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  • Today we're going to explore all the wonderful second hand shopping that's available here in Japan.

  • There so many different stores with things that are practically brand new that you can buy but at a fraction of the cost.

  • Come with me.

  • [Life in Japan Theme Song]

  • You got your money Dude?

  • Yes, yes, yes!

  • Alright.

  • We're heading to a Book Off Super Bazaar

  • This Book Off is especially big, especially huge.

  • Oh now that's huge.

  • Joshua barely got in the door and he was like "Yes!"

  • How many yen is it?

  • Oh, it's almost 10,000 Yen (~$100)

  • You don't have enough.

  • Nothing introduces you to the Second Hand Shopping culture in Japan quite like a Book Off Super Bazaar.

  • Here we are in the clothing section which is great because...

  • The kids grow out of their clothes so fast, so I can buy them pants for a dollar.

  • And then, we didn't spend that much money and we can use them until the wear out.

  • What is this?! That is, uh, something.

  • Book-off started off as a used book store, and skyrocket to popularity in the 90's.

  • They would shave off the edges of the books to make them appear new.

  • A whole franchise was born out of their success and as business boomed, they branched out into other items as well,

  • such as clothing, electronics, sporting goods, just to name a few.

  • It's a great alternative way to shop, and has inspired many other stores of this type.

  • And if you have some nice things around your house that you're not using, Book Off is a great way to get rid of it and make a little money in the process.

  • OK, the best time to come is right as the seasons are changing.

  • Because I came at the beginning, beginning of summer and was able to get water shoes

  • And then I came back during the summer and there were none.

  • So since there are gloves available, I am buying gloves in hopes that we will finally get snow this year.

  • So, for my nephew's birthday, what do you get him?

  • Well we got him a car like this from here.

  • I think we spent like $20.

  • So, it's the perfect place for toys. And look at the condition!

  • Japanese people keep their things in perfect condition, it's great!

  • Can I buy this? Nope.

  • Why? Because we don't need another car.

  • Do you need a crib at all? Bedding? They got it all here.

  • This ugly bird, or whatever it is, is one of my kids' favorite characters from the new Toy Story.

  • Because it shoots lasers out of its eyes.

  • It's only 310 Yen, $3

  • We're buying it. OK, carry it.

  • The mojo is strong at Book Off, and if you're not careful, you can easily end up with something you didn't originally intent to buy.

  • Socks, for kids, are in the most random place sometimes.

  • Did you ever wonder where all the little play things from the doctor's office and the dentist go?

  • Well, they end up at Book Off.

  • And also they'll organize things in kits.

  • So here it's a bunch of LEGO pieces.

  • Instead of just having them random, they organize them.

  • I don't really understand what the method that they use is,

  • But it's nice, you can buy just kits of LEGOs.

  • And there are a lot of kits of LEGOs. There sure are!

  • But a very interesting this is that you have to check out of each floor. You can't just take them between floors and do one massive checkout.

  • More often than not you come across something that looks brand new for half of the price.

  • Whoa Dude! I'm going to get these new shoes for you.

  • When your foot grows a little bit more!

  • These shoes look brand new.

  • I paid 5,000 Yen for them new. Here I can get them practically new for 2,000.

  • Going in the cart!

  • While momma chan shops for kids clothes, I have often wandered into the adjoining section and found myself considering a purchase.

  • This section is definitely my section.

  • I love all the used musical instruments.

  • You sometimes find some really good guitars in great condition

  • Some vintage gear, if you keep your eye open, you'll find something really nice.

  • There is all kinds of vintage gear: lenses, cameras, oh my goodness!

  • And there's several floors of this. You can really spend a lot of time here.

  • And then they also have it broken up into brands, so if you want a certain brand, you can just buy a certain brand.

  • Like this is Adidas and Nike, this is Columbia.

  • So if you like a certain brand you can just go to that section and buy what you want.

  • What did you find, dude?

  • Look at all the games! Oh my goodness.

  • You find a lot of Book Offs in Japan, and they're mostly this: books.

