Kaminoge....have you ever been? The area is an unassuming one, probably known in the expat community as the station where there's of a multi-lingual eye doctor and a stone's throw from the Todoroki Gorge.
But one day, Kaminoge became a quite remarkable place for a stationery addict like me. On one of our regular eye doctor visits we decided to have a wander around and stumbled upon a fabulous mom and pop thrift store.
And that is where I found the holy grail of stationery items (all Japanese brands) for a whopping ¥500 a bag. The first bag I found was stuffed with Sarasa pens, Frixion erasable markers, notepads and Rollbahn journal stencils. A haul indeed. Inside the bag, I found only 5 pens that weren't working, everything else was in perfect working order. And my fave items too.
Here's exactly what was inside:
Rollbahn stencil x 3
Penco wooden Peanuts baseball pen
Peanuts Sarasa x 7
Sarasa black x1 (my go-to pen)
Sarasa Vintage x 7
Delfonics mini pad
Deflonics donut sticky notes
Animal sticky notes
Ink and pen memo
Snoopy sticky notes
Frixion markers x 12
Cherry paper clips
Snoopy pen insert
All in all, my ¥500 had saved me around ¥16,000.
The second bag was stuffed FULL of washi tapes and a special item that made me grab it straight away. More on that in the next post.
Watch the video below to see what was inside!
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I'm Victoria, the founder, designer and creator at Bikudesigns, a vintage kimono accessories brand in Tokyo, Japan.