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.
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!