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How To Get Vogue Gadgets for Low cost

After I lived in Japan, I shamelessly purchased a mountain of clothes, the scale of which might make Mt. Fuji blush. Questioning how I pulled this off with out an oz of regret? The key is that the majority of it was secondhand. Up till then, I hadn’t owned many fundamentals, so I took the chance to fill the holes in my wardrobe with very reasonably priced items I discovered whereas thrifting in Japan. In the event you’re additionally trying to purchase Japanese garments with out breaking the financial institution (or planet), you have come to the appropriate place!

On this article, I will introduce some helpful Japanese vocabulary, provide recommendation on the place to seek out one of the best stuff, and even perhaps persuade you to think about shopping for used subsequent time you want a coat, camisole, or kigurumi. Perhaps you already learn my article on secondhand purchasing in Japan normally and are desirous to study extra clothing-related phrases. Or possibly you are already a grasp Japanese haggler and simply need to skip to the half the place I inform you the place to buy.

Regardless, after studying, I hope you may come away with data that may show you how to get cloth in your torso in Japan with somewhat extra confidence and eco-friendliness.

Why Purchase Secondhand Garments in Japan?

First issues first — why would you raid a stranger’s closet when you can simply purchase one thing new? It is an amazing query, particularly for those who’re used to sporting shiny new threads recent off the conveyor belt. My finest reply? Likelihood is somebody on this earth has already purchased the merchandise of clothes you need, worn it zero to some instances, and would not need it anymore. All you must do is take it off their palms for a discounted worth. This manner, your affect on each the surroundings and your coin purse is diminished. Save the fugu together with your purchasing habits!

Japanese sellers have a tendency to explain and publish photos of imperfections meticulously.

However extra particularly, why purchase secondhand garments in Japan? Properly, Japanese used gadgets are usually fairly effectively taken care of, and this undoubtedly consists of garments. Most clothes you purchase will (typically explicitly) come washed, preserved, and prepared for its second life in your stunning type. Plus, I’ve discovered that Japanese sellers have a tendency to explain and publish photos of imperfections rather more meticulously than within the US. This excessive stage of transparency means you are usually much less prone to encounter ugly surprises when shopping for used clothes in Japan.

Shopping for used clothes is an effective way to attempt fascinating Japanese trend traits and kinds.

Lastly, if there are any fascinating Japanese trend traits or kinds you need to attempt however have held again due to the expense, shopping for used clothes is a good answer. Would not you relatively pay 2,000 yen to Hanako from Kagoshima than 5,000 yen to Large Lolita Skirt? In the event you do not prefer it, you possibly can simply move it on to another person.

However, I perceive if the considered sporting somebody’s previous hand-me-downs nonetheless skeeves you out. However I hope the various advantages outweigh any worries you have got. Particularly for those who’ve by no means thrift shopped for clothes earlier than, Japan is without doubt one of the finest locations to start out.

So now that I’ve hopefully prodded your thoughts open, how do you purchase secondhand garments in Japan like an excellent sensible, edumacated particular person?

Japanese Phrases to Look For

One of the simplest ways to seem like you realize what you are speaking about is…really realizing what you are speaking about. The phrases that come out of your mouth (or extra probably, fingertips)? You need to know them.

Fortunately for English audio system, quite a lot of Japanese trend phrases are phonetically borrowed from English. So those that can learn katakana, the Japanese writing system used for international phrases, could have a better time understanding a lot of this “principally English” lingo. If you do not know katakana but (no disgrace), Tofugu has a Study Katakana information that is perhaps up your alley. In any other case, copy and paste might be your buddy.

Listed here are some phrases that will help you discover locations to buy secondhand clothes in Japan:

Secondhand Purchasing / Used Garments-Associated Vocabulary

通販 (tsūhan) on-line purchasing, mail order
リサイクルショップ (risaikuru shoppu, “recycle store”) retailer that sells used items
古着 (furugi) secondhand clothes
ブランド古着 (burando furugi) brand-name secondhand clothes
古着屋 (furugiya) thrift retailer for clothes
フリーマーケット (furī māketto)
フリマ (furima)
flea market
フリマアプリ (furima apuri) flea market/e-commerce app
買取, 買い取り (kaitori) trade-in, buyback

Okay, now you realize phrases for the place to look, however how about phrases for what you are on the lookout for? You should utilize this subsequent chart of vocabulary phrases to seek for what you need, or come again and reference it whereas studying descriptions of garments in Japanese. It is not an exhaustive listing, but it surely ought to provide the primary instruments you might want to not by chance purchase shitagi (“underwear”) while you had been on the lookout for uwagi (“outerwear”).

