Through Heaps and Dust

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


If you're somebody with a low budget on personal stuffs and are seeking to buy them at very cheap rates, you will have to endure digging through heaps of items and dust before you get to grab the least tampered, least used, most presentable and brand new-looking stuffs. These cheap buys are likely found in what we call "ukay-ukay".



"UKAY-UKAY" is the Filipino equivalent of "garage sale" or "rummage", where old, and sometimes slightly damaged, unwanted personal items and household goods are sold at very low costs. The essence of UKAY-UKAY is digging through heaps of old, dusty items, hence the name UKAY which means TO DIG. Most ukay-ukay shops claim to have items imported from other countries which explains why most brands that could be scooped from bulks of secondhand goods are not the local ones. If lucky enough, renowned brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, or Levi's, depending on the stocks, are also gettable in negotiable prices. Looking for those items in ukay-ukay howbeit is time-consuming and quite tiresome since most ukay-ukay shops display their items in a very disorderly manner.



Yesterday, Miggy and I went around the city to look for sling bags and mountaineer bags to use for our upcoming trek to Mount Talinis this Friday. Of the three shops we had gone to, only one is selling mountaineer bags but were unfortunately sold out. Lucky me, I found 2 sling bags instead which look new and clean-cut. Man, looking for those bags took us 20 minutes of burrowing ourselves through a mount of gruby, old bags. Yet I think the search was worth it. I got the bags for P180 which were supposed to be P250 if not for a few minutes of charismatic talk, haha. I actually went through dealing the stuffs for PHP120 with the owner, but it didn't really buy (haha). She just assured me of discounts if I come again.





If you are planning to go for ukay-ukay, I suggest you go to those shops that import goods from Korea. They're likely less used and tampered.

42 comments:

MarcoPaolo said...

saang ukay-ukay yan?

yan ba ang nabili niyo? look nice ah! :D

Sendzki said...

dito lang samin eh..puro Korean goods eh..sabi from Korea...so kung me mahanap ka na ukay ukay shop diyan na sabi from KOrea, dun ka na. tingin ko ok yung mga items nila

nuts said...

looks like UKay-Ukay from korea are mostly slightly used or even new ones!

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

mura talaga pag sa mga ukay ukay..de klase pa ang iba,hehe..

hArTLeSsChiq said...

hehehe buti nag enjoy ka mag ukay..h ^_^ ukay fan din ako eh..LOL

MarcoPaolo said...

ah... ok! hehehe mukhang maganda ang napili mo ah.

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

hehe..mahilig ako bumili ng cute korean bags sa ukay ukay eh..hehehe :)

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Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ang galing may drama at istorya yung mga picture! elib ako!

eMz said...

Nag-try ako mag-ukay dati, di ko kinaya kasi allergic ako sa dust -- mega-sipon ever!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I'm still amused at how we call it back home. Dito kasi sa US, tawag nila Vintage para sa mga lumang gamit.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I'm still amused at how we call them back home. Dito kasi sa US, vintage ang tawag sa mga lumang gamit na binibenta at may bumibili rin.

KESO said...

wee. saya saya tlga mg ukay ukay, sang ukay ukay yan?

Glampinoy said...

Mura nga sa ukay ukay pero siniisra ng mga ito ang clothing industry ing pilipinas

Sendzki said...

@glam...di naman siguro. kasi kahit pano, mas marami pa rin naman bumibili ng firsthand goods ^^ saka beneficial rin naman ang ukay-ukay for both buyers and sellers... sabi nga nila, "My trash, your trash" ..yung mga basura ng ibang tao eh nagagamit pa natin....so kahit pano nakakatulpng rin tayo sa environment hahaha

Sendzki said...

@keso --dito sa dumaguete yan keso..oo talagang masaya..pero mninsan talagang nakakapagod at nakakatamad na maghanap sa dami dami ng mga gamit haha

Sendzki said...

@nomad - talaga? parang gusto ko mag-vintage sa US ah ^^

Sendzki said...

@emz....actually me skin asthma ako ...pagkatapos namin sa ukay ukay kati festival naman akin haha

Sendzki said...

@nuts - i think so nga hehe..that time ko lang nalaman kaya gusto ko pa bumalik ulit hehe

@arvin - yep, mura na..pwede pang tumawad...pero tingin ko pinapatungan nila yung original price, para pag tumawad, ayun, sa original price nahihinto ang tawad haha...ayan business is business...haha

@chiq - actually di ako fan..wala lang talaga akong pera hahaha...pero nakakatuwa talaga mag-ukay hehe

@ayu - cute nga...tsaka me iba silang mga weird na bags na parang underwear, yung iba parang pajamas.

@ever - siyempre...a picture paints a thousand words tayo dyan hehe

Sendzki said...

