Monday, January 25, 2010

Tokyo Flea Markets

Went flea marketing on Sunday, at Meiji Park and then Yoyogi Park for the first time.

Business was too good! Hanako and I ended up with more stuff than some vendors brought to sell. I got four dresses, a winter coat, a corduroy jacket, a pink sweater, a skirt, and a necklace. I spent like 2,000 yen. The most expensive was the coat for 1,000 yen (something I actually needed for once) and the cheapest was the necklace for 10 yen.


The Meiji Park market has a great garage-sale range of stuff -- junk, antiques, housewares, clothes -- and a lot of it is super cheap, sometimes free. I basically go there to find stuff I like for a buck. I bought the most amazing maxi dress ever for 500 yen and that seemed an extravagant priceat the time. This market is like a 10 minute walk from Sendagaya Station, 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month I think, morning to 4PM.

The Yoyogi Park market is mostly clothes, and trendier vendors. It's a bit pricier on average but you can still find super cheap prices. If you're just visiting Tokyo I'd definitely recommend this one because it's right in Yoyogi Park and you can eat street food and check out the rockabilly dancers and everything. It's a 5 minute walk from Harajuku Station. Not sure if it's every Sunday or the 1st and 3rd Sunday, morning to 4PM.

I'm too used to flea markets and thrifting. I'm usually wearing like $5 worth of clothes at a time. Bum, bum, bumming. I got these shoes for 100 yen a couple weeks ago.


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11 comments:

selena said...

Wanna go! I have been to a few (the one at that temple in Shinjuku, another one in Shibuya, and the Yoyogi park one...) but not lately. You're getting me fired up!

Sarah said...

Insanely jealous and wishing I could see all the dresses.

Andrea said...

i'm green with envy...

Beth said...

i'll post the dresses later! i got the longest most amaaaaazing long one with butterfly sleeeeeeves

Dave said...

i second sarah. i also want to see this necklace. and the coat. all of it.

Dave said...

lol, this is whitney. apparently i'm logged in as dave and too lazy to change that.

Beth said...

HAHA I was like wow Dave's feeling fancy!

The coat is boring, just a cute grey double-breasted thing for work, trim waist and a-line skirt. I was really happy to find it for cheap except it's missing a few buttons so I have to find some buttons I like and sew them all...

I'll try to get the dresses up in good time, the long one is so intense and fabulous. I want to wear it on my birthday. I want to wear it all summer! It's that black one with orange spots in the front though, kinda too dark and ripe for daytime strolls, but it's okay since I can tell what it really wants to do is party.

Beth said...

selena, how are the shinjuku/shibuya ones? you should really try meiji koen, i like the junk store vibe.

selena said...

Shinjuku one is really small, it's at the penis shrine. There are lots of cheap old yukata and kimono, and then just a cavalcade of junk: records, plates, box of clocks, pile of paintings... not so many clothes though. I want to try Meiji for sure. In a couple of weeks I think.

Beth said...

i'm gonna sell at meiji park either next week or two weeks from then, you should come when i'm there! i'll keep you posted.

selena said...

Do tell me! I'm going to snow festival/Sapporo this weekend but I'll be around next weekend. Would love to see what ya got!