I know from the previous post on Character Goods x Gal Brands that many of you were upset some of the items you liked were already sold out. Being sold out is a HUUUUGE problem in Japan. Some of the saddest words to wear from a staff-chan is “mou kanbai shita” （もう完売した）meaning it’s already sold out.
Gal brands make items in limited quantities in order to increase demand, but that leaves us with empty shopping bags But there’s an answer, especially for overseas gals, it’s auctions!
A bag by Cecil McBee, Hairbow by WC, Outfit by Duras, and Boots by Liz Lisa. All things you could buy at auction. :sparkle2:
While I’m sure many of you are familar with yahoo! Japan auctions, you might not be as familar with mbok. While y! Japan auctions does host some clothing, it’s childlike compared to the giant of mbok. For example, I did a search for WC on y! Japan and got 6 pages of clothes. Okay that’s good. But on mbok, it has its own category and inside is 28 pages of WC!
They even have a section dedicated to gal brands!
I just wrote out the ones I clicked on.
But 141,395 of JUST gal clothing
For those of you who love trad-hade brand DIA, there’s 1,639 items for you!
Some really adorable pieces from Ma*rs up for auction
For those of you who are hime lovers and Jesus Diamante worshippers, there’s 1,049 Jesus Diamante auctions going on right now with some hidden great deals on both dresses and shoes. I spotted a cute pair of JD mules for 5,000 yen ($52.00).
Shopping Service – Japonica
Now of course you need a go between for these auctions since most don’t ship internationally and many prefer bank transfers, but luckily there’s services!
I’m only going to talk about one, because I think they’re amazing and deal with both y! Japan auctions, mbok & rakuten stores: Japonica Market
I wish I got paid to talk about them, but I didn’t so shucks you’ll just have to take my word
Things great about Japonica
They’re super fast in replying to questions and shipping. I think they have US hours sometimes because even when it’s 3:00am for Tokyo, they still reply to me quickly
They give you the option of bid sniping for free
They work on both y!Japan, mbok & rakuten which is really rare
For each auction you win they charge you a simple commission. No extras, no nothing. Just one fee.
English fluency, nothing gets lost in translation.
They e-mail you each day you have an open auction on the status(es) of your auction.
They pack and ship well and everything is shipped from Tokyo. Often services say they live in Japan and can act as your shipping service, but they live in a small prefecture making it costlier to ship and more time on land before it can get to a plane to get shipped.
They charge you in yen through paypal, meaning you get the honest exchange rate every time.
I’ve worked with them on several auctions and really I have no complaints at all. The best shopping overseas, bar none. Recommended like hella~
Thanks to Japonica I was able to snag the dress on the cover of the Gilfy Store book
I also e-mailed them today and asked if they’d add the 109 webstore. Hopefully they say yes
edit: At my request they’ve registered and can buy from 109 e-store as well
Speaking of Rakuten stores, let’s talk a very popular gal and sweet-kei clothing shop. Popteen asked 1000 girls what’s their favorite shopping website and #1 was Yumetenbou (夢展望) with 250 people voting for it.
From Popteen’s March 2010 issue :sparkle2:
Now there’s been some English chatter on how gals pay so much money or gals live in only brand items or gal is so expensive or gals love to spend money etc etc the whole thing is boring and lies.
Yumetenbou as #1 goes straight against all those English biased comments. Yumetenbou is not brand, it’s cheap, and as you can tell from Popteen it’s popular. There’s nothing wrong with wanting cute stuff but not wanting to pay so much
Yumetenbou is also fab because they got Sakurina to do a capsule collection for Yumetenbou (starting yesterday!)
Now her fronted collection isn’t exactly the usual Rock-kei Sakurina, but it’s cute.
Her 1st part had this adorable maxi dress in it. Love the print
If you haven’t noticed they love to copy Liz Lisa. But this one complete with belt and shirt goes for 2,980
The floral maxi dress is really booming right now. For 3980 yen (~$42) I may need to get it in blue.
This super hot Golds Infinity-like Agejo dress is 3980 (~$42) and comes in sizes S-LL.
Every so often I’ll start posting some Yumetenbou deals, they’re hard to miss out on. And their models are soooo cute! :hearts: They style them well, too :sparkle2: