Style is not always about the price tag. From thrifting to clothing rentals, this month, we’ll be exploring popular money-saving tips and practices that will help us look good for less.
Whoever said that fashion has to break the bank must have not heard of thrifting. Now, we live in an age where the stigma on thrifted or second-hand clothing has passed, replaced by influencers donning their frugal yet awe-inspiring finds proudly on their socials. Due to this, thrifting has earned the interest of a wider audience, even becoming its own fashion phenomenon. But for those who are trying their hand at it for the first time or wanting to venture into it but are not sure how, it can be a major shopping dilemma. This is where our Style Savvy series comes in handy.
This month, we're focusing on making a statement with your style, sans blowing a hole in your budget, by sharing top tips from experienced fashionistas who spill the secrets to their traffic-stopping yet money-saving looks. First up on our list is YouTuber Chelsea Valencia who has currently amassed more than 26,000 subscribers on her channel and almost 10,000 followers on Instagram as she shares her secrets to scoring great thrifted finds. Scroll on as she spilt the deets on her favourite thrifted pieces, her favourite thrifting hubs, and of course, her best thrifting tips.
When did you start thrifting and why did you like it?
I started thrifting at a very young age. My mom and my grandpa would take me to Quiapo to hear mass and after that, we would thrift — I think I was eight years old back then. I like thrifting because it's very budget-friendly and you get to find pieces that are very unique and vintage/vintage-looking. When you purchase in stores, one fashion piece might cost you thousands already, but when it comes to thrifting, you pay the same amount but you get more than 12+ pieces.
Where are your usual hubs when looking for thrifted finds? Where's your favourite?
My go-to thrifting spots are in Quiapo, Recto, Morayta and Libertad. I’d say my favourite would be Quiapo and Libertad because it’s a long strip full of ukay stores. You definitely have a lot to choose from.