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Ukay-Ukay in Davao

December 16, 2007

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.


23 Comments leave one →
  1. DaughterandSon Ishop permalink
    November 28, 2010 9:02 am

    hi!! pls check my bangkok accessories..
    im online selling at facebook..
    search DaughterandSon Ishop
    or Eunice Claire M.Dulla

  2. December 2, 2010 12:56 am

    I’m n Ukay addict myself! I just moved to Davao and I’m Ukay-ing this weekend. Any particular place you can suggest, especially for bags? 🙂

    • cly permalink
      June 5, 2011 11:15 pm

      there’s a lot more at bolton street, bolton alley. check out mawerla ka sa dami ng magaganda and branded.

      • jac permalink
        February 9, 2012 4:21 pm

        gud day san marami amerikana na ukay2? Thanks..

  3. jac permalink
    February 9, 2012 4:19 pm

    gud day san marami ukay2 na amerikana? Please advise. thanks.

    • melp permalink
      April 17, 2012 8:23 pm

      try the selected but classy UK at the back arcade of Imperial Hotel.Entrance at Ponciano st.

  4. andrea permalink
    June 18, 2013 9:29 am

    hi… im andrea of,pangasinan, can i buy box of ukay ukay to you..

  5. Shine permalink
    August 5, 2013 8:54 am

    Hi.. any ukay2-ukay supplier here in Davao?

  6. mich permalink
    June 12, 2014 11:13 am

    hi. does anyone know san sa davao ang mey ukay na furnitures?? vintage style furnitures?? tnx=)

  7. ELL permalink
    September 29, 2014 3:37 am

    For those interested buyers of ukay-ukay bundles; We are looking for bulk buyers or a minimum purchase of 2 bundles for our US surplus clothes which will arrive this 1st week of october 2014. Hindi siya second-hand clothes and not opened or preselected. All the details will be provided for those interested please contact me in this number 0933-5292330.

  8. Liezel Bermudez permalink
    July 13, 2016 11:14 pm

    Hi! Gusto ko sanang bumili ng 2 bundles of bags.Kung may stock kayo. Tnx

  9. rollie conjurado permalink
    October 24, 2016 5:31 pm

    gusto kung bumili ng ukay2x shoes , paano ang shipment taga dapa surigao del norte ako , at magkano isang bandle.

  10. melinda permalink
    December 15, 2016 3:17 pm

    how to buy your items of your product?

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