What is an ukay-ukay? Ukay-ukay is a place where you can buy cheap used clothes. It’s also known as wagwagan. If you have Salvation Army in your place, we have ukay-ukay in the
It was only in 1999 when people became honest and open about visiting or shopping in the ukay-ukay. Prior to that,
When I was in college, you wouldn’t believe that ukay-ukay patronizers were those who are in the upper-social class! One good thing about ukay-ukay clothes is that, besides being cheap and affordable, the items are not duplicated.
The first ukay-ukay store in
Chris used to be a loyal customer of ukay-ukay. It was actually I who scolded him for buying his pants or shoes in there. I would often say that those items would not be discarded by the original owners if they were good. He would often convince me to go there with him and see what’s inside. Well, it took him six years to get me convinced to take a look at what’s inside an ukay-ukay.
For first timers, here are my tips:
- Don’t act like a primadonna. Remember that you’re not in a classy place so leave your “kakonyohan” at home.
- Don’t criticize or judge the items. If you don’t feel like buying, don’t say anything bad like “It’s fake. It’s used. It’s cheap!”
- Inspect the items for defects. Check if the leather is synthetic (try to scratch it lightly).
- Be patient in searching for the best buy. Believe me, it would be worth your effort. Last Saturday, I saw a fashionable leather jacket that costs PhP450.00. Original price of that is PhP3500.00!
- Look out for fake items. Not everything sold in there is original used items.