Start building a sustainable wardrobe through thrifting

Gerald Dizon –

February 20, 2023 | 2:10pm

MANILA, Philippines — In a world of expensive everything—onions, oil, monthly bills, groceries and heck even your favorite fast food meal, what then is the last bastion of value shopping one can cling to? Well, one word: ukay-ukay.

Need to assemble an entire office wardrobe for cheap? On a desperate hunt for last-minute ensemble to some formal gathering? Or simply want to upgrade your closet for everyday wear? Ukay-ukay, more fondly nicknamed “ukay” by many, provides you with all manner of apparel that you need.

Thrifting is fashionable and sustainable

A phenomenon emerging from the eighties, stemming from an excess of humanitarian goods for calamity-stricken communities, the sale of and shopping for ukay-ukay (from the word “halukay” meaning “to dig”) quickly became prominent first in Cebu and Baguio, and eventually across the country over time.

Funnily enough, the craze has spread not only among regular Pinoys but also among celebrities.

Ukay-ukay is also known to come from a variety of sources, from the then excess donations from affluent countries, to the now more notorious company overruns and out-of-season discards from various retail giants abroad.

For the fast fashion industry, specifically, these excesses are grossly mishandled. They eventually end up in landfills that pollute the environment, causing harm not only to the planet but also to both human and wildlife with lasting effect.

It is in this regard that thrifting in the form of ukay-ukay, while not a wholesale solution to the fast fashion problem, is an important way to instead advocate for sustainable fashion. Acquire, not purchase; upcycle or recycle—these are the way.

Where to shop your ukay haul online

From humble, single-stall shops in your local plaza during weekend or

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Sacramento thrift shop owners pay for funeral of unhoused employee that died

(KTXL) — This Valentine’s Day will be a hard one for thrift shop owners Alfredo and Martha Ochoa after the untimely death of one of their employees, an unhoused woman from Sacramento named Suki.

She was recently hit and killed by an alleged drunken driver, and the Ochoas were informed about her death later by police.

Her funeral was held on Tuesday, organized and paid for by the Ochoa family.

“I let her stay here a long time because to me, she was a part of my family,” Alfredo Ochoa, owner of America Thrift Store, said to FOX 40 News.

Ochoa says that Suki was in a wheelchair and that he and his wife helped take care of her. Suki’s boyfriend, David Armstrong, says that he and Suki have been close to the Ochoa family for a long time.

“I went to Tennessee to see his daughter have her baby. I’ve just been everywhere with them,” Armstrong said.

It was in December of 2022 when, one day, Suki did not appear at the thrift shop.

“At 3 a.m. the police called me from Elk Grove and said, ‘Are you Alfredo?’ I said yeah,” Ochoa recounts. “They said, ‘Suki passed away. She was hit by a car.’”

Unfortunately, this was not the Ochoas’ first time experiencing the death of a loved one to a drunken driver. Their daughter, Carla, passed away in a similar crash in June 2021.

Now, the Ochoas help raise their grandson Noah, who survived the crash.

At their shop, they continue to have a memorial for Suki, a person that was important to the Ochoa family, to her boyfriend and

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Hudsonville store in possession of popular sweater

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A Hudsonville thrift shop is generating a lot of buzz after a sweater seen on a popular TV series was brought to their store.

Grant Me Hope Thrift Store on Balsam Drive has struggled with foot traffic in its year and a half of being open. It now has newfound attention, however, after a customer posted about a sweater she found in the store on Facebook.

“It really just started from our customer having that ability to say this looks really similar to something I just saw on TV the other day and then it immediately blew up,” said Ashleigh O’Donnell, Grant Me Hope Thrift Store manager.

The sweater is a replica of one worn by Kitty Forman in “That ’70s Show” and “That ’90s Show.” Since it was posted in the Weird and Wonderful Secondhand Finds Facebook group, which has nearly three million members, the thrift store find has gone international.

“I have received messages from people in Australia, Netherlands, Canada,” O’Donnell said.

Shoppers in West Michigan have also flocked to the thrift store.

“I love ‘That ’70s Show,’” said Michelle Kitler, a local shopper. “I work a mile away from here. So, I was like no way I have to go get it.”

O’Donnell said the sweater isn’t intended to be a cash cow, but they’re grateful that it’s put their true mission in the spotlight, which is funding introductory videos for children in foster care.

“That way potential adoptive parents get to know these kids more and hopefully get them adopted before they age out,” O’Donnell said.

Supporters of Grant Me Hope Thrift are in awe about the reaction the store has seen.