Sorts of Garments

長袖 (nagasode) lengthy sleeve
半袖 (hansode) quick sleeve
七分袖 (shichibusode) three-quarter sleeve
シャツ (shatsu) shirt (typically collared)
Tシャツ (T-shatsu) t-shirt
トップス (toppusu) tops
ズボン (zubon) pants
ショーツ (shōtsu)
ショートパンツ (shōto pantsu)
半ズボン (hanzubon, “half pants”)
ジーンズ (jīnzu) denims
ジャケット (jaketto) jacket
デニムジャケット (denimu jaketto)
Gジャン (jījan)
jean jacket
レザージャケット (rezā jaketto)
革ジャン (kawajan)
leather-based jacket
テーラードジャケット (tērādo jaketto, “tailor-made jacket”) blazer
コート (kōto) coat
セーター (sētā)
ニット (nitto, “knit”)
アウターウエア (autāuea)
上着 (uwagi)
下着 (shitagi)
パンツ (pantsu)
ワンピース, ワンピ (wanpīsu, wanpi; “one-piece”) gown
パジャマ (pajama) pajamas
ルームウエア (rūmu uea, “roomwear”) loungewear

Are you positive of what you need (a candy, candy shatsu, maybe), however not sure which class it falls underneath? Listed here are some class and outline phrases that may actually assist to know when secondhand purchasing in Japanese, particularly on-line.

Vogue Classes

カテゴリー (kategorī) class
レディース (redīzu) womenswear, women’
メンズ (menzu) menswear
ユニセックス (yunisekkusu)
ジェンダーレス (jendāresu, “genderless”)
キッズ (kizzu) youngsters
ベビー (bebi) infants
手作り (tezukuri)
ハンドメイド (handomeido)
ブランド (burando) model
カラー (karā)
色 (iro)
デザイン (dezain)
柄 (gara)
年代 (nendai) yr/era (for classic)

Incredible, now you know the way to articulate that you just’re on the lookout for a 90s leather-based jacket for infants. However how do you ensure that it is the appropriate measurement? The variations between Western and Asian sizing might be difficult, however this subsequent useful chart ought to show you how to and your classic toddler keep away from wanting like packaged sausage. Many Japanese on-line sellers listing actual measurements, so put together to measure your crotch in centimeters to see what’s going to fit your needs.

Measurement-Associated Vocabulary

サイズ (saizu) measurement
大きめ (ōkime) on the big facet
小さめ (chīsame) on the small facet
フリーサイズ (furī saizu), FREE SIZE one measurement suits all/most
平置き実寸 (hiraoki jissun) precise measurements when positioned flat
丈 (take)
着丈 (kitake)
身丈 (mitake)
幅 (haba)
身幅 (mihaba)
肩幅 (katahaba) shoulder width
袖丈 (sodetake) sleeve size
裄丈 (yukitake) size from the middle of collar to the highest of the sleeve
ウエスト (uesuto)
胴幅 (dōhaba)
腰幅 (koshihaba)
waist width
ヒップ (hippu) hip width
股上 (matagami) entrance rise (waist to crotch, for pants)
股下 (matashita) inseam (crotch to hem, for pants)
裾幅 (susohaba) hem width
総丈 (sōtake) complete size

Good job, you have used these phrases to purchase a frilly secondhand sundress in your massive post-covid get together in 2092. However no matter will you fashion it with? For all you jewelry-heads on the market, don’t be concerned — I did not neglect you. Seek the advice of the next listing subsequent time you’re feeling the insatiable urge to decorate.

