Buying used garments and items may have been looked down upon by society in general, but nowadays it’s perfectly normal to treat yourself to some vintage used goods as often times for people who have a knack for finding great used clothing can often times find great offers at very low prices making the desired item truly a keepsake. Right now Tokyo is a robust thrift store, Eden. You can find almost anything ranging from high-quality designer boutiques, European wear, and luxury accessories in no time. The Kouenji district which is between Tachikawa and Shinjuku is considered as Tokyo alternative center for youth culture. Here on our list, we would like to carefully list some of the best second-hand shop available in Koenji.
Starting off with Re’Al which is considered the jewel of thrift heaven by Japanese people, here you best be sure that you will find plenty of great clothes for yourself. This store is fronted by two brothers who realized at one point that there wasn’t a place in Japan where you could buy brand goods like Ralph Lauren in Tokyo, and that’s almost the precipice on how the store started. You can find this great store filled with all sorts of professional goods ranging from leather shoes, sandals, shirts and sports jackets all more or less originating from Europe and America, near the Koenji station, the store itself is located on the first floor of the residential building.
Say that you need a cheap dinosaur costume for a manga party and you don’t want to spend too much cash and you are in a hurry, well head down to the Kitakore building in Koe where Goto keeps his famous Hayathochiri shop and ravel in its flamboyant choice of merchandise. Hayatochiri may be simply described as The greatest store ever! So what should the greatest store have? Well depends on the person actually but if you are into anime and sparkly costumes Hayatochiri is the place to be. This store is simply oozing with all sorts of different costumes wildly colorful tops and even led jacket’s yes you heard that right Led Jackets!
With a name like Gasoline for a store you already have some insight on what to expect. This store has certainly made a name for itself in the vintage scene. This store encompasses every Americana themed clothing article you will need when it comes to clothing. One of the three stores in Harajuku but there are even more of them across Tokyo, for now, let’s concentrate on the one in Koeunji. If you are a fan of motorcycle wear this is the place for you, everything from leather jackets to rockabilly wear is abundant here along with a fine selection of workman’s classical outfits with brands like Lee and Carhartt jeans and shirts. We should point out that even though they have a little bit of everything their prime specialization is denim. Their stock of denim is one of the best in the world, so try not to miss out.
For all of you fans of the 80s, we have a store designed especially for you. To get there you need to get to the Koenji south central exit until you come across a large street, You will reach a large pedestrian mall, the very first store you will pass along is the famous Spank! Store. This thrift haven encompasses all sorts of ‘’80s pop disco’’ themes so expect a lot of colorful t-shirts, flamboyant gowns and all kinds of sweaters with a lot of cuddly bears and sprinkles on them. But not all of these sparkly items are used though as almost 20% of all items available makeup for products designed and made by the store itself like: interesting accessories, tights with spacious prints and items coming from the brand Monascas Banana.
Sokkkyou is great for many reasons. First, off they possess elegant items which are in almost pristine condition. This store carefully markets its articles and its selection. Here you can also find items coming from the United States, and be assured that all your bought items are fashionably oriented. Everything from 1920 up to 1990 is on display here and their site feature merchandise you can browse from the comfort of your home before you set your eye on something. The key word to Sokkyou is elegance and many items are wearable by both genders so you will definitely find something for you. To reach the shop just take an easy stroll from the south exit of Koenji station in the proximity of the heightened railway line.
Now or never
As the name of the store suggests Now or Never perfectly sums up the motto of this interesting store. Some offers are very easy to miss out so try to grab that extra chunky sweater you always wanted while you can because of the store’s stock changes really fast! At now or never you are bound to find every clothing item you will ever need to keep you warm during the winter. Also, jewelry is readily available including some accessories for women can be acquired along with some Vietnam-era embroidered sukajans for that ideal cool tough guy look!
Koenji is above all more than just a prefecture of Tokyo, it is considered to be a cultural hub for all sorts of shops and it justifies its name as being the alternative culture centre of Japan, Before you go hunting for great second-hand items we would like to help you out with a couple of tips embedded for Tokyo’s thrift stores. First off don’t forget to take off your shoes before going into a fitting booth, also use google map to get somewhere and fastest and remember the real treasure items are usually on second floor of buildings which have second hand merchandise, so happy hunting!
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