“I feel like this is very beneficial that they have gained this spotlight and I’ve read some of the comments

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Vernon’s Animal Auxiliary Thrift Store wins Fox charity van wrap competition – Vernon News

The second year of Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical’s ‘Wrap a Van for a Cause’ community promotion saw more entries in the first week than the entire charitable campaign last year.

On Thursday, Fox announced this year’s winner – Vernon’s Animal Auxiliary Thrift Store.

Fox has had one of its service vans wrapped with auxiliary signage that will stay on the vehicle for a full year.

As well, company owner Ted Fox said 5% of the year’s sales generated from that vehicle will be donated to the auxiliary.

The thrift store‘s Gina Barzan said she was “shocked” to learn of the win.

“I didn’t even know we had been nominated,” she said.

“This is amazing … for the exposure we will receive.”

The animal auxiliary helps humans as well as pets and livestock in times of need, from weekly meals for seniors to helping with veterinary bills, and evacuating livestock during wildfires.

Barzan said the organization’s profile has risen since recent large fires in the Southern Interior and a move to bigger premises in downtown Vernon.

“People know who we are now, and this will help,” she said.

Fox said the charity program has been “a crushing success … we couldn’t keep track of the vote count.”

More than 12,000 votes came in during just the first week.

“The biggest thing we can offer is exposure,” he said, noting the company’s fleet travels all over the Okanagan.

“It’s a rolling billboard.”

Last year’s winner, North Okanagan Community Chaplaincy, collected a donation of $3,500 and will have its wrap on a Fox van for an additional year, as that vehicle was off the road with mechanical issues for a couple of months.

Spokesperson Chuck Harper said the donation and exposure is “a huge help.”

The chaplaincy

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With opening of Ashley furniture, Kochville has no vacant big-box stores

KOCHVILLE TWP, MI — Ashley Outlet is now open along Kochville Township’s Tittabawassee Road corridor, putting to use one of the township’s last remaining vacant commercial spaces.

The furniture store recently opened in a more than 70,000-square-foot facility located at 2272 Tittabawassee Road in the Bay Valley Shopping Center.

“We don’t have any vacant big-box spaces anymore in Kochville, so it’s been a great turn of events in the last 12 months or so,” said Kochville Township Manager Steve King. “We’re just excited.”

King said the new Ashley store will be two stores in one: the Ashley Outlet store and a regular Ashley Furniture store still to come.

“The main store is coming in future weeks,” King said.

In the last year and a half, the township has seen at least 250,000 square feet of vacant space repurposed with Planet Fitness opening in the former Gander Mountain, Gardner White opening in the former Art Van, Value City Furniture opening in the former Toys R Us, and Volunteers of America Thrift Store opening in the former Gordmans, King said.

While the township’s largest commercial spaces of 10,000 square feet or more are now full, some smaller spaces of a few thousand square feet each are still available, he said.

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Weekend sales proceeds from Station 10 Thrift Store will be donated to Turkey relief efforts, KFR says – Kamloops News

A North Shore thrift store will be donating this weekend’s sales proceeds to assist with earthquake relief efforts underway in Turkey.

In a social media post, Kamloops Fire Rescue said residents can participate in the fundraiser by purchasing items from Station 10 Thrift Store on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. People can also make a monetary donation onsite.

“Emergency responders from around the globe, including firefighters from here in B.C., are continuing to work diligently in Turkey, trying to located and recover further survivors from the catastrophic earthquake,” KFR’s post said.

“This weekend (Feb. 18 and 19), Station 10 Thrift Store in Kamloops, working together with the Kamloops Firefighters Charitable Society and GlobalMedic will be donating all proceeds from sales on those days to Turkey earthquake relief efforts.”

More than 35,000 people have died after the 7.8 magnitude quake on Feb. 6, which devastated parts of southeastern Turkey and neighbouring Syria.

KFR said GlobalMedic has a rapid response team working in Turkey, providing a response which includes six water purification units which provide clean water for 2,000 people per day.

Family emergency kits, solar lighting and hygiene kits are being flown to the area, with food kits and inflatable field hospitals being prepared for deployment.

“You can directly help these lifesaving efforts by stopping in at Station 10 Marketplace (455 Tranquille Rd., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) this weekend,” KFR said.

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Paris’ Pick Their Favorite French Shopping Spots


On Freeform’s new dating series Love Trip: Paris, four American girls opt to jet away to a Parisian penthouse—all in search of love. Whether they find romantic love is still a mystery, but they did find Parisian boutiques. The four women—Caroline Renner, Rose Zillaba, Lacy Hartselle, and Josielyn Aguilera—often spent their downtime scouring the City Of Light’s vintage shops and off-the-beaten path outlets in search of that perfect ‘fit. Below, the cast fills us in on their favorite Parisian spots.