Accent-Associated Vocabulary

アクセサリー (akusesarī)
小物 (komono)
ジュエリー (juerī)
宝飾品 (hōshokuhin)
ネックレス (nekkuresu) necklace
ネクタイ (nekutai) necktie
指輪 (yubiwa) ring
ブレスレット (buresuretto)
腕輪 (udewa)
イヤリング (iyaringu) clip-on earrings
ピアス (piasu) actual earrings (for piercings)
ベルト (beruto) belt
帽子 (bōshi) hat
かばん (kaban)
バッグ (baggu)
マフラー (mafurā) scarf
手袋 (tebukuro) gloves, mittens
財布 (saifu) pockets
靴 (kutsu) footwear
ヘアアクセサリー (hea akusesarī)
髪飾り (kamikazari)
hair equipment
ヘアクリップ (hea kurippu)
髪留め (kamidome)
hair clip, barrette
シュシュ (shushu) scrunchie, hair tie
サングラス (sangurasu) sun shades
腕時計 (udedokei) watch

Watch out to not get hoodwinked by the distinction between イヤリング (iyaringu) and ピアス (piasu). This bozo has purchased approach too many cute earrings in Japan solely to get residence and uncover they’re clip-ons (the horror!). Keep in mind, for those who’ve bought holes in your ears, what are they? Pierced (ピアス).

However it doesn’t matter what you are shopping for, you may most likely need to ensure that it isn’t actively disintegrating on the hanger. Search for the next phrases in any merchandise’s description to study the way it’s holding up.

Situation of Vogue Gadgets

商品の状態 (shōhin no jōtai) merchandise’s situation
中古品 (chūkohin) used merchandise
未使用品 (mishiyōhin) unused merchandise
新品 (shinpin) new merchandise
毛玉 (kedama)
毛羽立ち (kebadachi)
lint, pilling, fuzz
汚れ (yogore) grime, stains, spots
シミ or 染み (shimi) stain, spot, smudge, discoloration
シワ, 皺, or 皴 (shiwa) wrinkle, crease
色褪せ (iroase) fading, discoloration
虫食い穴 (mushikui ana) holes eaten by bugs/moths
ほころび (hokorobi) seams which have come aside, tears
使用感 (shiyōkan) put on and tear, indicators of use
日焼け (hiyake) solar injury/fading

Understand that typically, sellers will say one thing is “kedama-less” (毛玉レス, kedamaresu) or has “no stains” (汚れなし, yogore nashi). So even for those who do see a few of the above phrases, know that the merchandise should still be in good situation. It is all about context, child. In the event you’re having bother, study you some grammar!

And for those who’re purchasing on Mercari (a magical, mystical wonderland that I will speak about later), I wrote a complete different chart explaining the best way to search by merchandise situation utilizing their particular terminology.

Whew…that is quite a lot of vocab. Japanese, am I proper? Now, let’s take a look at some instance sentences to start out stringing these random phrases right into a semi-cohesive thought.

  • 状態はいいと思います。

    Jōtai wa iito omoimasu.
  • [The item] is in good situation
  • 少し毛玉がありますが問題なくまだまだ着用可能です。

    Sukoshi kedama ga arimasuga mondainaku madamada chakuyōkanō desu.
  • There are just a few lint balls, however it could actually nonetheless be worn with out a drawback.
  • ルームウェアとしていかがですか。

    Rūmuuea toshite ikagadesuka?
  • Why not put on it as pajamas/loungewear?
  • 首元に多少の使用感がありますが、全体的には美品だと思います。

    Kubimoto ni tashō no shiyōkan ga arimasuga, zentaitekiniwa bihindato omoimasu.
  • There is a bit of wear and tear and tear across the neck, however on the entire, it is in near mint situation.

And that is all of the secondhand garments purchasing vocabulary I may consider! Armed with that data, and people perhaps-too-plentiful charts I whipped up, it’s best to really feel significantly extra assured shopping for garments in Japan.

The place to Discover Secondhand Clothes in Japan

Now that you know the way to speak about secondhand garments purchasing in Japanese, how about really doing it? On this part, I will provide the particulars on a few of the finest spots to thrift store for clothes in Japan, each on-line and in particular person. My private award for #1 on this listing goes to Mercari, however all of those shops have one thing great to supply your clothing-less physique.

From e-commerce apps to massive chain shops to small native retailers, I’ve bought solicited and unsolicited recommendation for each doable mode of cut price bin looking. So let’s get to it!


screenshot of the clothes section on mercari

Do you favor to interact in consumerism from the consolation of your individual 布団 (futon)? My prime suggestion is to research somewhat place of marvel referred to as Mercari, or メルカリ (Merukari). It is an e-commerce platform the place any common particular person can promote something they do not need anymore. Assume eBay, however extra interactive and fewer seedy and business.

