One of the things that I was looking forward to doing once I step foot on Baguio soil was to hit the ukay-ukay district. I can still remember the first time I got a taste of this shopping experience on my last trip to the place which was back in 2004.
Twas when I was able to buy a heavy jacket with fur trimmings along the cuffs and detachable hood for Php 500.00 (originally priced at Php 800.00). A bit expensive for something bought in an ukay-ukay shop, I know. But it’s from one of the shops where they’ve already washed and such the item plus the jacket’s in a pretty good condition.
Anyway, finding myself ukay-ukay shopping in Baguio again, I had nothing specific on my shopping list in mind. I do, however, would love to find a man’s coat (or something that looks like it). But it wasn’t a priority since I know I’ll have trouble wearing it in Manila’s warm (though wet!) weather. But guess what? The very first thing I spotted when I went to Mines View Park is just that.
Drawn to the corduroy fabric, the collar, button and sleeve details, I was close to putting it on. I love the fact that it’s long and would look great worn with a simple shirt and jeans combo. A bit of trivia, I actually came back for it the next day (yea, I didn’t buy it as soon as I saw it). I gave myself time to think it over. Last test was if the coat will fit me. It did.
What I’m not really looking forward to is that it’s a tad bit heavy for our weather. Perhaps, even after having it dry cleaned, I’ll only be able to air it out during the cooler months of December – January. Ah, well.
Corduroy Coat, Php 180.00
Then we decided to check out Bayanihan, one of the places where you can go ukay-ukay shopping located near Burnham Park. Here I was able to buy the following:
A long romantic floral dress with long, bell sleeves for Php 35.00
A short floral dress with elasticised cuff long sleeve, elasticised sabrina neckline, and ruffled tier hem for Php 130.00.
Outfit photos to follow. Need to have these dresses washed first.
Then right before calling it a day, I spotted this brown bag hanging from the ceiling in the same shop I bought the second dress.
Funny how they initially priced it at Php 1,200.00 but when asked for the last price, the lady offered it for Php 900.00. However, haggling didn’t stop there. With the help of my friend who asked if I can just have for Php 500.00, the lady came back agreeing to the price. I say, this haggling business is an art that needs mastering. LMAO.
I certainly appreciate my finding this bag cuz my shoulder bag was in danger of getting ruined. I actually brought with me my Benetton Canvas Shoulder Bag but the bag alone can be a bit heavy sometimes. Sigh.
Anyway, how about you folks? Do you go ukay-ukay shopping whenever you’re in Baguio? Where do you usually shop? What sort of things do you usually buy?
P.S. I found an LV Speedy MiniLin for Php 12,500.00 and a gorgeous Chanel quilt & chain shoulder bag for Php 13,500.00 there. Amazing. How can you possibly know if these bags are authentic?
Photo © 2009 Sasha Manuel