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Second-hand Stores in Japan: Be eco-friendly, Save up wisely

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Hi there it’s Mr. Wada on duty. I’d like to share a little bit about second-hand stores in Japan this time. When you look for anything to purchase, would you consider second-hand? I would, at least in Japan. Does second-hand sound dirty or crappy to you? Good news. You may have more chances to encounter good stuff here.


How is Second-hand like in Japan?

I’m not sure if people really think of Eco but there’s always been demand and supply. Plus generally speaking second-hand comes in good condition. Well, they are often categorized in different grades like A, B, etc.

Second-hand Stores in Japan guitar store

(Photo credit: perke)

 

Why in Good Conditions?

Good question. Probably a reason why they look good is at the very beginning, some people might be thinking of selling it later on when purchasing, so they try not to damage or scratch to keep stuff look good. Me? Yeah, I also feel that way sometimes. The more damaged your stuff is, the lesser worth your stuff would be when it comes to selling it.

 

What About Prices?

It all depends on what kind of product you are looking, and condition matters as well. Some items could be less than half of the original prices.

Second-hand Stores in Japan price

(Photo credit: Stéfan)

 

Recommended Second-Hand Stores in Japan

Let me introduce you some stores where we often use. You may see them all over the county.

BOOK OFF

BOOK OFF sells books, CDs, DVDs, Records, etc. Super cheap.

Second-hand Stores in Japan bookoff

(Photo credit: Roland Tanglao)

I’ve got this CD(s) for 200 yen! Books are from 50 JPY-ish.

Second-hand Stores in Japan CD

 

Locations

Find a BOOK OFF store near your place HERE (in JP).

or go to the ONLINE STORE   *Domestic Shipping (Japan Only)

 

OFF HOUSE

OFF HOUSE is the same chain of BOOK OFF. This place though sells more varieties of stuff like furniture, clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, etc.

Second-hand Stores in Japan OFFHOUSE

(Photo credit: Alejandro Cremades)

 

We bought our kitchen table and chairs at OFF HOUSE. It is originally about 20,000 yen, and it was like 3,000 yen at OFF HOUSE. Well, it was a little old but still a great deal, don’t you think?

Second-hand Stores in Japan table

Locations

Find a OFF HOUSE store near your place HERE (in JP).

or go to the ONLINE STORE *Domestic Shipping (Japan Only)

 

2ND STREET/JUMBLE STORE

2ND STREET is Mrs. Wada’s hangout. This store sells more branded stuff but for affordable prices.

Second-hand Stores in Japan jumble

(From wikipedia)

 

One of Mrs. Wada’s jackets from 2nd street (very pinkish).

Second-hand Stores in Japan jacket

Locations

Find a 2ND STREET store near your place HERE (in JP).

Or go to the online store. *Domestic Shipping (Japan Only)

セカンドストリート オンラインストア

Here’s a guide to shopping at 2ND STREET online store as well.

Guide to Shopping at 2nd STREET Online Store

 

King Family

King Family sells second-hand clothing and some other different items like bags, accessories etc, including branded stuff. General impression I have for this store is quite reasonable. Also I often see some unusual stuff like concert T-shirts. Quite interesting.

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Mrs. Wada’s summer hat from King Family (100 yen!)

second-hand stores in Japan

Find a King Family store near your palace HERE.

 

 

TREASURE FACTORY

This store is similar to Off House which sells electronics, furniture, clothing, etc.

second-hand stores in Japan

 

The Takoyaki machine introduced in the previous post was actually from a recycle store called Treasure Factory.

Second-hand Stores in Japan takoyaki hotplate

It was about 1,000 yen. A brand new one would’ve been 2,000 JPY-ish. Big saving.

 

Locations

Find a TREASURE FACTORY store near your place HERE (in JP).

 

Thrift Stores

Great deals offered at thrift stores as well.

 

Sell your stuff

These stores also buy your stuff. Normally just drop-in and inform the staff that you want to sell. They would estimate and let you know how much it would be. Oh, don’t forget to take your ID though (foreigner card, driver’s license, etc). Some stores even visit your place for things you can’t take to the store. That’d be quite convenient for selling stuff like furniture (some conditions apply).

Second-hand Stores in Japan cashier

(Photo credit: MIKI Yoshihito)

 

Lastly

To be frank, I used to dislike second-hand. But it was my first time selling my video games, I got chunk of cash and bought some other games, I felt I liked it! (hehe). Since then I wouldn’t mind it. Well, of course not all stuff is great and in perfect conditions. Such items like electronics, instruments, you should try out first before purchasing (ask staff though).

Why don’t you go check second-hand stores in Japan? You may encounter unexpected deals somewhere. (>v・)

See you around!

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Yoshi (Mr. Wada)
I enjoy both indoor and outdoor stuff. Fishing in summer, Onsen( hot springs) in winter, and driving all year around!
http://the-wadas.com/

8 thoughts on “Second-hand Stores in Japan: Be eco-friendly, Save up wisely

  1. I have a book off near me I bought a great poetry book ( in English !) What’s better is that I waited a week before buying it and the price changed from 900 yen to 300 yen super bargain ! I also love 2nd street clothing store we have a few in Nagasaki !

  2. I like second hand stores too. Second hand bookstores especially. There are lots of great ones here. I suppose a big chain of general second hand items would be Value Village. Many general second hand stores are attached to different charities, such as the hospital.

    I’ve had many good finds in second hand book stores. One book, that I won’t name’ was found for about $2. Normally a book like that would be about $20.

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