One of my favorite past times in Baguio City is shopping through the multitudes of ukay ukay stores found along its winding streets. Ukay ukay, 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 at Baguio’s city center; Bayanihan, found at the far end of Burnham Park, Skyworld in Session Road, Park Lane at the back of Skyworld, U-Need which is near People’s Park, and Hilltop, near the vicinity of the city market.
Bargains await those who are patient enough to enter the dim mazelike corridors of these stores and sift through all its hangered clothes and bins of what-nots.
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 60,000-peso 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 shops, 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, based on looks, they looked pretty expensive.
We hunted some more and ultimately found The One at Park Lane for Php250.00, patience indeed pays off when shopping through Baguio’s ukay ukays.