the metro?

Get your comfy shoes and haggling skills ready - we’re going thrift shopping! Here are the ukay-ukay stores you can visit for great fashion finds:


Makati Cinema Square

This is one of the go-to thrift shops in Makati. What makes this one special is that it’s strategically placed near Makati CBD so a quick shopping spree can be just a 5-10 minute walk away! Pro tip: visit during the 15th and 30th of the month as they usually display new arrivals on paydays.

Starmall, Alabang

This one is for the southies! To get to the good stuff, you have to go down to the basement where you’ll find the holy grail of ukays. Score deals for as low as P100 for tops, pants, bags, and shoes!

Anonas Mall, Cubao

Four floors of ukay-ukay stores in one air-conditioned mall. And it’s connected to the Anonas LRT Station. That’s it. That’s the entire paragraph.

Raberly, North EDSA

For branded finds from abroad, Raberly is your place. Keep in mind though, that since these are imported items, they’re a little hefty than your usual ukay haul. But keep a lookout on their occasional sales - their items go as low as P10 a pop! They also have Harrison Plaza and Pasay LRT Station.

Wagwagan, Pasay

This place offers weekly sales! If that doesn’t catch your attention, maybe 4 pieces for P100 will. Bring your wallets to Pasay Rotonda when you check their sales out!

BONUS: For ukay finds outside the Metro, check out Olivarez plaza in Tagaytay and Hilltop Street in Baguio!

Got ukay OOTDs you think are worthy of our attention? Join StyleGenie’s Facebook group: OOTD PH and post your look there ;)
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