Finding a thrift store in Japan is as common as finding a convenience store. As the current trend of thrifting has taken off, entire districts such as Shimokitazawa have dedicated themselves as second hand havens. The idea of mottainai runs deep in Japanese culture as we can see from the common use of fax machines. As trends are recycling back into style quicker than they were five years ago, Japan has been able to capitalize off the ever changing need for quality vintage clothes. The big thrift stores such as Second Street, Kinji, and even New York Joe are mainstays in a Tokyo shopping experience as every J-fashon and lifestyle vlogger will quickly tell you. While those stores are great jumping off points, here are lesser known vintage shops to elevate your thrifting strategy.
Tucked away in the southern part of Shibuya ward Number Me is a vintage and Select Shop. The store carries a variety of second hand clothes for both men and women, they also carry their own brand of clothing as well.
Pros: Convenient location in Shibuya. There are also a variety of carefully selected pieces to suit a more laid back aesthetic including satin pants, tops, and colorful blazers.
Cons: The store is a little hard to find from off the street, there’s only one sign hinting at the location. The prices are a little higher than what’s usually expected at a vintage shop.
Used Funny Face
If you’re a fan of 50’s style brightly colored dresses, you’ll be able to find plenty at Used Funny Face in Arakawa Ward. The friendliness of the staff matches the bright colors of the store and will surely leave a lasting impression on you.
Pros: All the clothing is at a fair price point. The staff are friendly and there are a variety of sizes.
Cons: The location is a little bit out of the way for a clothing store. From Tabata JR station it’s a 10 minute walk to the store.
Tokyo Lamppon & Ereva
Thrift store wouldn’t mean much without the ability to be some high end designer items at a fraction of their retail price. Tokyo Lampoon & Ereva offers a large selection of designer products from Gucci handbags to Dior earrings.
Pros: All items are certified designer brands at fair prices. There’s an online shop to check for availability as well.
Cons: Popular items go rather quickly, so there’s not much to contemplate how much you’re willing to spend.
Mitsuba: Cosplay Shop
For all the anime lovers out there, Mitsuba cosplay store offers a wide variety of lightly used cosplays. Price points of entire costume sets range anywhere from 1,000 yen to 10,000 yen.
Pros: Convenient location in Akihabara. Good price point for cosplayers on a budget.
Cons: Limited inventory at any given time. Not a large variety in sizes as most of the cosplays are in Japanese sizes.
Mujin No Fukuya
Literally named “No man Clothing Store“, this vintage shop is located in Nogata Tokyo. Living up to its name as a vending machine operated store, you can enjoy shopping second hand without the hassle of dealing with store clerks.
Pros: Cheap pricing, the most expensive item is priced at 5,000 yen, so you can find some cute, lightly used clothes for a good price. No staff members are in the store, which can be a relief for people who get stressed out by leering staff.
Cons: Small, cramped space which isn’t ideal for shopping in a group. There isn’t a working website the store can be hard to keep track of.