2ND HAND DESIGNER BAG SHOPPING IN JAPAN (TOKYO + OSAKA)

Friday, July 1, 2016

The rumors are true. Japan is mecca for all things second hand designer.

According to the locals, inventory comes mostly from girls/professional (not sure if sex) workers with rich businessman boyfriends who gift them regularly with bags and other luxury items.

Sometimes they sell when scorned from failed relationships or when they prefer a different style.

So a lot of the bags on display are almost new. Some even with tags.

I knew this even before our trip so I made it my goal to leave with at least one.

Our journey begins in OSAKA.

DSCF4868 copy

In OSAKA, I found two areas that sell 2nd hand designer bags and watches.

They're on opposite sides of this bridge where the famous Glico landmark is located:

glico man

On one side is Namba Center:

namba center

You'll know you're on the right track when you see these on the floor:

dotonbori

Although Namba Center is made up mostly of restaurants, you'll still find a few here and there. Just enjoy walking around the area and you're sure to bump into one.


namba

On its opposite side is Shinsaibashi.

This is the heart of shopping in Dotonbori, Osaka.

Aside from loads of retail stores (mostly local indie brands and chain stores like Wego), you'll find several 2nd hand designer shops along its streets as well.

There's smaller ones and bigger/more known franchises such as Brand-Off Tokyo.

They carry mostly Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Chanel + Rolex and Cartier watches.

shinsaibashi

GINZA ST.

ginza tokyo

I wasn't able to spend much time in Ginza so I'm not sure but it's lined with a lot of designer shops that are still worth a visit especially during sale season!

And I heard that if you look around, you'll find more 2nd hand designer shops on its side roads.

ginza st

SHIBUYA!

shibuya crossing

I came across several in Shibuya. Actually the key to finding these shops is to just walk around the area. There's A LOT of them and they' aren't hard to find.

I liked the Brand-Off store right beside Don Quixote just a block away from Shibuya Crossing.

There's also a Komehyo and Daikokuya in the area.

Aside from these super stores, also make sure to pop into little vintage stores along the way which is good for spotting vintage YSL, Celine and Gucci bags. Price ranges from around $100-$200USD only.

brand off shibuya

HARAJUKU

takeshita st

At the end of Takeshita Street is another Brand-Off boutique located beside Lotteria.

This was where I bought my YSL Easy in black patent.

TIP: Always make it a point to present your passport to enjoy tax-free shopping!

Guess how much I got it for??? Only 9K!!!

Scroll down to see it in action. :)

harajuku
As you walk away from Takeshita towards Cat St, you'll find even more shops.

There's this one which specializes in menswear. You'll find everything here from CDG Chucks, Margiela, Rick Owens etc! Tops, Bottoms, Scarves, Bags but all for men.

second hand designer tokyo

My favorite is RAGTAG!

The bags at RagTag are a bit on the pricier side bit in topnotch condition. Almost new in fact.

Unlike the other shops that carry mostly LV, Chanel and Hermes, at RagTag you'll find lots of other brands such as YSL, Miu Miu Hervé Chappelier, Givenchy, etc. They also carry designer shoes and clothes for both men and women.

This was where I got my Nightingale in cracked leather...

ragtag tokyo

YSL EASY:

cat st tokyo
GIVENCHY NIGHTINGALE

hachiko station

SHINJUKU

I spent most of my time at Flying Tiger so I wasn't able to really explore much of Shinjuku before our show at Robot Restaurant but I did manage to spot several shops along the way. Bigger ones like Komehyo and judging from the window displays, their inventory looked promising.

shinjuku

More Japan Adventures coming soon!

OSAKA ⇨ KYOTO ⇨ YOKOHAMA ⇨ TOKYO

#SarahExplores
IG: @sarahtirona

CHECK OUT MY OTHER JAPAN POSTS

FOOD GUIDE + DAILY BUDGET WHILE TRAVELING ACROSS JAPAN -
http://www.fashioneggplant.com/2016/07/japan-travel-budget-guide-part-2-food.html
COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION GUIDE -
http://www.fashioneggplant.com/2016/07/japan-travel-budget-guide-part-1.html

30 comments:

Ana Gonzales said...

Can't imagine not spending on a good bag na since this trip hehehe. :D

Bianca Sing said...

I love your YSL buy <3 <3 <3

Janna said...

How much did you get the Nightingale?

sarah tirona said...

35k tax free :)

sarah tirona said...

me too! such a steal! hahaha

sarah tirona said...

hahaha grabe e parang zara lang! :P

sephcham said...

Haha! Kanya kanyang point of view talaga kayo nila Ana! Love reading your post!

Mommy QueenElizabeth said...

Drooling over those designer bags! Such a steal for the nightingale and ysl! I should start making ipon for my baon sa Japan. I might spend my entire baon for the bags! Leaving the place without a bag or two would be a heartbreak! 😂

eL-eLB said...

Hi Sarah! Thanks for the recommendation. I will be in Shibuya next week for 2 weeks. After reading your blog, I added Ragtag on my list and thanks for the tax free tip as well.

