If you've been meaning to look more stylish for less, look no further! Jean Dalida, style blogger and ukay-ukay shopper extraordinaire, posted some of her best (and cheapest!) OOTDs on Facebook recently, featuring pieces that go for as low as just P10! Below, we talk to her about her thrift shopping tricks.
How did you get into ukay-ukay shopping?
"Ukay-ukay shopping is one of the best life skills my grandma taught me. I remember her telling me one Sunday afternoon that we were going shopping. I was so excited because I thought we were going to the mall, but to my surprise, we visited her favorite ukay-ukay in Pasay instead. She taught me everything I need to know about ukay-ukay—even the tips and tricks on how to haggle to get the best price."
How long does a regular shopping trip take you?
"It depends on how many racks of clothes I will go through. But because I don't want to miss good finds, I usually spend two to three hours shopping. That includes all the finding and fitting. Ukay shopping is definitely my cardio [exercise] and stress reliever!"
Do you have a favorite ukay find or finds? If so, what is it?
"Yes, the Marks and Spencer coordinates. I love everything about the pair."
What’s the cheapest outfit you’ve been able to style on yourself?
"I recently scored a simple mini dress for P10 in Quiapo that's perfect for a casual look."
Where are your favorite ukay-ukay spots?
"I have a lot, but I think I'll go with the ukay in Biñan, Laguna. That's where I scored my fave ukay co-ords. There's also a big difference with the prices of ukay [in Laguna] compared to spots in Manila."
What kind of advice can you give to girls who want to go to the ukay-ukay for the first time?
"[You have to] know your personal style. Finding the perfect pieces in ukay will be easy if you know what you're looking for. There are tons of fab and stylish pieces all around you in an ukay-ukay shop; you won't go home empty-handed for sure!"
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.