Second Hand Shop Japan Preowned Matchbox Cars, Donkey Kong Hand-Held Games, Star Wars Figures and More at Hobby-Off in Niigata City, Japan

Second Hand Shop Japan

I had the chance to go to an amazing little store selling lots of preloved, preused, preowned collectibles, games, star wars figures and more that I now refer to as that second hand shop japan.

Initially I didn’t think there’d be much in this one store in Niigata. In fact I quickly found they had so much stuff they had actually split them into two stores. One contained books, videos and DVDs, (Book-Off) the other contained all sorts of clothing, sporting goods, cutlery and plates and…toys. (Hobby-Off)

Second Hand Shop Japan with the Original Donkey Kong for sale
Second Hand Shop Japan The Original Donkey Kong for sale

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I almost felt like crying when I saw rows and rows of matchbox and other toy cars hanging in little plastic bags. I thought they’d disappeared forever, but here they were, hundreds of them ready for the next child or collector to enjoy.

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There were old Star Wars figures, Commodore 64 and Amiga computers, Nintendo games, Gameboy cartridges and so many other things that I thought had gone into landfill years ago that I was beside myself with joy. Not because I wanted to own these things again but because it proved to me that they still existed somewhere. Not everything was lost to time.

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The exciting thing was I was finally able to find a Donkey Kong game that I used to play when I was in primary school, aged 10. The one I played at school had belonged to a female friend of mine. It had been so exciting to have this electronic device, this futuristic game, when I was a kid, that I was very happy to see that at least one of them had survived the years.

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Of course, with a limited budget and even smaller amount of space at home, as much as I was tempted to buy a few things, I actually ended up buying a blue shirt. How times have changed!

 

 

  • Neil A is an author, blogger and tutor, with a variety of books on Amazon. Check out his children's series here: http://www.AlienCharacters.com