Have you noticed the boom of stores in the Philippines selling Japan Surplus automobiles, appliances, homewares, furnitures, and almost everything you can think of? I did. Every mall I visited have at least one store selling pieces from Japan and I bought a few times from these stores too, I even got my new, but cheap, laptop sleeves from such store at the Robinsons.
The other day, I noticed a new store located at the old Milan Flea Market in Nangka, Marikina. The shop replaced the old talipapa as well as the fruit and fried chicken stand in the area. It was a Japan Surplus Shop which really caught my attention because in front of the store, there were semi flat television sets, treadmills and bicycles for sale. When I entered the shop, I became more interested as they have cute collectibles, I bought a really cute CD holder which I never saw in any shop before and a cute pen holders with Japanese letters on it.
As I look around, my gaze fixated with the different dining tables and chairs and cabinets which price ranges from 6,000 to as high as 20,000+++. I fell in love with a wooden dining and a center table with design that fits a pricey condo. I asked the saleslady the price of a tower fan which I wanted for our sala and was happy to know I can have it for as low as 500 but she told me too that all electronics in the store run under 110volts and you would still need a transformer to power them to 220volts under our country’s standard. Such a waste, I was about to ask then about the treadmills.
In truth, I love going inside Japan shops because I found really cute collectibles inside these stores plus one of out TV set, a 7-year old japan surplus, is still alive which we bought for only 2,000. I don’t want to sound anti-patriotic here for patronizing a little Japan products but I love collecting cute pieces and oftentimes, I am a cheap buyer so these surplus shops suits my budget and fancy well.