@nuts - i think so nga hehe..that time ko lang nalaman kaya gusto ko pa bumalik ulit hehe

@arvin - yep, mura na..pwede pang tumawad...pero tingin ko pinapatungan nila yung original price, para pag tumawad, ayun, sa original price nahihinto ang tawad haha...ayan business is business...haha

@chiq - actually di ako fan..wala lang talaga akong pera hahaha...pero nakakatuwa talaga mag-ukay hehe

@ayu - cute nga...tsaka me iba silang mga weird na bags na parang underwear, yung iba parang pajamas.

@ever - siyempre...a picture paints a thousand words tayo dyan hehe

Sendzki said...

@nuts - i think so nga hehe..that time ko lang nalaman kaya gusto ko pa bumalik ulit hehe

@arvin - yep, mura na..pwede pang tumawad...pero tingin ko pinapatungan nila yung original price, para pag tumawad, ayun, sa original price nahihinto ang tawad haha...ayan business is business...haha

@chiq - actually di ako fan..wala lang talaga akong pera hahaha...pero nakakatuwa talaga mag-ukay hehe

@ayu - cute nga...tsaka me iba silang mga weird na bags na parang underwear, yung iba parang pajamas.

@ever - siyempre...a picture paints a thousand words tayo dyan hehe

choknat said...

ang layo ah. sa Baguio ang dami rin ukay-ukay, at mga ok din. :) pero wala ako sa Baguio. hehe

coke said...

oh eto na. at talagang hinanap ko ang COMMENT. hahah

ukay girl din kasi ako. haha mejo nakarelate. ang ganda naman dian. paradise sa mga ukayero/ukayera :D ang daming stuffs.

funny pag nag uukay ako, tuloy tuloy pag sneeze ko. talagang bonggang bonggang alikabok :D

fiel-kun said...

Sa panahon ngayon, kailangan talaga nating maging practical. Walang masama kung bumili tayo sa ukay-ukay. At least nakatipid tayo, de kalidad pa ang product na gusto mo.

Sendzki said...

@fiel - haha tama tama

@coke - inde naman ako fan..hehe pero tingin ko gusto ko na maging fan haha

@choknat - parang ang layo naman ng Baguio haha

anne said...

nako, wla naman atang ukay2 dito sa amin na may exports from korea. haha! local lahat.

nice : ) said...

wow..what you bought don't look like it's from ukay-ukay at all..haha.. :))

hmm..good advice for those who buy ukay-ukay stuff.. :D they should go for Korean exports.. :)

Dhemz said...

agoy sayang...papalit unta ko ug apil da...ehehhehe!

Random Student said...

congrats. mukhang disente nga. i can relate sa venture ng pag-dive sa mountains ng ukay2x products. eh di para ka na ring nag-mountaineering yan hehe

fufu said...

i wanna get a mura backpack too!! gonna travel to south america this summer =p

I am Xprosaic said...

Tagal ko nang di nagagawa ang pagukay ukay... huli ko nung sumama ako sa mga kaklase ko nung college... kaso mahirap atang gumamit ng gamit na... baka makakuha pa ako ng sakit dun... jejejejejejeje

Melch Tolentino said...

I've been to Baguio a week ago and I've found out that there are items there, good items in fact, that range from P5 to P35. It was truly a surprise! Haha. Your entries are so cool by the way. :]

the donG said...

saya mag ukay ukay sa baguio. ang tagal ko ng hindi nagawa yun. malamang by end of april nasa baguio ako ulit.

Sendo said...

@random student...ang hirap nga lang dumive sa alikabok hehe

Sendo said...

@fufu --so do you want me to send a backpack for you? hehe...and the pandesal haha

Sendo said...

@melch --thanks hehe..layo naman ng baguio haha

Sendo said...

@xprosaic--hmm di naman...kung di na sinwerte eh...di..yun na yun haha..pero nililinis rin naman siguro nila ung mga gamit na ukay ukay...pero ung iba tingin ko dinidisplay na agad hehe

Sendo said...

@sir dong

wow naman talaga sir dong...kahit san san na lang kayo pumupunta..pasama naman hehe

Glenn Kun said...

anep sa pic. heheh

kcatwoman said...

hi san ka nagukay ukay? kami sa baguio, sobrang okay dun, anyway, di ko pa nattry magukay para sa mga bags, puro sweater lang or skirts. you really had a good deal sa 180 ah. good luck sa mountain hiking nyo

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Sendo said...

@kcat ---dito lang sa dumaguete ....hanep ang mga korean exports...nun ko lang nalaman....so babalik balikan ko ung mga korean exports dun hehe... ^^

Sendo said...

@kcat ---dito lang sa dumaguete ....hanep ang mga korean exports...nun ko lang nalaman....so babalik balikan ko ung mga korean exports dun hehe... ^^

Sendo said...

@kcat ---dito lang sa dumaguete ....hanep ang mga korean exports...nun ko lang nalaman....so babalik balikan ko ung mga korean exports dun hehe... ^^