A favorite past time in Baguio is shopping through the multitudes of ukay ukay stores found along its streets.
Ukay ukay’s for the uninitiated are stores selling second hand apparels, these are shipped from overseas in bulk and are sold as is.
There are several major ukay ukay centers in the city center; Bayanihan, found at the far end of Burnham Park, Skyworld at Session Road, Park Lane at the back of Skyworld, U-Need which is near People’s Park and Hilltop, in the vicinity of Baguio’s market.
Bargains awaits those who are patient enough to enter the dim mazelike corridors of these stores and sift through all its hangered clothes and bins of whatnots.
Almost everything can be found here; shoes, toys, jeans, bags, shirts, sweaters and all sorts of knick-knacks.
We found the most expensive and cheapest ones being sold at Bayanihan. Designer bags are displayed at the ground level, costing several thousands. We asked one of the vendors there for the most expensive one they were selling, he told us that they once sold a Php60,000 bag, an Alexander Wang Rocco; L told me it was the It bag.
Going up through its narrow rickety stairs, prices drop considerably for the apparels being sold. Climb further up and clothes can be had for as low as Php10.00, equivalent to buying a serving of fishballs.
On this particular visit to Baguio’s ukay ukay, we were hunting for leather boots.
We checked out the shoes at Skyworld but they seemed expensive (well relatively expensive since we were looking for the lowest priced ones that were up to our standards). The best ones we found were at Bayanihan, boots here start from Php300.00 upwards, and the quality and designs were not shabby at all, in fact they looked expensive.
We hunted some more and ultimately found The One at Park Lane for Php250.00, patience indeed pays off when shopping through these ukay ukay’s.
PART OF A 4-DAY BAGUIO SERIES
Trip Itinerary-Summary | People Watching at Burnham Park | Burnham Park’s Orchidarium| Ukay Ukay Stores Revisited | Zola Resto Café
50’s Diner | Veniz Grill Breakfast Buffet | Walking Around Tam-Awan Village | The Art of Tam-Awan | Tam-Awan Café
The Architecture of BenCab Museum | The Art Inside BenCab Museum | Café Sabel | Café by the Ruins | Night Market
The Haunting of the Laperal White House | PNKY Travel Café | The Funky PNKY Travel Café Menu | Camp John Hay’s Eco Trail
Lost Inside Camp John Hay’s Golf Course | Starbucks at Camp John Hay Revisited | Starbucks Global Icon City Mug | Mt Cloud Bookshop
Oh My Gulay! Redux! | The Lights Across Baguio’s Hills | Hotel Veniz | Public Market Pasalubongs