Vintage items make up an important part of any trendy Tokyoite’s wardrobe. But if you’re a budget fashionista rummaging through Harajuku’s vintage stores, you might find even those prices forbidding. Even second-hand, almost everything costs over 5,000 yen. You want to find a great bargain but you’re not sure where to look for it.
And you don’t have to be afraid to bargain-hunt in Tokyo if you have our handy size conversion charts!
The answer to your question is Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion. Raw Tokyo is a flea market held on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month at the Farmer’s Market at United Nations University in Aoyama. Just step through the farmer’s market and the vintage wonderland will open up to you.
Raw Tokyo started as a joint project of Kinsella and Aquvii, two stores that sell vintage clothing. The name alludes to the raw realness of Tokyo street fashion, which incorporates items that are a few years or even a few decades old. The event’s main purpose is to draw attention to the idea of re-use in a world where fast-fashion reigns supreme.
Over 20 Tokyo vintage stores take part in the Raw Tokyo vintage fashion flea market. All participants lower their prices for the event. You can find one-of-a-kind T-shirts for as little as 1,000 yen. If designer labels are your thing, there’s plenty to choose from. It’s not everyday that you can find LANVIN PARIS shirts for only a few thousand yen!
Vintage jeans, a staple of any Japanese used clothing store, aren’t missing from this event. You can find any style you’re looking for, from straight-leg Levi’s to drawstring mom jeans. The prices go as low as 3,000 yen.
Low-priced traditional Japanese clothing items can also be found at Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion flea market. If you’re looking to build an outfit that says 100% Tokyo street style, we suggest picking up a haori jacket to go with your T-shirt and cool vintage jeans.
Those who are able to splurge can check out the independent designers who take part in the market. You can grab a brand new T-shirt and have it printed with an original design on the spot. Or would you rather have a loose-fit cotton piece or an over-sized hoodie?
All this shopping is bound to make you hungry and thirsty. You’ll be glad to know that you can always stop at one of the food or coffee stands to recharge your batteries.
Does all this sound like a bargain-hunting fashionista’s dream? That’s because it is! Mark the first weekend of every month in your calendar. And when the day comes, go forth and shop!
Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion Flea Market Location Information
Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Omotesando Station (plan your route at the link and click on the Google Map below for walking directions)