All the Secondhand Shops You Need to Check Out at Cubao Expo

Treasure troves of unique and cool finds.

If the sameness of some mall-based home and décor stores has left you uninspired, then Cubao Expo in Cubao, Quezon City is the perfect place to embrace the picky shopper. You’re bound to find an unusual furniture piece, accessory, or collectible in Cubao X, as it's fondly called, as it's known to be a spot for secondhand stores and artsy shops.

The best part about these Cubao X shops is that each store has its own personality. Plus, you can unwind at any of the bars and speakeasies in the area after you’re done searching for that diamond in the rough.

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When the shop opened six years ago, “wala talaga kaming concept at first,” founder Eva Yu shares. The couple initially thought of selling their knick-knacks along with their daughter Christine’s handmade bags and artwork, but then their amazing collection of vintage pieces was more than enough.  


“We get them from collectors. It’s really 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,” she shares. Among the hundreds of items are unusual finds, such as old-fashioned tin and wooden toys, Pinoy komiks, watches, vintage signs and ads, and more.

Studio Soup
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Don’t forget to head up to the Studio Soup library on the second floor, which sells quite a number of local and international indie magazines, books, comics, and old-school printed materials.

For more information, visit UVLA's Facebook page.

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The Grey Market


Friends Jay Amante, an art dealer, and Robert Crespo, a former disc jock, share the same passion for music and vintage watches, and opened The Grey Market with Marc Yao in 2011 at Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip along White Plains, Quezon City. “[But] the thing with audio kasi, it’s mostly for guys. Na-bo-bore ‘yong wives namin…sa amin,” says Crespo with a laugh.

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The solution: Make The Grey Market a gender-neutral ground by filling it with home décor, art, vintage jewelry, restored furniture, and even designer purses, which they also have in their latest branch in Cubao Expo. 

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Aside from their amazing collection of mostly brand new vinyls, browse through their elegant Cubao store and check out their vintage tube amplifiers, ceramics, unusual lamps, occasional chairs, framed artwork, and bohemian jewelry.

For more information, visit The Grey Market's Facebook page.

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Grand Thrift House

Cubao X won’t be Cubao X without the Grand Thrift House, which has been around from the beginning. Here, you really have to dig for treasure, and what finds they have: Typewriters, old cigarette cases, mirrors, and jewelry boxes, Funny Komiks, sunglasses, bags, and even tiaras, and vintage photographs of everyone—from basketball stars and sexy actresses to random unidentified ancestors.  

Grand Thrift House is at Shop 12, Cubao Expo.

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My Breathing Space Collectibles And Gifts


With over 7,000 mostly new gift items, décor, and collectibles, My Breathing Space has quite little breathing space. Founder Gard V. Calub calls it “the most special gift store this part of the earth,” and he’s right.

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Up for grabs are hundreds of mugs, Coke collectibles, pop culture items that run the gamut from The Beatles to Marilyn Monroe, mini-figurines, and souvenir pieces from all over the world. Even the dried roses hanging from the ceiling are for sale!

For more information, visit My Breathing Space Collectibles and Gifts' Facebook page.

Visit Cubao Expo at 3 General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City. Parts of this story were condensed from earlier articles by Maggie Adan, Kathleen Valle, and Gab Buganan.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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