There are many nihonjin unburdening themselves of their apparel on Mercari.

Mercari was based in Japan, then expanded into the US and UK. However whereas there is a Western, English-based model of the app with completely different branding, I extremely advocate downloading the Japanese model for those who’re in Japan. This may make sure you’re shopping for items from inside Japan, even when it takes some language studying in your half alongside the way in which.

Fortunately, there are many nihonjin (and a few foreigners) unburdening themselves of their apparel on Mercari — typically for approach low-cost. The minimal worth you possibly can listing one thing for on Japanese Mercari is 300 yen, so you may discover a number of clothes at and round that low worth.

When you discover a frock that speaks to you, you may need to take a look at the outline. Many sellers on Japanese Mercari listing the precise measurements of every piece of clothes, so get away the tape measure and punch サイズの測り方 (saizu no hakarikata, “the best way to measure measurement”) into Google Photographs if wanted. That ought to present you some Japanese clothes-measuring diagrams, which you’ll be able to reference to know which measurements sellers are speaking about. You can even sneak a peek on the measurement vocab chart from earlier to see if any of these phrases make an look.

Many sellers listing the precise measurements of every piece of clothes.

Understand that Mercari is a reasonably private expertise, particularly while you’re shopping for one thing somebody used to placed on their physique. For instance, some sellers need you to remark your curiosity earlier than shopping for. Look out for phrases like コメントでやりとりしてから (komento de yaritori shitekara, “as soon as we chat within the feedback, [we’ll see about you possibly buying]”) and 即購入不可 (sokukōnyū fuka, “don’t immediately purchase this merchandise [without commenting]”). Alternatively, if the outline says 即購入可 (sokukōnyūka, “instantaneous buy is feasible”) or 即購入OK (sokukōnyū ōkē, “instantaneous buy is okay”), you are good to go with out commenting. Most instances you may discover it is okay to not remark, but it surely’s all the time finest to test.

For recommendations on utilizing Mercari that are not strictly clothes-related, my article on Secondhand Purchasing in Japan consists of much more normal recommendation on how to not make a dodo of your self on the platform. You would possibly slip up just a few instances as a foreigner, particularly for those who’ve by no means used it earlier than, however that is okay. I nonetheless assume it is price it to get a great deal, avoid wasting polar bears, and assist a median particular person clear out their closet.

Native Thrift Shops & Flea Markets

photo of a rack of secondhand clothes in a store

Okay, you have surfed the web and found the titillating majesty of Mercari. However what if you would like — gasp — an in-person expertise? (Oh, the humanity!) In that case, I like to recommend seeing in case your metropolis or prefecture has any native thrift shops that might use your corporation. A smaller retailer may probably profit probably the most out of your yen, so why not take the chance to seek out some fascinating mom-and-pop retailers close to you?

Every spot could have its personal distinctive fashion and specialty.

To start out exploring, attempt typing the phrase 古着屋 (furugiya, “previous/secondhand garments retailer”) into Google Maps. Google-sensei will then present you thrift shops in your space, together with each impartial retailers and massive chains. You would possibly even be so fortunate as to discover a close by haberdashery, the staff of which might hopefully train you what the phrase haberdashery means.

Particularly with smaller shops, every spot could have its personal distinctive fashion and specialty, so don’t be concerned for those who discover one too obaa-san (“grandma/previous girl”) or yankī (“delinquent”) in your style. With a little bit of purchasing round, you may most likely discover your area of interest. (Or simply embrace the delinquent grandma aesthetic…what goes higher with a pompadour than a heat crocheted sweater?)

Shōtengai is perhaps your finest wager by way of trendiness.

Talking of favor, test whether or not there are any shōtengai (“purchasing streets”) close to you which are recognized for promoting used or classic items. Shōtengai is perhaps your finest wager by way of trendiness, since areas with quite a lot of foot site visitors usually tend to have each new and secondhand shops that cater to youthful demographics. As an illustration, in Nagoya, Osu Kannon’s purchasing arcade comprises dozens of small thrift retailers with racks of garments outdoors that you may flip by earlier than getting into. Ask round and discover out the place the locals go once they’re fishing for a brand new outfit. Likelihood is, there will be some furugiya round there as effectively so that you can assist.

