When you’re in Tokyo, it wouldn’t hurt to look the part. Finding clothes shops in Japan is quite easy, allowing you access to Japanese fashion. But some are on a budget, and don’t have that much money to spend on clothes. That’s where thrift shops come in! As you should know, thrift stores are a great way to find quality used clothes, and other items, for a very reasonable price. If you’ve ever been in a thrift store such as Goodwill, you know what we’re talking about. What are the best thrift stores in Tokyo? In this post, we’ll tell you some you can check out.
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Keshiki is located not too far from Shibuya Station, and provides quite the variety of clothing for all shoppers. All the clothing is high quality and its prices vary. You can find some high quality tailored jackets for around 16,800 yen, or about $150 USD, which is a good price for those. They also sell cheaper items of clothing such as music shirts.
Their website even has an online shop, which is a nice feature, and is easy to navigate without translating even if you don’t know Japanese. It was a surprising thrift store for me, and if you’re in the area, it will be one for you too.
Address: 6-19-16 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: 12-9 each day
Phone number:+81 3-5485-4621
Official website: http://keshiki-tokyo.shop-pro.jp/?mode=cate&cbid=1701716&csid=0
2.DonDonDown on Wednesday
The name of it basically means their prices go down on Wednesday, so you should probably go early that day and check them out. They also have a unique model that tells you when the item was sent to the store, and the longer it’s been there, the cheaper it becomes.
It adds a bit of spice to your thrift shopping. Say you see a jacket that looks really nice, but the price is too much for you to spend. By waiting a bit, you can get that jacket for cheaper. However, if you wait too long, someone else might buy it. I went there, and it was fun trying to get the best clothes for the cheapest price.
Name: DonDonDown on Wednesday
Address: 25-2, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyo, 150-0042, Japan
Business hour: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Phone number: + 81-6-6190-2698
Official website: http://www.dondondown.com/
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This thrift shop is great for people who love to rock the anime aesthetic. Every season, the store changes themes, and the walls are covered with manga pages, toys, and other anime decorations. Their clothing has menswear that’s colorful, as well as remade items that contain metal, plastic, and anything else that makes its user feel like an anime protagonist. As I visited the store, I was quite amazed at how creative it was. Thrift stores usually tend to have a different theme to them, but when you think about, they all seem the same when it comes to clothing. This store, however, goes above to make sure it’s unique. Even if anime isn’t your thing, it’s worth checking out.
Address: 3-4-11 Koenjikita, Suginami, Tokyo 166-0002, Japan
Business hour: Mon.-Fri. 3:00 pm-9:00 pm (Closed Thu.)/ Sat. & Sun. 1:00 pm-9:00 pm
Phone number: +81-3-5327-5330
So far, many of these thrift stores provide quality clothes at a good value, but what if your budget is really low, or you want a lot of clothes for little? Stick Out has you covered. Every item is the same price. They’re 700 yen, or about $6.50 USD, and the store is covered with clothes. If you can think of it, it’s probably there, and it’s sticking out for you to see.
It’s a bit overwhelming when you go inside. The store does honor the quantity over quality philosophy, and pretty much accepts anything. You may want a bit of time to sort through their selection. After all, mixed in with the mediocre is probably a nice piece of clothing you won’t get any cheaper. Part of the fun with thrift shopping is being able to dive into the used goods and coming out with some treasure. If you like doing that, Stick Out will be the place you should shop.
Name: Stick Out
Address: 2F, 2−14-16 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: 11:00 pm-8:00 pm
Phone number: +81-3–3487-3266
Official website: http://www.stickout.co.jp/
These are just a few places to check out if you’re thrifting in Tokyo. With Tokyo, there’s always more than just an article can cover, and there are probably a few places that go under the radar. Are there any thrift stores that are gems to shop in? Tell us in the comments.
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