  • Tons and tons and tons of books.

  • And if you like to collect stuff, this is amazing place to find stuff to collect.

  • Action figures. All kinds of models.

  • Here you can find all kinds of things for sports, for camping, seasonal items

  • And then if you want really real nice, name brand purses like Louis Vuitton, Coach, Guess,

  • Then have them all here, they're all locked up obviously,

  • But they're a fraction of the price and a lot of them are in still very good condition.

  • Oh! oh.

  • What do you see Dude? The moon, up there!

  • Don't drop your camera!

  • So what was the damage? How did we do?

  • We spent 5,000 Yen on floor number 4

  • And 1,300 on floor 2.

  • Good job.

  • But Book Off isn't the only second-hand store we like to go to.

  • This is another one of our favorite stores.

  • It's a little bit more expensive, but it's just another option of fun things you can buy.

  • I actually bought...

  • This is where I bought this purse.

  • Yea!

  • Second Hand stores have become very popular in Japan, and it's easy to see why.

  • It's a great way to buy good items at a discounted price.

  • And who doesn't like a good deal?

  • They also have very nice bags. I love bags.

  • It's a snowboard, Dude! And skis, that's what I'm talking about. Yeah.

  • Joshua always finds the toys, no problem. Right?

  • Whatcha got there?

  • Sword that can light up.

  • That can light up? Very cool.

  • When we first moved to Japan in 2014, we had to furnish our whole house and do it fast.

  • While we bought some of our essential items from IKEA,

  • the rest of our furniture and appliances came from local second hand stores.

  • In fact our refrigerator was too big to move up the stairs, so a crane had to hoist it in!

  • We were able to set it all up through the second hand store, and it was an affordable way to do a big move.

  • When we first moved to Japan,

  • We were able to buy a lot of our things at a second hand store

  • Including our washing machine and our refrigerator which we still use 'till today.

  • And it was in a little shop kind of like this one that we were able to buy it.

  • They have furniture, exercise equipment, bags

  • Ooo, interesting!

  • A lot of this stuff comes from IKEA and Nitori and it's already prebuilt, which is nice.

  • Second Hand stores come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and are a great way to save money in Japan.

  • So I went to Book Off yesterday and look what I bought!

  • Tada! From Toy Story. It was 300 Yen. They're going to love that.

  • Luiza has no clothes right now 0-3 months. Right, no 0-3 months.

  • And I have no clue what size 0-3 is. Oh yea, in Japan.

  • So I bought a couple different sizes.

  • Well welcome back girls!

  • Hello!

  • So I got three because I thought you guys always cry because I buy you pink.

  • Is that true?!

  • What?! I don't cry when Mommy buys me pink.

  • Oh you like pink, OK.

  • This one for you girls.

  • Flour, eggs, fun.

  • How was school, Beccster? Good, I had club today.

  • You threw up?! What?

  • I have club today. Oh, you had club today.

  • What's your club?

  • Ba-do-mi-n-to-n, Badminton

  • Badminton club?! Is it fun?

  • Yeah. I want to see you play it sometime.

  • Ba-do-mi-n-to-n-ku-ra-bu

  • Good bye!

  • Hello?

  • Ah, this is Toad.

  • I'm Mario. Nice to meet you.

  • Oh Mario! Donkey Kong is such a big fan,

  • Would you talk with him?

  • Yes, it's Donkey Kong.

  • Mario here.

  • (Imitates Japanese)

  • OK, bye bye!

  • Bye bye!

  • Donkey Kong may have not made a lot of sense,

  • I hope that's alright.

  • Bye Mario.

  • It's me, Bye Bye Mario.

  • Goodbye.

  • This is a smile.

  • See you later!

  • So that's how we use second hand stores in Japan.

  • Super helpful, super useful.

  • How do you use them? What do you like to buy at them?

  • If you live outside of Japan, how are they different from second-hand used stores where you live?

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Today we're going to explore all the wonderful second hand shopping that's available here in Japan.

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The Remarkable Second Hand Stores of Japan | Life in Japan Episode 79

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