Flea market. Tokyo. November 2015
Because I’m such a sucker for flea markets, it wasn’t enough to visit just one in a day. I visited another – close to Tokyo station.
There were fewer stalls than the flea market in Kinshicho. However, as you can see in the photos, it’s less messy and the goods don’t really look “second hand” or cheap.
Shoppers. The photo on the bottom left shows shoppers crowding around a stall selling camera accessories. Being an “o-c” (natural born usisera - that’s Tagalog for you), I went to see what all the fuss was all about. Voila, phone accessories.
As you can see, these shoes are brand new. Japanese have assigned a slightly different meaning to the words “flea market”.
Might as well go to ABC Mart, if you ask me? I mean seriously, look at the prices!
Bags for sale. Unfortunately, I’m not a handbag person, so I simply took photos.
Funny, I found the very same type of cards in Vietnam last year. In Vietnam, it was $1 (120 Yen). Here in Tokyo, they cost JPY1500. That’s more than 100% margin. For an effing card. Absolutely no way.
The only thing that I bought was a pair of earrings worth JPY450. What can I say, I’m a cheapass. Well, it was supposed to be a flea market!
Bags, ties, clothes, shoes and accessories. Now this looks more like it.
A lot of fur coats. Unfortunate though, I already have tons of coats and winter clothing, my walk-in closet is bursting!!
If you’re into buying traditional clothing, flea markets are good places to find kimono and obi. Considering this is (supposed to be) a flea market, you can probably negotiate the price with the stall owner. The technique is always to wait near closing time. Many stall owners of real flea markets (that is, selling second hand items) would practically give away their items just to avoid packing them home.
An old lady manning the stall claimed that all her goods were previously owned by actors and actresses. She was able to make a connection thanks a lot to her brother who was a musician. Probably explains the exorbitant prices. Bag at JPY 39,000! Look at this coat, owned by a Japanese actor who passed away two years ago. JPY59,000! The grandma was amusing though – trying to sales talk us into buying a branded but dented briefcase for JPY30,000.