the art of thrifting

 
another thrifted find. i know, you must be wondering where i shop. and might be thinking that i just walk in the vintage shop already filled with awesome stuff. i wish! thrifting takes patience and needs a bit of learning. 
i started out at 12 years old and that was before people and fashion magazines labeled thrifting as cool. before, it was a taboo of some sort. we can’t talk about it. as a child, we’d go thrifting at one of the local markets in our province every summer — where people can’t see us! haha! and where most of the cool stuff are. the market is stuffy and the clothes are on bamboo racks and platforms. you’d have to literally rummage through the clothes. mind you, it was super dusty! but the finds are worth it — vintage tees and cute dresses at only P5 – P50 (that’s $0.10 to $1) each. it was always something we looked forward to. 
in college, we’d wake up really early on sundays and go to our local market in Cebu. ukay-ukay (vintage) vendors would all lay their tables and hang their racks everywhere on the streets — this is from thursday evening to sunday. this became our sunday habit. the market is sometimes smelly and muddy, full of sweaty people and noisy. since i was in college, i’d scour for vintage and graphic tees, denim shorts and skirts, long-sleeved shirts and dresses. the prices ranged from P10 – P80 ($0.20 to $1.60). we soon realized though that we were buying more ‘could be’ stuff — stuff that needs altering, fixing or snipping. we’d soon have piles on our sewing machine — waiting to be altered. 
we’ve long let go of our sunday habit and just shop at the nearby vintage stores — air-conditioned and the clothes are properly organized and on hangers. the prices are a bit more expensive than the street kinds at P50 – P200 ($1 to $4) but we don’t have to bear the sweat, smell and grind of the market. not too much alterations are needed too. and i personally have learned something, before buying anything, i need to picture if the item is something i can wear over and over. if it’s just a ‘could be’ or a ‘i could possibly’ item, it’s off of my list. now i can’t wait for the weekend — new stuff at our nearby vintage store!
ps. my dad does the alterations to our dresses. he shortens them, trims the waist, alters our flare jeans to skinnies..LOL. his grandma taught him how to sew. love you dad!
striped dress – thrifted
red flats with chain detail – celine
black leather bag – lil’ sister’s
thin black belt – props
long watch necklace – hk gift shop
gold bangles – from india
layered beaded bracelet – from a friend at P80

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49 thoughts on “the art of thrifting

  1. Your dad is amazing… wish I can have someone to alter my clothes for me. I have to go to the local alteration shop and it's so expensive.

    Love your thrifted dress… the color and stripes remind me of Sonia Rykiel for H&M. Fabulous buy Gizelle!

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  2. your Sunday habit is really fun! and the market you are telling us sounds so interesting. i agree, clothes in the provs are way cheaper and nicer compared to ones in Manila. for 5-10PHP we can score really REALLY nice signature clothes, right! thrifting is fun!

    love the skirt and your new hair! 🙂

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  3. this is exactly why i want my mom to take dress making classes.. hehe i would love to learn how to sew but my -400 myopia and abnormal sweaty hands, i cant possibly manage a needle.. so i give up.. ehhe my mom loves to sew anyway, its more on curtains and upholsteries.. ^^ your dad rocks!

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  4. Everytime I read articles about thrifting, i feel happy. really nice to hear people appreciate the beauty of thrifting like I do.
    thrifting is such an interesting habit.macreative jud kag ahat.hehe.
    and girl, it's recycling.malipay jud si mother nature ana.hehe;)
    i love love all your ukay items,gizelle!u're an inspiration at that!

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  5. Well1 My dad can sew, but he can't do amazing things like that! That's just wonderful~

    I totally remember going to thrift shops when I was younger and not mentioning it to anyone..haha those days.

    Also..I love your skirt! It reminds me of ice cream~

    -Robyn

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  6. my mum alters the clothes for me as well. i am lacking in proper skills unfortunately. i rarely buy in department store, i prefer second hands – my fauvorite one is in my hometown and you can buy there magnificent pieces so cheaply!

    i like the way you combined the stripped top and skirt – it matched so perfectly, that it looks like a one piece.

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  7. The art of thrifting indeed!!! I love your outfit!!! That black/white stripe top is to die for, especially love how you paired it with the bold colored skirt! I have never thought to pair stripes with stripes but you have inspired me as always!!

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  8. great dress! great find! i can totally relate! i started even younger. i started thrifting as i was 7. and in my gran´s province. it was such an experience! i miss it loads. ukay ukay here is overpriced.

    xoxo

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  9. another amazing thrifted piece! can i express just how jealous i am of all these cheap pieces you're finding??? 🙂
    and that's so adorable that your dad does all of your alterations and such. my dad has no idea how to sew (not like i have much experience with it either haha). that must be super convenient.

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  10. gwapa, ka cool sa imo dad oi! i love this outfit, gwaps.. as in.. tama ka, sauna kay murag ulaw man to kung mangukay, di ba? hehe karon, thrifted na ang tawag sa ukay2. mura ni help ka SAVE sa earth. laysh. ahaha

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  11. i started out thrifting too at an early age when it wasn't “in”. Sometimes, I would brave the thrift stores in the “market” especially in little towns.

    I love your outfit here, what camera do you use?

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  12. Hey Gizelle 🙂

    Cute outfit as always, lovin' the braclets. And I agree, perfect thrifting takes major patience……I usually love to thrift shop for jewerly (design a pair of jeans or purse) or coats. I recently brought 45's (records) to place them on jackets…then I might even place 100 buttons on a pair of jeans (for the Spring),..hmmmm, I think I will ! :::smiles:::

    Gotta love the trendy finds. Have a nice weekend 🙂

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  13. OMG Nganu karon ra man ko naabot sa imong blog? Haha I had to speak in Bisaya to let you know I'm from Cebu. And that I thrift, too. And that I love Carbon's vintage stalls. Lucky you you have someone to alter your finds. I do alterations myself and sometimes, I'm just too lazy to actually tackle them.

    Come visit my li'l blog! 🙂

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  14. Hi Gizelle! I appreciate young people like you are such thrift shop whores! 🙂 I've recently put up my blog to join the band wagon 🙂 I enjoy your blog and keep up the good work!

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