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Great Tokyo shops for used clothing

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A list of great shops for used clothing in Tokyo

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HARAJUKU AREA

Chicago site
Variety vintage. T-shirts, training gear, jeans, hats, coats, kimono, haori, modern clothing made from kimono, much more. Has several stores, mostly in Tokyo.
Open: 11 – 8pm
Address: 6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3409-5017
Directions: Harajuku station (JR line) or Meiji Jingumae station (Chiyoda line). On Omotesando Dori. A few doors up from Condomania towards JR Harajuku station.

WE GO site
Variety vintage. T-shirts, jeans, shirts, hats, coats, you name it. Large chain with stores all over Japan.
Open: 10 – 9pm
Address: Iberia Biru 1F & 2F, 6-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 03 3400 7625
Directions: Harajuku station (JR line) or Meiji Jingumae station (Chiyoda line). On Meiji Dori. Across the street from Condomania, a few steps towards Shibuya.

THANK YOU MART site
Mainly vintage American clothes. T-shirts, jeans, shirts, hats, jackets, fun items, they have it all. Huge chain with stores all over Japan (three in Harajuku alone!). All items are JPY 390, therefore the name (3 = san and 9 = kyu, “sankyu” or “thank you”).
Open: 11 – 8pm
Address: Ranzan Annex 2F, 1-8-25 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3401-8556
Directions: Harajuku station (JR line) or Meiji Jingumae station (Chiyoda line). Off Takeshita Dori. Tough to find. Check map

Also check out the many shops on Takeshita Dori and Cat Street.

DAIKANYAMA AREA

Antiqulosium site
True vintage from Victorian times to early ’60s. Dresses, blouses, hats, pins, bags, costume jewelry.
Open: Mon – Sat 12pm – 8pm, Sun & Hol 12pm – 7pm
Address: Tokyu Apt B1, Daikanyama-cho 20-23, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3461-5295
Directions: Daikanyama station (Toyoko line). Turn right down onto Hachiman Dori, turn right again.

Department East
Generic and psychedelic items. Jeans, T-shirts, shirts.
Open: 11:54am – 8pm
Address: Daikanyama Twin Bldg A 2F, Sarugaku-cho 30-3, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3464-6141
Directions: Daikanyama station (Toyoko line). Turn left at Hachiman Dori, down the hill past the koban (police box) to where Kyu-yamate Dori meets Komazawa Dori.

SHIMOKITAZAWA AREA

Once Upon A Time
Boy Scout shirts, gas station workers’ shirts (with name tags), T-shirts, ethnic skirts, embroidered tops, petticoats, baby clothes.
Open: Mon – Fri 12pm – 7:45pm, Sat/Sun 11am – 7:45pm
Address: Kitazawa 2-1-8, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: NA
Directions: Shimokitazawa station (Odakyu, Inokashira lines). Take the South exit and walk straight down the shopping street to the intersection at the bottom.

Irohado
Famous for Winter gear. Plaid wool skirts, kilts, wool coats, trench coats, sheepskin-collar jackets, Nordic sweaters, flannel shirts, more.
Open: 11am – 8pm
Address: Kitazawa 2-14-18, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5481-7715
Directions: Shimokitazawa station (Odakyu, Inokashira lines). Take the South exit, walk straight down the shopping street. It’s on the left.

Asahiya Yohinten
Eclectic. T-shirts, jeans, taffeta petticoats, dresses, kimono, sneakers, cowboy boots, cushions, dolls…
Open: 12pm – 8pm
Address: Kitazawa 2-2-7, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5430-9570
Directions: Shimokitazawa station (Odakyu, Inokashira lines). Down the street from Irohado.

WAKAMIYA AREA

Tiffana
Designer brands like Coach, Vuitton, Tiffany. Suits, coats, casual, lingerie, baby clothes, shoes, wallets, jewelry, sunglasses, bags, more.
Open: 10am – 9pm
Address: Wakamiya 3-18-4, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3336-3327
Directions: Toritsukasei station (Seibu Shinjuku line). Exit and turn left. Three-minute walk.

KOENJI AREA

Under Watahs
Vintage American clothes. Sweatshirts, jeans, flannel shirts, nostalgic goods from the ’60s and ’70s.
Open: 12 – 8pm
Address: Koenji-kita 3-3-10, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3223-1248
Directions: Koenji station (Chuo line), North exit, on Naka Dori.

