I have not been able to thrift in Japan. Thrift shops are really pricey here. They want to give more of a vintage vibe than second hand clothes. I love going to Fam's market in my neighborhood because it is relatively affordable. However, the sizes are way too small for my beig gaijin frame.
Therefore imagine how I felt when I entered 390 Mart and discovered racks full of clothes in American size.
I knew about 390 Mart for a long time. The first time I entered one, I did enjoy the shop but was not interested in old clothes. I was not into thrifting then. Back in those days I could not imagine putting money into used clothes when I could get new ones for the same price (or even less). So I shopped for gadgets there and went my way.
Now that I see thrifting in a new light, I found myself being in a small heaven when I entered the 390 Mart in Yokohama station. I immediately dived into the rack of skirts. They had skirts in all colors, prints and shapes. I checked some of their labels and realized that they were from Old Navy, American apparel...all American brands. And unlike any other stores in Japan, I did not have any troubles finding my size. I stayed for more than one hour inside the funky store, checking, touching, undecided, and finally settled for these pieces:
- pink studded belt
- body spray
- black maxi skirt
- neon top
- silk men's vest
- 2 American magazines (Glamour and Elle, January 2011)
As the name indicates, everything in 390 Mart ( called San kyu ma-to) cost 390 Yen (409Y with taxes). I spent 2863Y. Before going inside the store I wanted to spend 1000Y but I guessed I was taken aback by all the good stuff I found. They did have more stuff that interested me but I had to limit myself because I did shop a lot this month. I suppose they will see me often at 390 Mart. It officially became my favorite place to shop in Japan.