Carbon [Flea] Market

While there are many thrift shops in the city that sells relatively cheap and good vintage, I think the stalls in Carbon Market still offer the best prices and the most genuine vintage around town. Continue reading “Carbon [Flea] Market”

Thrift Store, The Angry Pig (but Happy)

I think the name of this store is “Conbef Trading” but I can’t help but refer it to the drawing on the “angry pig, but happy” at its entrance. This thrift store is packed to the brim, you can barely move between racks. And because of that, I don’t frequent this often, except when they are having a sale on their shoes. Their shoes are locate at the wall near their entrance so I don’t have to wade through the tight racks. And they carry really good quality and branded shoes. I once spotted a pair of Prada flats, but I did not have money that time. The price range in this store is also quite high (except when they’re on sale). Expect to spend P100 to P300 per piece during new arrivals.

I bought these pair of Helmut Lang sandals there.

The store is located near Cocomall, along Osmena Blvd.

It’s the weekend once again, and a along weekend at that. If you are itching to have some thrifting adventures, I have some tips and guide here.

Happy weekend!

Thrift Store, Jones Ave., near Anita’s

My first time to visit this store they were having a sale, and most of the items left were the un-trendy ones. My favorite buy from this store is a pair of blue pants that I’ve worn several times but I haven’t had the chance to photograph yet. During that sale, I also passed on a Maison Martin Margiela top that was in dark green and had a really weird collar.  I did not buy that MMM top because I thought it was hideous. The time I took the photo above, they were having a shoe sale, but most of the shoes were not of good “walking” condition, the heels were no longer sturdy.

What I don’t like in this store: the dressing room. There’s only one, and it’s small, and only a curtain is used as a door so when the fan hits the curtains, everybody will see you.

Price range: starts at P180 when new stocks arrive

Thrift Store, cor. J. Llorente St. and Jones Ave.

Last Saturday, my boyfriend and I were in the uptown area to walk and take photographs, I took the opportunity to dash through the thrift stores dotting the area.  I love the uptown area especially because of the tree-lined pathway and now the city has made efforts to make the pathways more attractive by adding antique-looking lampposts (I just hope the lampposts’ prices were not bloated) and grasses and flowers, and fixing the concrete walkways.

Though I love the uptown area, I don’t especially like the thrift stores there because (i) although they have lots of stuff for sale, these stuff are cramped and because there are too many, you can’t browse all of them, (ii) most stuff are new, which don’t appeal to me because I want to find vintage gems, and (iii) most store clerks are not friendly.

The photo above is the entrance to one of the uptown thrift stores located near the corner of Jones Ave. and J. Llorente St. (near Joven’s Grill).  This is a relatively new store because the owners have changed.  The former thrift store was owned by an old lady, and she sold lots of vintage clothes.  This new store is packed and they had several walls of leather bags. I did not buy anything from the store (because I only had P100 in my purse when we went there) and I did not find anything that I loved either.  There were good leather bags though (satchels and handbags).

(from where I’m taking the picture are two walls of leather bags, there were lots of imitation bags though)

Price Range: starts at P180 (when new stocks arrive)

Other profiled thrift store: Across Robinson’s Mall. Some thrifting tips here.

Thrifting 101: The Basics

It’s a rainy day today. It started last night, Friday the 13th, and I am just very glad it rained, because it has been sunshiny and warm and dusty the past days.  The downside to a rainy weekend though is that you won’t enjoy going out because the streets are wet, and if you live in Cebu, the streets get flooded.  The weekend is the best time to go thrifting (at least here in Cebu).  Many stalls open at Carbon Market and some thrift shops drop prices during the weekend.

Although today is raining, it’s still a good time to do some thrifting.  There are a lot of thrift shops around the city that are air-conditioned.  No need to trek on muddy water.

So, what do you do to get the most of your thrifting adventure?  Here are some of my “tips.” I’m no expert, but I’ve been thrifting since college, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way.  These tips are based on those mistakes.

1. Before going out, know what you want.  There may be particular styles, items, or fabrics that you looking out for.  There might also be occasions that you are preparing for.  Take note of them while thrifting because they will guide you.  These notes will also help you not go beyond your budget or over-shop for clothes you don’t really need.  My practice is to scan magazines before I go thrifting, sometimes take a picture of photos in my cellular phone, or draw them in paper and bring that paper with me.

It is also important to you know your body measurements.  Thrift shops are not the cleanest place on earth and sometimes you wouldn’t want to try on dirty clothes, no matter how beautiful they are.

2. What to bring? Bring cash because they won’t accept credit cards, or credit. Better bring coins or loose change.  Bring a tape measure (see item 1).  Bring reusable shopping bag, or bags.  You may bring alcohol, hand sanitizer, tissue and other cleaning agents.  It is best to bring a companion because its more fun, and its safer. Don’t bring or wear too much jewelry and things that will attract pickpockets, thieves and snatchers.

3. Courtesy.  Be courteous and friendly so you can bargain. But don’t bargain too low.  They are after all, a business.

4. Wear comfortable clothes. I usually wear shorts and shirts to go thrifting but I think leggings would also be comfortable.

5. What to look out for?  Measurement and fit.  The clothes should fit you properly. Or they are really good and you have a seamstress or tailor who can alter the clothes for you.  Look out for tears, holes, stains and discolorations.  Some of them may be fixed, but some may also be permanent.  Be more scrutinizing when buying whites.

I hope these tips are helpful. 🙂

(me, in front of a thrift store)

Happy Weekend! Happy Thrifting!