Morning Sun (Asahiya Yohinten)
Variety. Suits, velvet dresses, leather coats, suede pants, T-shirts.
Open: 12 – 8pm
Address: Koenji-minami 2-48-6, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3312-5477
Directions: Koenji station (Chuo line), South exit. Walk on the covered street, Pal Dori. Keep going when the roof ends.

Vagabond Bone
Variety. Bell bottoms, slacks, coats, plaid skirts, ponchos, capes, velour blazers.
Open: 12 – 9pm
Address: Sakaeya Bldg 2F, Koenji-minami 2-22-12, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3315-8598
Directions: Koenji station (Chuo line), South exit. Next to Morning Sun.

UENO AREA

Sundries Town
Variety. Clothing, sneakers, military gear, lots more.
Open: NA
Address: NA
Phone: NA
Directions: Ueno station, Hirokoji exit. Under the railroad tracks on Ameya Yokocho.

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Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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I was wondering if you know where I can order Takashi Murakami’s Mr.DOB shirts?

Thank you.
Annie
Dec 6, 2005 (5335 days ago)

TIENDAS VINTAGE

vic
Dec 1, 2008 (4244 days ago)

HEY _

amanika
Feb 22, 2009 (4161 days ago)

Wow, Thank you so much for such a detailed list. Very useful.
by the way, any chance that you know where/which shops I can sell my clothes to?
Thanks a lot.

kimiko
Apr 19, 2010 (3740 days ago)

Usually these shops buy in bulk, but you could give them a call. If you’re in the US, there is always Goodwill… If you have expensive brand clothing in good condition, there are special stores in Japan that buy such items. There are way too many for a list. Do a Google search for 「ブランド古着 買取」.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 19, 2010 (3740 days ago)

I have a new Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120 pumps for to sale because is too big for me and I was wondering if is easy to sell here in Japan? I dont know where I can go. Can You help-me? I bought at Net-a-Porter website and expired the days for me return.

Jelly
Nov 23, 2010 (3522 days ago)

I went today to a second hand shop called RagTag on Takeshita Dori. I wanted to sell some clothes on excellent condition, some are brand names, but they looked at it and said that I cannot sell any clothes unless they have a Japanese label. That is so weird! Is that true, that I can only sell clothes which were purchased in Japan?

AZ
Mar 8, 2011 (3417 days ago)

@AZ: Never heard of that before. Was it shop policy, or did they say it was law? If they said the latter, I am pretty sure it is incorrect. Anyways, lots of shops to sell your stuff to. Did you try selling your clothes on Yahoo Japan already?

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 8, 2011 (3417 days ago)

I asked them if there maybe other second-hand shops on Takeshita Dori that would buy these clothes, but they said “no, they all will require a Japanese label on the clothes”. It sounded so ridicules to me. I haven’t tried the Yahoo Japan, but the problem is that all these sites are usually in Japanese and I don’t speak any…Do you know any sites which can communicate in English? thank you in advance…

AZ
Mar 8, 2011 (3417 days ago)

@AZ: Did you actually visit other stores? I am not sure if the big chains buy off the street, but small shops will. The only appropriate English language auction site I know is eBay. But shipping to the US is a big pain right now since the US restricted the allowed size last year in response to the bomb square…

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 8, 2011 (3417 days ago)

Well, I visited 3 other shops besides RagTag today and none of them wanted to buy anything, they just shook their head and said that they are not buying even though those were second-hand shops. :| I might try again the Jingumae 6-chome area (isn’t it where most of the used clothes shops are located?) and if no success I guess I will just put these clothes outside on the garbage collection day (we have a very small apartment) and someone will get really lucky! :) re: eBay, I don’t want the headache of selling it abroad….I just really hope I can sell it somehow here to some shop….Do you think I should try the Jingumae again?

AZ
Mar 8, 2011 (3417 days ago)

@AZ: Most of the shops, especially the chains, buy in bulk in the US and Canada. Even some of the smaller shops trek to North America to purchase used clothes. If any shop would be interested, they’d be small shops, though.

I think your chances are lowest in Shibuya. Rents are high there, so most of the shops in this area are part of huge chains (like the ones mentioned in the article above). You might have more luck in places like Koenji, Nakano Broadway, Musashino and Kichijoji in Musashino.

If you have brand items and speak Japanese, or have a Japanese speaking friend who can help you, you may want to try Wave. I have no experience with them, so I am unable to say anything valuable about them. Other shops that apparently buy used clothes are Fool’s Judge, 85 c.q.v.c, and Kind. I don’t know what kind of clothes they’re looking for.

