by Kelly Wetherille
Tokyo is a literal treasure trove of funky fashion finds, especially when it comes to cool vintage threads. There are amazing bargains and steals to be had, if only one knows where to look. The neighborhoods of Shimokitazawa, Koenji, and Harajuku are bursting at the seams with second-hand and vintage clothing, accessories, shoes, and knickknacks culled from flea markets, garage sales, attics, thrift stores, and grandmothers’ closets around the world. Each store has its own unique flavor, so it’s best to try out several before deciding on a favorite, but the following list should at least provide a starting point. Happy hunting!
One of Tokyo’s top vintage stores. Several locations in Tokyo, including this one and one in Harajuku. Grab classic Adidas jackets from ¥5,000.
5-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku,
Haight & Ashbury
Flapper dresses, feminine accessories, and funky hats abound.
2-37-2 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku,
A second-hand and vintage store specializing in ladies clothing.
2-11-2 Kitazawa, Setagayaku,
Preppy old-school Eastpak and Jansport backpacks and oxford shirts.
4-9-6 Koenji Minami, Suginami-ku,
Vintage Levi’s 501s, university sweaters, and retro slogan t-shirts.
4-29-14 Koenji Minami, Suginami-ku, tel: 03-3317-5750
S.O Used Clothing
Patagonia fleeces, padded lumberjack vests, leather motorcycle jackets, and rock t-shirts.
4-30-5 Koenji Minami, Suginami-ku, tel: 03-3311-2753
Popular with laid-back young Japanese women, this store specializes in loose-fitting casual wear.
B1F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku,
One of the largest (and most reasonably-priced) secondhand stores in Tokyo is part of a chain of organized and easy-to-navigate shops.
3&4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku,
A popular store on Takeshita-dori selling used clothing as well as original items.
1-8-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku,