When you think of thrift shopping in Metro Manila, you probably imagine scouring through piles and piles of clothing at the ukay-ukay. And hey, we’re not against that—the search for the perfect secondhand piece is all part of the fun! However, with the COVID-19 pandemic halting operations for most traditional shopping hubs, that exhilarating hunt for hidden gems among endless heaps of clothing seems almost like a lost pastime.
Luckily, that doesn’t mean the vintage-clothing scene in Manila is dead. Just check out this list of online vintage stores the next time you’re hunting for old-school T-shirts, pants, sweaters, and more. These virtual vintage warehouses are bringing that exciting thrift shopping experience straight to your phone or Internet browser.
Important note: As with most vintage stores and thrift shops, you’ll usually only find one piece of each available style, so don’t be surprised to see that the digs you're eyeing quickly go out of stock. Keep an open mind and enjoy the treasure hunt!
Go thrift shopping from home at these online vintage shops:
It’s Vintage first opened in January on the second floor of the Planters Products Building on Esteban Street in Makati’s Legazpi Village. Its eclectic store space is lined with rows upon rows of vintage clothing sourced from all over the world. In light of the pandemic, however, they’ve since made many of their stocks available online. You can head over to their website to browse a wide range of graphic tees, windbreakers, sweaters, jeans, and more. Vintage aficionados would especially enjoy the hard-to-find pieces in their lineup including Japanese souvenir jackets, Boy Scout button-downs, and old-school Levi’s pants.
It’s Vintage is at 2/F Planters Products Inc. Building, 109 Esteban Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. You can shop through their website.
Vintage Market has a great selection of T-shirts perfect for pop culture junkies. They’ve got tees featuring comic book heroes, cartoon characters, classic films, video games, sports legends, and more. Aside from shirts, they also have caps and bags in their selection to complete your OOTD!
You can shop Vintage Market through their Instagram page.
Vintage Gear has a unique selection of retro shirts, patterned jackets, sports sweaters, and more perfect for a laid-back, skater-style outfit. They also have an extensive collection of classic sneaker silhouettes in quirky colors and designs from brands like Converse, Vans, New Balance, and Adidas as well as caps, beanies, tote bags, and even old-school collectibles like toys and figurines.
You can shop Vintage Gear through their Instagram page.
Athleisure fans, you’ll love Daily Vintage’s stockpile of classic sportswear pieces consisting of jackets, sweaters, polo shirts, sweatpants, and more in a distinctly preppy aesthetic defined by brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Tommy, Hilfiger, and more. You’ll also find some cute tops and outerwear featuring old-school university logos!
You can shop Daily Vintage through their Instagram page.
2 Easy Vintage
Gear up for sweater season with 2 Easy Vintage’s line of oversized hoodies, sweaters, and jackets. Their gallery of vintage apparel shows each piece photographed alongside tried-and-true wardrobe staples like white sneakers and blue jeans, allowing you to visualize your future outfits even before you finalize your purchase. That way, you’ll have a clear idea of how to style each piece!
You can shop 2 Easy Vintage through their Instagram page.
Thrift Kings Manila
Streetwear aficionados, you’ll love Thrift Kings Manila’s lineup of thrifted tees and hoodies from brands like Stüssy, Supreme, Anti Social Social Club, and Patagonia as well as sportswear classics like Nike, Adidas, Puma, Fila, and Champion. They drop new pieces weekly and we spotted some you can score for as low as P350!
You can shop Thrift Kings Manila through their Instagram page.
Re Clothing gives thrift shopping a twist with their one-of-a-kind pieces. Every item in their collection is either a revamped piece of secondhand clothing or made from deadstock fabric. They’ve got cozy loungewear sets up for grabs, but we’re especially obsessed with their unique embroidered pieces that give new life to old blouses, dresses, sweaters, and more.
You can shop Re Clothing through their website.
Grailed Thrift Shop
Grailed’s selection of thrifted and pre-loved pieces includes T-shirts, sweaters, duffel bags, windbreakers, pants, and more. Plus, we can’t take our eyes off their line of retro denim, racing, and varsity jackets that would give any plain look a stylish, old-school flair!
The Thrifter Manila
The Thrifter Manila is a great source not just for chic streetwear and sportswear pieces you can rock with your casual outfits, but also for rare, old-school fashion finds you can collect. You can browse their website for pieces from brands like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, and more.
You can shop The Thrifter Manila through their website.
Who says you need to splurge to look put-together? Sweet Repeat offers a wide range of closet staples like blouses, blazers, polos, button-downs, trousers, dresses, and skirts for all occasions. Best part? All their pieces are pre-loved, allowing for a more sustainable wardrobe that sticks to classic and timeless styles rather than trendy pieces.
You can shop Sweet Repeat through their Instagram page.
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