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Another bag treasure September 4, 2009

Filed under: Confessions of an Ukay Enthusiast — leah @ 8:24 am
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Yesterday afternoon was a bizarre ukay hunting day. It was never an intention to stop by at Agdao ukay-ukay station, but when I saw a lot of people swarming around a freshly opened ukay bundle, I easily changed my mind. Few scans from the racks of blouses and dresses and I felt unlucky because nothing caught my interest aside from their pricey deals. On the middle part of the ukay station, there I got frenzy with the bags hung all over the store. There are lots of vintage-looking bags in unique forms, color and sizes. But with just few seconds, I noticed myself eyeing on a white, quilted chain bag in the upper portion of the store. That moment was delightful and I never waited for another minute to ask the keeper how much it was and suddenly handed me the bag. The leather feel in it was beauatiful with a very clean lining (I’m not sure what its made of, but it wasn’t out of cloth). The price tag is very cheap for such classic bag so I got no reason to let it go. The bag’s label is Guy Laroche. I don’t want to assume authenticity but it looks so real and nice. Promise! I took her pictures already but I’ll be uploading them maybe some time this weekend. For now, just drool over with these Guy Laroche classics.

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courtesy of http://www.fountoukis.gr

 

bagaholic on the loose.. July 21, 2009

Lately, I have discovered my appreciation and passion for bags. It started out when I came across this multiply site who sells surplus yet branded bags from the US.  The store offers a wide variety of purses from classic to casual hobo chic in different sizes. The good thing is they come with cheap price tags. Items only ranges as low as P150 to P1000 depending on the bag’s physical condition and the brand. Some of the bags were already used slightly. But  if your lucky enough and be the first one to visit the shop after her download period, you could have bigger chances of owning a brand new one. Well, the process is just so simple: all you need to have is a keen eye and a swift clicking ability. (he3x) The shop keeper is also reliable and true to her clients. Items are delivered on time without so much hassle. She even gave me a freebie the first time I purchased from her shop. To date, I already had 4 bags from her and looking forward to her next product uploads sometime in August.

Aside from purchasing online, I also often shop bags at Ukay-ukay or thrift stores. Here you have a wide variety of choices at super low prices. You can haggle all you want too if you’re well-endowed with the power of bargaining. In our locality, Bankerohan has lots of ukay bag stores. There I bought my first quilted chain bag at P250 and another quilted one at unbelievably P40 only. Actually, I got two on that second quilted bag hunting and the vendor gave it to me for 80 pesos for both bags already. That was unimaginable! In amazement, I gave the other one to my bf’s sister since she was looking for a classic bag too at that time.

There are really times when ukay fairy’s too good to me. It’s either she’ll help me find a good and unique buy, or at times, she simply touches the ukay vendor’s heart to grant my haggling dramas for good. Like for instance at Diaz Mall when I found this very classic brown Furla handbag. I was really tempted for that Italian leather bag but the lady priced it at P250. I was in a tight budget and I did really convinced her to give it away at P150 only. Thanks to ukay fairy for the wish granted!!

Meanwhile, I’m getting attracted to fringe bags. It’s vintage-cowgirly look is to die for. I found one already at Victoria Plaza’s selected ukay store but it’s quite pricey for an ukay. But guess what?it labeled Prada though I’m not that sure if it’s real or fake. Bad thing I don’t have any idea to spot a real Prada from counterfeits. The bag was actually nice and classy and it’s exactly the same with Mary Kate Olsen’s. But I was totally taken aback when I found a replica in the internet. You can’t hardly see the difference since it was nicely copied. And that made me more skeptic. I would rather wear/use a cheap, not so branded yet original item than to spend a significant amount of money only to find out you’re not getting the real thing.

MK's fringe prada bagSo, to get the best deal is to raid the various thrift store in town and get the best deal without experiencing remorse.

ORIGINAL PRADA FRINGE BAG @ around $899

ORIGINAL PRADA FRINGE BAG @ around $899

REPLICA - PRADA FRINGE BAG @ around $180

REPLICA - PRADA FRINGE BAG @ around $180