Sarah texted me to ask about vintage shops. So I thought to myself and created a mini-list.The shops I list aren’t actually vintage shops, but they’re second hand stores. Second hand stores are big in Japan. I think it has to do with the whole mentality of “mottainai” which means to not waste anything. That phrase coming from a country with very little natural resources, it all makes sense!
- Yun yun: click through a link to a page with the locations of their shops. This store has several branches. The biggest one takes up half of a floor and spans 3 different stores. This one is in the 4th block of Tanuki Koji or in other words TK4. It’s in the pachinko building called Adores, across from the building Cosmo. I personally haven’t bought anything from this store. Sarah bought a bag for 500 yen in the summer time. I liked this branch for their variety of clothes. They even had a section for 2nd hand clothing you’d use to dress like a lolita. There’s also another branch, Yun3, which is near Hosui Susukino station. Hosui Susukino is about 2 blocks over from Tanuki Koji. If you want to visit this branch, you should walk until you are between TK1 and TK2 and then turn right. It should be two blocks. The shop is in the middle while the station is at the end of the block.
- WEGO: This is a 2nd hand store in TK1. This one is two floors and not everything is second hand. I think they sell overstocked clothes, that’s my guess. I think they have very fashionable and hip stuff. I remember seeing a lot of university hoodies, cool bags, and skirts. ( Nishi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido S 3 〒 060-0063 / 〒060-0063 北海道札幌市中央区南3条西1丁目)
- Chojugiga: This store is just across Yun Yun in TK4. Chojugiga (who knows how to pronounce that!) is in the Cosmo building (link!) on the third floor. It just opened last week and I think this one is actually amazing. Some recycle stores (that’s what we call 2nd hand stores) get a bit big headed and start charging insane prices considering their merchandise is used. Not Chojugiga! Phylicia told me she bought an apron for 100 yen and gloves for 200 yen. Not bad, not bad at all. I’ve yet to buy anything, but I saw some bags that I thought were interesting and thought it’d be at least 1000 yen, but it was 315 yen!
I found this nifty site about Tanuki Koji. Check it out and read up on the other stores. Go, go! I think there’s a 2nd hand yukata/kimono store as well.
Other great places to go shopping are Sapporo Station and Poletown in Odori. Sapporo Station is motherfucking humongous. It’s a combination of a million buildings with different sections with normal names like Paseo and weird as hell names like World Mixing Land. I’d recommend visiting Honeys in the ESTA building. Pretty hip and I always see the young people there (I’m young too! Only 24!).
Poletown is great. It’s an underground shopping mall. Sapporo faces four-five months of winter and people deal by going underground. So smart. Anyway, I’d recommend visiting Fortina in Poletown. It’s across from the Baskin Robbins and they have reasonable accessories. I hate when I see a headband and it’s 2,300 yen. I CAN BUY A SWEATER WITH THAT MONEY!! Poletown begins at Exit 10 of Odori. Poletown and Tanuki Koji actually intersect. So if you do in fact visit Fortina, you can then hop on the escalator and it’ll take you above ground to Tanuki Koji. Perfect for those snowy days!
Oh and lastly, another great place to find random things is a flea market. They’re usually held in March till October and you can find out about them through this site or the What’s On in Sapporo newsletter.