Vintage Queen

Ukay-ukay. It's the one place in the world where you can test your determination and taste, as well as your budget. When times are tough, or if you're just looking for a fresh take on a whole new outfit and if you don't mind wearing hand-me-downs or surplus goods, the ukay-ukay is the place to go. I like going to vintage shops for new old clothes because I find them charming and each piece has its own history and character.

Thrift shopping is definitely a must-try if your wallet's running dry. There's almost always one in every corner! I guarantee you, 500 bucks will go a looong way. Whilst a single jacket may cost you 500 pesos in stores (even more, for sure!), you can get about three good pieces of clothing in ukay shops. However, it's not for everyone. If you have an allergy to dust (like me), you'd want to steer clear or take extra care when shopping. Also, if you don't think you can part with branded, designer duds, ukay might be a poor man's trade for you. Trust me, it wouldn't hurt to try. You might find it enjoyable in the long run! It's like a treasure hunt... you'll never know what great pieces you can pull out from the stacks and the racks, stuff which you CANNOT find in department stores, and are truly one-of-a-kind!

What's even better is it's all up to you to work the outfit and make it look like you pulled an arm and a leg to pay for it. Confidence is key! Everyone will be surprised that you got your clothes from the underestimated ukay-ukay if you carry it with flair and attitude, trust me!

There are a few reminders I would recommend when trying out ukay shopping for the first time...

  • Bring wet wipes or alcohol. Ukay clothes can get really dusty and dirty.
  • Carry a messenger bag (or a small sling bag). It's much easier to navigate when you have both hands to work with.
  • Take a friend with you, that way you won't overindulge in the dirt-cheap goodies and maintain class and taste in your picks.
  • Bring a mask, if necessary, especially if you have allergies. Air-conditioning units can make the dust situation (inside the ukay shops) worse.
  • Try to fit your picks. Don't even bother dressing up when going ukay shopping. Wear comfortable clothes so you can try on outfits in a breeze.
  • Check the clothes for holes, discolorations and stains, and other faults or tears. Keep in mind that quality need not be sacrificed for the low price you're going to pay for the clothes. 
  • Just have fun and keep an open mind! You'll never know what gems you'll unearth from the piles of clothes, bags, and shoes!
Here's a sample of a dress I bought yesterday for Php 80. Stay tuned for more outfit posts (of clothes that I got for Php 200 or less!) and try to make them look anything but cheap and worn out. 

I got this dress for Php 80, believe it or not! The jacket's from Bangkok, the shoes are from Parisian (another great brand of affordable and fabulous footwear), the accessories are from my own line, Luxe and Luster, and the bag is from Sophie Signatures.
Credits to my dad for taking the pictures. <3 He's a budding photographer!

Tell me all about your favorite vintage finds!

SGT <3


  1. Where do you go thrift shopping over there? Thrift stores here have fitting rooms! And you're definitely gonna go cray!

  2. I usually go to Target Mall in Balibago 'cause it's near. If I have time, I visit Ortigas and Cubao for more "upscale" thrift shopping and Quiapo for the lowest prices and widest variety of clothes! I can't wait to visit the States soon! I'll bring an empty luggage and a whole lotta cash! :))