Here is a list of additional vintage clothing shops. The list appears to be a bit outdated.

Good luck!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 9, 2011 (3416 days ago)

Thank you for the info, Kjeld.
Since I don’t know any Japanese and don’t really have a friend who would be willing to help me in this kind of thing, I think I will just leave for myself some of my best designer clothes and discard the rest. When I move to a western country I will then try to sell these clothes to a local second-hand shops. :)
thanks again for the info.

AZ
Mar 10, 2011 (3415 days ago)

@AZ: I wouldn't give up so easily. I am sure you can accomplish more than you realize. Did you try using Google Translate (and a lot of charm)?

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 10, 2011 (3415 days ago)

Ha-ha, charm didn’t seem to work on the shop owners.:)
I tried Google translate and the gibberish that comes out of it is even more confusing.:0
I actually wrote an email to one of the shops and they replied in Japanese and the English version of that reply was very confusing…I think they wanted me to mail to them a box with my clothes (which of course I am not going to do..). Abroad I used to just go to one of the second-hand shops and sell them my used stuff and that was very easy, but not here… :\

AZ
Mar 10, 2011 (3415 days ago)

@AZ: Yes, Google Translate requires a little imagination. ^^
Abroad I used to just go to one of the second-hand shops and sell them my used stuff and that was very easy, but not here…
You probably visited chain stores in Japan and the people working there have no authority whatsoever. Additionally, chain stores that do purchase have precisely defined procedures that need to be followed. If you go and visit stores where you can talk directly with the owner, things will go a lot more smoothly. I think that you may find some shops like that in Koenji, and Kichijoji. But, yes, things take more time and effort in Japan. That’s one of the reasons why you can buy such high quality even in used clothing stores. In a way it is a self-selective process.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 10, 2011 (3415 days ago)

So should I just arrive to Koenji station and walk around? are these shops concentrated in one area more or less?

AZ
Mar 10, 2011 (3415 days ago)

also, would you recommend to go to the southern or to the northern part of the Koenji?

AZ
Mar 10, 2011 (3415 days ago)

@AZ: I would start with checking the list of vintage clothing shops I introduced earlier. For that, Google Translate should work fine. See if there are any in Koenji and Kichijoji. Visit those first, and then work the streets like a regular sales person. Visit streets with most shops, ask some people if they know used clothing stores, and keep your eyes open. This is how both sales people and journalists work. It is time-consuming hard work, but when done right usually offers a pay-off. Perhaps the first time you shouldn’t bring anything to sell, but just do some scouting. Ask for the manager (tencho), explain who you are, what you’re doing in Japan, make a connection and then ask if they buy used clothes and what kind. Don’t just start off with asking if they buy, that rarely works in Japan. You always have to build trust first here. You do speak a little Japanese, I hope?

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 10, 2011 (3415 days ago)

Since I only want to sell my own clothes and not planning on establishing a business relationship with the shops and since I also do not speak any Japanese besides the survival words, I think it is going to be quite hard for me…I just thought that the shops owners wouldn’t really care as of who brings the clothes and does he/she speak Japanese as long as the clothes are in good condition and salable…Some of the shops I went to even had a board outside saying in English “we are buying your used clothes”, so I really couldn’t understand what was the problem. Anyhow, it seems like a big effort for most likely very little profit, so I think unfortunately I will stick with my previous idea..:( I really liked your postings though on those hidden streets and interesting places and will definitely pay them a visit.

AZ
Mar 10, 2011 (3415 days ago)

@AZ: Too bad that you can’t speak Japanese yet. I have no idea what the problem might have been if there was a sign that they buy used clothes. Perhaps they are looking for a different style.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 11, 2011 (3414 days ago)

That’s when I was told that I must have a Japanese label to sell the clothes (I guess it was just an excuse for not buying..)

AZ
Mar 11, 2011 (3414 days ago)

@AZ: Sorry that I wasn’t much help. Enjoy your visits to Koenji, Nakano Broadway, Musashino and Kichijoj!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 11, 2011 (3414 days ago)

What prices should one expect for 40’s/50’s mens pants, suits, hats, ties shoes in Tokyo vintage (used) clothing shops? I collect and may be there in several months on other business.

Avery Brooks
Jan 30, 2012 (3088 days ago)

@Avery Brooks: None of the above shops, nor any that I personally know, carry clothes from the 1940s/50s. Used clothes in these shops are at the very oldest from the 1970s, but usually far more recent.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jan 31, 2012 (3088 days ago)

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