The Tita returns! …to ukay-ukay

Finally! After 2 years or so, I’ve gone back to one of my favorite kay shops around here. The shop still holds up to my expectations – in terms of cleanliness (important in an ukay store, in my opinion), lighting and price. I like ukay stores or shops that are well-lit because then I can really check and spot the quality and state of the clothes. Here’s my adventure on video:

Same old rules apply to ukay shopping with a couple more added because of the pandemic.

  1. 1. Have a list. Always have a list. This will keep you focused on what you should be purchasing in the first place. It’s easy to get distracted with all the other pretty stuff you will see and this will bloat your budget.
  2. 2. Wear something that is thin but covers your body – I mean, your legs and arms if possible. This way, you can try on the clothes without having to make it touch your skin and without having to go to the dressing room. Just put it over your clothes to fit and check it at the mirrors around the shops.
  3. 3. If you see something, take it off the rack and take it with you. Trust me, I have missed on a lot of clothes this way. The turnover in ukay shops is insane, so if you find something you like, take it.
  4. 4. Brands are okay but remember that most branded stuff in ukay shops are already loved so much so I stay away from them. When I go ukay shopping, I usually look for interesting fabrics, prints or cuts and of course, fit. I can alter it later on but if it doesn’t fit well, I won’t get it – no matter what brand it is.

Some aftercare tips:

  1. 1. Wash your clothes with white vinegar instead of bleach. It will disinfect and remove some stains (if any) and will not damage your fabrics like bleach would.
  2. 2. Check the fit again after washing. Some fabrics may shrink or loosen, so check them again for fit. This would be the best time to check for alteration options.
  3. 3. Go shower right after. Even pre-pandemic, I did this. It’s hygienic, really.
  4. 4. Have fun styling them! Look at pins on Pinterest or posts on Instagram.

I prefer ukay shopping over actual shopping because one, the price! You can’t beat the prices! A dress for 280 – 450 pesos; a jacket for 150 – 300 pesos; skirts and shirts for 100 – 180 pesos! Come on, you can’t beat that! It also is better for the environment and it’s not something that everyone would have.

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