Conveniently, for those who’ve hunted down the appropriate space filled with thrift shops, you could have additionally stumbled upon a flea market. Typically, Japanese flea markets are held in central areas like shōtengai, shrines, temples, parks, the bottom of Tokyo Skytree, and many others. Perhaps not a lot throughout pandemic instances, however you may need to know the place these colourful vintage gala’s are for future reference. Plus, each flea markets and small thrift shops are wonderful methods to assist your local people, which additionally results in emotions of back-pattery for you. Neato!

2nd Road

photo of the storefront of a 2nd Street store

In the event you’ve learn Secondhand Purchasing in Japan, you realize my ideas on 2nd Road. It is a dependable useful resource for while you want one thing primary, like a long-sleeve shirt or purse, that you just’re not that choosy about by way of fashion. In actual fact, 2nd Road is ideal for this, since for those who’re in a Japanese metropolis, you are most likely a stone’s throw away from one at any given time.

2nd Road’s general vibe tends to fluctuate particularly broadly.

Wandering right into a 2nd Road is like taking part in roulette — you would possibly get tremendous fortunate, otherwise you would possibly discover every thing to be coated in sequins. Like several secondhand chain, completely different areas could have various things in inventory at completely different instances, however 2nd Road’s general vibe tends to fluctuate particularly broadly. I’ve discovered some downtown branches which have an upstairs with stylish, pricier manufacturers of streetwear, whereas others really feel like they had been stocked solely by obā-chan‘s shuffleboard membership. Positively try the 2nd Streets in your space, however go away your expectations on the door and be open to no matter random racks of garments occur to greet you.

In the event you do not need to go outdoors, although, 2nd Road additionally has gadgets on the market on their web site. The web retailer makes use of a digital trying-on system referred to as Virtusize, the place you possibly can enter your measurements and see how they examine to the garments’ measurements. It is fairly useful!

2nd Road has areas within the US, in addition to an American on-line retailer.

And for those who’re not in Japan, 2nd Road really has areas within the US, in addition to an American on-line retailer. They reportedly inventory items from each the US and Japan, which is useful for these of us who like Japanese kinds however do not need to be bankrupted by delivery charges.

General, 2nd Road is probably the most ubiquitous and well-known secondhand chain in Japan for good cause, however actually not your solely choice.

Treasure Manufacturing unit

photo of the storefront of a Treasure Factory store taken at night

And now for the shops I have not personally shopped at. Since I have never purchased something from the locations in these previous few sections, take my phrases with a grain of salt. However do not let it cease you from scoping them out on my behalf!

Within the normal secondhand purchasing article, I launched Treasure Manufacturing unit. Just like the “-Off” collection of shops, Treasure Manufacturing unit is a normal flagship retailer with an umbrella of smaller, extra particular retailers, together with a number of specializing in secondhand clothes. Relying in your worth level, you possibly can determine which one would possibly meet your sartorial wants.


screenshot of the trefac style landing page

With probably the most awkward-to-say title of all time, TreFacStyle (トレファクスタイル) primarily sells primary, on a regular basis informal put on. In the event you’re trying to attempt your hand at some good previous 買取 (kaitori, “trade-in/buyback”), you are able to do it at TreFacStyle. Simply ensure that your gadgets match the manufacturers and classes they will take by checking their 取扱いアイテム (“Accepted Gadgets”) web page. They periodically maintain “20% UP” campaigns the place you receives a commission 20% extra in your complete lot for those who embrace at the very least one merchandise from particular high-end manufacturers.

All in all, TreFacStyle could also be finest for individuals who care about manufacturers and high quality a average quantity, however do not essentially need to pay large bucks for them.


screenshot of the uselet landing page

You have additionally bought two different choices, on reverse ends of the value spectrum. On the grime low-cost facet, UseLet (ユーズレット) is a warehouse-style secondhand trend outlet that prides itself on “excessive” affordability. UseLet says you possibly can coordinate a complete outfit for simply 1,000 yen, and I would like to see somebody take a look at them on that. They promote new gadgets in addition to used, so whilst you’re rummaging round for latex cow-print unitards, you would possibly hit the jackpot and discover one with the tag nonetheless on.

UseLet appears finest for anybody who’s on a funds, would not care about model names, and/or simply needs to get probably the most bang for his or her buck. (If I nonetheless lived in Japan, this is able to be me!) They solely exist in Tokyo, Saitama, and Kanagawa although, so for those who dwell outdoors of these prefectures, you are outta luck.

