Today I went to my all time favourite secondhand store in my city. This place is dangerous to my wallet. It’s only a fifteen minute drive away and the prices are very, very, cheap.
The best known chain of secondhand stores in Japan is the “-off” series of stores. Book-off, Hard-off, Hobby-off, and Home-off all buy their stock at unbelievably low prices (five yen for a piece of clothing) and sell them at a jacked-up price. Kimono that are sold at the “-off” chain go for a range of prices from 1000 yen to 50,000 yen.
These kimono are expensive when compared to my favourite store, The Sun and Green Recycling Association. This store is actually a non-profit recycling center. It exists in order to give people in the community with developmental disabilities a place to get some work experience. They only take donations and they sell things for ridiculously cheap. Kimono there sell for anywhere from 300 yen to 4000 yen. I have yet to see anything priced higher. I have to be careful every time I go in there or I’d buy out the place!
Here’s what I got today.
A reversible kinchaku purse.
Total damage to my wallet? drum roll please!
4400 yen. Even I couldn’t believe it when the register finished adding. I love this store!
For more information on The Sun and Green Recycling Association, check out their website http://www2.ocn.ne.jp/~t-midori/
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