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1 Nov 2017

Tokyo Thrift Shopping Guide!

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Hello everyone! Today I'm bringing the ultimate second-hand shopping guide for those of you on a budget or for those of you just curious as to what Japan has to offer in terms of thrift shopping. I've got you covered ;D



Living as a student in Tokyo, I often relied on used clothing stores to find cheap off-brand pieces that could easily be coordinated into Larme outfits! However, I was also lucky enough to stumble upon highly popular past season items from EHyphen World Gallery bonbon, Ank Rouge and more.

Whether you're living in Japan permanently, or just visiting, if you've got some spare time, I highly recommend checking out some of these stores!

'So...where should I go?,' you might ask. Well, I've sussed out my favourite shops and rated them down below for you! All you have to do is find a shop closest to you and get shopping!

1. Treasure Factory



Whenever someone asks me which second-hand stores are the best, Treasure factory is at the top of my list. This store has everything; besides the usual clothing and shoes, they also stock electrical appliances, sports gear, furniture, musical instruments, you can even buy larme-like home décor such as cute teacup sets. Treasure Factory is not just limited to the Tokyo area, with 91 stores located all around Japan just waiting to be explored!

Price-wise, it depends heavily on the store's location. Stores located in places such as Shimokitazawa or Kouenji, where there is an abundance of independent second-hand stores, often have a higher price tag. However, they also tend to have a wider range of well-known brands compared to stores in more residential areas.

While shopping at Treasure Factory I have managed to find a pair of almost brand-new Doc Martins for 7000yen (roughly $70), a Vivienne Westwood purse for 4000yen, as well as Ank Rouge and Liz Lisa dresses each for about 1000yen. I've also picked up some great off-brand items that can be coordinated into Larme outfits including my favourite black skirt! (see below)




They also have a wide range of Honeys, Lowry's Farm, Earth Music & Ecology, Forever 21, ZARA and H&M clothing as well as regular off-brand basics ranging from 300 ($3) to 1000 yen ($10).

In my experience Treasure Factory has been the cheapest store I've been to and also has a good range of high quality clothing. I cannot recommend it enough! The actual stores can be a bit of a walk from the nearest train station but they've always been well worth the trip.

Location: ★★★★☆
Price: ★★★★★
Quality of Clothing: ★★★★ ☆

Store Locator: http://www.treasure-f.com/shop/

2. Mode Off 



MODE OFF is another chain store and the clothing counterpart of the more widely known BOOK OFF. This store stocks a lot of brand name clothing such as Liz Lisa, Ank Rouge and other Gyaru/Larme brands. It is also common to find unwanted Lucky Pack items here. A lot of these items are brand new, sometimes with the tag still attached! These coveted brands are often a little more expensive here starting at around 1500-2000yen for a one piece. At the end of the day you're still getting a brand new dress for very, very cheap!

The downside to MODE OFF though, is the sheer amount of items; and especially, low quality off-brand items. It takes quite a while to fish through it all, but if you're persistent it's quite likely you'll strike second-hand clothing gold!

I found this Ehyphen World Gallery Bonbon bag for only 100yen!

Location-wise, it is similar to Treasure Factory, in that there are several locations country-wide, with the suburban stores more likely to carry better goods. Although, if find yourself in an area such as Shimokitazawa or Kouenji, I would still recommend having a peak as you never know what you might find!

Location: ★★★ ☆☆
Price: ★★★☆☆
Quality of Clothing: ★★★☆ ☆

Store Locator: http://www.hardoff.co.jp/shop/all/modeoff/


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The following stores are not as cheap as the above stores, but they still offer an interesting range of clothing and are perfect if you're looking for something unique!

3. KINJI Used Clothing 


The famous KINJI store provides of combination of handmade goods and second hand goods. In the back left-hand corner there is a wide range of handmade lingerie, perfect for Larme, cult party kei and other cute, girly fashions!

The main part of the store is separated into womens clothing on the left and mens on the right but I often find myself going through all the rows anyway. The style of clothing varies and there's guaranteed to be something for everyone.

Some items are quite well loved and may require a little bit of TLC if you end up purchasing. For anyone who loves DIYing or altering their own clothes, KINJI might be a place to find some base pieces, pieces you can used as fabrics or just some good old inspiration. If sewing isn't your thing, make sure to check over the garment in case you find a hidden fault (my host sister almost purchased a skirt with several moth holes in the back!) This isn't to say all clothing from KINJI is bad quality, but it pays to be weary, as you should with any thrift store.

KINJI Harajuku is by far the most well known store, however, if you happen to be in Osaka it might be worth checking out their stores there also.

Compared to other Harajuku second-hand stores, KINJI is one of the kindest on your wallet with most items around 400-2000yen. There is a great selection of clothing that would suit a variety of styles. Furthermore, it's easy to get to if you're already in Harajuku, as it's in the basement of the same building as the Kawaii Monster Cafe! 

Location: ★★★★★
Price: ★★★☆☆
Quality of Clothing: ★★★☆ ☆ 

Store Address:
Harajuku - Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome, 31- MILKFED 


4. Flamingo 



Flamingo has three locations - one in Harajuku, Kichijouji and Shimokitazawa. All stores are easily recognisable due to their giant flamingo neon signs out the front!

The Harajuku store provides thrift shoppers with a selection of vintage clothing imported from America. If you're searching for a pair of Doc Martins, this is THE store to come to and as such, it's almost always bustling with shoppers.

If that's not your thing, there's still many one of a kind items, many quite suitable in any cult party kei, dolly kei or even in a vintage style Larme look! As the items are imported (from America and Europe), they also tend to run a little bigger than most Japanese clothing which is great for us! The store is abundant with clothing from the 1940s all the way until the 1990s, so whether your style is street or more classic, you'll surely find something you like.

I find the price to be quite average (okay I'm stingy), but for a cute and unique piece of imported clothing...well let's just say the occasional splurge is imminent.

Location: ★★★★★
Price: ★★★☆☆
Quality of Clothing: ★★★★ ☆ 

Store Address:

Harajuku - 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4-26-28 Junk Yard

Kichijouji - 〒180-0003 Tokyo, Musashino, Minamicho, Kichijoji, 1-17-9

Shimokitazawa - 〒155-0031 Tokyo, Setagaya-ku Kitazawa, 2-25-12 Risa Biru

Of course, there are many, many more secondhand stores in Tokyo and Japan in general, but these were the ones I was frequenting the most during my stay! What are your favourite thrift stores? If you have any suggestions I'd love for you to leave them in the comment section below!

Thank you for reading and I'll see you next post!