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Ukay-ukay Wonderland? Hardly.

Ukay-ukay

When I saw that photo on Len’s blog a couple of weeks ago, I had to ask her where this magical place was. I have never seen an ukay place that huge. At first glance, I thought it was Fashion Delite (Araneta Center, across Eurotel) from a different angle but everything about the location was unfamiliar. Fortunately, Len and I were meeting up that night and you bet it was the first thing I asked when we sat down for dinner.

People ask me all the time where I go thrifting; I frequent the Anonas ukays, particularly the one at the LRT2 station and the building (it’s called Lolo Oboy’s with four floors of ukay shops) beside it. These are my tried and tested places and I like how they are cheaper than Fashion Delite (in my opinion, Fashion Delite has the best selection but are pretty pricey for secondhand stuff). I’m always on the lookout for new ukay places, though, (the way I’m always on the lookout for $ off discounts at personalcreations.com) so I was more than excited when Tin and I made our way to this ukay place last Tuesday.

Ukay-ukay

It is HUGE. It’s an old cinema that was converted into one big ukay place and the fitting rooms are the (surprisingly clean) restrooms.

We were a little disappointed, though. I’ve made it a point never to spend more that PHP200 on secondhand clothing. Sometimes, I even feel bad for shelling out PHP150 on a shirt! Tin and I were a bit crestfallen when we got there and saw the signs on the racks: the cheapest being PHP70 for shirts I had no interest in wearing. We looked up and saw that the balcony had piles of clothing selling for PHP10-PHP40. Fun! It gets tiring, though, and we had to dig through several mounds. I walked away with only two pieces of clothing.

I managed to get two dresses from the PHP130 rack (most dresses go for PHP230). I’m not too keen on their selections; I went through several racks of skirts and tops and saw nothing that I liked. Some of their clothes have stains and tears, too, and when I asked if they would give a discount for these damaged clothes, I was told they have “fixed prices.” Sucks because I really wanted this white tunic with two sparkly kittens on it but it had a pink stain at the back. I’d have gotten it if it were PHP50 and not PHP130. I’m cheap, what did I tell you!

I probably won’t go back. It’s not too far from where I live but it’s seriously a waste of time and energy, especially when there are way better shops in the Cubao, Anonas, and Katipunan areas!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Karen November 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I know this place! LOL. Chances of finding clothes that you might like in this place is small. Haha.

  • Reply Karrie November 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Grabe nalula ako! =))) Mahal na sa akin ang 200 pesos! hahaha

  • Reply Len November 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    The MEGA thrift ukay though is not even worth it :/ Competitive lang ang bags nila at shoes, other than that, the clothes are way too expensive :|

    • Reply Helga November 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Lennnn, nag-Katipunan kami after. I was able to buy black leather boots for 330. I saw a pair of chunky brown leather boots at Megaukay for 150 yata but it was masakit sa paa.

      • Reply Len November 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm

        ~~whoopz wrong URL on the first comment~~

        yeah! Shoes are great there! I wanna ukay in Anonas! I’m going to explore POEA! You should also try the one beside SEC (uhm SEC across POEA):D Okay din dun, like 3 for 100 ang ibang racks! :3

        PHOTOS of your thrift buys! <3

  • Reply Sarah November 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Ay, grabe, hindi ko kaya diyan! @_@ Ack, ang mahal pa :(

    Lolo Oboy’s is love! Hehe.

  • Reply Alex November 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Just fashion de-lite alone already makes me dizzy. I can’t imagine going through an even bigger place.

  • Reply Smarla November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I agree! thrift shops in Cubao, Anonas and Katipunan are great :)

    I haven’t been to an ukay shop for awhile. Well, I haven’t shopped for clothing lately but I think in terms of ukay, I’ll stick to the areas near me.

  • Reply Xyla November 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    OMG! :)) Natawa na lang ako nung nakita ko! Where is this?

  • Reply Marbs November 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    OMG! I WANNA GO HERE! HHAHA

  • Reply Chel November 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    there’s this ukay ukay in Ligaya, you might like it there too.

  • Reply Angie November 19, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Cubao, Anonas and Katipunan thrift store is <3 Especially Lolo Oboy’s. I haven't tried FD yet, will definitely try it out sometimes.

  • Reply TIN November 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Is this the one in Cainta? Old bldg. of Sta Lucia? Expensive!

  • Reply meemzy November 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    sis, where is this place? do they have anything kaya na pangwinter? thanks a bunch!

  • Reply nikki November 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I ukay here all the time cause it’s the closest to my house. I love this place once things go on “sale”. I get skirts at 3 for 100, dresses at 75 :) They go on sale around once a month between sweldo weekends.

    I scored my favorite Wizard of Oz bag there for 30 bucks. Swertihan lang ;)

    I try not to go to the top part cause I once had the misfortune of having my footthisdamnclose to a huuuuuuuuuge black rat >_<

  • Reply Alexa December 3, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Nikki, may I ask where this ukay specifically is located? And perhaps, how to get there? I just need to buy tons of stuff and I’m on a tight budget. Thanks!

    • Reply Helga December 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      It’s in the old Sta Lucia mall =)

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