Thursday, January 24, 2013

Great Buys at the Tokyo International Forum Sunday Flea Market

If you have read a few posts on this blog, you'll know that I cannot resist the lure and allure of a good flea market.
I make a beeline for them when I travel.  Nothing beats the satisfaction of unearthing a "treasure"  -- whether it's a vintage bag, retro accessories, used but still good clothing,  antique bric a brac or sometimes, just eye catching junk!
Tokyo has a few flea markets held during specific times of the month but the one I really enjoy is the Sunday flea market at the Tokyo International Forum grounds.

Located in the Yurakucho area, it is just off the JR station and right across Bic Camera, that holy grail of everything digital, electronic and trendy.  
This flea market has probably less than 30 vendors but it is this very small-ness and cozi-ness that makes it more interesting for me.  You can easily navigate around and discover those  "finds".

The vendors sell a wide range of used and new stuff -- from traditional kimonos to everyday street wear.  I was able to get a gorgeous plum colored yukata or light kimono for just 1,000 yen!

There are a lot of crafts --  most are sold by artisans who proudly tell me that they make everything that they sell.

This table is full of hand knit items -- all lovingly designed and done by the smiling lady who sells them. Kawaii desu ne!

There are also quite a number of vintage items -- from costume jewelry to designer bags.
Shhh, don't tell anyone but on this last visit, I picked up a used but still good Christian Dior handbag -- complete with authenticity card for the unheard of price of .... 4,000 yen!    Now, this is why I love flea markets!

Bargain hunting can make you hungry -- two small food trucks are parked at the edge, serving snacks and coffee.  Grab a sandwich and go back to shopping again!

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