This post has been on my mind for a long time now and it is always included in my to-do list but I never got around to doing it until this February. So one February afternoon, I went on a thrifting tour in one of my favorite thrifting areas in Cebu City — the midtown area. If you are interested in knowing where I went, what I tried on, what I bought, what the price ranges are, please read on…
One of the many reasons why I love Cebu City is the thrift shop/ukay-ukay scene. They’re every where! Although I have noticed that there are fewer ukayans now compared to six years ago when I started my online shop, Just Got Lucky Shop. Many have closed maybe because foreign brands, such as Forever21, Zara, H&M, and Uniqlo, are already here in the city. This has been a long time project I had in mind but I never got around to executing it. Here is a first installment of a thrifting tour series. We would start touring the uptown area of Cebu City not just because of the many thrift shops there but because I find the area lovely and historical as well.
My starting point was cor. Jones Avenue and J. Llorente Street. The landmark would be the Rizal Library and Museum.
This shop is located below the NLRC building and across the fruits stands. What I like of this shop are the well-arranged clothes and their ample-sized fitting rooms. This shop offers mostly Korean clothes although I have found several American brands here as well, such as Viviene Tam and Burberry. If you are into fast and trendy fashion, this shop is for you. Price range: tops at P180, dresses at P280, long dresses at P380. I visited the shop when they just opened their new arrivals, which explains the kinda steep prices. Do note that the shop’s definition of a “long dress” is any dress that falls below the knee. All three dresses in the picture above were considered “long dresses.” P.S. I bought none of the above.
This shop is located two shops down Praktical Fashionistas. In between them is a pharmacy/medical equipment store. Luke & Ester’s is smaller compared to Praktical Fashionistas and offers similar things — mostly Korean clothes. The prices are also the same but they were having a sale at the time I visited and I ended up with the two tops above. Both tops are priced at P140.
This was my first time to visit this shop. I wonder what happened to Joven’s Grill? Was it killed by competition also, like the other thrift shops in the city? When I visited this shop, they were on sale and the shop, which occupies the whole of the former Joven’s Grill was jampacked with clothes that I didn’t bother checking them out. I think most clothes are Korean also. I did spend some time in their bags section because they were having a 50% on all bags. I spotted Burberry, Gucci, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Furla, DKNY, Coach, Michael Kors, and classic green plaid Polo by Ralph Lauren tote bags. I have been looking for Polo by Ralph Lauren bags for a long time now and I thought it was my lucky day but the handles of all three bags I saw went crumbling after my touch. They hang their bags by hangers and they were so packed some are already damaged. Tsk. I ended up with a black Agnes b. duffel bag for P290 pesos.
I hate this shop because it is cramped, the fitting rooms are covered with curtains that don’t seem to close, and I have not bought anything of value here on the numerous times I’ve visited. But many local Cebuano famous people swear by this shop (including one very popular host because I stalk the Instagram account). I did find some American labels in this store, such as Anne Klein. P.S. The jumpsuit fitted great but I hate jumpsuits, you have to take everything off so you can pee.
This is a hit-and-miss shop. I’ve bought several clothes here, mostly Korean shirt dresses that I wear at home and for sleeping. I’ve also bought a pair of rubber shoes here for my nephew. But none of those purchases really made me happy and none of those purchases I still wear until now. When I visited this shop, I found several Zara and H&M clothes priced at P350. P.S. I did not buy any of the above.
As a final note, here are the essentials I bring with me when I go on a thrifting tour:
1. powerbank because I tend to get lost in time when thrifting and I don’t want to end up with a drained mobile phone;
2. mobile phone for people, especially my husband, to contact me;
3. hand sanitizer, because thrift clothes are dirty and dusty;
4. keys, so I can get inside the house anytime, haha;
5. coins and change, because I want my transactions fast;
6. Bo’s Coffee Shop card, because a coffee is needed before or after a tiring thrifting tour; and
7. small bag + shopping bag, because Cebu is no-plastic bag on Saturdays.
I love this area because when I get tired from thrifting (either because I bought a lot or was unlucky), there are many places to chill. So that ends our first installment of thrifting tours. I hope you stay tuned for more, and I hope you’ll find this helpful when you visit the Queen City of the South!