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I posted photos of Closet Child Harajuku a while back but never got around to the Shinjuku ones until now. Unlike its Harajuku sister (which is currently being renovated), the Shinjuku location is difficult to find. Take the West exit from Shinjuku station, walk straight down the main road and turn right at the grey/green building with the clock… take a few more steps and look hard for the Closet Child sign. You’ll have to squeeze into a sliver in the wall and take the cramped elevator to Floors 5 and 6.

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Ah, but you’ll be richly rewarded with racks upon racks of secondhand Lolita dresses! Some of the items are yellowing, and not all are the finest specimens of gosurori… but where else can you get a Metamorphose temps de fille dress for $90? And a matching ruffled cardigan for $60? (That’s how much I paid for my outfits in these photos and this video!)

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The fifth floor is Sweet Lolita Land. Everything is sorted by color and product type: bonnets, big hair bows, skirts, blouses, dresses, shoes. All of the clothes are used, but most of the small accessories – cupcake rings, bon-bon bracelets – are new and inexpensive.

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The left-most area of the sixth floor is the domain of Vivienne Westwood. You’ll find 1970s punk plaid, a large glass case of orb and crown jewelry, chunky handbags, and even original rocking horse shoes.

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The Shinjuku location has a greater selection of Alice Auaa, along with your usual Gothic suspects (h.NAOTO, Black Peace Now, Moi-meme-Moitie, Putumayo). I’ve found quite a few J-rockin’ tops for under $15.

Closet Child is one of my favorite places on the planet to shop. How about you? Do any items catch your eye?

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41 Comments

  1. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    wow! What a bargain!

  2. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    <3 <3 <3″

  3. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    I bought loads of goodies at the Shinjuku Closet Child… Oh, the happy memories! I thought the Shinjuku location (although hard to find!) was better than the Harajuku one, at least the Gothic floor.
    There are some other second hand shops scattered around Tokyo that have a small selection of Gothic Lolita as well, even though they aren't specifically for lolita clothing. I found a lovely lace h.Jelly cardigan in a second hand shop that only had about one rack of lolita clothing!

  4. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    Nice find! I've also found Peace Now and other brands in the huge Kinji secondhand shop in Harajuku, as well as a few other places… Shimokitazawa is a vintage haven too. :)

  5. Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    wow! What a bargain!

  6. Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    <3 <3 <3"

  7. Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I bought loads of goodies at the Shinjuku Closet Child… Oh, the happy memories! I thought the Shinjuku location (although hard to find!) was better than the Harajuku one, at least the Gothic floor.
    There are some other second hand shops scattered around Tokyo that have a small selection of Gothic Lolita as well, even though they aren’t specifically for lolita clothing. I found a lovely lace h.Jelly cardigan in a second hand shop that only had about one rack of lolita clothing!

    • Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:45 am | Permalink

      Nice find! I’ve also found Peace Now and other brands in the huge Kinji secondhand shop in Harajuku, as well as a few other places… Shimokitazawa is a vintage haven too. :)

  8. Posted June 12, 2009 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I drool over their online shop on a daily basis! I'd take a trip to Japan just to go there. <3

  9. Posted June 12, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I drool over their online shop on a daily basis! I’d take a trip to Japan just to go there. <3

    • Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      If I could only shop in one place in Tokyo, it would be CC!

  10. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Lovely place! I'd really like to go to see Harajuku and Shinjuku in the future. ^^

  11. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I like looking at the shoppers as much as I do the store. really gives a glimpse into what folks are wearing on the streets. but the stuff in the last image is definitely where I would be looking in store ^-^

  12. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Yeah! The Japanese girl in the first picture is a real-life doll!

  13. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    One day!!

  14. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    If I could only shop in one place in Tokyo, it would be CC!

  15. Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Lovely place! I’d really like to go to see Harajuku and Shinjuku in the future. ^^

  16. Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    I like looking at the shoppers as much as I do the store. really gives a glimpse into what folks are wearing on the streets. but the stuff in the last image is definitely where I would be looking in store ^-^

    • Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      Yeah! The Japanese girl in the first picture is a real-life doll!

  17. Posted June 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh I see plenty that I like! And so cheap too! When I go to Japan I'll be sure to check BOTH stores out :D

  18. Posted June 13, 2009 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    Oh I see plenty that I like! And so cheap too! When I go to Japan I’ll be sure to check BOTH stores out :D

  19. Posted June 13, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    i totally loves this place! ^^

  20. Posted June 13, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    i totally loves this place! ^^

  21. Posted June 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    On my giant list of places to go to when I visit Japan (never been, but I've been saving and my google maps is full of places to go and play), this was one of the places I wanted to go to, but wasn't number one on my list. But seeing the photos and the amazing prices (a dress for 90 bucks?! count me in!) this is now definitely a priority! Even if they are gently used, I don't mind! Heck, it's like a Goodwill store full of name brands that I want!
    Thanks for the info! I will take it into much consideration…
    =^__^=

  22. Posted June 16, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    It is such a great place to shop! Definitely keep it in mind. You can shop online too.

  23. Posted June 17, 2009 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    On my giant list of places to go to when I visit Japan (never been, but I’ve been saving and my google maps is full of places to go and play), this was one of the places I wanted to go to, but wasn’t number one on my list. But seeing the photos and the amazing prices (a dress for 90 bucks?! count me in!) this is now definitely a priority! Even if they are gently used, I don’t mind! Heck, it’s like a Goodwill store full of name brands that I want!
    Thanks for the info! I will take it into much consideration…
    =^__^=

    • Posted June 17, 2009 at 3:56 am | Permalink

      It is such a great place to shop! Definitely keep it in mind. You can shop online too.

  24. Posted June 18, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    i love closet child, the prices are great, and online they have sooo much detail on things

  25. Posted June 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    i love closet child, the prices are great, and online they have sooo much detail on things

  26. Posted June 24, 2009 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    Nice post!

    Now a days lot of designs have arrived in to womens fashion style. But one of the key items every woman should have is a pair of jeans that flatters your figure and can be dressed up or down. Women in jeans looks sexy and gorgeous.

  27. Posted June 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Nice post!

    Now a days lot of designs have arrived in to womens fashion style. But one of the key items every woman should have is a pair of jeans that flatters your figure and can be dressed up or down. Women in jeans looks sexy and gorgeous.

  28. Posted August 19, 2009 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    I'm definitely going to try to go there soon. Once I figure out the trains all by myself. XD I'm currently in Ikuta.

  29. Posted August 19, 2009 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I’m definitely going to try to go there soon. Once I figure out the trains all by myself. XD I’m currently in Ikuta.

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