Stardust13 said...

Hello sarah! I will be going to Japan soon! Thank you for the recomendation, what do you think if I want to sell my bag as well. Where will be a nice store? Thank you

sarah tirona said...

hi! sorry for the late reply, just saw your comment. ive never really tried selling there but once while browsing at a brand off store they were offering to buy my givenchy pandora. hahaha, so maybe there? :) hope this helps!

sarah tirona said...

enjoy!!! my pleasure :)

christine galindez said...

Was the 9k in usd or yen?

denise said...

what are the shops you can most recommend in osaka?

denise said...

to buy 2nd hand bags

sarah tirona said...

pesos but i paid in yen :)

sarah tirona said...

brand off usually has a lot of choices but not as cheap, there's a lot in the shinsaibashi area, don quixote also sells cheap second hand lv :)

Helmi Hamdan Hamid said...

Hi Sara, I'll be going to Osaka next month,
and one of my top priority is to find 2nd hand designer bag for my wife & mother. Need a favor if you could list out the shop that you have gone to. Anyway,thanks for the great story, really nice blog you have here!

sarah tirona said...

hi helmi! there's a lot in the namba area, try brand off, daikokuya and don quixote :)

Jawed jabbar said...

We are interested in your products bags items our market big demands your products please send us details and lowest prices we want to big contaty mixed verities and different items regularly basis and long terms

Victor orji said...

Benrutex@gmail.com

Victor orji said...

I am interested in buying your used bags,kindly forward us your products list for our view

Paul Dominic Montemayor said...

Hi im interested on buying ur used designer bags..thanks and have a nice day...

sarah tirona said...

any particular style you're looking for?

Boon Hui Lim said...

Hi Sarah,
How much is the 2nd LV there? I m goin to Osaka in December. Tq

Joanna, Travelingslippers said...

Just wondering how much is the price of a chanel handbag in Tokyo

Yolly Abalos said...

How much is the price of lv bag in tokyo?

Lara Carter said...

Thanks for your bloag Sarah, will go to Japan soon and visit this place..:)

Karen M said...

Hi! Planning a trip to Osaka and buying a bag is definitely on the itinerary. Would just like to ask about the tax exemption. If I avail of it, will it be a hassle coming home? I'm afraid of getting taxed more than what I paid for it (since customs might base on retail price) 😳

Janice Dulo-Santos said...

Hi Sarah, are you selling preloved designer bags? Thanks?😊

Friday, July 1, 2016

2ND HAND DESIGNER BAG SHOPPING IN JAPAN (TOKYO + OSAKA)

The rumors are true. Japan is mecca for all things second hand designer.

According to the locals, inventory comes mostly from girls/professional (not sure if sex) workers with rich businessman boyfriends who gift them regularly with bags and other luxury items.

Sometimes they sell when scorned from failed relationships or when they prefer a different style.

So a lot of the bags on display are almost new. Some even with tags.

I knew this even before our trip so I made it my goal to leave with at least one.

Our journey begins in OSAKA.

DSCF4868 copy

In OSAKA, I found two areas that sell 2nd hand designer bags and watches.

They're on opposite sides of this bridge where the famous Glico landmark is located:

glico man

On one side is Namba Center:

namba center

You'll know you're on the right track when you see these on the floor:

dotonbori

Although Namba Center is made up mostly of restaurants, you'll still find a few here and there. Just enjoy walking around the area and you're sure to bump into one.


namba

On its opposite side is Shinsaibashi.

This is the heart of shopping in Dotonbori, Osaka.

Aside from loads of retail stores (mostly local indie brands and chain stores like Wego), you'll find several 2nd hand designer shops along its streets as well.

There's smaller ones and bigger/more known franchises such as Brand-Off Tokyo.

They carry mostly Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Chanel + Rolex and Cartier watches.

shinsaibashi

GINZA ST.

ginza tokyo

I wasn't able to spend much time in Ginza so I'm not sure but it's lined with a lot of designer shops that are still worth a visit especially during sale season!

And I heard that if you look around, you'll find more 2nd hand designer shops on its side roads.

ginza st

SHIBUYA!

shibuya crossing

I came across several in Shibuya. Actually the key to finding these shops is to just walk around the area. There's A LOT of them and they' aren't hard to find.

I liked the Brand-Off store right beside Don Quixote just a block away from Shibuya Crossing.

There's also a Komehyo and Daikokuya in the area.

Aside from these super stores, also make sure to pop into little vintage stores along the way which is good for spotting vintage YSL, Celine and Gucci bags. Price ranges from around $100-$200USD only.

brand off shibuya

HARAJUKU

takeshita st

At the end of Takeshita Street is another Brand-Off boutique located beside Lotteria.

This was where I bought my YSL Easy in black patent.

TIP: Always make it a point to present your passport to enjoy tax-free shopping!

Guess how much I got it for??? Only 9K!!!

