Becoming an online reseller has become popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic since it’s an easy way to earn income without having to go out of the house. Most moms will sell frozen food, COVID-19 essentials, and other food items, but another profitable venture is to be an “ukay-ukay” seller, especially if you have an eye for fashionable finds.
Kim Ronolo has been an online seller for a long time, but because of the prolonged quarantine, her business was affected. Thanks to her creativity, however, she was able to bounce back by turning ukay clothes into completely new and stylish outfits.
“Kaya ko naisipan na i-re-fashion ‘yung clothes na ‘yun ay dahil nawalan ako ng kita online since ukay seller ako, more on sa pang-formal or pang-office na style na damit. ‘Yung mga naging customer ko, nawalan ng trabaho that time,” explains Kim in an interview with Summit Video Originals.
“Naisipan ko, why not gawin kong mas cute, gawin kong sexy, bago sa taste nila. [Kaya] naisip ko na i-refashion ‘yung mga stocks na naiwan at hindi ko na nabenta,” she adds.
Kim discovered a passion for sewing and started deconstructing the thrifted clothes in April 2020. She does the design on the spot and it takes her around five to seven hours to tweak and alter her thrifted finds.
Many of her outfits are Korean-inspired. “Every time nanonood ako ng K-dramas, na-a-amaze ako sa style nila. [It’s] cute and unique,” Kim shares.
The online seller says that her sales drastically improved after she started selling her deconstructed outfits. After posting her creations online, she also gained followers and recognition — she even got featured in various news programs!
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“Kung paano ko pinaganda ‘yung aking ‘old-style’ ukay clothes, ganun din [nila] pinaganda ‘yung buhay ko,” Kim shares.
Watch and see how she transforms her ukay-ukay clothes below!
Want to become a reseller? Click here for a guide on how to start this type of business.