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Myca Salonga


Myca Salonga is a Chemical Engineering student at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Being a 20-something lets her indulge in all that Metro Manila has to offer: Food, Entertainment, Fashion -- all on a student's budget.

Ukay : Style on a Budget

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 10:04 a.m.
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Being fashionable doesn't have to break the bank. Branded clothes and accessories don't make an outfit, creativity and resourcefulness do. For the budget-tight shoppers out there, your favorite store should be an Ukay store. Here's why.

When you're looking for an affordable and one-of-a-kind piece, then your best bet is at an Ukay store. "Ukay shopping" can also be related to thrift shopping wherein you can buy second hand clothes for a good price. Going to an ukay-ukay is like digging your way through hundreds of clothes to find that one unique item of clothing that would make your outfit stand out. And what's great is that it would probably cost leess than 100php!

Though some people avoid going ukay shopping because of the possibility of germs or the myth that these clothes come from the deceased, still a large number of street savvy shoppers look to ukay-ukays as a way of revamping their wardrobe and amping up their style. Just look at The Ukay Queen and see how she made her passion for affordable fashion into a business.

Just remember some of these tips to avoid having your ukay experience turn into a nightmare:

1) Dress down. Some storeowners would raise the price of their goods if they see that you can afford it. Wear simple clothes without any jewelry. Since some ukay stores may be located in questionable areas, don't give attention to yourself.

2) Bring small denominations. Haggling would be made easier with smaller bills.

3) Carry some hand sanitizer. Needless to say, the ukay stores may not be the cleanest ones out there. Make sure to have some wet wipes or alcohol ready to use after you're done shopping.

4) Haggle, haggle haggle. Remember, some of these clothes have been worn before and are not at their full price. So keep your wallet happy by haggling your way to a sweet deal.

5) Leave your number. Do this so that you can know when the next new shipment comes. These are where the best clothes usually come and you need to be there before someone snatches them up.

So, get out of your comfort zone and visit a well-known Ukay store (see Anonas, Cubao and Pasig). When you're in Baguio, don't miss the chance to go the Ukay haven of the Philippines. You might just find your next best outfit there.

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