Scroll down to see it in action. :)

harajuku
As you walk away from Takeshita towards Cat St, you'll find even more shops.

There's this one which specializes in menswear. You'll find everything here from CDG Chucks, Margiela, Rick Owens etc! Tops, Bottoms, Scarves, Bags but all for men.

second hand designer tokyo

My favorite is RAGTAG!

The bags at RagTag are a bit on the pricier side bit in topnotch condition. Almost new in fact.

Unlike the other shops that carry mostly LV, Chanel and Hermes, at RagTag you'll find lots of other brands such as YSL, Miu Miu Hervé Chappelier, Givenchy, etc. They also carry designer shoes and clothes for both men and women.

This was where I got my Nightingale in cracked leather...

ragtag tokyo

YSL EASY:

cat st tokyo
GIVENCHY NIGHTINGALE

hachiko station

SHINJUKU

I spent most of my time at Flying Tiger so I wasn't able to really explore much of Shinjuku before our show at Robot Restaurant but I did manage to spot several shops along the way. Bigger ones like Komehyo and judging from the window displays, their inventory looked promising.

shinjuku

More Japan Adventures coming soon!

OSAKA ⇨ KYOTO ⇨ YOKOHAMA ⇨ TOKYO

#SarahExplores
IG: @sarahtirona

CHECK OUT MY OTHER JAPAN POSTS

FOOD GUIDE + DAILY BUDGET WHILE TRAVELING ACROSS JAPAN -
http://www.fashioneggplant.com/2016/07/japan-travel-budget-guide-part-2-food.html
COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION GUIDE -
http://www.fashioneggplant.com/2016/07/japan-travel-budget-guide-part-1.html

30 comments:

Ana Gonzales said...

Can't imagine not spending on a good bag na since this trip hehehe. :D

Bianca Sing said...

I love your YSL buy <3 <3 <3

Janna said...

How much did you get the Nightingale?

sarah tirona said...

35k tax free :)

sarah tirona said...

me too! such a steal! hahaha

sarah tirona said...

hahaha grabe e parang zara lang! :P

sephcham said...

Haha! Kanya kanyang point of view talaga kayo nila Ana! Love reading your post!

Mommy QueenElizabeth said...

Drooling over those designer bags! Such a steal for the nightingale and ysl! I should start making ipon for my baon sa Japan. I might spend my entire baon for the bags! Leaving the place without a bag or two would be a heartbreak! 😂

eL-eLB said...

Hi Sarah! Thanks for the recommendation. I will be in Shibuya next week for 2 weeks. After reading your blog, I added Ragtag on my list and thanks for the tax free tip as well.

Stardust13 said...

Hello sarah! I will be going to Japan soon! Thank you for the recomendation, what do you think if I want to sell my bag as well. Where will be a nice store? Thank you

sarah tirona said...

hi! sorry for the late reply, just saw your comment. ive never really tried selling there but once while browsing at a brand off store they were offering to buy my givenchy pandora. hahaha, so maybe there? :) hope this helps!

sarah tirona said...

enjoy!!! my pleasure :)

christine galindez said...

Was the 9k in usd or yen?

denise said...

what are the shops you can most recommend in osaka?

denise said...

to buy 2nd hand bags

sarah tirona said...

pesos but i paid in yen :)

sarah tirona said...

brand off usually has a lot of choices but not as cheap, there's a lot in the shinsaibashi area, don quixote also sells cheap second hand lv :)

Helmi Hamdan Hamid said...

Hi Sara, I'll be going to Osaka next month,
and one of my top priority is to find 2nd hand designer bag for my wife & mother. Need a favor if you could list out the shop that you have gone to. Anyway,thanks for the great story, really nice blog you have here!

sarah tirona said...

hi helmi! there's a lot in the namba area, try brand off, daikokuya and don quixote :)

Jawed jabbar said...

We are interested in your products bags items our market big demands your products please send us details and lowest prices we want to big contaty mixed verities and different items regularly basis and long terms

Victor orji said...

Benrutex@gmail.com

Victor orji said...

I am interested in buying your used bags,kindly forward us your products list for our view

Paul Dominic Montemayor said...

Hi im interested on buying ur used designer bags..thanks and have a nice day...

sarah tirona said...

any particular style you're looking for?

Boon Hui Lim said...

Hi Sarah,
How much is the 2nd LV there? I m goin to Osaka in December. Tq

Joanna, Travelingslippers said...

Just wondering how much is the price of a chanel handbag in Tokyo

Yolly Abalos said...

How much is the price of lv bag in tokyo?

Lara Carter said...

Thanks for your bloag Sarah, will go to Japan soon and visit this place..:)

Karen M said...

Hi! Planning a trip to Osaka and buying a bag is definitely on the itinerary. Would just like to ask about the tax exemption. If I avail of it, will it be a hassle coming home? I'm afraid of getting taxed more than what I paid for it (since customs might base on retail price) 😳

Janice Dulo-Santos said...

Hi Sarah, are you selling preloved designer bags? Thanks?😊