TreFac Vogue On-line

screenshot of the zozoused landing page

Treasure Manufacturing unit additionally has a web based retailer referred to as TreFac Vogue, which bears probably the most similarity to TreFacStyle by way of worth and types. The vast majority of their garments vary from about 1,900 yen to 30,000 yen, with just a few particular classic gadgets going for 200,000 yen or extra. (Who knew a pair of denims from the 60s might be so costly?) The information web page even offers frequent updates about 入荷 (nyūka, “new arrivals”) and 値下げ (nesage, “reductions”). So if you would like, you possibly can glue your self to your display screen ready for these treasured used Levi’s to lastly not price 1,000,000 {dollars}.


screenshot of the used section on spinns

On the lookout for someplace to buy outdoors of the Treasure Manufacturing unit prolonged universe? Japanese clothes retailer ZOZOTOWN, which owns the favored Japanese outfit-sharing web site/app WEAR, has a secondhand part referred to as ZOZOUSED. Their costs are pretty low, with many gadgets promoting for underneath 3,000 yen, in addition to higher-end clothes that may get into the tens of 1000’s of yen. You may peruse their secondhand listings by clicking 新着 (shinchaku), or New Arrivals, and even filter by which day they arrived (e.g. 3月15日発売, or “[Arrived] for Sale on March fifteenth”). By the staggering variety of gadgets accessible, ZOZO is a extremely fashionable web site for clothes resale, so you may probably haven’t any bother discovering one thing that floats your boat.

Some particular options of ZOZOUSED embrace the power to save lots of manufacturers you want, see comparable listings on every merchandise’s web page, and browse the 500 yen sale rack. Simply make sure to test the merchandise’s situation, rated from S to D like many different secondhand websites.

For customers outdoors of Japan, ZOZOTOWN companions with worldwide delivery firm Buyee to ship their garments abroad. Keep in mind, although, that it will most likely make your cheapo secondhand purchasing habits not so low-cost.

SPINNS Used Part

screenshot of the used section on spinns

In the event you’re into Japanese trend, you have probably heard of SPINNS, a streetwear retailer marketed towards younger trendsetters, with their flagship retailer in Harajuku. The 古着 part of their website features a choice of secondhand clothes that may make you seem like probably the most trendy American hoodlum there may be. Quite a lot of their used garments are 5,000 yen or underneath, though they’ve gadgets from pricier manufacturers as effectively.

In contrast to most web sites on this article, they do not appear to listing a lot details about the situation of garments, so purchase at your individual threat. However at the very least some bodily areas carry secondhand choices as effectively, so you possibly can browse the racks in particular person. All in all, for those who get pleasure from massive graphic sweaters, saggy denims, letterman jackets, Exhausting Rock Cafe t-shirts, and the like, you can do loads worse than the used part of SPINNS.

Secondhand Luxurious Manufacturers

At this level, you have discovered about the place to seek out reasonably priced used garments in Japan, principally no matter model names. However wait — are you too good for $7 pants? Have you ever bought a fats pocketbook of yen to spend, however not fairly fats sufficient to purchase designer manufacturers at designer costs?

Then try these three secondhand shops the place you possibly can thrift for upscale clothes and equipment that may injure your checking account barely much less. In the event you sip your inexperienced tea together with your pinky up, you may really feel proper at residence at any of those retailers.

Additionally, very similar to different secondhand shops, these locations allow you to commerce in your individual undesirable gadgets. Thus, for those who’ve bought any previous Hermes belts mendacity round, think about taking them to Model Accumulate, KOMEHYO, or RAGTAG so some poor, needy banker can maintain their fancy pants up for a reduction.

Model Accumulate

screenshot of the brand collect landing page

You thought we had been finished with Treasure Manufacturing unit, eh? Assume once more, pal. Model Accumulate (ブランドコレクト) is the subsidiary of TreFac that makes a speciality of used luxury-brand garments and equipment. They’ve areas in Tokyo in addition to an on-line retailer. You will discover all the standard suspects: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, and all these different fancy designers with hard-to-spell names.

