This post will be specially dedicated to those individuals who have an uncanny attraction to the macabre and didn't tell me earlier that they live in Cebu City too.
It's quite impossible to find Goth clothing shops and brands around here since it's also quite impossible to find a person who would be interested to buy from such. So where did I find the wonderfully dark and alternative stuff you can find in my closet?
ONE - Secondhand Clothing Stores (Ukay-Ukay) -- best answer
FACT: If that lovely shirt you found in the department store costs P250.00, the same shirt could cost for only P20.00 in a secondhand clothing store ;) The only difference is that these cheap yet beautiful pieces have already been worn by someone else, sometimes from another country.. wait, what? "Imported" clothes or boots for only P20.00? HAHAHA, no, I'm not kidding. Guess what? With just P500.00 in my pocket, I could buy around 10 - 50 goth clothes and/or shoes already.
Okay so, if you're from another country, I wanna let you know the equivalence of our currency to yours. :D
Cool, right? Here are SOME of the great finds I bought from secondhand stores.
So who said irresistible boots are beyond your wallet's powers? Try buying from nearby ukay-ukay stores now! But before you get so happy and excited, read this post first: Secondhand Clothing Stores: Tips and Reminders
TWO - Online
There are a whole lot of stuff out there. However, they're all kinda pricey. Cosplay shops, for example. They sell great lolita accessories and dresses. Some shops also sell Punk or Rave fashion. Try Sulit and AyosDito. I've seen many handsome pieces in online shops on Facebook as well. Try this: Gothic & Lolita Shops Philippines
THREE - Flea Markets
The Filipino word is tiangge. Familiar yet? Divisoria for instance. My sister's been there and she tells me she saw a lot of stuff that I might like! The thing about the Filipino flea markets is that they usually sell trendy pieces, and trendy pieces may not be what some Goths are looking for. As for me, I buy the black ones and I just combine my DIYed Goth pieces or some stockings or warmers then finish the outfit off with good boots so they still appear gothy. It's all a matter of being creative.
FOUR - Malls
All the Goth stuff aren't in one store, though. Do a lot of strolling, and buy anything interesting you see, that is, if you're actually on a shopping spree. Forever 21 has nice pieces. BUM sometimes sell dark stuff. Mental looks interesting. One can find goth-inspired clothes every now and then in a mall. You'll love everything you'll find there especially because they're of good quality and they're branded. Sadly I'm just a kid. And I don't have money.