By thomas | April 13, 2008
Do you like Japanese stuff? Do you like to get it for cheap? If so, you are in luck! Ryan Coffey of www.movetonanaimo.com writes in with a great tip about how to get used (and not-so-used) stuff for very cheap: Recycle Shops. Here’s the scoop:
I like your site. You is be way kewl.
I’m surprised though that you haven’t put a post up yet of the best hack of all. (That I know of anyway.) And that would be the “recycle shop” or in usual English the 2nd hand stores. I mean, in Japan, no one is really interested in buying stuff that isn’t new. So the whities who know this hack can get their stuff super super cheap if they know where a good 2nd hand shop is there and they have an eye for quality. I used to buy my omiyage there for my friends back home. But that was just the beginning of it. My home was filled with furniture, dishes, kitchen goods, appliances and so on that I got for stupidly cheap at the 2nd hand store, most of which was almost like new or at least worked fine. Even now that I live back in Canada, I still do much of my shopping in those stores and bring the stuff back to Canada. I just had sukiyaki tonight in a nice iron sukiyaki nabe that I bought in January. The thing had never been used and my guess is that if I bought it new at a regular store it would have been at least 6000 en, but I only paid 800 since it had sat in a box for 20 years or so. Not like it matters. It’s great quality and mint condition. I had to peel stickers off of it to use it even.
The caveat is that you can’t sell the stuff back to them in the end though when you leave Japan. They actually charge you to give them the stuff so they can sell it. And as it’s still cheaper than throwing the stuff out/getting it recycled, it remains the best option. This is one of those things you can only understand if you’ve lived in Japan for quite a few years. It’s also something that, if it doesn’t make you really angry, you’ve been there WAY too long and it’s time to go home!
Great tip! You’ve convinced me to seek out second-hand stores where I live (Himeji). For anyone else wanting to do the same, a google search for リサイクルショップ plus your city name would be a good place to start.
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