Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ukay-ukay stores

You may have noticed the proliferation of used clothing stores in the Olongapo area. Chances are these type retail outlets are all over the Philippines. In Olongapo there are at least eight on Magsaysay Drive jammed packed with men, women and children’s apparel including shoes. Most of the clothing is in ‘western’ peoples sizes.
Just guessing, it probably was donated for disaster relief for one of the floods or mudslides that have afflicted the country. Within the stores the clothes are well organized and easy to browse.  One of the things we found were really good rain wear jackets. It takes time to shop these places and they don’t smell all that great (think moth balls and bowling alleys) but there are some genuine ‘finds.’

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