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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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Inflation has Baton Rouge consumers, stores reeling; ‘it’s just almost like a perfect storm’ | Business

Thrift stores have been close to Alecia McCray’s heart since she was a teenager. But with prices climbing for just about everything, McCray has found herself venturing into them more often these days.

McCray, a 30-year-old florist from Baton Rouge, spent early Friday afternoon wandering up and down the aisles of Our Hope Thrift Store, located on Goodwood Boulevard. She perused clothes, knick knacks and whatever other treasures she could find.

McCray said she tries to keep a mental note of her weekly spending. Going to thrift stores helps with her mission.

“Buying things retail right now is just like throwing your money away,” McCray said.

With no end to rising prices in sight, Baton Rouge residents like McCray are tightening their belts by shopping for cheaper options wherever possible. They’re also leaning more on the region’s network of charitable organizations, which say they’re facing their own issues as demand for their services keeps climbing.

“Certainly, over the course of the pandemic, we’ve been busy, but over the course of the last two months, there are numbers that we haven’t seen in quite a while,” said Michael Acaldo, president and CEO of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Baton Rouge charitable organization.

Thrifty times

Thrift stores, known for vintage selections at a fraction of their original price, are an easy first stop for customers looking to save some cash.

Mary Alexander, a 56-year-old UPS worker, said she has been going to thrift stores more than usual.

“I always check here first before I even go to Amazon or pay retail,” she said. “I’m more likely to find it at the thrift store.”

Alexander said she’s also checking as many stores as possible for sales, particularly meat or vegetables.

“I’m not a rich person,” she joked. “I’ve always known

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Ky St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store Bursting With Thrift Bargains

There’s a Kentucky St. Vincent De Paul Store that is dropping prices and popping tags for any thrifter interested in a good bargain.


 We serve our neighbors in need by assisting with food, clothing, shelter, utility bills, transportation, medicine, rent, and other immediate needs. Our goal is to remove barriers to self-sufficiency.  

St. Vincent De Paul here in Owensboro offers assistance to individuals and families in need.  They also have their thrift store located on East 18th Street.

You can find everything from clothing and accessories to furniture and household items.


Owensboro’s St. Vincent De Paul Store always offers an amazing selection of items.  Recently, I visited and discovered they had lowered prices on their clothing items.  Clothing prices used to depend on the type of clothing and whether or not they were adult or children’s clothing.  I took a trip over to see my friends at St. Vinny’s this week and took some photos of the prices and all the merchandise for you all.  YOU’RE WELCOME!

They have lots of women’s clothes in a variety of sizes and styles.

My girl, Sylvia told me they recently received a huge donation of Lularoe leggings and they are new.  Just $2 each.

The dresses are beautiful.

Men they didn’t forget you.  You can find athletic, dress, and work clothing.



Here’s the new discount tag system.  If an item has that color tag it gets a discount. If the color is not on the board then it isn’t on sale.

They also have a wide variety of household items.

Linens and bedding.

The furniture is always nice and the showroom floor is staged.

Look at all those shoes!


Rockport Christian Resource Center Thrift Shop

Rockport Christian

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Another Baton Rouge thrift store is closing; this one helps formerly incarcerated women | Business

A Baton Rouge thrift store that aids formerly incarcerated women is planning on closing its doors later this year.

Connections for Life, located on Highland Road near Harding Street just north of LSU, will stay open for “a few months” as it liquidates before shutting down, said Karen Stagg, executive director of the eponymous nonprofit that runs the thrift store.

“Most assuredly, it is a bittersweet time for us because we have loved the opportunity to serve and we hope that we have made a difference,” Stagg said. “It has certainly been our intention to do so.”

Connections for Life’s thrift store is the second such store to close in Baton Rouge in about a month. Here Today Gone Tomorrow, located on Burbank Drive, went out of business in July.

Connections for Life has entered into a “collaborative agreement” with First Grace Community Alliance, which provides food, housing and other emergency needs in New Orleans. First Grace Community Alliance runs Hagar’s House, a program that helps women, children and gender non-conforming people find safe housing, among other initiatives.

As a result, Connections for Life has chosen to shutter its Baton Rouge thrift store and redirect its patrons to services provided by First Grace Community Alliance.

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The nonprofit has wrestled with the decision for months, said Stagg, who added that the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult.

“The important thing for us is that we be our strategic about our focus and such that women continue to be served and served well,” she said.

Connections for Life incorporated as a nonprofit in February 2000 to help women recently released from prison by offering housing and clothing assistance so they can live independently. The

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