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”
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.
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
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)
One of the thrift stores in the city that I frequent is this (huge) thrift store across Robinson’s Mall-Cebu at the Fuente Circle. This is at the second floor, on top of Mercury Drug pharmacy and you may access this store through this covered walkway.
Price Range: P35 to P800
Why I love this store: Whatever day I can visit this store, there’s always a portion having sale. The store is composed of several sections. One section may have new arrivals, and the others will have sale. Having many sections, you will have a lot of clothes to choose from. There are also a lot of designer clothes here (though priced higher, from P200 up). This store is also very accessible.
Why I don’t like this store: The staff are not very friendly and I don’t see a lot of vintage. The fitting rooms are not spacious.
Best buy: a pair of P50 nude staccatto pumps I wore here
Update: As of Nov. 6, 2017, this store is closed.