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« on: October 16, 2006 10:43:38 PM »

Hi all,

I'm going to be in Kyoto for my Spring quarter (that's next year, April-June or so), and then in one of the three topic-listed cities for the rest of the summer.  When I was last in Kyoto, I had a really hard time finding any sort of list whatsoever of where to find Thrift/Recycle shops, and my only way of finding them was to be highly vigilant on my bus rides - not ideal, since they hardly cover any territory.

So, if you know of any thrift stores in any of the three cities, can you pleeeease give me the name and address?  In English or Japanese, it doesn't matter to me.  Smiley

Also, if you know of any especially good/cheap/awesome craft/fabric/etc stores, I would also love to know about them.


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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2007 09:37:55 AM »

ABC Craft is intense and has papers, fabrics, yarn, kit projects, beads, and a whole bunch of flourescent lights...  Steel yourself before entering.  Tokyo Hands is a chain too that is similar.  http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/shinjuku.htm (the third button down with the orange circles on the left will show you some of their selection by floor) I believe both of these are in all three of the cities you are going to.  The Osaka one is in Shinsaibashi and there is a great store down there dedicated to paper and caligraphy as well.  ABC Craft in Osaka is outside the Tennoji station.
Department stores like Kintetsu often have a floor that includes yarn, fabrics, beads, and other houseware craft items.  Stationery shops abound are and are good, but more expensive places to find papers, stickers, stamps, pens, etc... Antique/junk shops are good for calligraphy supplies as they are often given as gifts and are unused.
In Nara city there is a great homespun shop selling traditional cottons, sashiko, yarns, and  other supplies. It's right in the second block of the main arcade. There is also a used kimono shop just out of the Kintetsu train station to the east (along the arcade) which is cheaper than Kyoto.  If you haven't visited the ubiquitous 100yen store (one chain is Daisu) and they are good for papers, pens, baskets, lately the most darling mini traditional furniture, mini japanese garden supplies, and all kinds of weird crap you don't need. 
The Kyoto market on the 23rd of each month is great for old kimono and seeing what other artists are doing.  Near the (English) bookstore which if i remember right is north on Kawaramachi from Gion (walking distance) is a craft store and 'museum' which sells great paper in the back.  The Kyoto International Center on the 8th or 9th? floor of the Kyoto train station (take the department store elevator on the left before you leave the main north station exit) is very helpful and they may be able to help you find some thrift shops. 
I can be more specific/detailed if any of this appeals...
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2007 09:37:31 PM »

Thrift stores are kindof difficult.  Your best bet is to locate some garage sales/flea markets
Here's one of my fav sites for flea market info
click on the names and it will tell you more about the sale
Sorry, only in Jpn.  If you need translation, let me know.

There also is a flea market at 四天王寺 (shitennoji) in Osaka on the 20somethingth of each month (on the sunday around the 21st).  That's kindof iffy though because you never know if it's going or not.  however, when you go you can find lots of little trinkets, etc.

Don't be afraid to bargain either.  This is the kansai area.  No one pays full price for anything here at a sale of these kinds. 

Be warned that most flea markets are on Sundays until 4pm
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