An Ukay Experience in The City
By: Aura Tagon
November 24, 2010 (07:14)
I am not normally a big fan of ‘ukay ukay’.. buying clothes here
is the last thing I wanna do...
Practicality-wise, buying your clothes at department store
is preferable because items and garments are well sorted out and they are of
good quality even though it’s more costly.
I prefer the ambiance in
department stores as compared to the disorganized, uncomfortable and whiffy way clothes in the ukay ukay are presented. But this impression has changed and i will
tell you why..
It just so happened
last month that I had to attend social gatherings of my two special friends who
will be celebrating their eighteenth
birthday on both consecutive weeks. I don’t have semi-formal clothes to put on
and I am broke that time. I’m hesitant to buy even a single dress for the occasion
since I don’t have sufficient amount of moolah to buy a new one.
I’ve got no choice so I tried looking at some ‘ukay ukay’
here in Lucena City given that they sell
clothing at a very affordable price. I remember my friend told me, “Keep on rummaging
all those pile of clothes inside. Later on, you’ll be able to find the gem you are
Along Quezon Avenue I
walked and searched for the lucky dress I will wear at the party. There are heaps of neighbouring ‘ukay ukay’
stores, a lot of choices for you and plus no snatchers nor shoplifters will come up
to you except for the begging “badjaos.”
Within the stores I went through, what I found mainly are
imported-used items for all ages such as blouses, polo, tee shirts, pants,
shorts, skirts, dresses and rain clothes like coats and jackets which you can
purchase for below Php100 only or 3 or 5 pieces for Php100. You can also find shoes such as
rubber shoes, step-ins or sandals inside. Also, second-hand traveller’s bags, suitcases and
the likes are also available at hand.
Starting my search attempt at ‘ukay ukays’ from corner
Zamora ‘til Cabana Street, I ended up purchasing items from the last but not
the least store I stopped by: at “Ukay
Ukay Baguio Branch.”
Although I faced a hard time looking for the best dress
among those thousands mixed up clothes, my effort was worth it anyway. Finally,
I had something to show off at my BFF’s debut and I was able to wear a beautiful dress and a
pair of wedge all for less than a hundred pesos only.
‘Ukay Ukay,’ although sells second-hand items, offers
quality products which will surely last long. For “ukay-shoppers” I suggest youtake
a shower afterwards, and have your bought items washed too, then let it dry under the sun for days to
remove the bad odor and bacteria obtained from the place.
When and Where to
Since December is the month where malls and department
stores hold big sale or midnight madness sale, ukay ukay also open their boxes
of new arrival of clothes and garments at the same time. “Ukay Ukay Baguio Branch” used to be the most
famous fashion house along Quezon Avenue. It is the only ukay that sells curtains, blankets, comforters and
bed sheets. All items are traded from Baguio City and are high class in
quality. It is located at corner Cabana St. at Gemini’s frontage.
of the best ukay is the “Iyaman Fashion House” with two branches from Quezon
Ave. One is at corner Rizal St. where the former KFC is situated and the other
one is at the front of St. Ferdinand Cathedral, between White House and
McDonald’s. All their items are directly imported from Bangkok and they’re the
only one who sells cosmetic products such as soaps, lotions, facial creams and
the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”, we should not belittle the
quality of clothes at ukay ukay just because they look worn out and unclean…
once you wash them and try to fix the lost buttons or appearance of holes, it
would serve the purpose longer than you can imagine. After all, quality and affordability is the
first thing we should consider in buying clothes. Happy shopping!
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