Guide to Ukay-Ukay Shopping in Midtown Cebu

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…

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FIND | Patterned Bowls

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Because I have a tiny apartment and an even tinier kitchen, I try to keep the colors of my dinnerware to a monochrome. I am also a huge Muji fan and I try to emulate their monochromatic kitchen and dinnerware design. I need to spice my life, and my kitchen, a little though as I find the monochrome depressing, especially during this rainy season when the skies are gloomy and our cave of a home is dark. Continue reading “FIND | Patterned Bowls”

FIND | P10 Books

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I’ve been to several garage sales, but have never been to a moving-out sale. I’m always on the look-out for one, especially for expats living in Cebu and moving out, but I had no luck. Until my husband and I were waiting for our marriage contract at the Bible school in the city and we saw an advertisement for a moving-out sale. We were lucky because the moving out sale was on that day and just in the other building.

The foreigner who owned the things sold was moving to a smaller apartment and their furniture (which are huge) cannot fit in the smaller home. I could not buy the furniture because they would not fit our also small apartment, but I was lucky he had books for sale. And they were only for P10 each!!! These are my second copies of The Elements of Style (really helpful for writers and editors, and a fun read too) and The Cather In The Rye. My first copies were borrowed and never returned. Yep, these are really good books.

Stackable Mugs, Vintage-Inspired Kettle

DSC_6673Since I moved to a tiny apartment, I have started to be conscious as to the things I buy for myself and for the home as I do not have much space to store things and I don’t want to be bothered with too many things to arrange. One of the things I have been on a look-out for were stackable mugs. I’ve found a lot of stackable cups (especially those commonly used by hotels and catering companies), but I wanted mugs that could more than five sips of coffee or chocolate. I also wanted them to be cheap (my blog isn’t called “Thrifting Adventures” for nothing). Continue reading “Stackable Mugs, Vintage-Inspired Kettle”

OUTFIT | Red, White & Blue

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Red, white, and blue are summer colors for me. While it’s no longer technically summer here in the Philippines, the weather continues to be reminiscent of the summer past — dry and warm. More than a week after a major earthquake hit our region and I am still shaking and on alert, with my door always open just in case I need to run fast to avoid falling objects crushing me. That earthquake was terrifying, and it didn’t help that it was the second major earthquake the region experienced in two years. We already know our country is located in the so-called “ring of fire” but I can never be prepared for the tremors, the noise, the screaming, and the devastation after. Many perished, and many lives were literally shattered, but we continue to live another day. Continue reading “OUTFIT | Red, White & Blue”

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!

Thrifting Adventures, pt. 2

For P316, these are not bad finds. Right?

1. 2004 Time Magazine on Asian Heroes under 40(yrs old); 2. random ceramic container that is now holding my rings; 3. three necklaces from a downtown store. One of the necklaces was worn here. Thrifting adventures, part 1, is here.

Happy Friday!

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

OUTFIT | For the First Time

My family knows I would wear anything, except one thing: rubber shoes. I only wear them when necessary (during graded Physical Education activities, or when exercising, which I only do at gunpoint).   Continue reading “OUTFIT | For the First Time”