Kilo Shop

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“I love going to the Kilo Shops, which are like Paris’s version of thrift stores. When we would have a day off, we’d just do a tequila shot and go to the Kilo Shop. It was so much fun just to sift through clothes.” — Caroline

“I found such beautiful unique items at the Kilo Shops, and they were just gorgeous. I love vintage pieces that either have been handcrafted or just look stunning or unique and different. They feel like they have a story behind them. That’s when something becomes less of a piece of clothing and something that’s more sentimental to me.” — Josielyn

“I’m a huge thrifter and a vintage person, and Paris is amazing for that. Obviously, it’s one of the greatest fashion cities in the world, so there are so many recycled pieces and different vintage stores to shop. The Kilo Shops are like a whole activity, especially for an American. Even going to the grocery store can be overwhelming in Paris when you’re trying to translate everything. At the Kilo Shops, you just look at the color of the tag and then around the store. They have these scales and you just put your stuff on top and then figure out how much it will

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Castaways Vintage Cafe combines healthy food, thrift store finds

Up next. We’re headed to *** popular spot where they blend healthy grub with vintage clothing. Bianca owns the place. I decided to open *** healthy foods cafe because there weren’t really any options in Gloucester for it, I found *** lot of people wanted, you know, *** smoothie or bowl to start their morning. So we kind of created that for them. Our most unique food on our menu here is *** sybil yes, give me all the ***. C. E. And for those, I’m not familiar with *** C. What is it exactly? Because to be honest I have no idea either. I just overheard someone talking about it at yoga class. Iii is *** super food from the amazon. It’s *** berry. We blend it in the base with strawberries, bananas and coconut milk to make like *** thick smoothie base and then it’s topped with granola, strawberries, blueberries and bananas. We have *** variety of smoothies. We never add powder, ice or sugar. Our most popular. These probably are glow green spinach, kale, pineapple, banana and coconut milk. So it’s super healthy for you but it doesn’t taste super healthy for you. It tastes really sweet and good for you. We offer lattes, cappuccinos, ice mochas cold brew kind of any coffee you can desire, you heard Bianca correctly, any coffee that you desire, they have at castaways. But what if you just want whatever everyone else. Our most popular coffee drink here at castaways is definitely our ice mocha people come almost every day to get it, it’s really refreshing. Not only does castaways have all the drinks but you can also up cycle your wardrobe when you visit personally. I loved drifting. I thought that there are so many clothes out there that were … Read the rest

Syringa thrift donates $100k to hospital in past year | News

GRANGEVILLE — “Everything is going well, and our fall mailer has brought in about $10k so far,” Syringa Foundation director and thrift store manager Kristi Brooks reported at the Jan. 24 trustee meeting.

Brooks said the thrift store is doing “wonderful,” and will celebrate its opening anniversary in April. The Syringa Auxiliary Thrift Store originally opened its doors in 2002.

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Keshena thrift shop’s profits help pay parish bills

KESHENA — “Fill a bag for a buck.”

That’s the slogan at St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift, an all-volunteer-run ministry of the parish here, 45 miles northwest of Green Bay, on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

Located in Menominee County, one of Wisconsin’s poorest counties, Thrift N Gift is a ministry with a dual purpose: It’s a fundraising project for St. Michael Parish while at the same time serving a community with great needs, pointed out Cookie Vigue, a St. Michael parishioner, who coordinates the effort.

Vigue has worked at the small, house-sized shop for 10 years now, but she said she’s never really thought about the average number of people who come to the Thrift N Gift when it’s open the first and third Tuesday each month.

Cookie Vigue, who coordinates the St. Michael Thrift N Gift in Keshena, stands in one of the store’s clothing sections. (Bob Zyskowski | For The Compass)

“We did sell 300 bags for a buck in one day though,” she remembered.

Aisles, walls, floors and shelves are packed with both used and new clothing, towels, bedding and kitchen items, decorations, costume jewelry, religious items — almost anything a family in need might require. There’s a baby room with clothing and toys, a seasonal section that’s filled now with items for Valentine’s Day, and a cutely presented closet with antiques and collectibles that bring in cabin people from the area’s nearby lakes. A few steps away, the shop’s garage holds furniture and other large items.

Everything is donated, Vigue explained — by parishioners and non-parishioners alike, by donors as far away as Chicago and Madison, and by businesses in the area.

“Sometimes we’ll get items that haven’t been selling and they’ll still have the price tags on them,” she said.

Vigue, who is retired,

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