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8-Point Guide to Ukay Shopping

10 ukay? Here’s writer/ukay enthusiast Joni Cham to help you make the experience easier and more satisfying.

| May 29, 2013

8-Point Guide to Ukay Shopping

8-Point Guide to Ukay Shopping

Ukay stores abound in the Philippines and Filipinos—of all ages, sizes, and social classes—have taken to thrifting like nobody’s business. Ukay shopping is particularly thrilling because you never know what delightful things you will find—and at such bargains too! Here are 8 tips for an efficient and satisfying ukay shopping experience.

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Go over rows and rows of racks to find your one piece of gem. Sometimes you might even have to go to several ukay stores to find that one perfect piece. It might take a while but when you do find it, it's gonna be priceless!

You will need patience.

You will need patience.
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For a very minimal investment, you can afford to take fashion risks. Now is the time to try styles you would not normally wear. If you realize they’re not quite you after wearing them a few times, give the clothes away to friends of the same size, shape, and fashion sense.

Keep an open mind.

Keep an open mind.
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Make sure they fit. Just because it’s P50 does not mean you're not wasting P50 on something you can't wear anyway.

Always try things on.

Always try things on.
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You won’t need to line up for the fitting room because you can just throw that nice blouse or sweater over your tank top, or wear the potentially-butt-beautifying pants/shorts/skirt under your skirt.

Wear a loose skirt and a dark-colored tank top to your ukay outing.

Wear a loose skirt and a dark-colored tank top to your ukay outing.
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Grab one from the racks and use it for the above purpose. Remember to return it!

You don’t own a loose skirt? (What’s wrong with you?)

You don't own a loose skirt? (What's wrong with you?)
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Check for the usual issues: stuck zippers, missing buttons, loose stitches on seams, lining tears, discoloration, etc. Be honest with yourself. If you know you won’t take the time to change that zipper, don’t buy it.

Inspect your desired items thoroughly.

Inspect your desired items thoroughly.
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Ukays are usually generous with discounts especially if you’re buying three or more items. You’ll only save a few bucks but admit it, that made you feel good, didn’t it?

Ask for a discount.

Ask for a discount.
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You don’t have to buy for the sake of buying and end up adding more clutter to your closet. Shrug and try again at the next ukay shop just around the corner.

And finally, it’s okay to leave empty-handed.

And finally, it’s okay to leave empty-handed.