Looking for Sustainable and Stylish OOTDs? These Thrift Shops Should Be Your Next Stop

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Who doesn’t like steals and one-of-a-kind pieces? Check out our list of local thrift stores online and IRL!

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The concept of thrift shopping can be seen more than just buying used clothes for less. It’s a statement—a conscious choice toward ethical fashion. As the detrimental impact of fast fashion on the environment becomes apparent, thrift stores emerge as a potential antidote, breathing new life into pre-loved pieces, reducing waste, and providing a platform for sustainable style.

For newcomers entering the world of thrift shopping, it might initially feel overwhelming. However, with a little patience and an open mind, incredible finds await. Explore various shops, sift through racks diligently, and don’t hesitate to wear vintage. Speaking of getting started, check out our list of eight local thrift stores. They’re perfect launchpads for your sustainably stylish looks.

Give Me The Loot

GMTL (Give Me The Loot) stands out as an energetic hub for fashion enthusiasts, focusing on selling, snagging, and swapping pre-owned clothing and accessories. Boasting a meticulously curated collection, this store serves a collection spanning from old-school classics to those boujee high-end pieces. Whether you’re on the lookout for nostalgic garments or contemporary style statements, GMTL’s got the hookup for every OOTD out there!

GTML is located at 59 Maginhawa St., Quezon City. 

It’s Vintage

Founded by Fed Pua, the visionary behind Factory Boy and Atomic World, It’s Vintage stands as the go-to neighborhood store in the heart of Salcedo. Serving carefully curated garments from across the globe, it boasts a treasure trove of badass band tees, timeless denim, and racing-style statements, making it the perfect spot for finding solid steals.

It’s Vintage is located at 195 Salcedo Street in Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Part of Growing Up

Driven by the intention to sell and trade vintage, Aris ventured into the thrift scene with Part of Growing Up. No physical shop? No problem! This savvy venture took the pop-up route, popping all around Metro Manila nearly every weekend. With this strategy, this secondhand store is inviting shoppers to dive deep into a thoughtfully curated collection of pre-loved pieces. What’s next on their agenda? Catch them at their next gig, Club Miu at Estate Coffee House PH on December 9 to 10.

Past Lives

Introducing Past Lives, the brainchild of sisters Patty and Cata Esperon.  Inspired by BØRNS’ song Past Lives, their tagline proudly echoes ‘Sweeter when it’s finally found.’ Over time, they’ve come to see ‘past lives’ as a perfect encapsulation of the essence behind every thrifted item—a unique narrative of its own. Clothes, acting as timeless time capsules, often outlast their wearers, propelling Patty and Cata’s mission to champion self-expression through purposeful fashion. 

Their deep-rooted commitment to sustainability and style led to their online shop, unveiling monthly collections and appearing at real-life pop-ups. Whether browsing online or experiencing their offerings IRL, their selections showcase accessories, clothing, and handcrafted pieces.

Retrograde PH

Introducing Yzabelle Lian Martin, the young CEO (and chef) that birthed Retrograde PH. Working solo for years—snapping pictures, shipping parcels, and managing responsibilities—she has been on the thrift scene since 2017. Today, her thrift shop stands as an online haven, offering an array of pre-loved pieces. From everyday essentials to streetwear steals, these secondhand garments are more affordable compared to their counterparts in the area.

While their HQ is in Baguio, occasional pop-ups across the metro supplement their online presence. Think fast and catch them the next time they’re back in the city.

The Archives Vintage

Meet Miguel and Nica, the artistic masterminds behind The Vintage Archives. What began as passion projects, fueled by their shared admiration for footwear and thrifting, led this dynamic duo to birth a business venture during a spontaneous, therapeutic thrifting session. Initially conceived as an online shop showcasing their favorite finds, a surprising success at a garage sale propelled them toward a physical store specializing in secondhand garments. Now, Miguel and Nica’s business is celebrating its second anniversary this February.

The Vintage Archives is located at 3619 C. Rivera St., Baclaran, Parañaque.

The Vintage Junkie Manila

Enter Erik Saguiped, the founder and creative force of Vintage Junkie Manila. Starting as an online buy and sell shop of vintage beauts in 2017, this venture serves secondhand goodies. Today, they stand tall with a physical store that features reworked and repurposed projects from their other brand, Karma Collective.

Wear Kahel

Introducing Wear Kahel, the brainchild of Angelica Dela Cruz, making waves in Metro Manila through social media. Launched in 2020, this vintage clothing brand stands out for its curated collection of unique and upcycled pieces. Offering a blend of IRL and online experiences, Wear Kahel showcases selections of secondhand treasures, captivating creatives, vintage enthusiasts, and fashion aficionados alike.

While this secondhand store doesn’t have a physical shop, you can spot Wear Kahel in community gatherings and pop-ups!

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