Fashion and Beauty


Staying fashionable is more expensive than it's worth, especially if you're a student living off of your parent's allowance and budgets. Thankfully, online thrift stores are here to save the day with unique pieces that don't break the bank and allow you to stay cool and trendy.

/ 20 October 2020

One good thing that has come out in recent years is the general acceptance and promotion of thrifted items. Ukay-ukay has always been a big part of Filipino fashion culture, but it’s only recently that more and more people, including celebrities and even influencers, are taking a dip into the thrifting pool and coming out with unique pieces of secondhand clothing. A lot of online shops have also opened catering to this particular audience, with tailored pieces and designer items at very affordable prices.

Thrifting actually has a lot of benefits, which have also helped in its growing popularity among students and young adults looking to stay fashionable without breaking the bank. Aside from its generally cheaper deals, buying secondhand is also a lot better for the environment as it goes against the culture of fast fashion, which focuses more on the production of thousands of garments for each new design.

The world of online thrift shopping, though, is a lot more competitive as each new collection revealed is a battlefield for shoppers, where speed matters, rushing in and claiming favored items before others do, as most pieces are singular stocks. The comment section is usually where you’ll find shoppers trying to outbid one another with different levels of commitment depending on how much they’re willing to spend.

If you’re serious about thrift shopping, the first step is to turn post notifications on for your favorite stores, so you don’t miss any collection launches and you’ll be among the first to order. It’s also important to know your size beforehand so you don’t waste time trying to figure it out. Look at the past collections and familiarize yourself with the correct measurements so you can seamlessly go from add to cart to checkout.

Here’s some local online thrift stores to up your style game without cashing out too much:


To The Moon

With over 13,000 followers on Instagram, To The Moon prides itself with its earthy tones and sustainable garments for young women. A new collection drops every few months on social media, with the orders to be completed on its own website. The team behind it carefully tailors each piece to breathe in new life, upgrading the looks to be more stylish and modern.


Picnic Mood

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Purely sold on Instagram, Picnic Mood curates a stylish wardrobe for women that ranges from classic and timeless designs, to bolder and more risqué styles. Each collection follows a theme or category, which means that drops are usually separated by dresses, tops, sweaters, pants, etc.



Targeted for both young men and women, this online store features more urban wear with sporty designs from popular streetwear brands like Champion, Puma, Adidas, and more. The brand is currently under going some replanning and rebranding so there hasn’t been a new collection since July, but this one’s definitely a page to watch out for.



Originally established by students, Peaccics drops a new item every few months from brands such as Vans, GAP, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. Compared to other pages, the team behind this store takes on a more sporadic approach with singular item drops whenever there’s a new one available, instead of the usual collection launches from other stores.




Here’s a page for those who are looking for more minimalist-chic designs, with photos that just make you want this quarantine to end even more so you can dress up like the model. The team behind it also tailors each piece before release so that the items look more sophisticated and classy. A bonus to the shopping experience is that each collection follows a color theme, so it’s easier to narrow down your faves with its aesthetic feed.