The secondhand gadgets are rated by their 程度 (teido, “diploma/quantity”) of wear and tear and tear on a six-star scale. Helpfully, their on-line website additionally provides diagrams with actual measurements, or 計測サイズ (keisoku saizu), for lots of the merchandise they promote, so that you might be further positive it suits before you purchase it.

Worth-wise, for those who’ve not too long ago hit it massive at pachinko and want to blow these stacks of money, it’s going to be fairly straightforward at Model Accumulate. Gadgets can price from about 5,000 yen all the way in which as much as 100,000 yen or extra. However you possibly can recoup a few of these losses by buying and selling in (買取, kaitori) any of your spare monocles or golden purses remotely by a LINE app software or in particular person.


screenshot of the komehyo landing page

Uninterested in all of the Treasure Manufacturing unit offshoots? KOMEHYO can also be a well known chain that makes a speciality of secondhand garments, baggage, footwear, equipment, and jewellery from high-end manufacturers. Their inventory is much like Model Accumulate, with the addition of another fascinating stuff, like fancy pens, fancy kimono, fancy musical devices, fancy cameras, and naturally, fancy diamonds.

For my fellow hermits, their on-line retailer has the identical form of opulent choices as they do in particular person. Generally they’ve campaigns the place delivery is free for those who spend at the very least 5,000 yen, a quantity you are positive to hit for those who purchase actually something. A couple of gadgets go for lower than 10,000 yen, however the majority will price you many tens of 1000’s of yen (万円). So for those who’re some sort of millionaire, or only a spirited debtor, KOMEHYO is perhaps for you!

Not all their merchandise are used, however most of them do say 中古品 (chūkohin), or “used merchandise.” KOMEHYO charges their used gadgets on a scale of S, A, B, and C, the place S is near new and C is closely used. For some gadgets, they even embrace the 参考上代 (sankōjōdai), or MSRP (producer’s steered retail worth), so you possibly can examine and see how a lot it is marked down. Each costs are normally a bunch of cash, however at the very least you are saving 300,000 yen on a 700,000 yen bag, proper? Proper?


screenshot of the ragtag landing page

RAGTAG is yet one more retailer that sells secondhand luxurious garments for decrease costs, seemingly targeted on avenue manufacturers. However for those who dwell in Japan and may’t learn a lot Japanese, this one is perhaps your finest wager. Of all of the shops on this article, it is the one one with an English on-line retailer that is not both 1) nonexistent, or 2) shoddily machine-translated. Additionally, RAGTAG sells many gadgets for underneath 10,000 yen, which is inexpensive on the entire than KOMEHYO.

Uniquely, their product listings describe gadgets’ cloth thickness, lining, sheerness, elasticity, and glossiness. These particulars are majorly helpful for getting a way of the fabric and “really feel” of a garment before you purchase. Anybody who’s tried to purchase a white shirt solely to seek out it is principally translucent tissue paper is aware of what I imply!

Like 2nd Road, RAGTAG makes use of Virtusize to point out you the scale of garments utilizing diagrams and your individual enter measurements. Nevertheless, RAGTAG additionally enables you to examine gadgets to garments you have already purchased and has a useful “Add to Closet” button. Most impressively, you possibly can even search by picture. Simply add an image of 1 garment or a whole outfit, set the concentrate on which article of clothes you need from the outfit, and RAGTAG exhibits you comparable gadgets to purchase. It largely works primarily based on shade, however nonetheless, this operate had me exclaiming enthusiastic expletives as I experimented with it. Evidently, RAGTAG provides probably the most strong on-line secondhand purchasing system I’ve discovered to date.

As ordinary, you possibly can alternate your used clothes for a modest wad of yen right here. Test their trade-in web page to see what manufacturers they will settle for.

Hand-Me-Downs Make the Gaijin

“Cool threads, pal. The place’d you get them? Oh, off the again of a stranger? Radical, me too. There’s some man named Satoshi operating round stark bare, all due to me.” Do not you want this might be you? Properly, with the assistance of secondhand purchasing, some wholesome concern for future generations, and somewhat cheapness, you can also have bizarre conversations like this one.

So subsequent time you want a pair of denims, sun shades, or inflatable clown footwear, think about ripping them off the physique of somebody you have by no means met. I imply, er, shopping for them secondhand! Encourage folks all throughout Japan to embrace what ママ gave ’em by giving their garments a great residence. Your conscience and pockets, together with budding nudist Satoshi, will thanks.



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