Ukay-Ukay in Davao
This lady bagged P3,000 for dressing up as a Hollywood Celebrity.
Most of what she was wearing came from UK – Ukay-Ukay!!!!
Her total investment for the attire was just P160.00. She beat the other contenders vying for the prize who even bought or rented a gown/dress and went to a salon to have their hair fixed and their face resemble that of the celebrity that they are trying to portray.
Who would have thought that she just bought it from UK? =p UK makes wonders!
There are a lot of places here in Davao City where you’ll find these UK products. These are second hand / used items (mostly clothing) which comes from other countries and brought here in the Philippines to be sold – in a verrrrrry cheap price. Its similar to a garage sale – where you try to sell your unused personal items.
I read that the term Ukay in Bisaya means “to rummage” or “dig through”. But there’s no standard meaning for this term yet. I first heard of ukay-ukay in Baguio City. I think that’s where it first became popular.
What items can you find in ukay-ukay? Hmmm.. second hand branded clothes, bags, shoes, caps, handkerchiefs, underwear – briefs and panties (yaiks!). Take note my dear readers… Most (if not all) of the ukay-ukay products are ORINAL!
Here are some areas where you can find UK products here in Davao City:
- Uyanguren. This place is like Binondo in Manila.
- Bangkerohan area.
- Agdao Public market (dry section of course!)
How do i know all of these? Well, I often go to places where there are UK items. My mom is a UK addict! She’d rather buy UK than go to the mall. And so are my officemates here in Davao. I’m having a hard time buying these products.. Unlike my officemates, they would always come home with bags of clothes from UK! I always end up buying none. So far, i have only bought 2, first was a t-shirt (P80.00 – original price was 120.00), then a jacket (P100.00 – original price was 180.00). The funny thing is, someone stole that shirt. I don’t know where it is now. And the jacket, well, i bought it after buying a jacket at SM mall for P500.00. And the UK jacket is way better than the one i bought at SM!
Some buying tips when buying a UK product:
- When you see an item that you like, don’t let go of it, or else, someone else will grab it.
- Always ask for a discount! Your price should be below half of the original price. Say the original price is 150, ask the seller if you can buy it for 70.00! If not, add 10.00 or 20.00. But never buy the item in its original price! buy in bulk – the more you buy, the bigger the discount.
- Check the item for damages. Expect some minor damages/stains in the item(s) that you’ll buy. Hey.. those are USED ITEMS!
- If you have a particular item to buy, ask the seller/stall owner for the item to save you time in looking.