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3 Fascinating Thrift Shops in Quezon City & Tagaytay

The hunt is over: head to these segunda mano stores that are bursting at the seams with unique vintage finds

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Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Jun Pinzon & Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar & Dagny Madamba

Rummaging through vintage haunts like Makati’s Evangelista Street, Kamuning’s Swap Meet, and Japan Surplus Shops holds a certain thrill—you’ll never know when you’ll stumble upon a nostalgic treasure, a diamond in the rough.

Part of the charm of acquiring things from thrift stores is having something that has a “soul,” an item that already had a life long before you got a hold of it. Thrift shopping isn’t for everyone, as some people won’t appreciate taking home a Chinese vase with a layer of grime. But if you enjoy the thrill of the hunt, then check out what these three amazing segunda mano stores have to offer. 

Pop culture heaven: UVLA at Cubao X

The owner, Eva Yu, submitted an application for the store just for the kicks, and the rest was history. “We get them from collectors. Everything is tiempo-tiempo. That’s why we named the store UVLA (Unique Vintage Lost Art); everything here is lost art, waiting for somebody to own them.”

You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store in this tiny Cubao X shop—popular toys from the 40s to 80s, vinyl records, oil lamps, pre-war softdrink bottles, and even carnival rides are up for grabs on the glass shelves and store floor.

UVLA is located at 64A Cubao X, Gen. Romulo Ave., Quezon City.

Wild, wild, west: RR Western Antiques & Décor

Along a Tagaytay highway is this treasure trove of country finds and Americana. “We started with a country collection. May mga friends na bumibisita asking if for sale ’yung items, hanggang sa naubos ang gamit namin na personal,” says owner Ruben Cueto (one of the “Rs” in the RR name). Set an appointment before you head to Tagaytay.

Charming decorative items such as ceramic cow plates and snowmen deck the reworked furniture pieces made of oakwood and maple cherry. RR also carries a wide selection of coveted copper kitchenware.

Some of RR's special items are vintage clocks and radios—some of them still work!

RR Western Antiques and Décor is at 120 Mendez St., Tagaytay City, call tel. (046) 683-0600 for an appointment.

Remembrance of things past: Altheo Décor

This famous Kamuning shop has a wealth of ceramic plates, carnival glasses, chandeliers, and even authentic Swarovski crystal figurines. The overall style of the pieces is classical and heavily ornamented.

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